Students at PAISS

NAVER LABS Europe is helping students take part in PAISS Summer School in AI. 
We reached out to the students that were selected and asked them a couple of questions about why they applied and their expectations

PAISS participants arrive at
NAVER LABS Europe for the gala dinner.


Photo credit: Photos Gilles GALOYER – Studio JamaisVu !

The PAISS summer school was an undisputed success. The lectures were oustanding and the relaxed social events were ideal for networking. Speakers and students spent a lot of time together. The lectures will be available soon, more photos and a video of the gala. We'll post here and on Twitter @naverlabseurope. 

In the run up to the 1st PRAIRIE Artificial Intelligence Summer School 'PAISS' we thought you might like to hear what they said! 

Míriam Bellver

PhD in Computer Vision, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Barcelona, Spain 

I applied to PAISS because I thought it was a great opportunity to learn from top researchers in Artificial Intelligence. 
I‘m very interested in the sessions on self-supervised learning, and weakly supervised and unsupervised methods for image and video interpretation, as I’m focusing my research on unsupervised and weakly supervised techniques for computer vision.

Viveka Kulharia

D.Phil. in Computer Vision, Dept of Engineering Science, Univ. Oxford, UK.

​PAISS will help me interact with renowned researchers in computer vision and machine learning who will talk about the latest avenues in research in person. I'll also get to meet students who are starting their PhD just like me. I'm actually interested in all the sessions to broaden my view but those most related to my field are Self-Supervised Learning, Weakly Supervised and Unsupervised Methods for Image and Video Interpretation, Machine Translation and Meta Learning.  I think that the sessions will be very interactive and thus motivating.​

Shasha Cui

Masters in Mathématique Vision Apprentissage (MVA), ENS Paris Saclay / ENSAE/ Polytechnique

I’m excited about PAISS since it’s really a great opportunity to meet these excellent researchers and learn something insightful from them in person. As well as the lectures I’m also interested in the practical sessions to gain more experience from industry. I think it might help me to figure out my research interest or work in the future.

Adeniyi Adeyemi

Ph.D. candidate Environmental science, University of South Africa (UNISA)

I expect wonderful interactive learning and the Practical Session will enable me to learn new models that can be implemented in my current research on satellite image analysis. All the sessions are important to me, especially Image Retrieval, Supervised and Unsupervised Methods for Image and Video Interpretation,Robotics for Vision, Machine Reading, Machine Translation, Reinforcement Learning and Meta Learning.

Rita Kuznetsova

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow, Russia

I applied to PAISS because of the topics of the lectures that strongly correlate with my research interests and duties and because the level of speakers is much higher than on average. I systematically read the papers of a number of them. I’m particularly interested in the poster session and the possibility to discuss research interests with colleagues and get their feedback.

Dmitry Petrov

Mathematical Biology (IITP Moscow) and Computer Science (UMass Amherst)

PAISS has an amazing selection of speakers and topics and I’m excited about all of them! However, topics which are particularly appealing to me are self-supervised learning, meta-learning and weakly supervised methods for image interpretation. I believe that these topics are very important for machine learning applications to neuro- and medical imaging problems data dimensionality is usually very high and large samples of annotated data are difficult or impossible to obtain (i.e. for rare neurodegenerative diseases). And of course I can’t wait for practical tutorials: they look really interesting! I expect to gain some preliminary knowledge of aforementioned areas, a lot of references to read, some hands-on experience from practical sessions and, most importantly, meet people who are passionate about artificial intelligence and its applications. 

Lucas Fidon 

CentraleSupelec and ENS Paris Saclay, France

I’ll be starting a PhD in October in machine learning for medical imaging applications so I'm particularly interested by this event and especially the oral presentations about self-supervised, unsupervised learning and reinforcement learning. I hope to learn from the best, grab new ideas, meet new people from the community and of course have fun!


Gurunath Reddy Madhumani

PhD Research Fellow (PhD in Music Signal Processing), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India

 I’m super excited to visit, meet and learn from INRIA and its partner AI researchers who are working on cutting edge AI technology.  PAISS covers mostly all flavours of AI and its applications and I’m most interested in Self-supervised learning, Weakly supervised and Unsupervised learning and Reinforcement learning because ground truth creation and the manual tuning of the model to fit the given data is a very tedious and daunting task. These methods save lots of human effort, time and energy, and speed up the experimentation process to explore new ideas quickly.


Masters in Mathématique Vision Apprentissage (MVA), ENS, Paris Saclay, France

A summer school is special because, in contrast to classical seminars, you have more time to digest the concepts presented and to discuss with people The practical sessions at PAISS are the most exciting for me because of the experience and discussions and that’s what I’ll keep in mind for a long time.
Overall, I expect to learn theoretical notions and practical skills and am particularly interested in the machine reading/machine translation lectures since my background is relatively light on these concepts.

Sergei Volodin

MSc in Computer Science, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

I'm interested in theoretical aspects of Artificial Intelligence and would like to pursue a PhD in the area after I finish my MSc. To do so, I need to understand the main ideas in the field to choose a concrete topic where I could make a contribution during my PhD. I see PAISS as an excellent opportunity to experience different problems arising in Machine Learning by listening to experts in this field and by doing practical tasks. Moreover, I’d like to make connections with other researchers.

Matthias Müller

Ph.D. student, Image and Video Understanding Lab, Kaust, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

PAISS features a great programme and an unbelievable list of speakers. It’s a unique opportunity to meet and interact with the giants in our field and build relationships with other students from around the globe. Great learning and networking opportunity while having a great time. I’m interested in the talk about robotics for vision. I believe that research at the intersection of robotics and machine learning¨ in particular vision¨ is essential to make AI more usable and impactful. I also think that the practical sessions will be interesting.

Nidham Gazagnadou

Engineering diploma in applied maths (specialization in optimization) / Master Mathématiques-Vision-Apprentissage (MVA), ENSTA ParisTech/ ENS Paris-Saclay

I wanted to have a first experience of a summer school in the field I’ll start my PhD in. 
I’m mainly interested in the lectures related to optimization and reinforcement learning. I expect to learn a lot more about machine learning applications and exchange with researchers to get more insight about their work. 

Amelia Jiménez Sánchez

PhD Researcher (Medical Image Analysis) at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

I expect to get a deeper knowledge of the topics that I'm already familiar with at PAISS but also get some new ideas from different topics. It usually helps me to talk with people from other fields that have a different perspective of the problem that I'm currently working on. I'm particularly interested in the self-supervised, weakly supervised and unsupervised learning session because, in the medical community, it’s difficult to collect detailed annotated datasets. I'm also looking forward to the practical sessions to gain some hands-on experience.

More information on the AI summer school, co-organized by Inria and NAVER LABS Europe:

PAISS, PRAIRIE Artificial Intelligence Summer School, 2-6 July 2018