RAAI Summer School 2019

This is the fifth Summer School of the Russian Association for Artificial Intelligence (RAAI), a major Russian academic organization in the field of AI. The first three biennial schools were held between 2011-2015 at Tver State Technical University under the subtitle Intelligent Systems and Technology (ISyT): Current Status and Prospects. They were followed by the fourth summer school held from June 30 to July 3, 2017, in St. Petersburg.

With time, the summer schools gained momentum, with the three original ISyT events attended by 45, 60, and 80 young researchers. Speakers came from Syria, Vietnam, Burundi, Belarus, and various parts of Russia. In 2017, the latest summer school in the series attracted about 100 participants and lecturers from Russia, Belarus, Mexico, and elsewhere. It featured a hackathon among the participants, and the proceedings were issued as a Russian Science Citation-Indexed publication.

RAAI Summer Schools serve as a platform for international cooperation and scientific exchange between young researchers from around the world. The events have pushed young participants from different countries to undertake successful joint research projects, co-financed by several national research funds.

From a historical perspective, the summer school carries on the tradition established by the Braslav Schools on Artificial Intelligence, an annual international event for students and young researchers held in Belarus between 1997 and 2000.

The 2019 school will be held on the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) campus in Dolgoprudny, a suburb of Moscow. The RAAI scientific council has made the decision to promote the international status of the event by attracting top researchers and experts from leading universities and research centers across the world.

Besides MIPT, we expect participants from:
  • Higher School of Economics, Russia.
  • Bauman State University, Russia.
  • Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.
  • University of Campinas, Brazil.
  • RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
  • Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciences, RAS, Russia.
  • Federal Research Center for Computer Science and Control, RAS, Russia.
  • Multitel Innovation Center, Belgium.
  • Inria, the French research institute for digital sciences, France.
  • Applied Logic Laboratory, Hungary.

The plenary reports, along with the best student papers, will be published by Springer.

The summer school will focus on:
  • Multiagent systems.
  • Behavior planning.
  • Natural language processing.
  • Modeling of reasoning.
  • Machine learning and data analysis.

The school will feature lectures by leading Russian and foreign scientists, as well as talks by industry specialists and young researchers: undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. A number of hackathons and workshops on the latest developments in AI are also on the program.

Expected event results
  1. Providing young researchers and professionals with an opportunity to get the definitive, cutting-edge information first-hand and find out about the latest trends in modern AI. By exploring the most relevant topics in the field, the participants discover ways they can join in and make a contribution before they graduate, or even in the course of the summer school. We aim to convey what contemporary AI methods, their goals, and prospects for development really are.
  2. Providing a platform for young people to meet and establish research contacts, discover topics for research, share ideas, and receive feedback from world-class experts.
  3. Showcasing the nation’s achievements in the field of artificial intelligence to a wide audience. We aim to show that Russia is home to a large community of top-notch AI specialists that have been working at the forefront of this field for years. The school serves to advertise opportunities for work in advanced Russian laboratories at MIPT and elsewhere. There, AI specialists obtain significant results without the need to seek research opportunities abroad.
  4. Attracting “stellar” experts of international renown to promote the visibility and reputation of MIPT as a global center for AI research and development.
  5. Engaging school partners and sponsors — Yandex, Tinkoff, Biocad, Novolipetsk Steel, etc. — to demonstrate the high human resources potential of MIPT to companies in the industry and promote more cooperation based on applied research.

Key dates
  • May 15 is the deadline for paper submission via EasyChair.
  • June 1 is the deadline for application submission on the school’s website.
  • June 15 is the deadline for registration confirmation and fee payment.
  • July 4-7 are the dates of RAAI Summer School 2019.

Organizing committee
  • Alexander Panov, PhD — senior researcher at Cognitive Dynamic Systems Lab, MIPT
  • Konstantin Yakovlev, PhD — senior researcher at Laboratory of Dynamic Cognitive Systems, MIPT
  • Alena Suvorova, PhD — assistant professor at Informatics Department, Higher School of Economics at St. Petersburg
  • Nikolay Bazenkov, PhD — senior researcher at Laboratory of Methods of Intellectualization of Discrete Processes and Control Systems, Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciences
  • Elena Fontalina — assistant at the Intellectual Cybernetic Systems Division, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI
  • Maria Koroleva — assistant at the Department of Robotics and Complex Automation, Bauman University
  • Margarita Suvorova — chief specialist at Federal Research Center for Computer Science and Control, RAS

Invited speakers
  • Ruslan Salakhutdinov, PhD — head of laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, U.S. 
  • Witold Pedrycz, PhD — professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • Vladik Kreinovich, PhD — professor, University of Texas, El Paso, U.S.
  • Antonio Di Nola, PhD — professor, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Namkug Kim, PhD — professor, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, South Korea
  • Ricardo Gudwin, PhD — professor, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Evgeny Osipov, PhD — professor, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
  • Roni Stern, PhD — researcher, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  • Michal Valko, PhD — professor, University of Lille Nord de France, France
  • Hermann Ney, Dr.-Ing. — professor, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Leading RAAI lecturers
  • Gennady Osipov, ScD — director, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute of Federal Research Center for Computer Science and Control, RAS
  • Vadim Stefanuk, ScD — chief researcher, Institute for Information Transmission Problems, RAS
  • Oleg Kuznetsov, ScD — head of laboratory, Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciences, RAS
  • Sergey Kuznetsov, ScD — head of department, Higher School of Economics
  • Dmitry Vetrov, PhD — head of laboratory, Higher School of Economics
  • Konstantin Vorontsov, ScD — head of laboratory, MIPT
  • Andrei Raigorodskiy, ScD — director of Phystech School of Applied Mathematics and Informatics, MIPT
  • Mikhail Burtsev, PhD — head of laboratory, MIPT

Registration fee

Anyone is welcome to register on the website of the event. There are no qualifying requirements, but we ask the applicants to attach a brief motivational essay. In selecting participants, the program committee will be guided by reviewing these essays.

The cost of participation is $50. The authors of the best essays may receive a fee waiver.

Dates

  • May 15 is the deadline for paper submission via EasyChair.
  • June 1 is the deadline for application submission on the school’s website.
  • June 15 is the deadline for registration confirmation and fee payment.
  • July 4-7 are the dates of RAAI Summer School 2019.

Contacts

Please address your questions to the organizing committee at secret@raai.org.

You can find out more about the summer school on its website.



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