JUNE 25-26, 2018, BUCHAREST

2nd Conference on Recent Advances in Artificial Intelligence

RAAI 2018

The main goal of the conference is to bring together active researchers in various fields of Artificial Intelligence, presenting state of the art research topics and projects (published or ongoing work) as well as reports concerning the up to date technologies related to their fields of study. In addition to its dissemination purpose, the conference aims to stimulate the creation of active research networks in the fields of its participants.

This year’s fields of interest are: Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Data Science, Information Retrieval and other connected subfields.

Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Bucharest
14 Academiei Street,
Bucharest, 010014
P: (0040) 213053847



ICUB - The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest


Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bucharest


Human Language Technologies Research Center, University of Bucharest

Scientific and organizing committee

Liviu P. DINU (chair) University of Bucharest

Cornelia CARAGEA Kansas State University

Florentina HRISTEA University of Bucharest

Marius POPESCU University of Bucharest

Bogdan ALEXE (chair) University of Bucharest

Radu IONESCU University of Bucharest

Sergiu NISIOI University of Bucharest

Oana PEIU University of Bucharest





We invite abstract submissions of 500 words maximum using our submission portal or by attaching the content of the abstract in a direct email to ldinu@fmi.unibuc.ro, with subject RAAI2018 abstract.

Important dates

  • Submission: May, 10 
  • Notification of acceptance: May, 24
  • Conference: June, 25-26
  • Accommodation

    A limited number of rooms are reserved by organizers at a preferential price at Siqua hotel (price per room is 190 RON) and HOTEL BOUTIQUE OLD TOWN (price per room is 75 Euros). Please contact (with Liviu Dinu in CC) the organizer Oana Peiu ) for Siqua hotel and Monica Petre for HOTEL BOUTIQUE OLD TOWN, with subject RAAI 2018 accomodation.

    Social events

    Two social events are free of charge for all speakers. A limited number of places can be reserved by the participants upon paying a fee. Please contact the organizers.

    Invited Speakers


    Cornelia CARAGEA Kansas State University


    Nicu SEBE University of Trento


    Marcos ZAMPIERI University of Wolverhampton


    Marius Pasca Google


    Razvan PASCANU Google DeepMind


    Andrei RUSU Google DeepMind


    Monday, June 25, Haret Hall, floor 0



    08:30 - 08:50 Registration

    You can register also during the breaks

    8:50 - 9:10 Opening Remarks

    L. P. DinuUniversity of Bucharest

    L. LeușteanUniversity of Bucharest

    9:10 - 10:05 Removing the Clutter of Text: RAAI to the Rescue

    C. CarageaKansas State University

    10:05 - 10:30 Resilient Machine Learning in Cyber Security

    A. OpreaNortheastern University

    10:30 - 10:55 From Nucleotide Sequence Encoding to Text Document Representation

    C. Stoean University of Craiova

    10:55 - 11:15 Coffee Break

    11:15 - 12:10 Automatic Language Identification: A Solved Task? Modelling Dialectal Variation in Language Identification Systems

    M. ZampieriWolverhampton University

    12:10 - 12:35 The polyphonic model of discourse

    S. TraușanPolitehnica University of Bucharest

    12:35 - 13:00 Distances for languages: from vagueness to inconsistency via irrelevance

    A. Sgarro University of Trieste

    13:00 - 14:15 Lunch Break

    14:15 - 15:10 Acquisition of Fine-Grained Classes from Wikipedia

    M. PascaGoogle

    15:10 - 15:35 Ab Initio: Automatic Latin Proto-word Reconstruction

    A. CiobanuUniversity of Bucharest

    15:35 - 15:45 Coffee Break

    15:45 - 16:40 Transfer and Meta-Learning with Latent Embedding Optimization

    A. RusuDeepMind

    16:40 - 17:05 Active and transfer learning combined for efficient machine learning

    A. BirluțiuUniversity of Alba Iulia

    17:05 - 17:30 My way of teaching AI

    D. CristeaRomanian Academy and University of Iasi

    19:45 - Social Event* Dinner at Jaristea (Sponsored by BITDEFENDER)

    Tuesday, June 26, Haret Hall, floor 0



    9:30 - 10:25 Graph Networks: relational inductive biases for deep learning

    R. PascanuDeepMind

    10:25 - 10:50 Natural Language Interface for Databases Using a Dual-Encoder Model

    T. Rebedea Politehnica University of Bucharest

    10:50 - 11:05 Coffee Break

    11:05 - 12:00 Deep Learning for Analysis and Generation of Facial Attributes

    N. SebeUniversity of Trento

    12:00 - 12:25 Benchmarking Image Retrieval Diversification Techniques for Social Media

    B. IonescuPolitehnica University of Bucharest

    12:25 - 12:50 Unsupervised Learning of Foreground Object Detection

    I. CroitoruInstitute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy

    12:50 - 13:50 Lunch Break

    13:50 - 14:15 Mining for meaning: the world behind vision

    M. Leordeanu Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy

    14:15 - 14:40 Real-Time Deep Learning Method for Abandoned Luggage Detection in Video

    S. SmeureanuUniversity of Bucharest

    14:40 - 15:05 Style Transfer and Abstract Scene Recognition: What We Should Actually Transfer and Adapt?

    C. FloreaPolitehnica University of Bucharest

    15:05 - 15:20 Coffee Break

    INDUSTRY TRACK: Bridging Industry & Academia in AI (with

    15:20 - 15:40 ADOBE, T. Boros, NLP-Cube - An open source multilingual framework for Universal Dependencies Parsing

    15:40 - 16:00 ENDAVA, I. Mironica / M. Stratan, An in-depth Evaluation for Automatic Support Tickets Classification

    16:00 - 16:20 UIPath, V. Tudor, AI in the RPA Industry

    16:20 - 16:40 SPARKTECH, A. Manea, Machine Learning@Sparktech

    16:40 - 17:00 ARNIA, A. Leica/ I. Chelu, Applied deep learning for vision, sound and control

    17:00 - 17:15 Coffee Break

    17:15 - 18:15 Panel discussion - Bridging Industry & Academia in AI

    Moderator: Mircea Bardac

    Cătălin Cosoi, Chief Security Strategist, Bitdefender

    Claudiu Cercel, Deputy CEO Financial Markets & Innovation Sponsor, BRD

    Ioan Iacob, Managing Partner, Qualitance

    Cristian Pațachia, Development & Innovation Manager, Orange

    Sorin Pește, Technology Solutions Proffesional, Data & AI, Microsoft

    19:30 - Social Event* Dinner at Hanu' Berarilor (Sponsored by BITDEFENDER)

    The Venue

    The conference will take place at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bucharest, Academiei 14, 010014, Bucharest.