Best Papers from Top AI Conferences in 2020

A compilation of award-winning papers from ACL, CVPR, ECCV, ICML, NeurIPS, ICRA, and more in 2020.

January 29, 2021
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With 2020 being a challenging year, it did not stop newest breakthroughs and research in AI, machine learning, deep learning, robotics, computer vision, and more. Here is a compilation of award-winning papers from this year's top conferences.

Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2020)

Best Paper: WinoGrande: An Adversarial Winograd Schema Challenge at Scale [Paper]

Honorable Mention: A Unifying View on Individual Bounds and Heuristic Inaccuracies in Bidirectional Search [Paper]

Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2020)

Best Paper: Unsupervised Learning of Probably Symmetric Deformable 3D Objects from Images in the Wild [Paper] [Presentation]

Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2020)

Best Paper: Beyond Accuracy: Behavioral Testing of NLP Models with CheckList [Paper] [Video]

International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2020)

Best Paper: On Learning Sets of Symmetric Elements [Paper] [Presentation]

Best Paper: Tuning-free Plug-and-Play Proximal Algorithm for Inverse Imaging Problems [Paper] [Presentation]

Honorable Mention: Efficiently sampling functions from Gaussian process posteriors [Paper] [Presentation]

Honorable Mention: Generative Pretraining From Pixels [Paper] [Presentation]

European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV 2020)

Best Paper: RAFT: Recurrent All-Pairs Field Transforms for Optical Flow [Paper] [Video]

Honorable Mention: Towards Streaming Perception [Paper] [Presentation]

Honorable Mention: NeRF: Representing Scenes as Neural Radiance Fields for View Synthesis [Paper] [Presentation]

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2020)

Best Paper: Preference-Based Learning for Exoskeleton Gait Optimization [Paper] [Presentation]

Best Paper in Robot Vision: Graduated Non-Convexity for Robust Spatial Perception: From Non-Minimal Solvers to Global Outlier Rejection [Paper] [Presentation]

Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL 2020)

Best Paper: Learning Latent Representations to Influence Multi-Agent Interaction [Paper] [Presentation]

Best Paper Presentation: Accelerating Reinforcement Learning with Learned Skill Priors [Paper] [Presentation]

Best System Paper: SMARTS: An Open-Source Scalable Multi-Agent RL Training School for Autonomous Driving [Paper] [Presentation]

ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys2020)

Best Long Paper: Progressive Layered Extraction (PLE): A Novel Multi-Task Learning (MTL) Model for Personalized Recommendations [Paper] [Presentation]

Best Short Paper: ADER: Adaptively Distilled Exemplar Replay Towards Continual Learning for Session-based Recommendation [Paper] [Presentation]

Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2020)

Best Paper: Language Models are Few-Shot Learners [Paper] [Video]

Best Paper: No-Regret Learning Dynamics for Extensive-Form Correlated Equilibrium [Paper]

Best Paper: Improved Guarantees and a Multiple-Descent Curve for Column Subset Selection and the Nyström Method [Paper]

International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD 2020)

Best Paper - Research Track: On Sampled Metrics for Item Recommendation [Paper] [Video]

Best Paper Runner-up - Research Track: Malicious Attacks against Deep Reinforcement Learning Interpretations [Paper]

Best Student Paper - Research Track: TIPRDC: Task-Independent Privacy-Respecting Data Crowdsourcing Framework for Deep Learning with Anonymized Intermediate Representations [Paper] [Video]

Best Paper - Data Science Track: Temporal-Contextual Recommendation in Real-Time [Paper]

Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI 2020)

Best Paper: Models Genesis [Paper]

Best Paper Runner Up: Frequency-Dependent Attenuation Reconstruction with an Acoustic Reflector [Paper]

Best Paper Runner Up: Selective Synthetic Augmentation with HistoGAN for Improved Histopathology Image Classification [Paper]

British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC 2020)

Best Paper: Delving Deeper into Anti-aliasing in ConvNets [Paper] [Video]

Best Paper Runner Up: Key-Nets: Optical Transformation Convolutional Networks for Privacy Preserving Vision Sensors [Paper]

Best Student Paper: Weakly-supervised Salient Instance Detection [Paper]

Best Industry Paper: A CNN Based Approach for the Near-Field Photometric Stereo Problem [Paper]

Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2020)

Best Paper: Digital voicing of Silent Speech [Paper]

Best Paper Award - NLP-Covid Workshop:  COVIDLies: Detecting COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media [Paper] [Video]

Best Demonstration Papers: Transformers: State-of-the-art Natural Language Processing [Paper]

Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2020)

CIKM 2020 Best Paper: FANG: Leveraging Social Context for Fake News Detection Using Graph Representation [Paper] [Video]

Here is a comprehensive collection of research talks from all major AI conferences of this year.

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