Competition track
Sergio Escalera · Markus Weimer

Fri Dec 8th 08:00 AM -- 08:45 PM @ 103 A+B
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This is the first NIPS edition on "NIPS Competitions". We received 23 competition proposals related to data-driven and live competitions on different aspects of NIPS. Proposals were reviewed by several qualified researchers and experts in challenge organization. Five top-scored competitions were accepted to be run and present their results during the NIPS 2017 Competition track day. Evaluation was based on the quality of data, problem interest and impact, promoting the design of new models, and a proper schedule and managing procedure. Below, you can find the five accepted competitions. Organizers and participants in these competitions will be invited to present their work to this workshop, to be held on December 8th.

Accepted competitions:
The Conversational Intelligence Challenge Webpage:
Classifying Clinically Actionable Genetic Mutations Webpage:
Learning to Run Webpage:
Human-Computer Question Answering Competition Webpage:
Adversarial Attacks and Defences Webpage:

08:15 AM Opening (Talk) Sergio Escalera, Markus Weimer
08:30 AM AI XPRIZE Milestone award (Talk) Amir Banifatemi, rania khalaf, Sean McGregor
09:00 AM Competition I: Adversarial Attacks and Defenses (Talk) Alexey Kurakin, Ian Goodfellow, Samy Bengio, Yao Zhao, Yinpeng Dong, Tianyu Pang, Fangzhou Liao, Cihang Xie, Adithya Ganesh, Oguz Elibol
10:00 AM Coffee Break and Competition I: Adversarial Attacks and Defenses posters (Break)
10:30 AM Competition II: Learning to Run (Talk) Łukasz Kidziński, Carmichael Ong, Sharada Mohanty, Jason Fries, Jennifer Hicks, Zhuobin Zheng, Chun Yuan, Sergey Plis
12:15 PM Lunch (Break)
01:15 PM DeepArt competition (Talk) Alexander Ecker, Leon A Gatys, Matthias Bethge
01:30 PM Competition III: The Conversational Intelligence Challenge (Talk)
Mikhail Burtsev, Ryan Lowe, Iulian Vlad Serban, Yoshua Bengio, Alex Rudnicky, Alan W Black, Shrimai Prabhumoye, Artem Rodichev, Nikita Smetanin, Denis Fedorenko, CheongAn Lee, EUNMI HONG, Hwaran Lee, Geonmin Kim, Nicolas Gontier, Atsushi Saito, Andrey Gershfeld, Artem Burachenok
03:00 PM Coffee break and Competition III: The Conversational Intelligence Challenge posters (Poster)
03:30 PM Competition IV: Classifying Clinically Actionable Genetic Mutations (Talk) Maged Macgari, Alex Grigorenko, Anasuya Das, Leifur Thorbergsson, Wendy Kan, Xi Zhang, Dandi Chen, Lezhi Li, Nishant Kumar, JJ Gao
05:15 PM Break <span> <a href="#"></a> </span>
05:45 PM Competition V: Human-Computer Question Answering (Talk) Jordan Boyd-Graber, Hal Daumé III, He He, Mohit Iyyer, Pedro Rodriguez
07:30 PM Closing (Talk) Sergio Escalera, Markus Weimer
07:30 PM Dinner (Break)

Author Information

Sergio Escalera (University of Barcelona and Computer Vision Center)

Sergio Escalera obtained the P.h.D. degree on Multi-class visual categorization systems at Computer Vision Center, UAB. He obtained the 2008 best Thesis award on Computer Science at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He leads the Human Pose Recovery and Behavior Analysis Group at UB, CVC, and the Barcelona Graduate School of Mathematics. He is an associate professor at the Department of Mathematics and Informatics, Universitat de Barcelona. He is an adjunct professor at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Aalborg University, and Dalhousie University. He has been visiting professor at TU Delft and Aalborg Universities. He is a member of the Visual and Computational Learning consolidated research group of Catalonia. He is also a member of the Computer Vision Center at Campus UAB. He is Editor-in-Chief of American Journal of Intelligent Systems and editorial board member of more than 5 international journals. He is advisor, director, and vice-president of ChaLearn Challenges in Machine Learning, leading ChaLearn Looking at People events. He is co-founder of PhysicalTech and Care Respite companies. He is also member of the AERFAI Spanish Association on Pattern Recognition, ACIA Catalan Association of Artificial Intelligence, and he is vice-chair of IAPR TC-12: Multimedia and visual information systems. He has different patents and registered models. He has published more than 150 research papers and participated in the organization of scientific events, including CCIA04, CCIA14, ICCV11, AMDO2016, FG2017, and workshops at ICCV11, ICMI13, ECCV14, CVPR15, ICCV15, CVPR16, ECCV16, ICPR16, NIPS16. He has been guest editor at JMLR, TPAMI, IJCV, TAC, and Neural Comp. and App. He has been area chair at WACV16, NIPS16, and FG17. His research interests include, between others, statistical pattern recognition, visual object recognition, and HCI systems, with special interest in human pose recovery and behavior analysis from multi-modal data.

Markus Weimer (Microsoft)

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