The Machine Learning for Intelligent Transportation Systems (MLITS) will be held in conjunction with NIPS 2017 on Dec 9, 2017 in Long Beach, California.

Our transportation systems are poised for a transformation as we make progress on autonomous vehicles, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication infrastructures, and smart road infrastructures like smart traffic lights. But many challenges stand in the way of this transformation. For example, how do we make perception accurate and robust enough to accomplish safe autonomous driving? How do we generate policies that equip autonomous cars with adaptive human negotiation skills when merging, overtaking, or yielding? How do we achieve near-zero fatality? How do we optimize efficiency through intelligent traffic management and control of fleets? How do we optimize for traffic capacity during rush hours?

To meet these requirements in safety, efficiency, control, and capacity, the systems must be automated with intelligent decision making. Machine learning will be an essential component of that. Machine learning has made rapid progress in the self-driving domain (e.g., in real-time perception and prediction of traffic scenes); has started to be applied to ride-sharing platforms such as Uber (e.g., demand forecasting); and by crowd-sourced video scene analysis companies such as Nexar (e.g., understanding and avoiding accidents). But to address the challenges arising in our future transportation system, we need to consider the transportation systems as a whole rather than solving problems in isolation. New machine learning solutions are needed to meet the specific requirements that as transportation places, such as extremely low error tolerance and the need to intelligently coordinate self-driving cars through V2V and V2X communication.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners from all areas of intelligent transportations systems to address core challenges with machine learning. These challenges include, but are not limited to

  • accurate and efficient pedestrian detection, pedestrian intent detection,

  • coordination with human-driven vehicles,

  • machine learning for object tracking,

  • unsupervised representation learning for autonomous driving,

  • deep reinforcement learning for learning driving policies,

  • cross-modal and simulator to real-world transfer learning,

  • scene classification, real-time perception and prediction of traffic scenes,

  • uncertainty propagation in deep neural networks,

  • efficient inference with deep neural networks

  • predictive modeling of risk and accidents through telematics, modeling, simulation and forecast of demand and mobility patterns in large scale urban transportation systems,

  • machine learning approaches for control and coordination of traffic leveraging V2V and V2X infrastructures,

The workshop will include invited speakers, panels, presentations of accepted papers, and posters. We invite papers in the form of short, long and position papers to address the core challenges mentioned above. We encourage researchers and practitioners on self-driving cars, transportation systems and ride-sharing platforms to participate.