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What and Why? The LCI Forum is our biweekly meeting, at which we discuss LCI matters and group related issues, share AI and other news, and give brief reports from trips and conferences. An integral part of each LCI Forum is a research talk, given by LCI members, associate members, or visitors. Rumor has it, though, that the real reason behind their popularity is the food. The LCI Fora provide a great opportunity for meeting other members of the lab, hearing about interesting developments, and finally finding out what the person working at the next desk is really working on ;-) The talks are also great opportunities to practice for conference presentations. Standard LCI Forum talks are 30 minutes long, including questions and discussion; we usually try to give out-of-lab visitors about 45 minutes.

When and Where? LCI Fora run biweekly throughout the academic year and during most of the summer. We hold the forum in the ICICS/CS building, room 146, the LCI meeting space, at 12:00 pm.

2009/2010 Season:

Sept 14 Pascal Poupart, University of Waterloo, Explaining Automated Policies for Sequential Decision Making
Sept 28 Fahiem Bacchus, University of Toronto (Sabbatical Visitor at UBC), Exploiting Decomposition in Backtracking Search
Oct 19 No forum: special department talk today instead.
Nov 2 Michael Chiang, Relational Learning and Reference Classes
Nov 16 Panu Turcot, Better matching with fewer features: The selection of useful features in large database recognition problems
Nov 30 Ben Marlin, Structure Learning for Gaussian Graphical Models
Dec 14 Mark Crowley, Large Scale Temporal Planning 
Winter break
Jan 11 Peter Gorniak, Situated Language, as Easy as the ABC (Affordance-Based Concept)
Jan 25 Bruno da Silva, Using Spatial Hints to Improve Policy Reuse in a Reinforcement Learning Agent
Feb 8 Shafiq Joty, "What are they talking about?" Finding Topics in Email Conversations
Mar 1 James Wright, Beyond Equilibrium: Predicting Human Behavior in Normal Form Games
Mar 15 Eric Brochu, Interactive Bayesian Optimization for Animation
Mar 29 LCI Student research mini-talks (3 students; 10 min each)
Apr 26 Ben Marlin, Alternative Inductive Principles for Learning Restricted Boltzmann Machines
May 10 Mark Schmidt, Convex Structure Learning in Log-Linear Models: Beyond Pairwise Potentials
May 17 Nicole Jinn, Diffusion with a State-Dependent Diffusion Coefficient
May 31 David Duvenaud, Multiscale Conditional Random Fields for Vision
Jun 14 Dave Tomkins, Dynamic Scoring Functions with Variable Expressions: New SLS Methods for Solving SAT
Jun 28 Frank Hutter (hutter)

Signing up for a slot. If you're interested in giving a forum talk, feel free to pick any unscheduled time from the list above and contact Kevin Leyton-Brown. LCI student research mini-talks can also usually be rescheduled if one of those times works best for you.

See schedules and abstracts from previous LCI Fora:

(LCI Fora were held for years, if not decades, before April 2001 when we started listing them on the web.)

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