Thank you for attending MMLS 2018!
  • Conference booklet is here!
  • Exit survey is here!
  • Congratulations to our poster prize winners: Bowen Shi (TTI-C), Cesar Uribe (UIUC), Daniel Vial (UMICH).
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; we look forward to seeing all of you soon! Unfortunately, we are at capacity, and closing registration!

  • 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.

Chinmay Hegde

Iowa State

Yingyu Liang


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!

Congratulations to our poster prize winners:

  • Authors: Bowen Shi (TTIC), Aurora Martinez del Rio, Jon Michaux, Greg Shakhnarovich, Daine Brentari, Karen Livescu.
    Title: Fingerspelling recognition in the wild.
  • Authors: Cesar Uribe (UIUC), Soomin Lee, Alexander Gasnikov, Angelia Nedic.
    Title: A dual approach for optimal algorithms in distributed optimization over networks.
  • Authors: Daniel Vial (UMich), Vijay Subramanian.
    Title: Personalized PageRank dimensionality and algorithmic implications.


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
1:30-2:50 pm [+ Sponsored talks, Q&A ]
2:50-3:30 pm Invited talks: [+ 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 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).