Workshop: AI Research Moonshots

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This one-day workshop will focus on pushing the boundaries of research – how to envision and implement grand ideas. We will start the day together and then break out into 7 sections, organized around the Pioneer Centre for AI’s 7-collaboratories. And then we will meet again in plenum to discuss what happened in the break-out sessions.

This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in learning more about how to envision and execute grand ideas for your own research. We expect a few young researchers from the Nordic AI Meet to stay and participate, as well as many from Danish universities who are involved with the Pioneer Centre for AI as members and affiliates.

Participation is free, but registration is required.
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08:30-09:00 Coffee & registration 
09:00-09:45 Introduction to visionary research, Serge Belongie and Sune Lehmann

In order to help the participants develop long-term visions for their own research, we will start the day with two short plenary talks. Serge Belongie will give a talk about his seven-step model for formulating research moonshots, and a second talk by Sune Lehmann about how to make your research have real-world impact.

09:45-10:00 Break + moving to break-out rooms
10:00-12:30 Research area-specific meetups

Each sub-area meetup starts with an overview or discussion of what is happening in these respective research areas in the form of short research talks, a discussion panel or some other format. The rest of the morning meetup should focus on discussing and formulating possible visions and/or moonshots by involving all of the participants.

Research sub areas are:

  • Causality & Explainability (CE)
  • Speech & Language (SL)
  • Networks & Graphs (NG)
  • Learning theory & Optimization (LO)
  • Signals & Decoding (SD)
  • Fine-Grained analysis (FG)
  • eXtended Reality (XR)
12:30-13:10 Lunch break 
13:10-15:30 Afternoon session

Moonshots are not only a tool for directing your research but also for communicating about it. In the plenary afternoon session, we would therefore like each group to give a 10-minute presentation on the outcome of their morning workshops, i.e., which grand visions or tentative moonshots were you able to formulate or update. Each presentation is followed by 10 minutes of discussion with the other participants. We propose the following presentation order:

  • 13:10-13:30 Causality & Explainability (CE)
  • 13:30-13:50 Speech & Language (SL)
  • 13:50-14:10 Networks & Graphs (NG)
  • 14:10-14:30 Learning theory & Optimization (LO)
  • 14:30-14:50 Signals & Decoding (SD)
  • 14:50-15:10 Fine-Grained analysis (FG)
  • 15:10-15:30 eXtended Reality (XR)
15:30-15:55 Closing