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Challenges in Machine Learning workshop (CiML 2014)
Isabelle Guyon · Evelyne Viegas · Percy Liang · Olga Russakovsky · Rinat Sergeev · Gábor Melis · Michele Sebag · Gustavo Stolovitzky · Jaume Bacardit · Michael S Kim · Ben Hamner

Fri Dec 12 05:30 AM -- 03:30 PM (PST) @ Level 5; room 511 c
Event URL: http://ciml.chalearn.org »

Challenges in Machine Learning have proven to be efficient and cost-effective ways to quickly bring to industry solutions that may have been confined to research. In addition, the playful nature of challenges naturally attracts students, making challenge a great teaching resource. Challenge participants range from undergraduate students to retirees, joining forces in a rewarding environment allowing them to learn, perform research, and demonstrate excellence. Therefore challenges can be used as a means of directing research, advancing the state-of-the-art or venturing in completely new domains.

Yet, despite initial successes and efforts made to facilitate challenge organization with the availability of competition platforms, little effort has been put into the theoretical foundations of challenge design and the optimization of challenge protocols. This workshop will bring together workshop organizers, platform providers, and participants to discuss best practices in challenge organization and new methods and application opportunities to design high impact challenges. The themes to be discussed will include new paradigms of challenge organization to tackle complex problems (e.g. tasks involving multiple data modalities and/or multiple levels of processing).

Author Information

Isabelle Guyon (U. Paris-Saclay & ChaLearn)

Isabelle Guyon recently joined Google Brain as a research scientist. She is also professor of artificial intelligence at Université Paris-Saclay (Orsay). Her areas of expertise include computer vision, bioinformatics, and power systems. She is best known for being a co-inventor of Support Vector Machines. Her recent interests are in automated machine learning, meta-learning, and data-centric AI. She has been a strong promoter of challenges and benchmarks, and is president of ChaLearn, a non-profit dedicated to organizing machine learning challenges. She is community lead of Codalab competitions, a challenge platform used both in academia and industry. She co-organized the “Challenges in Machine Learning Workshop” @ NeurIPS between 2014 and 2019, launched the "NeurIPS challenge track" in 2017 while she was general chair, and pushed the creation of the "NeurIPS datasets and benchmark track" in 2021, as a NeurIPS board member.

Evelyne Viegas (Microsoft Research)
Percy Liang (Stanford University)
Percy Liang

Percy Liang is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University (B.S. from MIT, 2004; Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, 2011). His research spans machine learning and natural language processing, with the goal of developing trustworthy agents that can communicate effectively with people and improve over time through interaction. Specific topics include question answering, dialogue, program induction, interactive learning, and reliable machine learning. His awards include the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award (2016), an NSF CAREER Award (2016), a Sloan Research Fellowship (2015), and a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship (2014).

Olga Russakovsky (Princeton University)
Rinat Sergeev (Harvard)
Gábor Melis (Google Deepmind)
Michele Sebag (Universite Paris-Sud, CNRS)
Gustavo Stolovitzky (IBM Research)
Jaume Bacardit (Newcastle University)
Michael S Kim (Virginia Tech)
Ben Hamner (Kaggle)

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