AI - Applied Reinforcement Learning

Apr 25, 2018 · Toronto, Canada

Join the host, Vik Pant (, as he convenes a panel of specialists to discuss applications of reinforcement learning in industrial contexts. This session will start with a presentation by Rupam Mahmood, PhD ( Rupam is the AI Research Lead at and his talk will be titled "Making Minds for Robots with Reinforcement Learning". He earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Alberta. This will be followed by a presentation by Luke Mellor ( Luke is a Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Pantonium. He will present an overview of Pantonium and its use of reinforcement learning in its IoT based solution for Real-Time Routing and Fleet Management. Luke is a graduate of Ryerson University with a BA in Arts and Contemporary Studies.

After this presentation, Haotian Zhang, Ph.D. (, Justin Girard (, and Bradley Arsenault ( will share their insights about real-world applications of reinforcement learning. Haotian is an AI Researcher at ecobee. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Justin is the CTO of FleetRover and Founder of Pax Cultura Studios. He earned his M.ASc degree in Space Mechatronics from the Institute for Aerospace Studies at the University of Toronto. Bradley is the Founder & CEO of Electric Brain. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in the field of Commerce and Entrepreneurship from Dalhousie University.

These techno-functional professionals are in a great position to discuss the application of production-grade reinforcement learning techniques in industrial settings. The format of this conversation will be a free flowing and easy going discussion between the panelists. Panelists will discuss the types of problems that they solve with reinforcement learning techniques, the tools as well as data sets that they use, the challenges they face, and data science jobs in their organizations. Attendees will get the opportunity to network with each other as well as with the host and the panelists. An open mic segment will allow interested attendees to address the audience with fifteen-second lightning pitches about relevant topics. Complimentary refreshments including pizza and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.


6:00PM - 6:20PM - Registration + Professional Networking
6:20PM - 6:55PM - Presentation by Rupam Mahmood, PhD
6:55PM - 7:15PM - Brief Presentation by Luke Mellor
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM - Panel discussion moderated by Vik Pant
7:45 PM - 7:55 PM - Open Mic for Fifteen-Second Lightning Pitches
7:55 PM - 8:00PM - Professional Networking + Wrap Up

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