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; please see here for more information.

  • 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.

  • 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: In 2017, we were very happy to have ~50 posters; three of which received best poster prizes. In 2018, we have roughly as many posters; we have selected 10 spotlight talks, and will award three $1000 prizes, 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



Thank you to everyone who has submitted posters. Unfortunately, the deadline has passed and we have closed poster submission. Please see the list of accepted posters and spotlights in the schedule below.

We will still select, from the spotlights, three best poster prizes (each accompanied by $1000), graciously sponsored by 3M!


Wednesday, June 6.

Time Event
8-8:50 am Breakfast
8:50-9 am Opening remarks
9-9:50 am Plenary talk: [+ Alice Zheng ]
9:50-10:30 am [+ Poster spotlights ]
10:30-11:30 am Coffee break, [+ Poster session ]
11:30-12:10 pm Invited talks: [+ Wei Xu , Chinmay Hegde ]
12:10-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-2:30 pm Sponsored talks
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: [+ Robert Schapire ]
5:30 pm Reception (graciously sponsored by ServiceNow!)

Thursday, June 7.

Time Event
8-9 am Continental breakfast
9-9:50 am Plenary talk: [+ Jon Kleinberg ]
9:50-10:30 am Invited talks: [+ Evan Sparks , Yingyu Liang ]
10:30-11:30 am Coffee break, [+ poster session ]
11:30-12:30 pm Invited talks: [+ Ermin Wei , Mladen Kolar , Jeff Naughton ]
12:30-1:40 pm Lunch
1:40-2:30 pm 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).
  • Jeff Naughton (Google).
  • Rob Nowak (UW-Madison).
  • 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).