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LXAI + BAI at ICLR 2019

The LatinX in AI Coalition is partnering with Black in AI to host a joint gathering and luncheon at the Seventh International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) in New Orleans May 7th, 2019 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.



Our mission is to increase representation of our communities at the main conference and create a platform allowing our members to share their work, gain access to mentoring, collaborations, and networking opportunities with other researchers in artificial intelligence.

This gathering is a one-day event with invited keynote speakers. There will be a roundtable discussion and a mentoring session to discuss current research trends and career choices in artificial intelligence and machine learning that affect the LXAI and BAI communities. The event brings together faculty, graduate students, research scientists, and engineers for an opportunity to connect and exchange ideas. While all presenters will identify primarily as latinx and black, all are invited to attend.


LXAI and BAI members are welcome to bring academic posters describing their research to display and receive review and mentorship in our room in the convention center. We will not be hosting an official call for abstracts or specifically inviting poster presenters at this event.

Sign-up to be a mentor: http://bit.ly/LXAI-BAI-ICLR2019-MENTOR


Important Dates

Dates are in pacific time (Los Angeles).

Student & Postdoc Travel Grant Application

**Include that you are part of the LXAI or BAI community in your travel grant application**



  • 8:30 - 9:00 am | Check-In
  • 9:00 -9:45 am | Pablo Samuel Castro | Room R01
  • 9:45 -10:30 am | Charles C. Onu | Room R01
  • 10:30 - 1:30 pm | Luncheon & Cultural Activity | Private Location
  • 2:00 - 2:45 pm | Adji Bousso Dieng | Room R01
  • 2:45 - 3:30 pm | Meire Fortunato | Room R01
  • 3:30 - 5:30 pm | Mentoring Session & Poster Display | Room R01


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please check out our Sponsor Prospectus and send us message to latinxinai at accel.ai and we will follow up with more information.

Sponsor Prospectus



Sponsor Prospectus


Distributional Reinforcement Learning and State Representations

Pablo Samuel Castro

Sr. Research Software Developer, Google Brain

Memory in Agents

Meire Fortunato

AI Research Scientist, Deep Mind

Recent Advances in Deep Generative Modeling

Adji Bousso Dieng

PhD Candidate Statistics, Columbia University

Neural Transfer Learning for Cry-based Diagnosis of Perinatal Asphyxia

Charles C. Onu

Phd Student Computer Science, McGill University

Organizing Committee

  • Laura Montoya, Executive Director, Accel AI Institute, Co-Chair Latinx in AI Coalition
  • Pablo Samuel Castro, Senior AI Software Developer, Google
  • Carlos Mendoza, PhD Candidate, University of Delaware
  • Ralph Chery, EE & MBA
  • Hameed Abdul, Research Assistant, USM
  • Nasr Madi, Senior Research Developer, Nuance
  • Lauren Pfeiffer, Investor, MGV and EE Student

Volunteers Appreciated

Interested in volunteering with LatinX in AI during the event? Please complete the volunteer signup form: Volunteer with Us!


Attending ICLR

Please notes that an abstract acceptance in this workshop and/or registration to attend this workshop does not guarantee access to ICLR. You have to register to attend ICLR separately ( https://iclr.cc/Register/view-registration).

As a result, we would like to inform you that ICLR registration will sell out quickly. If you are planning to attend ICLR, we want to encourage you to register now. You can cancel your registration for a full refund until March 19th if you end up not being able to attend. ( https://iclr.cc/Help/CancellationPolicy).

We also encourage you to book your accommodation as the discounted room blocks are being filled up quickly.


You may take advantage of ICLR group hotel rates, provided here. In the past, workshop participants have also used Airbnb and hostels.

Hotel cancellation policy should be checked with the hotels.

LXAI & BAI are not responsible for information provided on external websites.

More Visa Information

A visa invitation letter comes with the ICLR registration. If you don’t have the ICLR visa invitation letter, we can also provide you Invitation letters upon successful registration to this workshop. To know more about the appointment waiting times for interviews check this page. And for a list of waiting times per consulates in different latin countries check this google doc.