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Ingenuity Labs Thesis Showcase

October 12, 2021 3:30 – 4:30pm EST

Ingenuity Labs is hosting a thesis presentation competition where graduate students in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, and human-machine interaction present their work to a panel of judges and to the students, faculty, and industry partners. This is an opportunity for students from all departments and faculties to share their research across the university, connect with industry partners and potential employers, and win prizes!

Relevant Dates

The finals will take place at the inaugural one-day Ingenuity Labs Symposium on October 12th, 2021.

If necessary, qualifying heats will occur on October 5th, 2021.


Any Master’s or Doctoral student at Queen’s University is eligible to enter the competition whose thesis or research focus is in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), or Human-Machine Interaction. Participants must currently be an active student at the time of the competition and must have made substantial progress on their research and analysis. Graduate students who have defended, but have not yet convocated are eligible to participate.


The format of this competition is motivated by the “3 Minute Thesis” competition, but some modifications have been made to allow student to showcase their research in a more interactive manner:

  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations must be based on the primary research the student has conducted in their graduate program.
  • Videos are permitted to showcase implementations of robotics, AI, or HMI work. However, video must not be used instead of presenting and must be without voice-over.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final.


Presenters will have the option to use Ingenuity Labs video conference facilities to present at the symposium. The audience will be attending virtually via Zoom.

A maximum of 5 finalists will present at the Symposium. If more than 5 participants register, qualifying heats will occur on October 5th where the finalists will be selected. If 5 or fewer participants register, an informal presentation and feedback session will be planned for all participants on October 5th.