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, please send in a $50 check, which will only be deposited in the case of a no-show or cancelation. Details will be at the end of the registration form.

  • Registration: here!

  • Posters: We welcome poster presentations! In 2017, we were very happy to have ~50 posters, three of which received best poster prizes. Please click here to see the formal call for this year's posters. In brief, to be considered for the poster session, please submit a one page poster summary here before March 31; your summary should follow this format, which may be obtained in source form here.

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

Plenary speakers.

Jon Kleinberg

Cornell University

Invited speakers.

Evan Sparks

Determined AI

Ermin Wei



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
12:30-2 pm Lunch
2-3 pm Sponsored talks, Q&A panel.
3-4 pm Invited talks: Anna Gilbert, Mesrob Ohannessian, Alex Schwing
4-4:30 pm Coffee break
4:30-5:20 pm Plenary talk: Rob Schapire
5:30 pm Reception

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


  • 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).