CFP: ACML'2013 workshop on Theory and Practice in Machine Learning

CFP: ACML'2013 workshop on Theory and Practice in Machine Learning

Posted by Rebecca Martin on Mon, 29/07/2013 - 14:04

First Call For Papers for the ACML'2013 workshop on Theory and Practice in
Machine Learning

Several different forms of theoretical foundations for machine
learning have been developed over the years for different settings.
Examples include PAC and PAC-Bayesian learning, online learning,
statistical learning theory, Bayesian learning theory, model selection
using MML/MDL and Algorithmic Information Theory. These frameworks
provide performance guarantees for certain categories of algorithms
when applied to classes of problems. Although strong theoretical
guarantees do not necessarily imply good empirical results, theory can
arguably still provide principles and insight when developing new
algorithms or applying them to new problems.

Conversely, there has been a recent and dramatic uptake in the
application of machine learning techniques to an increasingly diverse
range of problems. Arguably, some of the most successful algorithms on
practical problems are not completely understood theoretically (e.g.,
random forests) or tend to be very ad hoc (e.g., the collections of
techniques that won the Netflix prize). Extracting general principles
and theories from these successes could help improve how quickly and
easily new, practical problems are solved.

In this workshop we intend to discuss what makes a theory relevant
for practical development of algorithms and how the gap between theory
and practice can be decreased. We invite submission of 500-1000 words
to by the 29:th of September on the following
(non-exhaustive) list of topics:

⁃ Tightening the relationship between theory and practice

⁃ Applications of theory to explain empirical successes or failures

⁃ Gaps where theory don’t explain practical successes or failures

⁃ New, empirically inspired directions for theory

⁃ Case studies where theory helped improve application of ML

or with general well argued positions on

⁃ What kind of foundations contribute to practical success?

⁃ The role of theory for interpreting empirical findings; Can an
experiment be trusted without a theory?

⁃ What is a (un)principled algorithm?

Notification of acceptance for short talk or poster is sent by the
4:th of October. Please state if you have a preference between oral or
poster presentation.

Webpage :

Invited Speakers:

Tiberio Caetano, NICTA Sydney and Ambiata

Fang Chen, NICTA Sydney


⁃ Peter Sunehag, the Australian National University

⁃ Marcus Hutter, the Australian National University

⁃ Mark Reid, the Australian National University


Peter Sunehag

on behalf of the organizers