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IBM and Insight announce major European tech event for Croke Park in 2018

HEAD: IBM and Insight announce major European tech event for Croke Park in 2018


SUBHEAD: Europe’s largest machine learning conference will feature an Applied Data Science Track for industry when it comes to Dublin next September





IBM Research/Insight Centre for Data Analytics- Ireland: Croke Park has been confirmed as the 2018 venue for the largest event in the European machine learning and data mining calendar.


A successful co-bid by the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and IBM Research- Ireland will bring more than 600 science and industry leaders to ECML/PKDD next September.


“ECML-PKDD is the largest European forum for Machine Learning and Data Mining, which form an important part of IBM Research's strategy in AI,  Internet of Things, and Healthcare,” says Dr. Wendy Belluomini, Lab Director IBM Research – Ireland. “Our lab has had the pleasure of sponsoring and participating in the event, as well as recruiting people from its community. Now we have the chance to organise it, and this is exciting.”


Dr Neil Hurley of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics says the event will be of interest to both research and business communities.


"As well as a research track, the conference runs a highly active Applied Data Science track, which will be of great interest to the many active data scientists working in Ireland's tech industry.  Data science is not confined to highly specialist analytics companies, but has relevance broadly across many industries, as evidenced by the main sponsors of this year's event in Skopje, that included top tech companies such as Google, but also a company such as DHL that relies on data science to optimise its business strategies."

ECML/PKDD is the forum where data scientists discuss new techniques to enable machines to learn from data and their environment. Major topics at recent conferences include ‘deep learning’; a method central to IBM Watson or to Google Deepmind AlphaGo.

Other areas explored at the event include ‘reinforcement learning’ that allows robots to update their knowledge as they interact in the world and ‘network analysis’ to extract knowledge from social media interactions and learn people's preferences.


The Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland’s national data research institute comprising 400 data scientists, made the successful bid in partnership with IBM Research - Ireland at last year’s event in Riva Del Garda in Italy.


“For the first time in its 15 year history this event will come to Ireland,” says  IBM’s Dr Michele Berlingerio. “This is an important result for both Ireland and the conference itself: Ireland confirms its ability to attract top-level research communities into its economy of talents, while ECML-PKDD has the opportunity of expanding its network to the Irish ecosystem, which has seen an impressive explosion in IT in general, and in both data mining and machine learning in particular.”


ECML/PKDD 2018 will take place in the Croke Park Conference Centre in Dublin from September 10-14. For further information



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Notes for the Editor




ECML PKDD is an annual European event and one of the leading academic conferences on machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery. ECML PKDD is a merger of the European Conference on Machine Learning (ECML) and European Conference on Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (PKDD). ECML and PKDD have been co-located since 2001. At ECML/PKDD, researchers discuss novel methods for extracting knowledge from data using methods such as factorisation machines, Bolzmann machines, Bayesian networks and neural networks. The event has grown rapidly since the merger and this year’s event in Skopje was host to over 650 delegates.


The Insight Centre for Data Analytics


The Insight Centre for Data Analytics is Ireland’s national data research institute, established by Science Foundation Ireland in 2013. The Centre brings together 400 data scientists in Ireland to develop our R&D capacity in data analytics across a range of fields including machine learning, natural language processing, sensor technology, connected health, smart agriculture and industry 4.0. The Insight Centre collaborates closely with industry on a range of targeted projects and is Ireland’s largest beneficiary of H2020 funding to date.


 About IBM Research


For more than seven decades, IBM Research has defined the future of information technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents. Scientists from IBM Research have produced six Nobel Laureates, 10 U.S. National Medals of Technology, five U.S. National Medals of Science, six Turing Awards, 19 inductees in the National Academy of Sciences and 19 inductees into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame.  Since 2011, IBM Research - Ireland research scientists and engineers have teamed closely with industry, European Union H2020 and academia partners, including our collaboratory lab with University College Dublin, which opened in 2015.  We have expertise in data centric computing, optimisation and control, decision science, statistics, machine learning, large-scale modeling, data mining and assimilation, deep semantic reasoning and natural language processing. Together we are building cognitive solutions in healthcare, connected cars, self-aware and adaptive buildings, interactive reasoning, privacy solutions and more.

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Publication Date: 
Friday, 10 March, 2017