Machine Learning, Dynamical Systems and Control

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February 20-21, 2024 | University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Machine learning and AI are now used broadly in the engineering and physical sciences, with a tremendous diversity of architectures and algorithms being developed across disciplines and applications.  The AI Institute in Dynamic Systems aims to annually host practitioners in the field, domain experts and ML/AI developers, to help build a common task framework (CTF) for evaluating algorithms.  An overarching goal is to develop a taxonomy of enabling architectures and algorithms for the various tasks required in applications, including estimation, forecasting, sensing and control.  This is in keeping with the AI Institute’s mission to build and support sustainable challenge data sets for evaluating algorithms and methods for solving modern problems in science and engineering. Join us for this exciting opportunity to bring together a broad range of researchers at the interface of data-driven modeling of systems in engineering and science.



Hybrid format with select sessions available online
Tuesday | February 20, 2024

9:30am Check-in
10:00am* Welcome (Zhu)
10:15am* Intro (Thrust Leads)
10:45am* CTF Initial Benchmark Problems (Brunton)
11:45am Break
1:00pm* Lightning Talks
2:00pm* CTF Demo (Kutz)
3:00pm Speed Research Matchmaking (Zhu)
4:00pm Workforce Development: Networking
Wednesday | February 21, 2024

9:30am Check-in
10:00am* CTF Teams (Du)
11:00am* CTF Hackathon
12:00pm Break
1:30pm* Hackathon Continued
2:30pm* CTF Hackathon Presentations (Du)

*Indicates session available online (HST)
Please check back for updates.
(Print/download schedule)


On-site Attendee Information

  • Remote/online attendees will be sent Zoom Link one week ahead of event.
  • Address for In-person attendees: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Campus Center Complex, Executive Dining Room, 2465 Campus Road Honolulu, HI 96822.
  • Recommended items to bring: laptop & charger, sweater, refillable water bottle.
  • UH is a member of eduroam (Wi-Fi).
  • Light continental breakfast/snacks will be available beginning at check-in. Note we will do our best to have options available that meet a variety of dietary needs.
  • Networking Event (Day 1): Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the event.
  • A documentary film crew will be present at the workshop.*
  • Lightning Talks (Day 1): With the CTF, everyone will have access to the same data sets and be able to submit solutions to assess performance. We invite you to participate in a lightning talk where you will briefly propose a data set for this purpose. Submit a slide, using our template*, by Feb. 13th!
  • Hackathon (Day 2): The Hackathon serves as a hands-on demonstration of the CTF toward problem solving. You will form teams and participate in a soft launch of the CTF by submitting solutions to our preliminary benchmark problems.
* See email sent January 31, 2024 with subject "Dynamics AI: CTF Workshop Announcements" for additional information.



Registration closed January 5th.


Travel Guidance

The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) is the largest airport on the island of O'ahu and is located in Honolulu.

There are several hotels in the vicinity at a variety of price points. Visitors are encouraged to explore accommodation options and determine the best fit for their needs and budget. Lodging through Airbnb is also an option. Include all fees to determine the daily rate (cleaning fee, service fee). The official workshop hotel is the Ala Moana Hotel.

Public Transportation

TheBus, the Honolulu city bus stops on campus at Sinclair Circle and other nearby locations. Visit TheBus for schedules, fare information, and trip planning.

These are additional options for getting to/from your destinations while visiting.

Health & Safety
Visit UHM's Department of Public Safety for the latest information on COVID-19 related policies and additional health and safety topics.

Accommodation Requests
We are committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. Please submit any requests for accommodations at least 10 business days in advance.

Local Area
For further trip planning such as local activities or places to eat, and to learn about O'ahu's history and traditions, explore UHM also offers a helpful, condensed listing for Honolulu and also provides guidance on ways to help recovery efforts from the recent wildfires fires on the island of Maui.

Campus Maps

An interactive map of the UHM campus is available online.


For parking locations and policies, visit Commuter Services.

AI Institute Code of Conduct
See policy



Travel funding is limited to faculty, students, and postdocs that are members of the AI Institute in Dynamic Systems. (Members, you do not need to apply for funding.) A suggested limit is $2,500, however this is not a hard limit as we recognize some members may be traveling longer distances. Please follow the guidance below and submit reimbursement at the end of your trip. Trip costs such as hotel, flight, and ground transportation are generally reimbursable. However, please continue reading further before booking travel.
  • Per diem is a daily limit that is allowed to be spent on lodging and meals based on location. (See per diem rates.). Note that lodging at the official workshop hotel meets per diem requirements.
  • The Fly America Act is a federal policy that mandates the use of U.S. certificated air carriers for federally funded international travel. Additionally, upgraded tickets/seats/class are not reimbursable.
  • We cannot reimburse costs associated with personal travel and/or other business-related trips that may be adjacent to this trip. If you have a unique travel situation, please contact us in advance for guidance.
  • Per UW travel reimbursement policies, travelers are generally reimbursed allowable expenses arriving one day before the start of official business and leaving one day after official business has ended. If personal time is added to your trip, we strongly recommend that at the time of purchase, you create and save a flight comparison showing business dates only. Please know that whichever is lower will be reimbursed. Lodging and/or other costs associated with any personal time, destinations, or items will not be reimbursed.
  • Please save all receipts and the final hotel folio for the reimbursement process.
  • Bundled packages are not recommended as itemized receipts are required.
  • Please see non-reimbursable examples.
  • Reimbursement is processed after the trip and may take approximately two weeks, plus time for your reimbursement check to reach you via postal mail. Please use this form to submit your request.


Local Organizers

Dr. Frances Zhu & Dr. Chrisy Xiyu Du, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa



Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


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The AI Institute in Dynamic Systems is supported by NSF.