Jun 11th - Jun 12th 2018
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

Technology has always been in the service of augmenting human capabilities. AI is our way of doing for mental work what the wheel, the plow, and the steam engine did for physical labor. Yet machine learning has the capability of going its own way, whether it’s Facebook bots inventing their own language or swarms of drones making collective decisions that can’t be attributed to any one node. What is the current state of the art, and how can we best harness its growing capabilities?


Smart everything. Data analysis. Human understanding. Human learning (e.g., “Algorithms to Live By”). Discovery. Programmable matter. Natural language processing. Visual recognition. TPUs and machine learning APIs. New networks and surveillance capitalism. Prediction. Neural Silicon Hybrids. Robot self-awareness. Complexity. AI and the future of work.


Erik Andrejko, Chief Technology Officer
Wellio — Intelligent assistants

Elias Bareinboim, Purdue
Causal inference and data-fusion

Noam Brown, Carnegie Mellon
Libratus: the winning poker bot

David Gunning, DARPA
The Explainable AI project 

Guy Hoffman, Cornell
A handmade approach to social robotics

Jeff Jonas, Senzing
Big data and the GDPR

Ben Kuipers, University of Michigan
How can we trust a robot?

Doug Lenat, Cyc
Compensating for cognitive brittleness

Gary Marcus, NYU
Deep learning: a critical appraisal (tentative)

David Prior, Xuvasi
Reorganizing business processes using applied intelligence

Ken Stanley, Uber AI Labs and University of Central Florida
Neuroevolution and the quest for AI

Simon Tong, FiveAI
Autonomous vehicles without maps

Bo Zhu, Harvard
Image reconstruction from MRIs to radio astronomy: a unified framework 

Anthony Zador, M.D., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Building better brain-like algorithms

  • Sunday June 10
  • Monday June 11
  • Tuesday June 12
  • Wednesday June 13
  • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    First-Timers Reception

  • 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Welcome Reception

  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Welcome Dinner

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM


  • 8:30 AM - 8:36 AM

    Conference Welcome

  • 8:50 AM - 9:00 AM

    TTI/Vanguard Announcements

  • 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

    From Poker AI to Negotiation AI: Dealing with Hidden Information

  • 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM

    Artificial Intelligence from Sensor to Image

  • 10:35 AM - 11:05 AM

    Coffee Break

  • 11:05 AM - 11:50 AM

    Toward General Artificial Intelligence: Why Brains Are (Still) Better Than Computers

  • 11:50 AM - 12:35 PM

    Big Data and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

  • 12:35 PM - 1:50 PM

    Members’ Working Lunch

  • 1:50 PM - 2:35 PM

    Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI)

  • 2:35 PM - 3:05 PM

    Topical Breakout Groups

  • 3:05 PM - 3:35 PM

    Coffee Break

  • 3:35 PM - 4:20 PM

    Everyday Superpowers Through Applied Intelligence

  • 4:20 PM - 5:10 PM

    Neuroevolution: How Evolving Neural Networks Contributes to the Quest for AI

  • 5:10 PM - 5:10 PM

    End of First Conference Day

  • 6:15 PM - 9:30 PM

    Reception & Dinner Cruise around the Statue of Liberty

  • 8:30 AM - 8:30 AM

  • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Field trip to NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Field Trip

NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering  and the Center for Urban Science + Progress (CUSP)

Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 
8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Mobile AR Lab (part of MAGNET)

Lab director Mark Skwarek will feature a few of the many (many!) apps developed by students and faculty:

AR-Kit-based apps

  • The CreatAR app, which performs instantaneous voice-based insertion of AR objects into a scene.

  • An app in which AR objects respond to sound in real time: “The most advanced sound-activated AR-Kit-based app,” says Skwarek.

2 Seconds to Safety app

An app developed by SemblanceAR: This navigation aid to lead people away from dangerous situations uses sound recognition and triangulation (either from sensors distributed in the environment or using phones as sensors) to identify the location of a live shooter and project visual guidance in the form of an AR overlay that the user can follow to safety.

An app that performs machine-vision-based identification of landmine type and AR-based overlay to visually expose its inner workings and provide guidance to safely disarm.

NYU Wireless

Listen to the hype promoted by carriers, and you might anticipate millimeter-wave-based 5G to be rolling out any day now. Researchers at NYU Wireless are well-rooted in reality, solving problems associated with the 5G technology that will enable applications that require low latency and high bandwidth, such as autonomous vehicles and VR headsets. Demos will feature a device NY is using to emulate a wireless channel between a transmitter and receiver, allowing for testing of designs under various scenarios, as well as a 5G millimeter-wave sounder that conducts real-world measurements.

According to co-director Luke Dubois, the Media and Games Network is “an arts school for engineers” that serves as a nexus for researchers from across the NYU community to explore experiences at the intersection of culture and technology.

Ability Lab

This university-wide initiative develops human-centered solutions to make physical spaces and learning experiences accessible for people of varying abilities. Projects include retrofitting buildings for accessibility; “Tech Kids Unlimited,” a design program for autistic youngsters; and videogame-based therapies.

Motion Capture Studio

Motion capture is not just for entertainment. At MAGNET, applications include motion live capture for real-time VR collaboration.

The mission of CUSP is to develop data science tools to better understand cities and enable city agencies to best perform their duties. Some of those tools include sensor networks, citizen science data collections, and simulations.

Urban Observatory Control Room

The Urban Observatory deploys rooftop camera systems to continually collect visual, infrared, and hyperspectral imagery that reveals the urban “pulse” and detects anomalies. The UO also makes use of images flowing from a network of 600 street-level DoT traffic cameras. Applications span from assessing traffic safety interventions to identifying the use of energy efficiency technologies in or pollution emissions from individually identifiable buildings. The control room’s 28 screens bring the city to life from a data perspective. When Prof. Greg Dobler presented his work to TTI/Vanguard in February 2016, the Urban Observatory was in the proof-of-concept phase; it is now deployed across several sites in NYC.

NYU SimSpace

Applications of motion capture technology go far beyond the realm of games, entertainment, and communication. Prof. Paul Torrens is interested in how people acquire local geographic information in uncertain and dynamic contexts. He uses motion capture to build agent-based models emphasizing nonverbal communication among people and environments in crowd scenarios. Autonomous vehicles will need to interpret just these types of crowd behavior. They will need to recognize pedestrian gestures (e.g., hailing cabs), differentiate attentive pedestrians from distracted ones, and respond appropriately to traffic cops’ hand signals.

Sounds of New York (SoNYC) Lab

Cities are noisy, but noise is transient. To enable more effective enforcement of New York’s noise ordinance, SoNYC is training algorithms to distinguish among the offending urban sounds New Yorkers call the city to complain about (construction noises, music, honking, dogs barking, and so on). The goal is to deploy a network of sensors and citizen science apps that can improve the odds that noise inspectors will be on location to measure major infractions when they occur.


New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

333 Adams St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
+1 718 246 7000


Reservations and Travel

May 18, 2018

TTI/Vanguard Group Rate
TTI/Vanguard has arranged a discounted block of rooms for USD$279 per night at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.

Online Reservations
CLICK HERE for online reservations.


Reservation Notes

• The group rate is available through May 18, 2018, and is subject to availability. 
• The rate does not include taxes or additional charges that may apply. 
• Check-in time: 4:00 pm
• Check-out time: 11:00 am
• All changes/cancellations to reservations are responsibility of the attendee.

Telephone Reservations
Please contact global reservations at +1 888.236.2427 (toll-free). Please mention you are with the TTI/Vanguard conference to receive our group rate.


U.S. Government Attendees

You will receive a special link in your conference registration confirmation which lets you make a government rate reservations directly through the hotel’s website.  We are unable to provide the link without an approved registration. This rate is valid through May 18 or until the government room block fills, whichever comes first. Reservations made after that date are on a space-available basis. We recommend booking your room early! If you have any questions, please contact the meeting planner, Robin Lockett at +1 310.394.8305, ext. 245 or

There are 3 airports you can fly into 

LaGuardia Airport - LGA (10.4 miles/17 km) from the hotel. 
Estimated taxi fare: USD$35 (one way).
Public Transportation: Take the Q70 or Q33 to Roosevelt Ave/74th Street Jackson Heights subway station (terminus for both buses). Then take the F train (Manhattan-bound) to Jay Street/Metrotech. 

John F Kennedy International Airport - JFK (19 miles/31 km) from the hotel. 
Estimated taxi fare: USD$50 (one way).
Public Transportation: Airtrain to Howard Beach station. Then take the A train (Manhattan-bound) to Jay Street/Metrotech. 

Newark Liberty International Airport - EWR (14.8 miles/24 km) from the hotel. 
Estimated taxi fare: USD$90 (one way).

MTA Subway 
2,3,4,5 — Exit Borough Hall station.
A,C,F,R — Exit Jay Street/Metrotech station.

TTI/Vanguard gladly welcomes your guest/spouse to any of our reception/dinner functions. Guests/spouses may attend breakfasts but only after the conference has begun (8:30 am–9:30 am). Please note: Guests/spouses cannot be accommodated inside our conferences, workshops, on field trips, or at our working breakfasts and lunches.

Dress for TTI/Vanguard conferences is business casual.

Internet connectivity, both Ethernet and wireless, will be provided during the meeting.

For questions about reservations and logistics for this event, please contact: Robin Lockett at or +1 310.394.8305, ext. 245.


For questions about reservations and logistics for this event, please contact Robin Lockett at or +1 310.394.8305, ext. 245.