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Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning Contest

Unique for

Task-Independent and Modality-Independent

Brain-Inspired Engines


New: We will use DN-2 in AIML Contest 2019!

The terms artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, signal processing, control, dynamic systems, data mining, big data, and brain projects often have different emphases, but these related disciplines are converging.   The Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning (AIML) Contest serves as a converging platform for these highly related disciplines and beyond.  It is open, but not limited, to all researchers, practitioners, students and investors.    The main goal of the contest is to promote understanding of both natural intelligence and artificial intelligence, beyond the currently popular pattern classification.   The AIML Contest aims to address major learning mechanisms in natural and artificial intelligence, including perception, cognition, behavior, and motivation that occurs in cluttered real-world environments.   Attention, segmentation, emergence of spatiotemporal representations, and incremental scaffolding are part of each life-long learning stream.

The major characteristics of this contest include:

  1. Draw inspiration from learning by natural brains, such as grounding, emerging, natural inputs, incremental learning, real-time and online, attention, motivation, and abstraction from raw sensorimotor data.
  2. General purpose learning engines that are task-independent.   Task-independent means that the learning engine is capable of being trained to generate a machine "brain" to learn and do any collection of body-capable and open-ended tasks.   Base engines will be available to participants and open for enhancements.  The providers of these base engines are available to provide assistance to participants, such as courses, tutorials, and workshops.
  3. Modality-independent engines.   Modalities that are well-recognized bottlenecks of AI will be tested on the same machine learning engine from each contest entry, including vision, audition, language understanding, and autonomous thinking.
  4. Training-and-testing sensorimotor streams will be provided to participants.  Each frame of the stream contains a sensory vector and a motor vector. Training and testing are mixed in the streams, so that learning systems can perform scaffolding: early learned simpler skills are automatically selected and used for learning later more complex skills.


General Chair: Juyang Weng  

Program Chair: Juan Castro-Garcia

Vision Chair: Zejia Zheng

Audition Chair: Xiang Wu

Language Chair: Juan Castro-Garcia

Important dates 

- Wednesday July 17, 2019: AIML Contest Kickoff
- Wednesday July 17, 2019: Advance registration for BMI courses and advance registration of AIML Contest entries
- July 8 - Dec. 31, 2019 (any continuous three-week window): distance learning course BMI 831 Cognitive Science
- July 18 - Dec. 31, 2019 (any continuous three-week window): distance learning course BMI 861 Brain Automata
- July 18 - Dec. 31, 2019 (any continuous three-week window): distance learning course BMI 871 Computational Brain-Mind
- July 29, 2019: Late registration deadline for AIML Contest
- July 29 - Aug. 9, 2019: AIML Contest 2019 Workshop
- Nov. 17, 2019: Contest results from contest entries due. First place: US$10,000.