111 NeurIPS is over!

NeurIPS is over!

NeurIPS is over!

NeurIPS (previously NIPS) just passed by two weeks ago and it was busy time. Another great opportunity to learn from the great professors and from our peers, we spent a week full of lectures, interesting posters, parties organized by the sponsors, and overwhelmed by how many workshop I wanted to attend to.

Smiley faceThe DEVINE team made their spectacular introduction to science by demonstrating the crazy amount of work and detail that went into making the robot you see in the picture play the GuessWhat?! game with the conference attendees. Impressive!

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We finished the week with the workshops, and we were particularly interested in the ViGIL Worshop, organized by our collegues from the IGLU project. In the picture you see Chris Manning defending the importance of producing new unbiased datasets, to overcome shortcomings of the previous benchmarks.

NECOTIS has spent 3 productive years within IGLU. This time we presented 2 of our papers, and one from the team at Zaragoza. Jêrome Abdelnour published with Giampiero Salvi and Jean Rouat the article CLEAR: A Dataset for Compositional Language and Elementary Acoustic Reasoning and presented his poster, a dataset to challenge the acoustics community to follow up on the achievements in visual questions answering. Luca Celotti published with Simon Brodeur and Jean Rouat the article Language coverage and generalization in RNN-based continuous sentence embeddings for interacting agents and presented his poster, a study to understand how much language can be learned by standard techniques in Deep Learning, since the community lacked objective measures and theoretical bounds until now.
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The following Monday we said goodbye to the project IGLU, last meeting, wrap up and conclusions. It’s been an interesting collaboration, and it all started here three years ago, with the lead of Jean Rouat and Simon Brodeur.

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