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AFOSR continues to expand the horizon of scientific knowledge through its leadership and management of the Air Force's basic research program. As a vital component of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFOSR's mission is to support Air Force goals of control and maximum utilization of air, space, and cyberspace. AFOSR accomplishes its mission by investing in basic research efforts for the Air Force in relevant scientific areas. Central to AFOSR's strategy is the transfer of the fruits of basic research to industry, the supplier of Air Force acquisitions; to the academic community which can lead the way to still more accomplishment; and to the other directorates of AFRL that carry the responsibility for applied and development research leading to acquisition.
Amazon.com strives to be Earth's most customer-centric company where people can find and discover virtually anything they want to buy online. Amazon's evolution from Web site to e-commerce partner to development platform is driven by the spirit of innovation that is part of the company's DNA. The world's brightest technology minds come to Amazon.com to research and develop technology that improves the lives of shoppers, sellers and developers around the world. At Amazon, our Machine Learning team is comprised of technical leaders who develop planet-scale platforms for machine learning on the cloud, assist in the benchmarking and future development of existing machine learning applications across Amazon, and help develop novel and infinitely-scalable applications.
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. Ten 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. The mission of research at Google is to deliver cutting-edge innovation that improves Google products and enriches the lives of all who use them. We publish innovation through industry standards, and our researchers are often helping to define not just today’s products but also tomorrow's.
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 and hosting conferences and collaborating with the academic community. Our research teams are an integral part of the engineering organization and work with real user data to solve real-world problems that impact millions of people.
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, such as the current move toward cloud computing and software-plus-services. Applied research focuses on the near-term goal of improving products by transferring research findings and innovative technology to development teams. By balancing basic and applied research, and by maintaining an effective bridge between the two, Microsoft Research continually advances the state of the art in computer science and redefines the computing experience for millions of people worldwide. Microsoft Research has more than 1,100 scientists and engineers specializing in over 60 disciplines and includes some of the world's finest computer scientists, sociologists, psychologists, mathematicians, physicists, and engineers, working in our worldwide locations.
Skytree® – The Machine Learning Company® is disrupting the Advanced Analytics market with a Machine Learning platform that gives organizations the power to discover deep analytic insights, predict future trends, make recommendations and reveal untapped markets and customers. Predictive Analytics is quickly becoming a must-have technology in the age of Big Data, and Skytree is at the forefront with enterprise-grade Machine Learning. Skytree's flagship product – Skytree Server – is the only general purpose scalable Machine Learning system on the market, built for the highest accuracy at unprecedented speed and scale.
Yahoo Labs is the scientific engine powering one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. From idea to product innovation, Yahoo Labs is responsible for the algorithms behind the quality of the Web experience for hundreds of millions of users. We impact more than 800 million people in 60 countries who use Yahoo, and we do it from some of the most interesting, diverse, creative and inspiring locations on the planet. Our scientists collaborate with each other and with scientists outside Yahoo, pioneering innovations that improve the Yahoo experience in both evolutionary and revolutionary ways. Yahoo Labs scientists invent the technologies of the future, and then make them a reality today.
PDT Partners is a top quantitative hedge fund where world class researchers analyze rich data to develop and deploy model-driven algorithmic trading strategies. We offer a strong track record of hiring, challenging and retaining scientists interested in conducting research where the lab is the financial markets. Our researchers come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, having published in the top conferences and journals in machine learning, statistics, information theory, computational biology, pure and applied mathematics, theoretical and experimental physics, and operations research. Composed of a tight-knit community of researchers, technologists, and business professionals, we strive to build one of the best quantitative trading firms in the world. Our investment success is driven by rigorous research, state-of-the-art technology, and keen focus on risk management and trade execution. We accomplish our goals by valuing depth and expertise, encouraging intellectual curiosity, and seeking constant innovation.
United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) delivers the world's most advanced technologies, innovative thinking and disciplined research to the businesses of United Technologies -- industry leaders in aerospace propulsion, building infrastructure and services, heating and air conditioning, fire and security systems and power generation. Founded in 1929, UTRC is located in East Hartford, Connecticut (U.S.), with an office in Berkeley, California, and research and development centers in Shanghai, China, and Cork, Ireland. UTRC currently has several open roles for people with strong machine learning and distributed analytics skills to support service technologies across a wide array of applied industrial applications. If you’re strong technically and enjoy working across a broad array of technical domains, UTRC may be the place for you.
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 architectures, methods for managing, searching and deriving meaning from data and in turning IBM's advanced services methodologies into reusable assets. IBM Research's numerous contributions to physical and computer sciences include the Scanning Tunneling Microscope and high temperature superconductivity, both of which were awarded the Nobel Prize. IBM Research was behind the inventions of the SABRE travel reservation system, the technology of laser eye surgery, magnetic storage, the relational database, UPC barcodes and Watson, the question-answering computing system that won a match against human champions on the Jeopardy! television quiz show. The Watson technology is now being commercialized as part of a project with healthcare company WellPoint. IBM Research is home to 5 Nobel Laureates, 9 US National Medals of Technology, 5 US National Medals of Science, 6 Turing Awards, and 13 Inductees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
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. Our investment activities are based on both mathematical models and our staff’s expertise, and our multi-disciplinary approach combines insights from quantitative fields, software development, sector expertise, and finance. We offer the benefits of being one of the world’s largest, most established alternative investment managers, with a world-class technology infrastructure, deep research capabilities, and programs that facilitate the ongoing growth and internal mobility of staff. We have a long history of looking for candidates who aren’t conventional “financial types,” and our culture doesn't fit the typical corporate mold.
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.
DRW Trading Group (DRW) is a principal trading organization. This means that all of our trading is for our own account and risk, and all of our methods, systems and applications are solely for our own use. Unlike hedge funds, brokerage firms and banks, DRW has no customers, clients, investors or third party funds. Our trading spans a wide range of asset classes, instruments, geographies and trading venues, with a focus on trading listed, centrally-cleared instruments. Founded in 1992, our mission is to empower a team of exceptional individuals to identify and capture trading opportunities in the global markets by leveraging and integrating technology, risk management and quantitative research. With that spirit, DRW has embraced the integration of trading and technology by devoting extensive time, capital and resources to develop fast, precise and reliable infrastructure and applications. DRW has a flexible and entrepreneurial culture that cultivates creativity and practicality.
Criteo enables companies to engage and convert their customers online whether they are on a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Through its proprietary predictive algorithms, Criteo delivers performance- based online display advertising on real-time consumer data. Founded in 2005 in Paris, Criteo now employs more than 700 people across its 15 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia, serving more than 4,000 leading e-commerce companies across +35 countries globally. Our R&D team of 200+ engineers worldwide is building the next generation of digital advertising technologies that allow us to manage billions of ad impressions every month. For more information, please visit http://www.criteo.com
Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRI-NA) was established in 2008 as a division of Toyota Technical Center (TTC) in Ann Arbor, MI. Toyota has been pursuing Sustainable Mobility, which addresses four key priorities: advanced technologies, urban environment, energy, and partnerships with government and academia. Recently Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and its Lexus Division unveiled its advanced active safety research vehicle for the first time at the International CES to demonstrate ongoing efforts around autonomous vehicle safety technologies and explain Toyota's approach to reducing global traffic fatalities and injuries. The vehicle, based on a Lexus LS, advances the industry toward a new era of integrated safety management technologies (see 1). The Lexus advanced active safety research vehicle is equipped with an array of sensors and automated control systems to observe, process and respond to the vehicle’s surroundings. These include GPS, stereo cameras, radar and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) laser tracking.
Xerox Research Centre Europe research covers a broad spectrum of activities linked to information, data, documents and processes. The centre is internationally reputed for its expertise in computer vision, data analytics, natural language processing, machine learning, ethnography and process modelling. The Machine Learning for Services group conducts fundamental and applied research in machine learning, computational statistics, and algorithmic mechanism design. Our research results are used in a wide range of applications, including relational learning, personalised content creation, large-scale recommender systems, and dynamic pricing. The evidence-driven solutions we develop are part of the Xerox services offerings. Today Xerox is the world leader in document management and business process outsourcing and research in Europe ensures that Xerox maintains that position. Xerox Research Centre Europe is part of the global Xerox Innovation Group made up of 650 researchers and engineers in five world-class research centres. The Grenoble site is set in a park in the heart of the French Alps in a stunning location only a few kilometres from the city centre.
As part of The Walt Disney Company, Disney Research draws on a legacy of innovation and technology leadership that continues to this day. In 1923, Walt Disney sold his animated/live-action series the Alice Comedies, founded his eponymous company, and launched a succession of firsts: The first cartoon with fully synchronized sound (1928). The first full-color cartoon (1932). The first animated feature film (1937). The first modern theme park (1955). The Walt Disney Company was also an early leader in entertainment technology development with inventions like the multiplane camera, Audio-Animatronics, Circle-Vision 360°, and Fantasound. In 2006, The Walt Disney Company acquired Pixar Animation Studios, a move that brought a host of valuable creative and technology assets, including a strong culture of excellence in research. Pixar is a major generator and publisher of world-class research in computer graphics. Its scientists contribute directly to Pixar’s critically acclaimed films, consistently winning multiple technical Academy Awards®. The Pixar acquisition was a source of inspiration for the formation of Disney Research, and continues to influence the way we’re organized and run. Disney Research was launched in 2008 as an informal network of research labs that collaborate closely with academic institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH). We’re able to combine the best of academia and industry: we work on a broad range of commercially important challenges, we view publication as a principal mechanism for quality control, we encourage engagement with the global research community, and our research has applications that are experienced by millions of people. We’re honoring Walt Disney’s legacy of innovation by researching novel technologies and deploying them on a global scale.
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC is an international e-publishing company for books and scholarly peer-reviewed journals in Science, Technology and Medicine (STM). E-content is distributed via numerous scientific databases, including SpringerLink, Springer Protocols, and SpringerImages. Book publications include major reference works, textbooks, monographs and various book series. Over 88,000 titles are available as e-books in 18 subject collections. The Machine Learning journal, published by Springer, is pleased to support the NIPS Best Student Awards.