IBM Research AI @ IJCAI 2019

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The 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-19) is August 10-16 in Macao, China. There, IBM Research AI will present technical papers exploring a variety of topics in AI including neurosymbolic reasoning, explainability, adversarial robustness, computational linguistics, graph analysis, optimization, and reinforcement learning.

At the conference, we’ll showcase some of the work resulting from our collaboration with MIT through the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab. Our long-term goal for the Lab is to cultivate an interdisciplinary community of scientists committed to advanced AI research that is neither purely theoretical nor prematurely commercial. We seek to undertake fundamental science that is deeply connected to everyday people, businesses, and the problems they face.

We’ll also be presenting work with our AI Horizons Network partner Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). The AI Horizon’s Network model pairs IBM researchers, world-class faculty, and top graduate students together to work on a series of advanced research projects.

If you’re interested in learning more about IBM Research’s AI collaborations, check out AI Research Week, September 16-20, 2019.

Also at IJCAI 2019, the Donald E. Walker Distinguished Service Award will be given to IBM AI Ethics global leader and distinguished scientist Francesca Rossi for her substantial contributions to the field of Artificial Intelligence throughout her career.

I’m honored to be giving an Early Career Spotlight talk,AI Planning for Enterprise: Putting Theory Into Practice,” where I will be talking about challenges and opportunities in applying AI planning in practice.

IBM Research AI is a gold sponsor of IJCAI 2019. At our booth (#A5&B5 in Hall A), we will showcase tech demos of our latest AI technologies, including collaboration with AI to create your own work of art, automatically creating customized neural network models using IBM’s NeuNetS, building trust in AI using our open source AI Fairness 360 Toolkit, one-of-a-kind analog AI chip, Adversarial Robustness 360 toolbox, and more.

Please stop by the and attend our presentations and workshops listed below. Hope to see you in Macao!

Main papers at conference


Answering Binary Causal Questions Through Large-Scale Text Mining: An Evaluation Using Cause-Effect Pairs from Human Experts
Oktie Hassanzadeh, Mark Feblowitz, Kavitha Srinivas, Debarun Battacharya, Michael Perrone, Michael Katz, Shirin Sohrabi
Tuesday, August 13, 15:00 – 16:00

Aligning Learning Outcomes to Learning Resources: A Lexico-Semantic Spatial Approach
Swarnadeep Saha, Malolan Chetlur, Tejas Indulal Dhamecha, W M Gayathri K Wijayarathna, Red Mendoza, Paul Gagnon, Nabil Zary, Shantanu Godbole
Tuesday, August 13 15:00 – 16:00


The Interplay of Emotions and Norms in Multiagent System
Anup Kalia, Nirav Ajmeri, Kevin Chan, Jin-hee Cho, Sibel Adali, Munindar Singh
Wednesday, August 14, 9:30 – 10:30

Supervised Set-to-Set Hashing in Visual Recognition
I-Hong Jhuo
Wednesday, August 14, 9:30 – 10:30

Similarity Preserving Representation Learning for Time Series Clustering
Roman Vaculin, Lingfei Wu
Wednesday, August 14, 11:00 – 12:30

Depth-First Memory-Limited AND/OR Search and Unsolvability in Cyclic Search Spaces
Akihiro Kishimoto, Adi Botea, Radu Marinescu
Wednesday, August 14, 11:00 – 12:30

RecoNet: An Interpretable Neural Architecture for Recommender Systems
Francesco Fusco, Michail Vlachos, Kathrin Wardatzky
Wednesday, August 14, 11:00 – 12:30

Protecting Neural Networks with Hierarchical Random Switching: Towards Better Robustness-Accuracy Trade-off for Stochastic Defenses
Xiao Wang, Siyue Wang, Pin-yu Chen, Yanzhi Wang, Brian Kulis, Xue Lin, Sang Chin
Wednesday, August 14, 11:00 – 12:30

Towards Robust ResNet: A Small Step but a Giant Leap
Jingfeng Zhang, Bo Han, Laura Wynter, Bryan Kian Hsiang Low, Mohan Kankanhalli
Wednesday, August 14, 11:00 – 12:30

Balancing Explicability and Explanations for Human-Aware Planning
Tathagata Chakraborti, Sarath Sreedharan, Subbarao Kambhampati
Wednesday, August 14, 15:00 – 16:00

Teaching AI Agents Ethical Values Using Reinforcement Learning and Policy Orchestration
Ritesh Noothigattu, Djallel Bouneffouf, Nick Mattei, Rachita Chandra, Piyush Madan, Kush Varshney, Murray Campbell, Moninder Singh, Francesca Rossi
Wednesday, August 14, 15:00 – 16:00

RDPD: Rich Data Helps Poor Data via Imitation
Shenda Hong, Cao Xiao, Trong Nghia Hoang, Tengfei Ma, Hongyan Li, Jimeng Sun
Wednesday, August 14, 15:00 – 16:00

Topology Attack and Defense for Graph Neural Networks: An Optimization Perspective
Kaidi Xu, Honggee Chen, Sijia Liu, Pin-yu Chen, Lily Weng, Mingyi Hong, Xue Lin
Wednesday, August 14, 15:00 – 16:00

Evaluating the Interpretability of the Knowledge Compilation Map: Communicating Logical Statements Effectively
Serena Booth, Christian Muise, Julie A. Shah
Wednesday, August 14, 16:30 – 17:45

Improving Customer Satisfaction in Bike Sharing Systems through Dynamic Repositioning
Supriyo Ghosh, Jing Yu Koh, Patrick Jaillet
Wednesday 1416:30 – 17:45

Bayesian Inference of Linear Temporal Logic Specifications for Contrastive Explanations
Joseph Kim, Christian Muise, Ankit Shah, Shubham Agarwal, Julie A. Shah
Wednesday, August 14, 16:30 – 18:00

Efficient Protocol for Collaborative Dictionary Learning in Decentralized Networks
Tsuyoshi Ide, Rudy Raymond, Dzung T. Phan
Wednesday, August 14, 16:30 – 18:00

Optimal Exploitation of Clustering and History Information in Multi-armed Bandit
Djallel Bouneffouf, Srinivasan Parthasarathy, Horst Samulowitz, Martin Wistuba
Wednesday, August 14, 16:30 – 18:00


Entropy-Penalized Semidefinite Programming
Jakub Marecek, Martin Takac, Yury Maximov, Michael Krechetow
Thursday, August 15, 9:30 – 10:30

Revealing Semantic Structures of Texts: Multi-grained Framework for Automatic Mind-map Generation
Yang Wei, Hong Lei Guo, Jinmao Wei, Zhong Su
Thursday, August 15, 9:30 – 10:30

MINA: Multilevel Knowledge-Guided Attention for Modeling Electrocardiography Signals
Cao Xiao, Tengfei Ma
Thursday, August 15, 11:00 – 12:30

Pre-training of Graph Augmented Transformers for Medication Recommendation
Junyuan Shang, Tengfei Ma, Cao Xiao, Jimeng Sun
Thursday, August 15, 15:00 – 16:00

Failure-Scenario Maker for Rule-Based Agent using Multi-agent Adversarial Reinforcement Learning and its Application to Autonomous Driving
Akifumi Wachi
Thursday, August 15, 16:30 – 18:00


Neural Program Induction for KBQA Without Gold Programs or QueryAnnotations
Amrita Saha, Ghulam Ahmed Ansari, Vishwajeet Kumar, Mohan Bhambhani, Karthik Sankaranarayanan, Soumen Chakrabarti
Friday, August 16, 9:30 – 10:30

Workshop papers


Word Embedding as Entropy-Penalized Quadratic Semidefinite Programming
Workshop: Data Science Meets Optimization
Michael Krechetow, Jakub Marecek, Yury Maximov
Sunday, August 11, 17:30-17:40


Scalable Deployment of AI Time-series Models for IoT
Bradley Eck, Francesco Fusco, Robert Gormally, Mark Purcell and Seshu Tirupathi
Workshop: AI for Internet of Things
Monday August 12, 9:20-9:40

Event-Driven Continuous Time Bayesian Networks: An Application in Modeling Progression out of Poverty through Integrated Social Services
Workshop: AI for Social Good workshop
Debarun Bhattacharjya, Karthikeyan Shanmugam, Tian Gao, Nicholas Mattei, Kush Varshney
Monday, August 12, 11:45-12:30

Unearthing and Exploiting Latent Semantics behind DNS Domains for Deep Network Traffic Analysis
Franck Le, Mudhakar Srivatsa and Dinesh Verma
Workshop: AI for Internet of Things
Monday August 12, 11:50-12:10

Avoiding Implementation Pitfalls of “Matrix Capsules with EM Routing” by Hinton et al. (2018)
The joint workshop on human brain and artificial intelligence (HBAI2019)
Ashley Daniel Gritzman
Monday, August 12, 16:00-17:45

Effective Integration of Symbolic and Connectionist Approaches through a Hybrid Representation
Workshop: Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning
Marcio Moreno, Daniel Civitarese, Rafael Brandão and Renato Cerqueira
Monday, August 12, 16:50-18:00

Invited talks

Building IoT Manufacturing Solutions with AI
Zhi Hu
Workshop: AI for Internet of Things
Monday August 12, 10:30-11:20

AI Planning for Enterprise: Putting Theory into Practice
Shirin Sohrabi
Early Career Spotlight
Thursday, August 15, 15:00-16:00


Explainable Deep Neural Networks for Multivariate Time Series Predictions
Roy Assaf, Anika Schumann
Tuesday, August 13, 9:30 – 18:00

Reagent: Converting Ordinary Webpages into Interactive Software Agents
Matthew Peveler, Jeffrey O. Kephart, Hui Su
Tuesday, August 13, 10:50 – 12:35

Embodied Conversational AI Agents in a Multi-modal Multi-agent Competitive Dialogue
Rahul R. Divekar, Xiangyang Mou, Lisha Chen, Maíra Gatti de Bayser, Melina Alberio Guerra, Hui Su
Tuesday, August 13, 10:50 – 12:35

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