ML 08

Machine Learning Summer School 2008

Dates: Mon 3 Mar to Fri 14 Mar, 2008

Venue: Kioloa Coastal Campus, Australian National University


Machine Learning is a foundational discipline of the Information Sciences. It combines deep theory from areas as diverse as Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, and Information Technology with many practical and relevant real life applications. The aim of the summer school is to cover the entire spectrum from theory to practice. It is mainly targeted at research students, IT professionals, and academics from all over the world.

This school is suitable for all levels, both for people without previous knowledge in Machine Learning, and those wishing to broaden their expertise in this area. It will allow the participants to get in touch with international experts in this field. Exchange of students, joint publications and joint projects will result because of this collaboration.

For research students, the summer school provides a unique, high-quality, and intensive period of study. It is ideally suited for students currently pursuing, or intending to pursue, research in Machine Learning or related fields. Limited scholarships are available for students to cover accommodation and registration costs. If funds are available partial travel support might also be provided.

IT professionals who use Machine Learning will find that the summer school provides relevant knowledge and exposure to contemporary techniques. In addition, they will benefit by direct interaction with top-notch researchers and knowledge workers. Previous experience indicates that personnel from both the industry as well as national laboratories like CSIRO, DSTO benefit immensely from the school.

For academics, the summer school is an excellent opportunity to help getting started in research on novel topics in Machine Learning. It provides an ideal forum for networking and discussions. Academics will also benefit from interaction with IT professionals which will lead to a deeper understanding of real life problems.


The summer school will be held on Kioloa Coastal Campus, 200km south of Sydney and 200km east of Canberra on the NSW south coast. The unique blend of living history and modern technology underlies the atmosphere of the Campus. Kioloa Coastal Campus has become the premier research field station on the South Coast. With a mild climate and unspoiled beach frontage, the Campus provides an ideal break from normal campus and work environments.


This Summer School is organized by the Computer Sciences Laboratory of the Australian National University (CSL@ANU) and the Statistical Machine Learning program of the National ICT Australia (SML@NICTA), jointly with support from the Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen and the Pascal Netwok. Please visit for more information about the previous summer schools.
Local organizers are Li Cheng, Marcus Hutter, and Alex Smola.