NIPS 2012 Sponsors

NIPS is grateful for the generosity of the individuals and organizations who have offered financial support over the years and made it possible for a large number of graduate students to attend the NIPS Conference.



Winton Capital Management is a world leading quantitative investment manager specialising in applying advanced scientific techniques to the analysis of financial markets. The company was founded in 1997 and now employs over 300 professionals across offices in London, Oxford, Zurich, Hong Kong, New York, Tokyo and Sydney.


Google's mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Perhaps as remarkable as two Stanford research students having the ambition to found a company with such a lofty objective is the progress the company has made to that end. Over fifteen years ago, Larry Page and Sergey Brin applied their research to an interesting problem and invented the world's most popular search engine. The same spirit holds true at Google today...


Headquartered in New York City, the D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Since its organization in 1988 by a former Columbia University computer science professor, David E. Shaw, the firm has earned an international reputation for successful investing based on financial innovation, careful risk management, and the quality and depth of our staff...


EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver information technology as a service (ITaaS). EMC Centers of Excellence (COEs) develop global talent to drive innovation and provide services for our customers and internal operations. COEs now operate in China, Egypt, Ireland, India, Israel, Russia, North Carolina, and Utah.

Helping over a billion people share and connect around the globe requires constant innovation. At Facebook, research permeates everything we do. Here, research is more than a lab—it’s a way of doing things. At Facebook, we believe that the most interesting academic problems are derived from real-world problems. Our researchers work on cutting edge research problems with a practical focus and push product boundaries every day. At the same time, they are publishing papers, giving talks, attending ...


Built to support Big Data Analytics, Greenplum Database manages, stores, and analyzes Terabytes to Petabytes of data. Users experience 10 to 100 times better performance over traditional RDBMS products – a result of Greenplum’s shared-nothing MPP architecture, high-performance parallel dataflow engine, and advanced gNet software interconnect technology.

The Noah’s Ark Lab was founded in Hong Kong in 2012. Our basic mission is to conduct state-of-the-art research in data mining, machine learning and artificial intelligence by exploring theories and building intelligent systems. Our goal is to push the frontier of our understanding on how knowledge can be learned and intelligence can be realized from the Big Data. We are the first large-scale industrial research lab in Hong Kong ...


IBM Research is a research and development organization consisting of twelve laboratories, worldwide. Major undertakings at IBM Research have included the invention of innovative materials and structures, high-performance microprocessors and computers, analytical methods and tools, algorithms, software ...


Microsoft Research is dedicated to pursuing innovation through basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering.   Basic long-term research, unconstrained by the demands of product cycles, leads to new discoveries and lays the foundation for future technology breakthroughs that can define new paradigms ...


PASCAL is a Network of Excellence funded by the European Union. It has established a distributed institute that brings together researchers and students across Europe, and is now reaching out to countries all over the world. PASCAL is developing the expertise and scientific results that will help create new technologies such as intelligent interfaces and adaptive cognitive systems. To achieve this, it supports and ...


We are a technology company that applies a rigorous, scientific method-based approach to investment management. Since our founding in 2001, Two Sigma's vision has been to develop technological innovations that intelligently analyze the world's data to consistently deliver value for our clients. Our technology – inspired by a diverse set of fields including artificial intelligence and distributed computing – and our commitment to Research & Development aim to ensure that our methods are constantly improving and advancing.