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The Alan Turing Institute

Optimization and Machine Learning Workshop

Published: 24 October 2019

Sponsored by The Alan Turing Institute, the OptML workshop was held at the University of Southampton on 18 October 2019 and brought together leading experts (from both academia and industry) to discuss approaches to tackle optimization challenges in machine learning tasks and develop collaborations that will lead to new discoveries.

What is Optimization?

Optimization is a driving force behind the development of efficient tools for machine learning and data science.

Considering the ever-growing number of challenges related to existing and new machine learning tools (e.g., deep learning, involved with highly nonconvex optimization problems) and complicated structures appearing in data sets, there is a need for optimization and machine learning experts to come together to address these issues, while anticipating on future ones. At the same time, to make sure that new solutions from the research community meet real-world demand, practitioners need to be involved in this effort.

The event featured invited talks from top machine learning and optimization experts, as well as practitioners from companies using and/or developing machine learning tools to solve real-world problems. Participants were also offered the opportunity to present research posters dedicated to algorithms and applications of machine learning.

The Speakers

  • Coralia Cartis, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Alexander Culley, INTL FCStone Inc., London, UK
  • Robert M. Gower, Télécom ParisTech, Paris, France
  • Jonathon Hare, Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  • Ivan Markovsky, ELEC Department, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
  • Mohammad Mesgarpour, Data Science and Research, Microlise, Nottingham, UK
  • Laura Palagi, Department of Computer Science and Control, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
  • Andrea Simonetto, Ireland Research Lab, IBM, Dublin, Ireland
  • Dave Woods, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK



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