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Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning Contest 2016

Unique for

Task-Independent and Modality-Independent

Brain-Inspired Engines


The terms artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, signal processing, control, dynamic systems, data mining, big data, and brain projects often have different emphases, but the 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 to, 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 occur 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. Use inspirations 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-independant.   Task-independant 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 base engines are free to provide assistants to participants, such as courses, tutorials, and workshops.
  3. Modality-independant engines.   Modalities that are the 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 the participants.  Each frame of the stream contains a sensory vector and a motoric 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 Catero-Garcia

Vision Chair: Zejia Zheng

Audition Chair: Xiang Wu

Language Chair: Juan Castro-Garcia

Introduction to AIML 2016, presented at the AIML Contest Panel, IJCNN May 16, 2017.

AIML Contest 2016 package for download.

Contest Results 

1st place
SONG, Yu (leader and chief programmer, Institute of Computing Technology (ICT), Chinese Aademy of Sciences)
EN, Qing (chief programmer, Beijing University of Technology (BJUT))
CUI, Song (team member, BJUT)
MIAO, Jun (advisor, ICT, BISTU)
DUAN, Lijuan (advisor, BJUT)
The 1st-place trophy
Five 1st-place medals
$10,000 award from GENISAMA LLC

2nd place
Team LQF
LENG, Qingfan (leader and programmer, NJUST)
BO, Yumin (advisor, NJUST)
Two 2nd-place medals

3rd place
Team QiuPanWang
QIU, Liming (leader and chief programmer, Xiamen University)
PAN, Geqiang (programmer, Xiamen University)
WANG, Minmin (programmer, Xiamen University)
JIANG, Min (advisor, Xiamen University)
Four 3rd-place medals

Important dates 

  • Monday March 14, 2016: recommendation of learning engines
  • Monday April 11, 2016: deadline for application for admission and application for BMI fellowship
  • Monday April 25, 2016: deadline for advance registration of BMI courses and advance registration of AIML Contest entries
  • May 30 - June 17, 2016: distance learning course for three weeks, including BMI 831 
  • June 20 - July 8, 2016: distance learning course for three weeks, including BMI 861
  • July 11 - July 29, 2016: distance learning course for three weeks, including BMI 871
  • Aug. 1 - Aug. 14, 2016: workshops (free for all registered players, distance or on site) 
  • December 5, 2016: Results run by contest entries due by noon
  • IJCNN  2017: AIML Contest Panel,  2016 contest announcements, awards, presentations, and AIML Contest 2017 kickoff