Montréal: Making room for robotics

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Montréal: Making room for robotics

Generating CAD$1.8m (US$137.5m) in tourism revenue for Montréal and Québec, the Palais des congrès de Montréal Convention & Exhibition Centre is set to host the international final of the World Robot Olympiad (WRO), 13-15 November 2020.

Organised by Zone01, the event will draw 2,000 participants to Montréal.

This international competition attracts students between the ages of seven and 25 from over 60 countries. Each year, more than 20,000 international teams build robots and take on various WRO challenges, in order to qualify for the international final and represent their country.

photo-raymond-larivee“We feel privileged to host these promising young creative minds and to play an active role in an event that is so clearly aligned with the importance we attribute to robotics and AI in Montréal,” said Raymond Larivée (pictured), president and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

“The intellectual wealth that will result from the event will greatly benefit students, researchers, universities and anyone advocating for technology,” added Larivée.

Coordinated by Andrée-Anne Sauvageau of the Palais de congrès de Montréal and funded by Tourisme Montréal, this international bid was presented at the most recent Olympiad in Costa Rica.

The participation of Dominic Bruneau, a graduate of École Polytechnique and HEC Montréal, had a determining impact on the Palais and Montréal being awarded the event.

Bruneau spent several years designing vision systems for industrial automation, and has been a member of numerous robotics clubs. He helped establish Zone01 as the WRO national organiser for Canada.

“I get involved in local and international competitions to offer young people the opportunity to broaden their horizons by exploring robotics systems. They represent our future scientists, engineers, manufacturers and inventors, and I like to see the spark in their eyes when they create and program robots,” said Bruneau.

A major Canadian AI hub, Montréal is home to the biggest community of deep learning researchers in the world (MILA). It has 11 higher learning institutions and 91,000 ITC workers.


The Palais des congrès de Montréal (pictured above) just hosted the RoboCup international competition in June 2018. Adding to its AI event portfolio, and in the lead-up to the 2020 event, the venue will welcome the ICRA – IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in 2019, and the 30th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the International Conference on Computer Vision in 2021.

Montréal hosts more international events than any other city in the Americas, according to the rankings released by the Union of International Associations.

Shortlisted for the World’s Best Congress Centre award (AIPC) and the recipient of the highest quality standards certification in the industry, the Palais des congrès de Montréal enjoys the collaboration of leaders from various sectors, who, in turn, can count on the Palais’ experience and support to foster the international reputation of their industry as it continues to evolve.

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