NIPS 2018 Sponsors
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.
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 home to 3,000+ researchers including 5 Nobel Laureates, 9 US National Medals of Technology, 5 US National Medals of Science, and 6 Turing Awards.
Microsoft Research is where leading scientists and engineers have the freedom and support to propel discovery and innovation. Here, they pursue and publish curiosity-driven research in a range of scientific and technical disciplines that can be translated into products. With access to vast computing power, global multi-disciplinary teams tackle complex problems that drive breakthrough technologies and improve lives.
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, personalized recommendations, Prime, AWS, Kindle, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information about machine learning at Amazon, visit amazon.jobs/NIPS.
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Stradigi AI is a leading AI powered solutions provider, backed by an applied research lab committed to bringing excellence & smarter results to international businesses. At Stradigi AI, we believe in unlocking AI to its fullest potential for the greater good. By generating more efficiencies and solutions to complex business challenges, we help contribute to research, science, technology and consumers’ lives. We have passionate research scientists who devote their time identifying challenges and providing original and custom AI solutions, that we then build into scalable products thanks to our talented software engineers. Together, we provide a full ecosystem catered to AI innovation, giving us and our clients a competitive edge.
NVIDIA is the pioneer of GPU computing — a supercharged form of computing loved by the most demanding computer users in the world. Fueled by the insatiable demand for better 3D graphics and the massive scale of the gaming market, NVIDIA evolved the GPU into a computer brain at the exciting intersection of virtual reality, high performance computing, and artificial intelligence. In 2006, the creation of the CUDA programming model opened up the parallel-processing capabilities of the GPU to general-purpose computing. And when GPU computing was applied to deep learning in 2012, it ignited the era of modern AI. Today, more than 600,000 developers have embraced the NVIDIA platform to solve some of the most complex problems in computer science. NVIDIA GPU computing has become the essential tool of the da Vincis and Einsteins of our time. For them, we’ve built the equivalent of a time machine.
About Intel AI Early detection of tumors. Predicting equipment failures before they happen. Having a natural conversation with your home or car. Making retail more personal than ever. This is Artificial Intelligence powered by Intel, and companies around the globe are using it to make money, save money, and advance the future of their industry. At Intel, we’re using decades of expertise in silicon, software, communications, memory and storage to create the new technologies that AI demands. Technologies that break barriers between data center and edge, server and network, training and inference, model and reality – maximizing the economics of AI to take data from theory to real-world success. Learn more: ai.intel.com
QuantumBlack is an advanced analytics firm, acquired by McKinsey & Company in 2015. Teams work in multi-disciplinary environments harnessing data to provide real-world impact bringing together the brightest data scientists, engineers and designers to take on the biggest problems. Our projects range from helping pharmaceutical companies bring lifesaving drugs to market quicker to optimising a Formula 1 car’s performance. At QuantumBlack you’ll enjoy the benefits of being part of one of the leading management consultancies globally and the autonomy to thrive in a fast growth tech culture.
Citadel is a leading investor in the world’s financial markets. For over a quarter of a century, we have sought to deliver industry-leading investment returns to clients including corporate pensions, endowments, foundations, public institutions, and sovereign wealth funds. Our global team works to help our clients’ capital fulfill its greatest potential across a diverse range of markets and investment strategies, including fixed income & macro, equities, quantitative, commodities and credit. For more information, visit Citadel.com. Citadel Securities is an award-winning global market maker that helps meet the liquidity needs of asset managers, banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds, government agencies, and public pension programs. We offer a broad array of fixed income and equity products, utilizing a unique set of capabilities and tools designed to drive down the cost of transactions. We strive to provide the most efficient execution and highest caliber of client services, making markets more fair and accessible for all. For more information, visit CitadelSecurities.com.
Borealis AI, a RBC Institute for Research, is a curiosity-driven research centre dedicated to achieving state-of-the-art in machine learning. Established in 2016, and with labs in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Waterloo, and Vancouver, we support open academic collaborations and partner with world-class research centres in artificial intelligence. With a focus on ethical AI that will help communities thrive, our machine learning scientists perform fundamental and applied research in areas such as reinforcement learning, natural language processing, deep learning, and unsupervised learning to solve ground-breaking problems in diverse fields.
Our mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, and AI is enabling us to do that in incredible new ways - solving problems for our users, our customers, and the world. AI makes it easier for you to do things every day, whether it’s searching for photos of people you love, breaking down language barriers, or helping you get things done with your own personal digital assistant. But it’s also providing us with new ways of looking at old problems and helping transform how we work and live, and we think the biggest impact will come when everyone can access it.
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.
Uber’s mission is to bring reliable transportation to everywhere, for everyone. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get a ride at the touch of a button? More than eight years and five billion trips later, we’ve started tackling an even greater challenge: reducing congestion and pollution in our cities by getting more people into fewer cars.
Wave Computing is revolutionizing AI and deep learning with its dataflow-based systems. The company’s vision is to bring deep learning to the data, wherever the data is—from the datacenter to the edge of the cloud. Wave’s innovative system solutions provide high-performance training and high-efficiency inferencing at scale, enabling companies to drive better business value from their data.
DeepMind is a neuroscience-inspired AI company which develops general-purpose learning algorithms and uses them to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since its founding in London in 2010, DeepMind has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, six of them in the top scientific journals Nature and Science, which is an unprecedented track record for a computer science lab. DeepMind’s groundbreaking work includes the development of deep reinforcement learning, combining the domains of deep learning and reinforcement learning. This technique underpinned AlphaGo, a computer program that defeated Go world champion Lee Sedol in 2016—a breakthrough experts proclaimed to have arrived a decade ahead of its time.
ALIBABA GROUP’S MISSION IS TO MAKE IT EASY TO DO BUSINESS ANYWHERE. We enable businesses to transform the way they market, sell and operate. We provide the fundamental technology infrastructure and marketing reach to help merchants, brands and other businesses 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, Cainiao Network and Koubei, respectively, we participate in the logistics and local services sectors.
Voleon is a technology company that applies state-of-the-art machine learning techniques to real-world problems in finance. For more than a decade, we have led our industry and worked at the frontier of applying machine learning to investment management. We have become a multibillion dollar asset manager, and we have ambitious goals for the future.
Founded in 2012, Bytedance owns a series of content platforms that enable people to connect with, consume, and create content through machine learning technology. Our flagship product Toutiao is the largest AI-powered content platform in China. Bytedance also operates a series of products popular with mobile users worldwide, including Tik Tok and News Republic.
Qualcomm invents breakthrough technologies that transform how the world connects, computes and communicates. When we connected the phone to the Internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our inventions are the foundation for life-changing products, experiences, and industries. As we lead the world to 5G, we envision this next big change in cellular technology spurring a new era of intelligent, connected devices and enabling new opportunities in connected cars, remote delivery of health care services, and the IoT — including smart cities, smart homes, and wearables.
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. 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. Our engineers and modelers harness data at tremendous scale, using machine learning, distributed computing and other technologies to build powerful predictive models. Come build with us!
Man AHL is a quantitative investment manager. A pioneer of systematic trading since 1987, we mix machine learning, computer science and engineering with terabytes of data to invest billions of dollars every day. Our collaboration with academia – the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance – celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017. We are a flat-structured company that seeks the best.
Invenia Labs uses machine learning to optimise the electricity grid, ensure demands are met at least-possible prices and minimum pollution. Our work helps to reduce emissions and pollution, improve the reliability of the grid and increase economic efficiency. We are researchers with backgrounds in machine learning, mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering and economics. In addition to being researchers, we are all interested in problems that have a huge impact on the world, specifically complex systems that involve economic and environmental efficiency along with human health and AI safety.
Preferred Networks (PFN) is a Tokyo-based startup that applies deep learning technologies to emerging industrial problems. PFN develops Chainer, a deep learning framework. PFN works with many world-leading companies, such as Toyota Motor for autonomous driving, FANUC for manufacturing robots, and National Cancer Center Japan for healthcare. Its subsidiary is located in California.
Cirrascale Cloud Services is a premier provider of dedicated, multi-GPU cloud-based solutions enabling GPU-driven deep learning frameworks and HPC applications. The Company delivers a secure, bare-metal high-performance cloud platform enabling customers to scale their business as needed. To learn more about Cirrascale Cloud Services, visit http://www.cirrascale.cloud or call (888) 942-3800.
Jane Street is a quantitative trading firm that uses innovative technology, a scientific approach, and a deep understanding of markets to guide our business. We employ over 700 people in New York, London, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam. The environment is intellectual and collaborative; every day, there are new problems to solve and new theories to test. We're always looking for our next great idea.
Founded in late 2016, Pony.ai aims to build the safest and most reliable self-driving solution and deliver it at a global scale. Pony.ai’s fully self-developed software algorithms and infrastructure enables a vehicle to accurately perceive its surroundings, predict what others will do, and maneuver itself accordingly. Pony.ai is a privately held company headquartered in China and in the United States.
NAVER LABS is an Ambient Intelligence company of NAVER, Korea's leading internet company. NAVER LABS researchers, engineers and designers work on future technologies including autonomous driving, robotics and artificial intelligence.The primary areas of research at NAVER LABS Europe in France are computer vision, natural language processing and machine learning and optimization.
The Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence, founded in early 2017, deploys cutting-edge AI technologies to generate real-world impact across Bosch products and services. The center’s goal is to achieve a leading position for Bosch in AI by attracting top talent, conducting differentiating research, and applying AI for the transformation of Bosch towards an AI-driven IoT company.
Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) is what’s happening and what people are talking about, all around the world. From breaking news and entertainment to sports and politics, from big events to everyday interests. If it's happening anywhere, it's happening first on Twitter. Twitter is where the full story unfolds with all the live commentary and where live events come to life unlike anywhere else. Twitter is available in more than 40 languages around the world. The service can be accessed at twitter.com, on a variety of mobile devices and via SMS. For more information, visit about.twitter.com or follow @twitter. For information on how to download the Twitter and Periscope apps, visit twitter.com/download and periscope.tv.
Cubist Systematic Strategies, the quantitative investing business of Point72, 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.
Through technology and innovation, Wayfair makes it possible for shoppers to quickly and easily find exactly what they want from a selection of more than 10 million items across home furnishings, décor, home improvement, housewares and more. Wayfair is reinventing the way people shop for their homes - from product discovery to final delivery, committed to delighting its customers every step of the way.
The MATLAB and Simulink product families are fundamental applied math and computational tools adopted by more than 5000 universities and colleges. MathWorks products help prepare students for careers in industry, where the tools are widely used for data analysis, mathematical modeling, and algorithm development in collaborative research and new product development.
Arm technologies enable the world’s most popular AI platform — the smartphone — including machine learning (ML) features like predictive text, speech recognition, and computational photography. We also enable newer AI platforms like voice assistants and consumer robots that are revolutionizing how people interact with technology and the way technology interacts with the world.
Jump Trading is a leader in automated trading powered by applied machine learning, high performance computing, and custom hardware. Founded in 1999, Jump Trading remains a privately owned and funded company with an entrepreneurial culture and 600 employees across offices in Chicago, New York, London, Singapore, and Shanghai.
NextAI is Canada’s premiere AI startup accelerator located in Toronto and Montreal - two global hotspots for AI research and commercialization. NextAI is for entrepreneurs, researchers and scientists looking to launch AI-enabled ventures. We provide up to $200K of seed funding and founder development in the form of in-depth business and technical education taught by award-winning global faculty and entrepreneurs. All NextAI teams are given workspace and in-kind startup perks and access to corporate partners providing resources, including technology tools, data sets and mentorship.
Bloomberg's technology drives the world’s financial markets. Bloomberg’s core product, the Terminal, is a must-have for more than 325,000 of the most influential people in finance. Our data scientists, engineers and researchers are building machine learning models for predicting the impact of news stories on company prices, recommendation systems, semantic parsing for question answering, topic clustering and classification, sentiment analysis, anomaly detection in time series and a variety of other problems.
The D. E. Shaw group is trusted by investors across the world to manage their assets by seeking the optimal balance of risk and reward. We use a combination of quantitative and qualitative tools to uncover independent, hard-to-find sources of return across global public and private markets. Founded in 1988 over a small bookstore in downtown New York City, the D. E. Shaw group began with six employees and $28 million in capital and quickly became a pioneer in computational finance. In the early days of exposed pipes and extension cords, tripping on a cable could take out our whole trading system. Today, the firm has more than 1,200 people around the globe and an institutional-grade (and trip-proof) infrastructure, but we still value creativity, entrepreneurship and the spirit of discovery.
Insilico Medicine is committed to extending human performance and longevity using the latest advances in AI. Insilico develops end-to-end AI-powered drug discovery pipelines and it pioneers the applications of the generative adversarial networks (GANs) and reinforcement learning for de novo generation of drug molecules. Insilico received NVIDIA top 5 AI companies for social impact 2017, CB Insights’ global top 100 AI companies 2018, and the Frost & Sullivan 2018 North American Artificial Intelligence for Aging Research and Drug Development Award.
BenevolentAI is the global leader in the development and application of artificial intelligence (“AI”) for scientific innovation. It is the largest private AI company in Europe and one of the five largest private AI companies in the world. BenevolentAI has built a leading position in artificial intelligence by developing technologies that deliver previously unimaginable scientific advances, rapidly accelerate scientific innovation and completely disrupt traditional methods of scientific discovery. The technology has been validated in drug discovery, specifically, in the most challenging field of human biology: the identification of new disease targets.
IVADO aims to bring together industry professionals and academic researchers to develop cutting-edge expertise in data science, operational research and artificial intelligence. With over 1000 affiliated scientists, IVADO is an advanced multidisciplinary centre for knowledge in sectors including statistics, business intelligence, deep learning, applied mathematics, data mining and cybersecurity.
Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.
Morgan Stanley is a global financial services firm and a market leader in investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. With offices in more than 41 countries, the people of Morgan Stanley are dedicated to providing our clients the finest thinking, products and services to help them achieve even the most challenging goals.
XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the global leader in designing & implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges including the \$10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition challenging teams to develop a multipurpose avatar system and the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE competition is challenging teams to develop powerful Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications.
Squarepoint is a systematic investment manager with deep functional expertise in Quantitative Research, Trading and Technology. We design and build our own cutting-edge systems, from high performance trading platforms to large scale data analysis and compute farms. With main offices in New York, London and Singapore, we emphasize true global collaboration by aligning our teams functionally.
Founded in December 2005, 360 Security Center is a leading internet security service provider in China. Our seasoned technical team is devoted to developing innovative and advanced security technology to protect personal computers and mobile phones. We offer a wide variety of security products, such as 360 Security Guard, 360 AntiVirus, 360 Secure Browser, 360 Safebox and 360 MobileSafe.
Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is a pioneer in the field of tire and rubber manufacturing. Recently, we launched a dedicated organization Digital Solution Center to further accelerate pushing the boundaries of mobility services by understanding ever-changing customer needs, based on advanced technologies in distributed IoT analytics and sensor-fusion technologies.
Founded in May 2017, Roadstar.ai is a Shenzhen & Silicon Valley-based startup specializing in Level 4 autonomous driving technologies. The company has raised US$128 million in Series-A Funding, marking the largest single-round funding for China’s self-driving industry. Roadstar.ai has formed strategic partnerships with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers from Japan, USA, and Europe.
PDT Partners has had significant success over the past 24 years as a quantitative investment manager by using a scientifically rigorous approach to develop and deploy trading strategies. We’re looking for people who love digging into challenging, data-driven problems. We have a supportive, collaborative culture, and are committed to being a fantastic place to work!
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 basic and application-driven research.
Founded in 2010, Quadrature Capital is a small tech business run by programmers. Using cutting edge technologies and complex algorithms, we analyse petabytes of structured and unstructured data to trade in a way that’s impossible for humans. Our trading is entirely automated and we look to bring automation to everything we do. Talented people and powerful technology make it all possible.
Westbourne Partners is a boutique recruitment firm and an AI specialist. Our portfolio of clients covers exciting start-ups, global Tech firms & the most successful Hedge Funds. We help our clients gain an edge in the competitive area of talent acquisition & help connect our candidates with well-matched teams in R&D. Our coverage includes Autonomous Driving, AR/VR, Research Labs & Quant Trading.