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EVOLUTION OF DEEP LEARNING SYMPOSIUM & BANQUET

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A FOUR­-DECADE TOUR IN CELEBRATION OF DR. GEOFFREY HINTON’S WORK THAT LED TO THE 2018 ACM A.M. TURING AWARD

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Banquet tables in preferred locations will be reserved for Vector Industry Sponsors until September 16, 2019.


Join us for a two-day Symposium and banquet to celebrate the work and achievements of the Vector Institute’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Dr. Geoffrey Hinton, who earlier this year received the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award alongside Drs. Yoshua Bengio and Yann LeCun for their pioneering work on artificial neural networks.

The 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award is computing’s highest honour and often referred to as the “Nobel Prize” of computer science.

Thanks to Dr. Hinton’s leadership and foresight, the Vector Institute has become a beacon in the global AI community since its launch two years ago. This event will be an opportunity to hear and interact with hundreds of top local and international machine learning researchers and industry leaders at the forefront of AI.

Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate this milestone in the history of the field of deep learning!




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(Speakers are confirmed. Timing subject to change.)

Symposium - October 16 - Day 1

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West

  • 8:00 AM: Registration and continental breakfast
  • 9:00 AM: Welcome and opening remarks: Garth Gibson, President & CEO, Vector Institute
  • 9:15 AM: Keynote address: Geoffrey Hinton's Turing Lecture: Geoffrey Hinton, Chief Scientific Advisor, Vector Institute; VP and Engineering Fellow, Google; University Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto; Advisor, Learning in Machines & Brains, CIFAR
  • 10:15 AM: Morning research poster session and industry booths
  • 11:45 AM: Research talk: Radford M. Neal completed his PhD under Dr. Hinton’s supervision in 1994 and introduced a method to estimate the degree of certainty in predictions made by deep learning models. Dr. Neal’s foundational work continues to have a significant influence in the field today. Dr. Neal is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto.
  • 12:30 PM: Networking lunch
  • 1:30 PM: Research talk: George Dahl completed his PhD under Dr. Hinton’s supervision in 2015 and was the first to successfully apply deep learning to speech recognition. Dr. Dahl also led the team that won the Merck challenge to help develop safe and effective medicine by predicting molecular activity. He is currently a research scientist on Google’s Brain team in California.
  • 2:15 PM: Afternoon research poster session and industry booths
  • 3:45 PM: Closing remarks
  • 4:00 - 6:00 PM: Symposium Reception for all speakers & guests


Symposium - October 17 - Day 2

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West

  • 8:30 AM: Registration & coffee
  • 9:15 AM: Welcome and opening remarks: Cameron Schuler, Chief Commercialization Officer and VP, Industry Innovation, Vector Institute
  • 9:30 AM: Research talk: Terrence Sejnowski’s work is grounded in neuroscience and he was one of the earliest influencers and collaborators in Dr. Hinton’s career. Dr. Sejnowski is now President of the NeurIPS Foundation Board, overseeing the largest machine learning conference in the world. He is Professor and Head of the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute in California and an Advisor in the Learning in Machines & Brains program at CIFAR.
  • 10:15 AM: Morning research poster session and industry booths
  • 11:45 AM: Research talk: Max Welling was a Postdoctoral Fellow under Dr. Hinton’s supervision until 2003. His work is prolific and diverse, including advancements that teach deep learning models how to categorize information effectively to improve speed and accuracy of predictions. Dr. Welling is a research chair in machine learning at the University of Amsterdam and VP Technologies at Qualcomm. Max Welling is also a Fellow in the Learning in Machines & Brains program at CIFAR.
  • 12:30 PM: Networking lunch
  • 1:30 PM: Afternoon research poster session and industry booths
  • 3:00 PM: Panel discussion: "Deep Learning in Industry" featuring industry AI lab leaders including Dr. Foteini Agrafioti, Chief Science Officer at RBC and head of Borealis AI. She is responsible for RBC’s intellectual property portfolio in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Prior to joining Borealis AI, Foteini founded and served as Chief Technology Officer at Nymi, a biometrics security company and maker of the Nymi wristband. This panel is moderated by Graham Taylor. Graham Taylor is a former PhD student of Dr. Geoffrey Hinton, and is a Canada CIFAR AI Chair and Faculty Member at the Vector Institute. He leads the machine learning group at the University of Guelph and is a Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning, and academic director for NextAI where he advises entrepreneurs. He was recently named academic director of the University of Guelph’s Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (CARE-AI).
  • 3:45 PM: Closing remarks
  • 4:00 PM: Conclusion of Symposium


Banquet - October 17th

Arcadian Court, 401 Bay St, Simpson Tower, 8th floor

Tables in preferred locations will be reserved for Vector Industry Sponsors until September 16, 2019.

We’re bringing together leaders from companies of all sizes and sectors to celebrate Dr. Hinton’s work in the field of deep learning and its impact in the global economy.

Join the Vector Institute’s Industry Sponsors – companies at the forefront of AI in Canada – and influencers from across the AI ecosystem as we close a two-day symposium spanning four decades of Dr. Hinton’s career and collaborators.

A pillar of the world’s first national AI strategy in Canada, the Vector Institute has been among a series of catalysts for over $1 billion of announced AI and tech-related investments, resulting in the creation of 25,000 jobs. Vector represents a community of over 1,000 machine learning researchers, master’s students and faculty, and has trained over 800 industry professionals across sectors.

The banquet program will feature presentations and dialogues with Dr. Hinton and explore how Canada’s pre-eminence in deep learning can be leveraged to lead global AI progress, foster economic growth and improve lives.


Banquet Program:

  • 6:00 PM: Reception
  • 7:00 PM: Opening remarks
  • 7:15 PM: Dinner service
  • 7:55 PM: Presentations & dialogue with Dr. Geoffrey Hinton and featured guests
  • 8:50 PM: Closing remarks
  • 9:00 PM: Conclusion of banquet


Photo: Association of Computing Machinery


“I am honoured to receive the ACM A.M. Turing Award, a high honour and recognition from the computer science community. Deep learning and neural networks have tremendous potential to revolutionize nearly every sector of society – from predicting aftershocks or floods to designing new materials and pharmaceuticals to interpreting medical images and personalized medicine. With the ever-increasing volume of data and computing capacity, industry has woken up to the transformational power of this technology. The Vector Institute is playing a unique role as a convener of academia and industry, enabling Vector’s researchers and industry sponsors to take bold steps and realize the full potential of the technology for which Yann and Yoshua and I are being recognized today. Together, we are ensuring Canadian companies and all Canadians benefit from ongoing research in the field.”

– Dr. Geoffrey Hinton, Chief Scientific Advisor, Vector Institute; VP and Engineering Fellow, Google; Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto



The Vector Institute is funded by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario

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