The Midwest ML Symposium (MMLS) aims to convene regional machine learning researchers for stimulating discussions and debates, to foster cross-institutional collaboration, and to showcase the collective talent of machine learning researchers at all career stages.
  • Date: June 6-7, 2018.

  • Location: Logan Center @ UChicago.

  • Parking: There will be street parking available; we'll have more information closer to the event.

  • Accommodation: A block of double-occupancy dorm rooms has been reserved on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, and will be offered to MMLS participants, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. Complimentary shuttle transportation will also be provided between the UIC and UChicago campuses in the mornings and evenings.
    In order to reserve a room, indicate your preference in the registration form below, and be sure to send in a $50 check which is only deposited in the event of a no-show or cancelation. Note: as of March 7, we are close to capacity; housing requests will be honored in the order in which the no-show checks are received.

  • Registration: We are grateful to the 400+ current registrants; unfortunately, due to space constraints, we have now closed registration! We regret to say we can not guarantee a spot to further registrants, but urge you to write to us and we will try to our best to accommodate you!

  • Posters: We welcome poster presentations! In 2017, we were very happy to have ~50 posters, three of which received best poster prizes. In 2018, we are again offering three best poster prizes, each accompanied by $1000 graciously sponsored by 3M! Please see below for details!

  • Contact: For any questions or concerns, please write to

Plenary speakers.

Jon Kleinberg

Cornell University

Invited speakers.

Evan Sparks

Determined AI

Ermin Wei



We eagerly welcome poster submission! We offer three best poster prizes, each accompanied by $1000 graciously sponsored by 3M!

Please click here to see the formal call for this year's posters.

To be considered for the poster session, a one page poster summary must be submitted. The deadline was March 31; while we still welcome poster summary submissions (now sent as email attachments to, we can not guarantee every submission is allocated poster space, and also can not consider late submissions for the prizes. That said, your summary should still follow this format, which may be obtained in source form here.


Wednesday, June 6.

Time Event
8-9 am Breakfast
9-9:10 am Opening remarks
9:10-10 am Plenary talk: Alice Zheng
10-10:40 am Invited talks: Wei Xu, Chinmay Hegde
10:40-11 am Coffee break
11-11:30 am Poster spotlights
11:30-12:30 pm Poster session
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-2:30 pm Sponsored talks, Q&A panel.
2:30-3:30 pm Invited talks: Anna Gilbert, Mesrob Ohannessian, Alex Schwing
3:30-4:30 pm Coffee break, poster session
4:30-5:20 pm Plenary talk: Rob Schapire
5:30 pm Reception (graciously sponsored by ServiceNow!)

Thursday, June 7.

Time Event
8-9 Continental breakfast
9-9:50 Plenary talk: Jon Kleinberg
9:50-10:30 Invited talks: Evan Sparks, Yingyu Liang
10:30-11:30 Coffee break & poster session
11:30-12:30 Invited talks: Ermin Wei, Mladen Kolar, Jeff Naughton
12:30-1:40 Lunch
1:40-2:30 Plenary talk: Patrick Wolfe
2:30-3 pm Coffee break
3-4 pm Panel: MMLS advisory board
4-4:10 pm Closing remarks


  • Ben Zhao (moderator; UChicago).
  • Avrim Blum (TTI-C).
  • Laura Balzano (UMich).
  • Misha Belkin (OSU).
  • Maxim Raginsky (UIUC).
  • Nati Srebro (TTI-C).
  • Grace Wahba (UW-Madison).



To reach the organizers, please write to
  • Po-Ling Loh (co-chair; UW-Madison).
  • Matus Telgarsky (co-chair; UIUC).
  • Stanley Chan (Purdue).
  • Mike Franklin (UChicago).
  • Suriya Gunasekar (TTI-C).
  • Ambuj Tewari (UMich).