NIPS 2017 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 2017 meeting. Please visit our Sponsor Portal or Exhibitor Portal. Both portals are temporarily closed.


At IBM Research, we invent things that matter to the world. Today, we are pioneering promising and disruptive technologies that will transform industries and society, including the future of AI, blockchain and quantum computing. We are driven to discover. We are home 3,000+ 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.


Data Collective (DCVC) is a venture capital fund that backs entrepreneurs applying deep tech, including cutting edge ML and AI, to transform giant industries. DCVC and its principals have supported brilliant people changing global-scale businesses for over twenty years, helping create tens of billions of dollars of wealth while also making the world a markedly better place.

Analyzing global markets with discipline and focus, we employ a diverse range of strategies in an effort to bring capital to its fullest potential and deliver consistent investment returns to our clients. We do this by working harder, seeing farther, and by empowering the world’s most talented minds with the tools and culture they need to achieve peak performance.

Research at Google tackles the most challenging problems in Computer Science and related fields. Being bold and taking risks is essential to what we do, and research teams are embedded throughout Google allowing our discoveries to affect billions of users each day.

Giving people the power to share and connect requires constant innovation. At Facebook, research permeates everything we do. 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 every day. At the same time, we publish papers, give talks, and collaborate broadly with the academic community.

Graphcore has created a completely new processor that’s the first to be specifically designed for machine intelligence workloads – an Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU) that will set a new pace of innovation.

Amazon 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. For more information about Machine Learning at Amazon, visit:

ALIBABA GROUP'S MISSION IS TO MAKE IT EASY TO DO BUSINESS ANYWHERE.We provide the fundamental technology infrastructure and marketing reach to help merchants, brands and other businesses that provide products, services and digital content to leverage the power of the Internet to engage with their users and customers. Our businesses are comprised of core commerce, cloud computing, digital media and entertainment, innovation initiatives and others.Through investee affiliates, we also participate in the logistics and local services sectors.

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.

As Korea’s No. 1 internet company, NAVER Corporation accounts for over 76 percent of the country's search market, and operates a diverse range of services and products related to news, blogging, music, translations, webtoons, video and more. Based in Japan, LINE Corporation launched the LINE messaging app in June 2011 and since then has grown into a diversified platform, offering a variety of services and contents for more than 200 million users around the globe. Together, NAVER and LINE are now focusing on using their extensive databases of contents and user information to develop a general-purpose AI platform called the Cloud-based Virtual Assistant (Clova). A Clova-powered mobile app and AI speakers have already launched in Korea and Japan and the companies are continuing to explore such fields as natural language processing, computer vision, speech, and recommendation engines.

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.

Gold is both the largest e-commerce company in China, and the largest Chinese retailer, by revenue. The company strives to offer consumers the best online shopping experience. Through its user-friendly website, native mobile apps, and WeChat and Mobile QQ entry points, JD offers consumers a superior shopping experience. The company has the largest fulfillment infrastructure of any e-commerce company in China. As of June 30, 2017, operated 7 fulfillment centers and 335 warehouses covering 2,691 counties and districts across China, staffed by its own employees. is a member of the NASDAQ100 and a Fortune Global 500 company.

RBC Research Institute is the R&D arm of RBC. Our team performs fundamental research in machine learning theory and applications and aims to advance the state-of-the-art in financial technologies. RBC Research Institute supports open academic collaborations and partners with world-class research centres in artificial intelligence to bring cutting-edge machine learning to banking and beyond.

Optiver’s story began over 30 years ago, when we started business as a single trader on the floor of Amsterdam’s options exchange. Today, we are at the forefront of trading and technology as a leading global electronic market maker, focused on pricing, execution and risk management. With over 1,000 employees globally, our mission to improve the market unites us.

Preferred Networks Inc. (PFN) is a Tokyo-based startup that applies the latest artificial intelligence technologies to emerging industrial problems. PFN develops machine learning software including Chainer, a Python deep learning framework, and Deep Intelligence in-Motion (DIMo), a deep learning suite for industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications. PFN works with many world-leading companies, such as FANUC for manufacturing robots, Toyota Motors for autonomous driving, and National Cancer Research Center in Japan for healthcare. Our team consists of experts in various fields not only in machine learning but also computer vision, robotics, natural language processing, bioinformatics and many others. The company is expanding globally, and its subsidiary is located in California.

Salesforce, the global CRM leader, empowers companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way. The company has been democratizing technology since 1999, making the cloud, mobile, social, IoT, and now AI available to all companies, regardless of size and scale. Salesforce's Customer Success Platform includes cloud-based applications for sales, service, marketing, commerce and more.


Huawei Technologies is a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider whose business spans telecommunication infrastructure, consumer electronics and business IT solutions. Huawei Technologies' Noah’s Ark Lab is a research lab, located in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Paris focusing on machine learning, speech and language processing and intelligent systems.

At XPRIZE we are the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. We believe that inherent to every individual on the planet is a creative, entrepreneurial and inventive spirit, and as a global community – or crowd – we can activate this ingenuity and create innovation to collectively solve the Earth’s most pressing problems.

SigOpt is an optimization platform that seamlessly tunes AI and ML model parameters through a state-of-the-art ensemble of Bayesian and global optimization algorithms behind a simple API. SigOpt can tune any predictive or machine learning model right in place, and the federated API design ensures no proprietary data leaves your premises.

At Two Sigma, we imagine breakthroughs in investment management, insurance and related fields by pushing the boundaries of what open source and proprietary technology can do. Our engineers and modelers harness data at tremendous scale, using machine learning, distributed computing and other technologies to build powerful predictive models.

eBay is the world’s most vibrant marketplace! Our vision for commerce is enabled by people, powered by technology and open to everyone. If you want write a chapter in the next part of our story please check out for all of our current opportunities.

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.

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.

As market leader in corporate application software,SAP now integrates machine learning technologies to empower business growth.SAP Leonardo,our digital innovation system offers an entire portfolio of automated applications&services that allows companies to run better,rapidly innovate & scale.By bringing ML,IoT,blockchain,Big Data together on SAP cloud platform we enable the intelligent enterprise

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.

Jump Trading is a leading quantitative trading firm built upon cutting-edge research and machine learning, high-performance technology, and an entrepreneurial culture. We build predictive models from big data and develop algorithms to automatically execute trades in dozens of financial exchanges around the world.

Rosetta Analytics is an investment management startup committed to using artifi-cial intelligence and machine learning with traditional and nontraditional data sources to create scalable investment strategies for pension funds, endowments, foundations, and sovereign wealth funds.

Recursion is an emerging biotechnology company that combines experimental biology and bioinformatics with artificial intelligence in a massively parallel system to efficiently identify treatments for genetic diseases utilizing massive, data-rich image sets. Recursion is becoming the first truly AI-enabled biotech company with a vision to ultimately create a map of human cellular biology.


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.

Sentient Technologies builds disruptive products differentiated by scaled AI. Sentient's powerful distributed artificial intelligence (AI) platform combines multiple AI disciplines (deep learning, evolutionary AI, neuroevolution) with unmatched scale. Sentient uses its platform in finance (, retail (, and digital media (

Qihoo 360 is a Chinese internet security company known for its antivirus software (360 Safeguard, 360 Mobile Safe), Web Browser (360 Browsers), and Mobile Application Store (360 Mobile Assistant).