Machine Learning for Autonomous Driving

Saturday December 14th, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver


Welcome to the NeurIPS 2019 Workshop on Machine Learning for Autonomous Driving!

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) offer a rich source of high-impact research problems for the machine learning (ML) community; including perception, state estimation, probabilistic modeling, time series forecasting, gesture recognition, robustness guarantees, real-time constraints, user-machine communication, multi-agent planning, and intelligent infrastructure. Further, the interaction between ML subfields towards a common goal of autonomous driving can catalyze interesting inter-field discussions that spark new avenues of research, which this workshop aims to promote. As an application of ML, autonomous driving has the potential to greatly improve society by reducing road accidents, giving independence to those unable to drive, and even inspiring younger generations with tangible examples of ML-based technology clearly visible on local streets.

All are welcome to submit and/or attend! This will be the 4th NeurIPS workshop in this series. Previous workshops in 2016, 2017, and 2018 enjoyed wide participation from both academia and industry.


Paper submissions due: 17th September 2019 at 23:59 Anywhere on Earth
Author notifications: 1st October 2019
DiDi Challenge submission due: 30th November 2019:
Argo Challenge submission due: 1st December 2019:
Camera-ready papers due: 1st December 2019:

Date: Saturday 14th December 2019
Room: 1, 2, and 3 (East Building, Meeting Level)


  • Vladlen Koltun

    9:00 AM

    Talk title (TBD)

    Vladlen Koltun

    Director of Intelligent Systems Lab, Intel

  • Igor Gilitschenski

    Time (TBD)

    Towards Robust Interactive Autonomy

    Igor Gilitschenski

    Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT

  • Chris Baker

    Time (TBD)

    Human-inspired AI for autonomous driving

    Chris Baker

    Chief Scientist,

  • Raquel Urtasun

    1:30 PM

    Talk title (TBD)

    Raquel Urtasun

    Associate Professor, UToronto / Chief Scientist at Uber

  • Eric Wolff

    Time (TBD)

    Talk title (TBD)

    Eric Wolff

    Principal Autonomous Vehicle Engineer at nuTonomy

  • Cathy Wu

    Time (TBD)

    Talk title (TBD)

    Cathy Wu

    Assistant Professor, MIT / Microsoft

  • Jaime Fisac

    Time (TBD)

    Talk title (TBD)

    Jaime Fisac

    UC Berkeley / Princeton


Camera-ready deadline: 1st December 2019 at 23:59 Anywhere on Earth
Submission website:
Submission format: either extended abstracts (4 pages) or full papers (8 pages) anonymously using:
 •  neurips_2019_ml4ad.tex -- LaTeX template
 •  neurips_2019_ml4ad.sty -- style file for LaTeX 2e
 •  neurips_2019_ml4ad.pdf -- example PDF output
References and appendix should be appended into the same (single) PDF document, and do not count towards the page count.

We invite submissions on machine learning applied to autonomous driving, including (but not limited to):
 •  Supervised scene perception and classification
 •  Unsupervised representation learning for driving
 •  Behavior modeling of pedestrians and vehicles
 •  Gesture recognition
 •  Uncertainty propagation through AV software pipelines
 •  Metrics for autonomous driving
 •  Benchmarks for autonomous driving
 •  Real-time inference and prediction
 •  Causal modeling for multi-agent traffic scenarios
 •  Robustness to out-of-distribution road scenes
 •  Imitative driving policies
 •  Transfer learning from simulation to real-world (Sim2Real)
 •  Coordination with human-driven vehicles
 •  Coordination with vehicles (V2V) or infrastructure (V2I)
 •  Explainable driving decisions
 •  Adaptive driving styles based on user preferences


Q: Are dual submissions OK?
A: Yes.

Q: Will there be archival proceedings?
A: No. Neither 4 or 8 page submissions will be indexed nor have archival proceedings.

Q: Should submitted papers be anonymized?
A: Yes. If accepted, we will ask for a de-anonymized version to link on the website.

Q: What is the poster specification?
A: Portrait: 36W x 48H inches (90W x 122H cm) on light weight paper, not laminated.


Time Slot Description
8:45 AM Welcome -
9:00 AM Vladlen Koltun Talk title (TBD) Intel
9:30 AM Posters + Coffee -
Time (TBD) Igor Gilitschenski Towards Robust Interactive Autonomy MIT
11:00 AM ArgoAI Challenge -
Time (TBD) Chris Baker Human-inspired AI for autonomous driving iSee
12:00 PM Lunch -
1:30 PM Raquel Urtasun Talk title (TBD) UToronto, Uber
2:00 PM DiDi Challenge -
Time (TBD) Eric Wolff Talk title (TBD) nuTonomy
3:00 PM Contributed Talks -
3:30 PM Posters + Coffee -
Time (TBD) Cathy Wu Talk title (TBD) MIT / Microsoft
Time (TBD) Jaime Fisac Talk title (TBD) UC Berkeley, Waymo


Argo Challenges:

We are hosting the first Argoverse competitions for 3d tracking and motion forecasting. The prize pool is $5,000 and winners will be invited to intern at Argo and present their methods at the workshop. More details can be found here.

Open for submissions through: 1st December 2019:

DiDi Challenge:

We are also hosting the D²-City Detection Domain Adaptation Challenge, a transfer learning challenge for object detection. The prize pool is $1,700 and winners will be invited to present their methods at the workshop.

Open for submissions through: 30th November 2019:



  • Rowan McAllister

    Rowan McAllister

    is a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley working on probabilistic models for safe motion planning with autonomous vehicles.

  • Nicholas Rhinehart

    Nicholas Rhinehart

    is a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University, focusing on understanding, forecasting, and control with computer vision and machine learning.

  • Fisher Yu

    Fisher Yu

    is a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley working in image recognition, interactive data processing systems, and high-level understanding of dynamic 3D scenes.

  • Li Erran Li

    Li Erran Li

    is head of machine learning at and an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

  • Anca Dragan

    Anca Dragan

    is an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley and runs the InterACT Lab, focusing on algorithms for human-robot interaction.

Program Committee

   We thank those who help make this workshop possible!

        •  Yehya Abouelnaga
        •  Elmira Amirloo
        •  Hossein Azizpour
        •  Arjun Nitin Bhagoji
        •  Maciej Brzeski
        •  Sebastian Bujwid
        •  Wei-Lun Chao
        •  Weikai Chen
        •  Xinyun Chen
        •  Chen Chen
        •  Fang-Chieh Chou
        •  Henggang Cui
        •  Neema Davis
        •  Zihan Ding
        •  Nemanja Djuric
        •  Alexey Dosovitskiy
        •  Hesham M. Eraqi
        •  Andrien Gaidon
        •  Yang Gao
        •  Paweł Gora
        •  Mikael Henaff
        •  Ravi Kiran
        •  Edouard Leurent
        •  Zhuwen Li
        •  Xiaoyuan Liang
        •  Xiao-Yang Liu

        •  Jun Luo
        •  Sergio Macua
        •  Miquel Martí
        •  Marcin Możejko
        •  Lukas Neumann
        •  Thi Nguyen
        •  Gaurav Raina
        •  German Ros
        •  Ahmad El Sallab
        •  Axel Sauer
        •  Mark Schutera
        •  Ibrahim Sobh
        •  Zhaoen Su
        •  Anthony Tompkins
        •  Stephen Tu
        •  Andrea Vedaldi
        •  Dequan Wang
        •  Bin Wang
        •  Hua Wei
        •  Peyman Yadmellat
        •  Xinchen Yan
        •  Hengshuai Yao
        •  Mohamed Zahran
        •  Jiakai Zhang
        •  Yuzheng Zhuang


East Meeting Room 1,2,3 in the Vancouver Convention Center, 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3C1, Canada