In conjunction with 17th SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM 2017)
April 27 - 29, 2017, Houston, Texas, USA
Following the success of the last editions of MLRec in
the third edition of the MLRec workshop focuses on developing novel, and applying existing
Machine Learning (ML) and Data Mining (DM) methods to improve recommender systems.
This workshop also highly encourages applying ML-based recommendation
algorithms in novel application domains (e.g., precision medicine), and
solving novel recommendation problems formulated from industry.
The ultimate goal of the
MLRec workshop series is to promote the advancement and implementation of
new, effective and efficient ML and DM techniques with high translational potential
for real and large-scale recommender systems,
and to expand the territory of ML-based recommender system research toward non-conventional
application areas where recommendation problems largely exist but haven't been fully
Topics of Interest
We encourage submissions on a variety of topics, including but not limited to:
The workshop accepts long paper and short (demo/poster) papers. Short papers submitted to this workshop should be limited to 4 pages while long papers should be limited to 8 pages. All papers should be formatted using the SIAM SODA macro. Authors are required to submit their papers electronically in PDF format to the submission site by 11:59pm MDT, Feb 1, 2017. The site has started to accept manuscripts.
- Paper Submission: February 1, 2017
- Author Notification: February 10, 2017
- Camera Ready Paper Due: February 13, 2017
- Workshop: Apr 29, 2017
David F. Gleich, Purdue
Title: Use of Social Networks in Recommendation Systems
Bio: David Gleich is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Purdue University whose research is on novel models and fast large-scale algorithms for data-driven scientific computing including scientific data analysis and social network analysis. He held the John von Neumann post-doctoral fellowship at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore CA before joining Purdue in Fall 2011. Gleich received an NSF CAREER Award in 2011 for work on matrix methods for large-scale network analysis. His research is funded by the NSF, DOE, DARPA, and NASA. In 2016, Gleich also received a Sloan Research Fellowship. For more information, see his website: https://www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/dgleich/
Yisong Yue, California Institute of Technology
Title: The Dueling Bandits Problem
Abstract: In this talk, I will present the Dueling Bandits Problem, which is an online learning framework tailored towards real-time learning from subjective human feedback. In particular, the Dueling Bandits Problem only requires pairwise comparisons, which are shown to be reliably inferred in a variety of subjective feedback settings such as for information retrieval and recommender systems. I will provide an overview of the Dueling Bandits Problem with basic algorithmic results. I will then conclude by discussing some ongoing research directions with applications to personalized medicine. This is joint work with Josef Broder, Bobby Kleinberg, Thorsten Joachims, Yanan Sui, Vincent Zhuang, and Joel Burdick.
Bio: Yisong Yue is an assistant professor in the Computing and Mathematical Sciences Department at the California Institute of Technology. He was previously a research scientist at Disney Research. Before that, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Machine Learning Department and the iLab at Carnegie Mellon University. He received a Ph.D. from Cornell University and a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Yisong's research interests lie primarily in the theory and application of statistical machine learning. He is particularly interested in developing novel methods for spatiotemporal reasoning, structured prediction, interactive learning systems, and learning with humans in the loop. In the past, his research has been applied to information retrieval, recommender systems, text classification, learning from rich user interfaces, analyzing implicit human feedback, data-driven animation, behavior analysis, sports analytics, policy learning in robotics, and adaptive routing & allocation problems.
Adith Swaminathan, Microsoft Research
Suju Rajan, Criteo Research
Bio: Suju Rajan is the VP, Head of Research at Criteo. At Criteo, her team works on all aspects of performance driven computational advertising, including, real-time bidding, large-scale recommendation systems, auction theory, reinforcement learning, online experimentation, metrics and scalable optimization methods. Prior to Criteo, she was the Director of the Personalization Sciences at Yahoo Research where her team worked on personalized recommendations for several Yahoo products. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on semi-supervised and active learning based classification for dynamic environments.
Jun Wang, Alibaba
Bio: Dr. Jun Wang is a Director of Engineering at Alibaba Group where he is responsible for leading the development of an intelligent data platform for IOT, and empowering Alibaba’s mobile OS (YunOS) with the company’s robust data management and analytics capabilities. In 2016, his team won the international championship in the prestigious challenge of recommendation system design (RecSys). He is also an adjunct faculty at Columbia University and has taught graduate courses in large scale data analytics. Before joining Alibaba, he worked for IBM T. J. Watson Research and Google. Wang holds a Ph.D. degree from Columbia University in the City of New York.
Xia Ning Email is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer and Information Science, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Before joining IUPUI, she was a research staff member at NEC Labs America. Xia received her PhD. degree in Computer Science at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2012. Her research focuses on Recommender Systems, Chemical Informatics and Health Informatics. The results from her research have been presented in various conferences and published in leading peer reviewed journals and highly selective conference proceedings. She has been serving as a program committee member on various premier data mining conferences such as KDD, ICDM and SDM, and Recsys.
Deguang Kong Email is currently a staff research scientist at Samsung Research America, Silicon Valley, leading the design and implementation of large-scale security aware app recommendation and privacy risk ranking systems for mobile devices. Before joining Samsung Research America, he ever worked as a research intern at America Los Alamos National Lab and NEC Research Lab Silicon Valley. He has strong interdisciplinary background in machine learning/data mining and cyber security. He has worked on various research projects, including robust feature learning via structural sparsity, distance learning and label propagation for malware classification, security-aware mobile app ranking and recommendation, etc. He has published over 20 referred articles in top conferences, including KDD, ICDM, SDM, WSDM, CIKM, ICML, NIPS, AAAI, ECML/PKDD, CVPR, SIGMETRICS, INFOCOM, etc. He was invited to serve as a reviewer for numerous top conferences and journals, such as KDD, ICDM, CCS, INFOCOM, TKDE, TNNLS, TKDD, and DMKD, etc.
George Karypis Email is currently Professor at the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul and a member of the Digital Technology Center (DTC) at the University of Minnesota. His research interests are concentrated in the areas of bioinformatics, cheminformatics, data mining, and high-performance computing, and from time-to-time, he looks at various problems in the areas of information retrieval, collaborative filtering, and electronic design automation for VLSI CAD.Within these areas, his research focuses in developing novel algorithms for solving important existing and/or emerging problems, and on developing practical software tools implementing some of these algorithms. The results from his research have been presented in various conferences and published in leading peer reviewed journals and highly selective conference proceedings
- Mohit Sharma, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
- Rose Catherine Kanjirathinkal,Carnegie Mellon University
- Jianpeng Xu, Michigan State University
- Lingfei Wu, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
- Magdalini Eirinaki, San Jose State University
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