NIPS 2016 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.

Sponsorship is open for the 2016 meeting. Please visit our Sponsor Portal or Exhibitor Portal


American International Group, Inc. (AIG®)'s vision is to become its clients' most valued insurer. For the past 100 years, AIG has been a leading international insurance organisation serving customers in more than 100 countries and jurisdictions. AIG serves commercial, institutional, and individual customers through one of the most extensive worldwide property-casualty networks of any insurer. AIG believes that harnessing the power of machine learning and deep learning techniques is essential to go beyond merely generating new insights from data but also to systematically enhance individual human judgement in real business contexts. If you are also feeling passionate about being a catalyst for evidence-based decision making across the world, connect with AIG!

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected-this requires constant innovation. At Facebook, we believe the most interesting research questions are derived from real world problems. Working on cutting edge research with a practical focus, we push product boundaries while finding new ways to collaborate with the academic community.

Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Intel’s innovations in cloud computing, data center, IoT, & PC solutions are powering the smart and connected digital world. Learn more about Intel's vision for the future of artificial intelligence at

Winton is a British-based global investment management and data technology company. We believe the best approach to investing is the application of the scientific method. Combining statistics and mathematical modelling with cutting-edge technology, we create and evolve intelligent systems to invest in global financial markets, on behalf of our clients around the world. Winton was established in 1997 by David Harding, a pioneer in the development of investment systems who has founded two of the world’s most successful investment management firms.

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.

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.

The Audi Group, with its brands Audi, Ducati and Lamborghini, is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the premium segment. It is present in more than 100 markets worldwide and produces at 16 locations in twelve countries. In the second half of 2016, the production of the Audi Q5 will start in San José Chiapa (Mexico). 100-percent subsidiaries of AUDI AG include quattro GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy).

At KLA-Tencor, we research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor industry. We enable the digital age by pushing the boundaries of optics, sensors, image processing, machine learning and computing technologies, creating systems capable of finding defects as small as 10 nm at data rates of 50 GB/second. If you are passionate in driving R&D in advanced deep learning, 3D sensor fusion, Bayesian & Physics based Machine Learning, advanced Neural & HPC architectures, then KLA-Tencor is the place for you. We actively collaborate with research institutes all over the world with our R&D centers in the SF Bay area, Shanghai, Tel-Aviv and Chennai

You can get more details about KLA-Tencor from a recent talk given by our senior fellow Kris Bhaskar, at the 2016 Neuro-Inspired Computation Elements Workshop :

Data Collective (DCVC) is a venture capital fund that invests in entrepreneurs applying deep compute, big data and IT infrastructure technologies to transform giant industries. DCVC and its principals have backed brilliant people changing global-scale businesses for 20+ years, helping create billions of dollars of wealth for these entrepreneurs while also making the world a markedly better place.

At DeepMind, our mission is to solve intelligence and then use that to make the world a better place. Our motivation in all we do is to maximise the positive and transformative impact of AI. We believe that AI should ultimately belong to the world, in order to benefit the many and not the few, and we steadfastly research, publish and implement our work to that end.

Didi Chuxing is the world’s largest comprehensive one-stop mobile transportation platform. The company offers a full range of mobile technology-based transportation options for close to 300 million users across over 400 Chinese cities, including taxi hailing, private car hailing, Hitch, Chauffeur, DiDi Bus, DiDi Test Drive, and DiDi Enterprise Solutions. As many as 17 million rides are completed on Didi’s platform on a daily basis. Independent sources show that Didi holds over 87% of the private car service market and over 99% of the taxi hailing service market in China. As a practitioner in the sharing economy initiative, we are committed to work with communities and partners to solve China’s transportation and environmental challenges using big data-driven deep-learning algorithms that optimize resources allocation. By continuously improving the user experience and creating social values, we are committed to building an efficient, collaborative, and sustainable transportation ecosystem.

Tencent, Inc. is China's largest and most used Internet service portal.It is Tencent's mission to enhance the quality of human life through Internet services. Presently, Tencent provides social platforms and digital content services under the “Connection” Strategy. Tencent’s leading Internet platforms in China – QQ (QQ Instant Messenger), Weixin/WeChat,, QQ Games, Qzone, and Tenpay – have brought together China's largest Internet community, to meet the various needs of Internet users including communication, information, entertainment, financial services and others.

Citadel is 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.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, the Mac & Apple Watch. Apple’s three software platforms—iOS, OS X & watchOS—provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices & empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay & iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.


Founded in 2007 by leading machine learning scientists, The Voleon Group designs, develops, and implements advanced technology for investment management. We are committed to solving large-scale financial prediction problems with statistical machine learning.

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.

NVIDIA awakened the world to computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Researchers utilize GPUs to advance the frontiers of science with high performance computing. Industry and academia leverage them for deep learning to make groundbreaking improvements across a variety of applications including image classification, video analytics and speech recognition. strives to be Earth's most customer-centric company where people can find and discover virtually anything they want to buy online. The world's brightest technology minds come to to research and develop technology that improves the lives of shoppers, sellers and developers.

Criteo Research is pioneering innovations in computational advertising. As the center of scientific excellence in the company, Criteo Research delivers both fundamental and applied scientific leadership through published research, product innovations and new technologies powering the company’s products.

IBM Research embraces Grand Challenges like Deep Blue and Watson, and is continually extending Watson's Cognitive capabilities to enable real-world transformations throughout various businesses. It is home to 3000+ researchers including 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.

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.

AtlaSense centralizes all of the data from popular productivity apps into a single platform, and uses a self-learning neural network and the power of deep learning and NLP to provide users with new insights to help them find and share what they are looking for quickly and more efficiently. Different applications can be built on top of the platform, such as compliance and litigation support apps. AtlaSense also offers an API for developers to build their own applications and take advantage of all of our integrations and deep learning algorithms.

Baidu, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider. As a technology-based media company, Baidu provides the best and most equitable way for people to find they're looking for. In addition to serving Internet search users, Baidu provides an effective platform for businesses to reach potential customers. Baidu's ADSs trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "BIDU"


We imagine breakthroughs in investment management, insurance and related fields by pushing the boundaries of what open source and proprietary technology can do. In the process, we work to help real people. Through our investors, we support the retirements of millions around the world and help fund breakthrough research, education and a wide range of charities and foundations.

Sentient has created the largest and most powerful distributed intelligent system in the world. We use this platform to create products which will transform large sectors of the economy, by harnessing massive data sets to solve their most complex problems. Our artificial intelligence (AI) can identify and answer critical questions in new and groundbreaking ways, and act autonomously, while empowering people and businesses to make smarter decisions. Learn more at:

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce leader including the Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. We connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity through Connected Commerce. Founded in 1995 in San Jose CA, eBay is one of the world's largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2015, eBay enabled $82 billion of gross merchandise volume. 

The D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm with more than $38 billion in investment capital as of July 1, 2016, and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Since our founding in 1988, our firm has earned an international reputation for successful investing based on innovation, careful risk management, and the quality and depth of our staff.

Cubist Systematic Strategies, our systematic investing business, 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. The organization is structured to strongly support investment professionals in their research efforts.

FeatureX is a well-funded machine learning startup next to MIT, and we’re hiring. We analyze data to extract time-series features related to economic activity, and then use statistical machine learning to build real-time models at various scales - from global macroeconomic activity down to the performance of a single company. One key dataset is satellite imagery, so we’re deep into computer vision. Sound interesting? Visit our booth at NIPS or apply at

Jump Trading is a leading research-focused trading firm that combines sophisticated quantitative research, best-in-class technology, and an entrepreneurial culture across offices in Chicago, New York, London and Singapore. We foster intellectual curiosity and learning so employees can leverage petaflops of computing power and petabytes of data identify trends in global markets across asset classes.

Automotive Safety Technologies GmbH was founded in 2009 in Gaimersheim/Ingolstadt. Our areas of competency cover the full spectrum of development for integrated safety systems. From function and software development to required simulation and testing competency through to tool and process development in the area of integrated safety – from a single source.

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition.

Best known as the world’s number one automotive supplier, Bosch also has a broad product portfolio in industrial technology and consumer goods. In Corporate Research, researchers work on technological breakthroughs such as in software development and autonomous systems. In this way, new ideas are constantly taking shape improving existing products, while opening up entirely new lines of business.

As the innovation hub of United Technologies Corp., United Technologies Research Center and its Ireland subsidiary, United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Ltd., work to develop game-changing technologies and capabilities across the company and collaborate with external research organizations, universities and government agencies globally to push the boundaries of science and technology

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.

Hutchin Hill Capital manages approximately $3.4 billion with a global staff of 170. We are a multi-strategy manager focused on liquid investments in fundamental & quantitative strategies. We seek to generate attractive, risk-adjusted returns with zero beta and low correlation to traditional risk assets through investments in four distinct core strategies: equities, credit, macro and quantitative.

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. Our over 4,800 technologists work to define, architect, build and deploy complete systems and solutions that anticipate and fulfill our clients’ needs and market demands.

G-Research research investment strategies to predict price returns in financial markets. We develop the research and execution platform to deploy these ideas in markets globally. Our Machine Learning team develop techniques and apply them to seek patterns in large, dirty and noisy data sets. Their codebase is at the forefront of machine learning, pushing its boundaries to new and exciting areas!

Renaissance Technologies is a quantitative hedge fund management company founded by James Simons in 1982 and located in East Setauket, NY. Renaissance has 300 employees, 90 of whom have PhDs in mathematics, physics, statistics, or computer science. The firm's trading is based on models developed through the application of machine learning to massive quantities of financial data.

Rosetta Analytics is a newly formed investment management firm committed to using new data sources and new computational methods to uncover actionable investment signals. Through collaboration and co-investment with our clients, these signals are used to create customized but scalable investment strategies.

Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. is a leading Internet platform company in China as measured by our active user base of 496 million active Internet users. Recognizing security as a fundamental need of all Internet and mobile users, Qihoo 360 built a large user base by offering comprehensive, effective, cloud-based and user-friendly Internet and mobile security products. Qihoo 360 is one of top three Internet companies measured by user base.

Thirty years ago, Optiver started business as a single trader on the floor of the Amsterdam’s options exchange. Today we are at the forefront of trading and technology, employing over 950 Optiverians from over 40 nationalities. We stick to what we’re good at: making markets in a wide range of financial products. At Optiver we solve puzzles together over breakfast and spend our time using state-of-the-art data-science, quantitative models and technological systems to improve our Trading. Innovation through quantification is what gets us going.

Start Your AI Startup In Canada Announcing NextAI, a program and innovation hub in Toronto, Canada for individuals and teams who will solve major problems using AI. We select the most promising entrepreneurs and innovators and provide them with access to leading AI tools and scientists, founder development, capital and exposure to the corporate network to turn their ideas into reality.

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT.


Yandex is one of the largest internet companies in Europe, operating Russia’s most popular search engine. We provide user-centric products and services based on the latest innovations in information retrieval, machine learning and machine intelligence to a worldwide customer audience on all digital platforms and devices. Headquartered in Moscow, we have development and sales offices in 17 locations across nine countries.

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.

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.

Datatang is a global data provider. We are the trusted partner to many of the most influential corporations and institutions in the world. At Datatang, we believe we could connect the dots of data by providing ample opportunities for data exchange with diversified resources and ability to work toward new solutions together with our clients.

SigOpt is the optimization platform that amplifies your research, providing an ensemble the state of the art in Bayesian optimization research via a simple API and web interface. SigOpt takes any research pipeline and tunes it, right in place. Our cloud-based platform is used by globally recognized leaders in the insurance, credit card, algorithmic trading and consumer packaged goods industries.

Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Powered by the pioneering work of Nokia Bell Labs, our research and innovation division, and Nokia Technologies, we are at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives.

Schibsted Media Group is a global media company driven by new technology and employing 6,900 people in 30 countries to support 200 million users. We are driving new technology across online marketplaces and newspapers with data-driven products that leverage machine learning, are pioneering digital media houses, and have a portfolio of flourishing digital companies.

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.

Maluuba’s research powers a new era of artificial intelligence. We are driven by the single purpose of building great experiences powered by natural language processing. Our Montreal lab is one of the world’s leading research centres, led by a team of scientists focused on natural language and deep learning. Maluuba’s technology is used in over 50 million devices and experiences around the world.

Cheetah Mobile (NYSE:CMCM) is a leading mobile application developer, the #2 largest internet and mobile security corporation in China and the #3 global non-gaming developer on Google Play, with over 2.3 billion downloads times worldwide and 634 million mobile Monthly Active Users.

RBC Research is the research arm of the Royal Bank of Canada. The team’s mandate is to advance the state of the art in financial technologies by conducting research in machine learning and computer vision. RBC is Canada’s largest financial institution with over 80,000 employees across Banking, Insurance, Wealth Management, Investor & Treasury Services, as well as Capital Markets.

Beijing Institute of Big Data Research (BIBDR) is a new institution jointly sponsored by the Peking University and government of Beijing. It is the first big data institution in China that combines education, research, entrepreneurship and government service. Our mission is to developing educational programs for data science in China and as a platform for nurturing new enterprises in big data.

Palantir Technologies builds software platforms that help human experts perform powerful, collaborative analysis of data at scale. Palantir’s software is deployed at public institutions, private enterprises, and in the non-profit sector to address the challenges of responsibly making sense of complex, diverse data.

Disney Research’s objective is to drive value across The Walt Disney Company by injecting scientific & technological innovation. Our world-class research seeks to invent and transfer the most compelling technologies enabling the company to differentiate its content, services, and products. Disney Research combines the best of academia and industry, by doing both basic and application-driven research.

Telefónica I+D, the research and development company of the Telefónica Group, was founded in 1988 and its mission is to contribute to the Group's competitiveness through technological innovation. With this aim, the company applies new ideas, concepts and practices in addition to developing products and advanced services.

BenevolentAI is a British technology company harnessing the power of AI to enhance and accelerate scientific discovery by turning the world’s highly fragmented scientific research data into new insight and usable knowledge that benefits society. Simply put, the company is bringing people and technology together to revolutionise the process of scientific discovery.

Recursion Pharma is 25 people generating biological data as fast as the biggest bio research groups in the world. ​We’ve won $2M in NIH grants, and this fall closed a $15M series A led by Lux Capital. We’re using cutting edge microscopes to turn human cellular experiments into 100s of TBs of rich biological data, and ML to seek treatments for 100s of diseases as fast as possible. Join us!

Invenia Labs develops machine learning techniques to solve some of the world's most complex forecasting and decision problems. Located in Cambridge (UK), Invenia's current mission is to improve the efficiency of electrical grids, helping to reduce pollution and fight the global climate crisis.

QuantumBlack is an advanced analytics firm operating at the intersection of strategy, technology and design to improve performance outcomes for organisations.

Zalando is transforming from an e-commerce company into a multi-service platform that provides fashion as a service. We make it our mission to imagine and predict the infinite points of interaction between fashion and people - and develop the technology to make them possible. The +1300 members of Zalando Technology build most of our +40 platform products in-house and open source- from our logistics software to our mobile applications. We work in Scala, Java, Clojure, Spark, React, Swift, and Docker- to name just a few.