NIPS 2015 Sponsors

Corporate sponsorship of the annual NIPS Conference contributes to the successful outcome of each year's Conference and we appreciate your support and participation.

We welcome more sponsors, but please note:  we can no longer guarantee your company's information will appear in the printed material.   Our book has been sent to the publisher; it will be added to the NIPS website.  

Sponsorship is closed for the 2015 meeting. Please visit our Sponsor Portal or Exhibitor Portal next year. 


At Microsoft, we aim to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We care deeply about having a global perspective and making a difference in lives and organizations in all corners of the planet. This involves playing a small part in the most fundamental of human activities: Creating tools that enable each of us along our journey to become something more. Our mission is grounded in both the world in which we live and the future we strive to create. Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and we aim to enable our customers to thrive in this world.

ALIBABA GROUP’S MISSION IS TO MAKE IT EASY TO DO BUSINESS ANYWHERE. We operate leading online and mobile marketplaces in retail and wholesale trade, as well as cloud computing and other services. We provide technology and services to enable consumers, merchants, and other participants to conduct commerce in our ecosystem.

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.


Co-founded in 2007 by two leading scientists, The Voleon Group designs, develops, and applies cutting-edge technologies to investment management. We are a family of companies dedicated to solving large-scale scientific problems with statistical machine learning techniques.

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.

NVIDIA is a world leader in visual computing. Our technologies are transforming a world of displays into a world of interactive discovery for everyone from gamers and scientists, to consumers and enterprises. We invest in our people, our technologies, and our research and development efforts to deliver the highest quality products to customers across the globe... 

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... 

We’re Citadel, a worldwide leader in finance that uses next-generation technology and alpha-driven strategies to transform the global economy. We tackle some of the toughest problems in the industry by pushing ourselves to be the best again and again. It’s demanding work for the brightest minds, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Here, great ideas can come from anyone. Everyone. You.

Baidu, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider. As a technology-based company, Baidu aims to provide the best and most equitable way for people to find what they’re looking for. In addition to serving individual Internet search users, Baidu provides an effective platform for businesses to reach potential customers. Baidu USA is home to Baidu USDC and Baidu Research. ... 

Twitter is the heartbeat of the world: it’s the only platform that offers insight into everything that is happening in the last 15 minutes from the macro to very local. Every event happens on Twitter, and Twitter Cortex is the central machine learning team responsible of surfacing from the massive and ever changing firehose of content the most relevant tweet, photos, videos and live periscopes. 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 to research and develop technology that improves the lives of shoppers, sellers and developers.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, the Mac and Apple Watch. Apple’s three software platforms — iOS, OS X and watchOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services... 

Ketchum Trading, LLC is a privately held, proprietary trading firm in Chicago. Driven by algorithms and utilizing the most advanced software and technology in the industry, our multi-strategy firm makes markets and trades in futures, options, cash equities, and exchange traded funds. The fundamentals of Ketchum Trading are simple: manage the risks inherent in modern markets... 


Yahoo Labs powers Yahoo's most critical products with innovative science. As Yahoo’s research incubator for bold new ideas and laboratory for rigorous experimentation, Yahoo Labs applies its scientific findings in powering products for users and enhancing value for partners and advertisers. The Labs' forward-looking innovation also helps position Yahoo as an industry and scientific leader.

We are a quantitative research and trading group with a strong track record of hiring, challenging, and retaining scientists interested in conducting research where the lab is the financial markets. Using state-of-the-art technology, we develop and deploy model-driven trading strategies. We value depth and expertise, encourage intellectual curiosity and seek constant innovation... 

Panasonic is focusing on bringing new solutions to an ever-changing environment, full of cutting edge technologies. We apply Deep Learning as a tool to improve the real-life situations of today and the evolving situations of tomorrow. Deep Learning is just one of the key technologies we employ to understand more about each other and how to navigate through our lives: safely, honestly and happily. 

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.

eBay is The World's Online Marketplace, enabling trade on a local, national and international basis. With a diverse and passionate community of individuals and small businesses, eBay offers an online platform where millions of items are traded each day.

At AHL we mix mathematics, computer science, statistics and engineering with terabytes of data to understand and predict financial markets. Led by research and technology, we build models and write programs that invest billions of dollars every day. We are a small flat-structured company that seeks the best.

AdRoll is a high-performance advertising platform that helps businesses of all sizes execute on marketing campaigns around the world. We are the world’s most widely used “real-time bidding” retargeting platform, with over 20,000 customers in more than 100 countries. What is real-time bidding? It means we help companies intelligently bid on advertising spaces billions of times a day in fractions of seconds... 

The D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm with more than $37 billion in aggregate investment capital as of July 1, 2015 and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Since its organization in 1988, the firm has earned an international reputation for financial innovation, technological leadership, and an extraordinarily distinguished staff.

Tackling Today’s Biggest Challenges. The Mission of Oracle Labs is straightforward: Identify, explore, and transfer new technologies that have the potential to substantially improve Oracle's business. Oracle's commitment to R&D is a driving factor in the development of technologies that have kept Oracle at the forefront of the computer industry... 

Winton is a new kind of investment management business, driven by a scientific approach to trading financial markets. From humble beginnings, we have grown into one of the largest investment management businesses in Europe with an AUM exceeding $30 billion. We pride ourselves on providing a collaborative environment where original thought and stimulating research can flourish... 

Cubist Systematic Strategies is one of the world’s premier investment firms. The firm deploys systematic, computer-driven trading strategies across multiple liquid asset classes, including equities, futures and foreign exchange. The core of our effort is rigorous research into a wide range of market anomalies, fueled by our unparalleled access to a wide range of publicly available data sources.

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)... 

CenturyLink Cognilytics is a global leader in big data, decision sciences, and data visualization solutions including predictive asset maintenance, cybersecurity, risk analytics, demand forecasting, sales & marketing analytics, customer churn analytics, pricing and promotion analytics, and supply chain optimization. Our team focuses on leveraging advanced machine learning techniques to solve real world problems.

We are the UK’s national institute for data science. Our mission is to undertake data science research at the intersection of computer science, maths, statistics and systems engineering; provide technically informed advice to policy makers on the wider implications of algorithms; enable researchers from industry and academia to work together to undertake research with practical applications.

Analog Devices | Lyric Labs is focused on interfacing with the real world, developing algorithms to process real data, and delivering unique processing solutions in hardware built to run machine learning, statistical inference, and deep learning algorithms, as well as cloud-hosted implementations

Maluuba is a well-funded startup connecting 50+ million people to technology through A.I. conversations. We are driven by the single purpose of building great products powered by natural language processing. Our goal? To help machines understand the world via human language. Our Montreal lab is a fast, nimble group of scientists tackling cutting-edge problems in areas of deep learning for NLP.

Vatic Labs was built by scientists, engineers, and traders, working in collaboration to solve complex problems that will define the future of algorithmic trading. Through the application of statistical methods and cutting edge technology, our team is transforming novel trading ideas into strategies that boost market efficiency and provide sustainable liquidity for all market participants.

Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRI-NA) (est. 2008), located in Ann Arbor, MI, is one of Toyota's global advanced R&D sites. Research includes the development of intelligent driving systems for advanced safety and automated driving. Our team develops machine learning, computer vision, and robotics technologies applied to advanced sensor processing and decision making systems.

Deep Genomics is inventing machine learning systems to discover how cells read and interpret the genome, taking computational genome diagnostics to the next level. We combine world-leading expertise in deep learning, genome biology, and precision medicine.

Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. Our tools and services allow our customers to create groundbreaking digital content, deploy it across media and devices, measure and optimize it over time and achieve greater business success. We help our customers make, manage, measure and monetize their content across every channel and screen.

Imagia’s mission is to layer actionable information atop medical imaging data. Together with our research and industry partners, we will integrate deep learning to oncology practices and products for better productivity and patient outcomes. We are poised to make clinically significant differences across the cancer care continuum in detection, diagnosis, image-guidance and treatment monitoring.

Sony’s US Research Center (USRC) is engaged in R&D of emerging technologies, and explorations in basic science for next-gen products and new businesses. By utilizing complex engineering and mathematical principles in computer vision, graphics and deep learning, our researchers create core technologies, algorithms and architectures for advanced multimedia & medical imaging platforms and products.

We find connections in all the world’s data. These insights guide investment strategies that support retirements, fund research, advance education and benefit philanthropic initiatives. So, if harnessing the power of math, data and technology to help people is something that excites you, let’s connect. is building a DNN training acceleration platform which will efficiently scale to hundreds if not thousands of GPUs. We have proprietary training algorithms and some of the greatest minds in the High Performance Computing world working together to slash overall training times from months down to weeks.

About Criteo At Criteo, personalized digital performance advertising is what we do. And it’s what we do best. Known for the quality of our digital advertising technologies, developed by the 250+ world-class engineers working for our R&D in Paris, Grenoble and Palo Alto. Our technology takes an algorithmic approach to determining what user we show an ad to, when, and for what products.

Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 70 million members in over 60 countries enjoying more than 100 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and films. Machine learning drives many aspects of the Netflix product and is core to Netflix's mission to provide the best content tailored to each individual's tastes.

Bloomberg technology helps drive the world’s financial markets. We provide communications platforms, data, analytics, trading platforms, news and information for the world’s leading financial market participants. We deliver through our unrivaled software, digital platforms, mobile applications and state of the art hardware developed by Bloomberg technologists for Bloomberg customers.

Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ) which commenced publication in 1970, is now the generally accepted premier international forum for the publication of results of current research in this field. The journal welcomes foundational and applied papers describing mature work involving computational accounts of aspects of intelligence. ...