2018 AI Symposium

The 2018 symposium took place on Nov 10, 2018. We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 symposium.

Videos from the event are now available.

Join us for a day of AI: talks, unconference sessions, posters, demos, and plenty of networking opportunities.

The symposium aims to bring together participants from both academia and industry who are interested in the foundations or real-life applications of artificial intelligence.
The symposium is open to the general public.

Keynote speaker

Scott Huffman
AI Laboratory alumnus 
(CSE MSE 1990, Ph.D. 1994)
VP of Engineering, Google Assistant

Scott Huffman leads the development of Google Assistant – Google’s conversational AI that helps people find answers and get things done, on speakers, smart displays, and TV’s, and on the go on the phone and in the car.


Registration is now closed. You can add your name to a waiting list.

Registrants will be required to confirm participation two weeks prior to the symposium. Your registration will be complete and you will be able to participate in the symposium only after you will confirm your participation. Registered participants who do not come to the symposium may be disallowed to participate in future events.


The symposium is organized by the Michigan AI Lab. Contact us at aisymposium@umich.edu.

General chairs: 
Rada Mihalcea & Satinder Singh Baveja

Local arrangement chair:
Aurelia Bunescu

Poster session co-chairs:
MeiXing Dong, Max Smith

Venue and directions

Bob and Betty Beyster Building 
2260 Hayward Street 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2121 

Nearby parking is available in lots NC48 and NC27. On the day of the symposium, parking restrictions for NC48 will not be enforced so anyone may park for no cost. Parking restrictions for NC27 will be in force; passes for blue spaces or payment at visitor spaces will be required. 
North Campus map.



  • 8:30 am- 9:00 am 

  • 9:00 am – 9:10 am 
    Welcome message: Rada Mihalcea, Michigan AI Director 

  • 9:10 am – 10:30 am 
    Keynote Speaker: Scott Huffman, Google Assistant Armchair discussions: Chair – John Laird

  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am 
    Networking coffee break 

  • 11:00 am – noon 
    Research talks: Chair – Edmund Durfee; Speakers: Danai Koutra, Jason Corso, Emily Mower Provost, Walter Lasecki

TISHMAN HALL (Bob & Betty Beyster Building, lobby)

Bob & Betty Beyster Building, Dow Engineering Building

  • 1:30 pm – 2:10 pm 
    Unconference sessions 1 (parallel sessions): discuss AI topics defined by the audience 

  • 2:15 pm – 2:55 pm 
    Unconference sessions 2 (parallel sessions): discuss AI topics defined by the audience

See the list of unconference sessions and assigned locations here (PDF).


  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm 
    Networking coffee break 

  • 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm 
    Research talks: Chair – Benjamin Kuipers; Speakers: Nikola Banovic, Jenna Wiens, Michael Wellman 

  • 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm 
    Panel – companies in AI: Chair – Michael Cafarella 

  • 5:15 pm – 5:30 pm 
    Closing comments

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