JUNE 28-30, 2019, BUCHAREST

3rd Conference on Recent Advances in Artificial Intelligence

RAAI 2019

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.

For this year's edition, the submissions will be peer-reviewed single blind, but non-archival i.e. work submitted here can be submitted to other venues as well. The submission can also present work already published in another venue.

Fields of interest: Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Reinforcement Learning, and other connected sub-fields.

Different from the previous two editions, this year's conference will be held at the Faculty of History, which is two minutes walk from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.

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

Invited Speakers


Cristina BOSCO University of Turin


Joao CARREIRA DeepMind


Diana INKPEN University of Ottawa


Mateusz MALINOWSKI DeepMind


Preslav NAKOV Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU


Rahul SUKTHANKAR Google Research and Carnegie Mellon University




Tinne TUYTELAARS University of Leuven


We invite extended abstract submissions of two pages using our submission portal. We provide submission templates in Word and Latex. Submissions should be written in English and uploaded in PDF format.

This year, RAAI is organised jointly with EEML summer school, which had a highly competitive selection process. One author from up to 5 best submissions to RAAI will have the opportunity to attend the summer school as well.

Important dates

  • Submission: May, 25 (extended - hard deadline)  passed
  • Notification of acceptance: June,  3 passed
  • Conference: June, 28-30
  • The list of accepted papers (oral presentations and posters) is here. An archive containing all these papers is here.


    Registration is free. Please register using this form in order to attend the conference .


    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 2019 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.

    A limited number of rooms are reserved by organizers at a preferential price. Please contact Oana Peiu.




    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

    Programme committee

    Liviu P. DINU (chair) University of Bucharest

    Cornelia CARAGEA (PC chair) University of Illinois at Chicago

    Florentina HRISTEA University of Bucharest

    Bogdan ALEXE (OC chair) University of Bucharest



    Marius LEORDEANU Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy

    Traian REBEDEA Politehnica University of Bucharest

    Robert WEST Ecole Politechnique Federale de Lausanne

    Constantin ORASAN Wolverhampton University, UK

    Organising committee

    Marina CIDOTA University of Bucharest

    Anca DOBROVAT University of Bucharest

    Sergiu NISIOI University of Bucharest

    Cristina NOAICA University of Bucharest

    Oana PEIU University of Bucharest





    Friday, June 28, N. Iorga Hall - Faculty of History, floor 1 (NLP session)



    08:30 - 08:50 Registration

    You can register also during the breaks

    8:50 - 9:10 Opening Remarks

    9:10 - 10:05 Detecting the "Fake News" Before They Were Even Written

    Preslav NakovQatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU

    10:05 - 10:30 Challenges in Offensive Language Identification: Annotating the Type and Target of Offensive Posts in Social Media

    Marcos ZampieriUniversity of Wolverhampton

    10:30 - 10:55 Data Driven Scientific Disciplines Detection Based on Wikipedia

    Ana GjorgjevikSaints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje

    10:55 - 11:15 Coffee Break

    11:15 - 12:10 Detecting Signs of Mental Illness and Behavioural Issues from Online Communication

    Diana InkpenUniversity of Ottawa

    12:10 - 12:35 New Perspectives on Compositionality: Semantic Relationism

    Mircea DumitruUniversity of Bucharest

    12:35 - 13:00 Sparse Sequence-to-Sequence Models

    Vlad NiculaeInstituto de Telecomunicacoes, Lisbon

    13:00 - 14:30 Lunch Break

    14:30 - 15:25 A perspective on linguistic resources across syntax and sentiment analysis

    Cristina BoscoUniveristy of Turin

    15:25 - 15:50 Cognates, false friends and cross-lingual semantic change

    Ana UbanUniversity of Bucharest

    15:50 - 16:00 Coffee Break

    16:00 - 16:20 Universal Dependencies meet Machine Learning: A Simple Approach on the Case Study of Irony Detection

    Alessandra Teresa CignarellaUniversitat Politècnica de València

    16:20 - 16:40 Prediction Uncertainty Estimation for Hate Speech Classification

    Kristian MiokWest University of Timisoara

    16:40 - 17:00 Surface realization using Interpreted Regular Tree Grammars

    Evelin ÁcsBudapest University of Technology and Economics

    20:00 - Social Event Dinner at Restaurant Zexe, Strada Icoanei, nr. 80, sector 2 (Sponsored by BITDEFENDER)

    Saturday, June 29, N. Iorga Hall - Faculty of History, floor 1 (ML & Vision session)



    9:30 - 10:25 Grounded Language: Answering Questions about Images and Navigation with Instructions

    Mateusz MalinowskiGoogle DeepMind

    10:25 - 10:50 Spacetime Graph Optimization for Video Object Segmentation

    Emanuela HallerUniversity Politehnica of Bucharest

    10:50 - 11:10 GFPNet. Neural network based volumetric object reconstruction using generic fitted primitives

    Tiberiu Cocias Transilvania University of Brasov

    11:10 - 11:30 Coffee Break

    11:30 - 12:25 The pressing problems in video understanding

    Joao CarreiraGoogle DeepMind

    12:25 - 12:45 Using Sequence to Sequence Neural Networks for Solving Similar Mathematical Problems

    Ali DavodyRomanian Institute of Science and Technology

    12:45 - 13:05 EMG based prediction of upper-limb intention of motion using a combination of non-linear auto-regressive models

    Tassos NatsakisTechnical University of Cluj-Napoca

    13:05 - 14:30 Lunch Break

    14:30 - 15:25 From Paired to Unpaired Image-to-Image Translation and Beyond

    Radu TimofteETH ZURICH

    15:25 - 15:50 Non asymptotic convergence of stochastic proximal point methods for constrained convex optimization

    Andrei Patrascu University of Bucharest

    15:50 - 16:10 Coffee Break

    16:10 - 18:00 POSTER SESSION

    20:00 - Social Event Dinner at Restaurant Green Hours, Calea Victoriei, nr. 120 (Sponsored by BITDEFENDER)

    Sunday, June 30, N. Iorga Hall - Faculty of History, floor 1 (Vision session)


    9:30 - 10:25 Recent Progress in Machine Perception

    Rahul SukthankarGoogle Research

    10:25 - 10:50 Recurrent Space-time Graph Neural Networks

    Iulia Duta Bitdefender

    10:50 - 11:10 Emotion Analysis: Tasks, Data, Methods

    Laura Bostan University of Stuttgart

    11:10 - 11:30 Coffee Break

    11:30 - 12:25 Explanation by interpretation: What was my network thinking?

    Tinne TuytelaarsUniversity of Leuven

    12:25 - 12:50 Towards Automatic Annotation for Semantic Segmentation in Aerial Videos

    Alina Marcu Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy

    12:50 - 13:10 Uplifting Contextual Multi-armed Bandits

    Jeroen Berrevoets Vrije Universiteit Brussel

    The Venue

    The conference will take place in the Nicolae Iorga amphitheatre, floor 1, Faculty of History, University of Bucharest. The address is Bd. Regina Elisabeta, 4-12, 030167 Bucharest. This is 2 minutes walk from Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bucharest.