NeurIPS 2018Dec 10, 2018
Netflix was a proud sponsor of NeurIPS in Montreal this year. We were also able to sponsor WiML this year which provided a great opportunity to meet promising women and allies in the ML space. Here are some highlights from the conference:
Aish Fenton, a research manager for our recommendations platform, gave a talk at the System ML Workshop on why typed languages (such as Scala, Haskell, etc) are useful for machine learning. You can access the slides here
Dawen Liang, one of our machine learning scientists, along with colleagues from academia and industry, organized the 1st Symposium on Approximate Bayesian Inference (AABI), which is the spiritual successor of a series of successful NeurIPS AABI workshops in the past few years. It was a one-day event with invited talks from the top researchers describing their latest work, as well as contributed talks covering a broad area of the field. It was very well attended.
We had a poster paper and two regular papers accepted this year:
Scalar Posterior Sampling with Applications, In Wed Poster Session B by Georgios Theocharous · Zheng Wen · Yasin Abbasi · Nikos Vlassis
Explaining Deep Learning Models -- A Bayesian Non-parametric Approach In Tue Poster Session B by Wenbo Guo · Sui Huang · Yunzhe Tao · Xinyu Xing · Lin Lin
Correlated Variational Auto-Encoders In Bayesian Deep Learning Workshop by Da Tang, Dawen Liang and Tony Jebara