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2023 IJCAI YES inaugurated at ECNU With Keynote Speeches about the field of AI


4 July, the highly anticipated 2023 IJCAI YES (Young Elite Symposium) was officially opened at the Putuo Campus of ECNU in Shanghai. Zhang Ying, Vice Chairman of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information; Professor Maria Gini, representative of IJCIAI; and Zhou Aoying Vice President of ECNU were present at the event and delivered speeches respectively. In addition, five internationally renowned scholars were also invited to make keynote speeches, while 62 young academic leaders from universities across the country and 54 first authors and co-authors of IJCAI-2022 and IJCAI-2021 papers were invited to share the latest scientific research progress.

At the beginning of the opening ceremony, Zhang Ying, Vice Chairman of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information, delivered the opening speech. She mentioned that a new-round of scientific and industrial revolution represented by AI is evolving rapidly. In this revolution, strengthening the fundamental theoretical research and accelerating the development of core techniques in key fields has become the key to innovation and development.

Shanghai attaches great importance to academic research and technological innovation in the field of AI. The city focuses on large language models, intelligent computing, scientific intelligence and embodied intelligence, pays high attention to talent development in related fields, and builds platforms for talent exchange. She further said that the symposium aimed to gather more young scholars to show research findings, exchange academic views, and interact with world-class scientific and technological talents, promoting a win-win situation with co-created technology and shared knowledge.

Maria Gini, Professor of University of Minnesota and Conference Chair of IJCAI, extended her heartfelt gratitude to all the participants in her speech. She compared the young scholars present to promising stars of tomorrow and the hope for the future.

Prof. Zhou Aoying, Vice President of ECNU, mentioned in his speech that the boom of ChatGPT in early 2023 has not only brought AI back into the spotlight, but also inspired us from two perspectives. For one thing, the scientific paradigm has underwent a fundamental shift; for another, technological development has embarked on new approaches.

Prof. Zhou expressed his admiration for the achievements made by the country in the field of AI, which would not be possible without the intellectual contributions and efforts of young scholars. Prof. Zhou also emphasized the significant role that ECNU has also played in the development of science and technology. On the one hand, the Department of Information and Technology of ECNU has formed a discipline system that attaches equal importance to both fundamentals and applications. On the other hand, 2023 IJCAI YES is the largest-scale international conference of its kind hosted by ECNU in the field of information science, reflecting the university’s efforts in building an international highland for AI research.

Following the opening ceremony, five keynote speeches were delivered. To name specifically, Prof. Maria Gini from the University of Minnesota delivered a speech called “Large Robot Swarms: Towards Real Applications” with Vice President of ECNU Prof. Zhou Aoying as the moderator. FeiFang, Assistant Professor of Leonardo at Carnegie Mellon University, delivered an online speech called “Game Theory and Machine Learning for Addressing Societal Challenges: Keynote speech From Theory to Real-World Impact”. Bo Li, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented a speech called “Certifiably Robust Learning via Knowledge-Enabled Logical Reasoning”. Tuomas Sandholm, Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, presented an online speech called “Modern Organ Exchanges: Keynote address on Market Designs, Algorithms, and Opportunities”. Toby Walsh, Professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia and fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, presented a speech called “Generative AI: why all the fuss?”.

In the next two days of the conference, 54 first authors and co-authors of IJCAI-2022 and IJCAI-2021 papers will take turns to present their latest research findings. The research fields cover computer vision, machine learning, natural language processing, data mining, reinforcement learning, human-computer interaction and other major directions.

Notably, there are ten female first authors who will make a speech about their papers. At the end of the conference, three new academic stars will be screened from all the speakers.

With the opening of the 2023 IJCAI YES, the 2023 World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) will also be held in Shanghai from July 6th-8th.

It is worth noting that this year’s IJCAI YES witnesses another collaboration between the WAIC Organizing Committee and IJCAI after 2021 IJCAI YES. At the same time, during the WAIC event, the IJCAI-SAIA China Joint Office, in collaboration with ECNU, will host the “Large-scale Language Models and Technological Singularities: Face-to-Face Summit on Humanities and Science” on July 7th.

With over 200 onsite audiences, this forum will invite 10 leading figures in the field of AI, humanities and social sciences, and the industry sectors to discuss scientific and technological progress and guide technological development from the perspective of technology and humanity. The discussions will revolve around the intersection of technology and humanities, aiming to build a coexistent future for human and AI with trust, boundary, privacy, ethics and order.


IJCAI YES, short for IJCAI Young Elite Symposium, was first held in Shanghai in 2021, aiming to cultivate the next generation of AI researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs by providing a platform for young people to showcase their cutting-edge work, learn from industry experts and collaborate with like-minded peers. At the same time, it also focuses on strengthening international exchanges in the academic field in order to promote the popularization and development of AI throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

For the latest agenda and the list of guests, please log on to the 2023 IJCAI YES official website: https://ijcai.org.cn/ 


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