The Summer School of Machine Learning at Skoltech invites leading international experts and opens its virtual doors for the Eastern European and Central Asian community and worldwide

SMILES, the Summer School of Machine Learning at Skoltech, presents topics at the core of machine learning research, from fundamentals to the state-of-the-art. It aims to bring together the Machine Learning community from the CIS, Central Asia, and the Caucasus regions, among others.

The one-week course will run online from August 16 to August 21, 2020. The school is organized by Skoltech, the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology. The goal of the program, held in English and free of charge to participate, is to provide specialists with new knowledge and advanced trends in statistical methods of machine learning. 


“There is a serious shortage of machine learning specialists in the world: now the demand for them is higher than ever. The accumulated educational experiences at Skoltech and our capability to open up the international knowledge market not only for Russia but also for the broader region inspired us to organize the school,” – says the organizer of SMILES, Evgeny Burnaev, Associate Professor at Skoltech, head of the research group ADASE (Advanced Data Analytics in Science and Engineering), and the 2020 Yandex laureate for his contribution to the development of the scientific community and training young scientists. 

Even though this is the first edition of SMILES, its speakers and participants know the organizers firsthand. They spearheaded the first MLSS Machine Learning Summer School in Russia in 2019 under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, the most prestigious school dedicated to machine learning. The school was held at Skoltech and was attended by about 250 participants from all over the world, including Russia, Israel, China, Ireland, Germany, UK, Netherlands, USA, Turkey, and many others. The MLSS program also attracted more than 17 professors and numerous industry representatives from organizations such as Google, Boeing, MIT, Imperial College London, University College London, TU Munich, Oxford University, and others.

This year, because of the security measures taken in connection with the pandemic, the organizers have chosen an online format that has not influenced the star speakers’ participation. For six days, participants will have the opportunity to learn about global trends in machine learning from speakers from Microsoft Research, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University York University, New York University, and other international leaders in big data science, as well as present their projects in a poster session. 

“Bayesian Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Robust DL are just a few of the most important topics on which specialists will be able to deepen their knowledge. We are proud of our speaker lineup. Without false modesty, we can say that this is a unique event for Russia and the Central and Eastern Europe region. We expect to welcome highly qualified participants from nascent Machine Learning communities,” says Rodrigo Rivera-Castro, a researcher at Skoltech CDISE and SMILES program director. 

Application for participants will be open until August 2.


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