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Ask HN: Which are the best conferences or summits on ML and AI
107 points by innoprenuer on Dec 18, 2017 | hide | past | web | favorite | 29 comments
I have recently started taking interest in Machine Learning, Deep Learning and AI. I would like to attend good ML and AI conferences in Europe. Any recommendations?

Not sure about conferences in Europe, but NIPS will likely be held in Montréal in December 2018. NIPS is quite focussed on neural networks and tends to get attended by alot of heavy weights in the industry.

ICML and ~ICRL~ ICLR are pretty good too.

ICLR* (IC Learning Representations) but yeah. I had to check whether there was something called "International Conference on Reinforcement Learning".

For machine learning in general, there's NIPS, ICML, and JMLR. Nowadays these conferences/journal have a nice mix of theory and practice. For natural language processing the top ones are ACL (NACL/EACL) and EMNLP. The computer vision it's CVPR and ICCV. For robotics (which uses lots of machine learning) it's ICRA and IROS. IEEE may also have some relevant material.

I would add ICLR as number 3 for machine learning.

So there is a great conference series on practical Machine Learning and Data Science called PAPIs. It's organized in locations all over the world. The next one is PAPIs EUROPE in London in April and then PAPIs LATAM in São Paulo in June. The website is http://www.papis.io and you can see a selection of talks on the youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHMa1aYqXIQPnQD34W-ejQg

Disclaimer: I am one of the organizers.

Attended the one in Boston, great conference with intimate atmosphere where you can personally meet any speaker :)

I already attended two PAPIS conferences in Boston, and are pretty good. It's not a massive conf, so I made great contacts from ML & AI-based companies.

Check their website, next conf is in London http://www.papis.io/

List of conferences on ML (in no particular order) 1. NIPS 2. ICLR 3. ICML

List of Conferences on CV (in no particular order) 1. CVPR 2. ECCV 3. ICCV

This guy has them right. I'd probably argue that CVPR is slightly more prestigious than ECCV/ICCV and NIPS is slightly more prestigious than ICLR/ICML, but deciding which conference to submit to is mostly related to "when is this research done".

KDD will be in London next year, this is the top conference in applied ML research. Actually solving problems using AI.

WWW will be in Lyon, this is also a tier 1 conference with a similar goal, mostly involved on web problems, eg search ranking.

I've always felt that ECML was the top Europe specific ML conference. Basically the little brother to ICML. ECML will be in Ireland, ICML will be in Sweden.

https://dotai.io (Paris, May 31st) stands out because it is primarily targeted to developers building apps, not researchers or framework authors.

Disclaimer: I'm the organizer, but don't take my word for it, watch the videos from last year: https://www.dotconferences.com/conference/dotai

SOCML (Self-Organizing Conference on Machine Learning) is really nice. Open discussions and interesting people. It's not the classic academic conference.

ECAL and SAB are not mainstream AI conferences. They are niche artificial life / adaptive behaviour meetings and have a very different flavour and history.

IJCAI and AAAI are the mainstream long-running AI meetings.

NIPS and ICML are the recently-ascendent NN-heavy meetings.

For a robotics focus, ICRA and IROS are the big ones. IMHO ICRA is a bit bigger and better than IROS but it's close.

Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) is smaller but its paper acceptance is much more selective and it is becoming a very prestigious conference. It's also single-track, which makes it nice as an attendee (ICRA and IROS run probably eight to ten parallel tracks).

CCF, the counterpart of ACM in China, has an official ranking for computer science conferences and journals classified into ABC.

The A class conferences in AI field are: AAAI, CVPR, ICCV, ICML, IJCAI, NIPS, ACL.


I already attended two PAPIS conferences in Boston, and are pretty good. It's not a massive conf, so I made great contacts from ML & AI-based companies.

Check their website, next conf is in London http://www.papis.io/

NIPS, ICML, ICLR, CVPR. Can't recall which are will be jn Europe off the top of my head..

If I may, what is the best ML/AI group on meetup with local presence in your city?

In MN, MinneAnalytics holds several good conferences and there are a good number of meetups too! http://minneanalytics.org

COLT, ICML, IJCAI, and AAMAS will all be in Stockholm in July 2018.

For less academic conferences look at ODSC, AnacondaCon, or UseR!

Anyone know how good qcon.ai is?

This is their first time running it. I went to qCon SF this year and I thought it was alright. They talked a bit about qCon AI and said that it was a machine learning conference that is targeted towards software engineers, not data scientists. They also mentioned that they would have a hands on lesson track.

there is ai.withthebest.com which is all online. it had some good talks.

do you know how to access the actual content? Clicking on „access replays“ brings you to „sale ended“. Clicking on „access platform“ leads to nowhere...

Some of the content is paid and some of the talks are posted on their youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAKID7sQr-EVjCu-Bg62Hjg

replays are available to people who purchased tickets, I dont think they were posted publicly anywhere. But you should keep your eye on them to see if they have another conference. It is suuuper cheap and online so its convenient (maybe not the highest quality talks, but still good).

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