Ultimate Guide to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Conferences

by John Sunda Hsia   07.13.2018 08:19 PM
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  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)

artificial intelligence (AI) illustrationInterested in learning the latest in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Deep Neural Networks or Deep Machine Learning? Trying to decide how to configure your model or which learning algorithm to use? Exploring how to use GPUs or upcoming Neural Network Chips to accelerate your AI’s learning time? Look no further. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of upcoming AI and AI-related conferences so you can explore, learn and hone your AI skill set.

With AI permeating many aspects of our lives (e.g. smart speakers, voice recognition, turn-by-turn mapping) and with AI predicted to affect our future (e.g. autonomous cars, job prospects), it’s no wonder that AI is the current hot technology. The job market for AI talent is also hot.  According to indeed.com in their March 2018 article, the demand for AI skills has grown by 119% in the last three years. Where better to network for your next AI position then at a local AI conference?

With an unending number of AI conferences, symposiums and workshops, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of 40+ conferences concentrating on United Stated and Canada while still acknowledging several notable conferences in Europe and Asia.

Since AI is a computer technology essential to the effectiveness of Big Data – you’ll find many Big Data conferences among our listings. In addition, we added a few notable Computer Vision and Autonomous Car conferences. With AI turning 62 years old this year, we have also included a few long running conferences such as AAAI and IJCAI (first conference in 1969).

The first AI conference was held in 1956 at Dartmouth College with notable speakers such as John McCarthy from Dartmouth, Marvin Minsky from Harvard, and Claude Shannon from Bell Telephone Laboratories. The naming of this first conference over 60+ years ago is attributed with coining the term Artificial Intelligence. While any single conference today is unlikely to draw as many notable researchers, who’s to say where the collaboration and ideas will take AI 60+ years from now.

Enjoy our compilation and let us know if you found this helpful. Like our Ultimate Guide to VR, AR and MR conferences, we will keep this updated. Also, if we missed your favorite AI conference – let us know.

July 2018

13-19: International Joint Conference on AI (IJCAI) with ECAI in Stockholm, Sweden

This is a joint conference with the European Conference on AI (ECAI). Held every other year since 1969, this is the premier conference for AI researchers and practioners. This full-week conference includes an extensive list of tutorials, workshops, and of course, exhibitions, panels and papers.

16-19: Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, OR

This annual open source conference from O’Reilly also includes sessions and tutorials on TensorFlow, Machine Learning and other AI topics.

23-27: Google Cloud Next 18 in San Francisco, CA

Training your neural network quickly typically involves cloud services and who is better equipped to show us than Google? Over 5 days, this conference will cover AI specific topics such as Cloud Machine Learning in addition to the plethora of cloud services Google has to offer.

31 – August 1: The AI Summit in Hong Kong, CHINA

Advertised as “Asia’s largest AI event for business”, this 2 day event expects more than 100 speakers. AI Summit is a series of AI events held in several worldwide locations.

August 2018

12-16: SIGGRAPH 2018 in Vancouver, Canada

The first SIGGRAPH conference was held in 1974 and had 600 attendees. Fast forward years later, and it’s an event that attracts over 15,000 attendees. This conference continues to be THE conference for all things computer graphics.

19-23: Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD2018) in London, UK

This premiere conference on Data is sponsored by the ACM’s Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. Inaugurated in 1989, this the oldest and largest data mining conference. This weeklong conference includes extensive coverage of Deep Learning and AI as well as a dedicated day on Deep Learning.

28-30: 6th Annual Global Big Data Conference in Santa Clara, CA

While not exclusively AI, a significant portion is dedicated to AI. This how-to learning event with over 75 speakers includes 50 sessions on topics such as Industry Vertical Big Data Use Cases, Hadoop & Beyond, Data Science, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Blockchain, AI, NLP and more.

September 2018

4-7: O’Reilly AI Conference in San Francisco, CA

With training sessions and tutorials, you’ll discover how to apply the latest breakthroughs and best practices to your business. Topic areas include AI in the enterprise, Impact of AI on business and society, Implementing AI projects, Interacting with AI and Models and methods. Added for this year is the “AI Business Summit”.

5-7: Disrupt SF 2018 in San Francisco, CA

While not focused on AI, there will undoubtedly be a wide variety of startups who either incorporates AI or are focused on AI. And of course, what’s been more disruptive to traditional tech than AI?

6: Emotion AI Summit in Boston, MA

From self-driving cars to robotics to smart speakers and smartphone assistants, AI technology is suddenly permeating into many aspects of our lives. This conference takes a timely look at our “Trust in AI”.

8-14: ECCV (European Conference on Computer Vision) in Munich, Germany

Computer vision is essential to AI systems like autonomous cars, object recognition and Augmented Reality. This seven day conference has historically provided attendees with both a breadth and depth in tutorials, technical and poster sessions.

10-11: AI Innovation Summit in San Francisco, CA

This focused two-day conference has three AI tracks on Machine Learning, Data Products and Cyber Security. This conference is brought to you by the organizers of the AI and Future of Work conferences in Philadelphia and San Francisco.

11-13: Strata Data Conference in New York City, NY

Since data is essential to training neural networks, this Big Data conference from O’Reilly would be a great place to learn and understand AI. Training at this conference includes several machine learning sessions.

13: Data Science Salon in Los Angeles, CA

Tagged as “Applying AI and machine learning to media and Entertainment”, this one day conference is a more intimate get together with workshops for both technical and non-technical audiences.

18-20: The AI Summit (Part of TechXLR8) in Singapore

Advertised as “Asia’s Largest AI Event for Business”, this 3 day event focuses on the practical implications of AI for enterprise. The AI Summit in Singapore is one part of 5 other co-located shows including IoT World Asia, 5G Asia and Network Virtualization & SDN. AI Summit is also a series of AI events held in several worldwide locations.

19-20: The AI Summit in San Francisco, CA

Advertised as “The World’s Largest AI Event for Business”, this 2 day event focuses on the practical implications of AI for enterprise. AI Summit is a series of AI events held in several worldwide locations.

19-22: ODSC Europe in London, UK

Touted as the “Europe’s Fastest Growing Data Science Community”, With 2,000 attendees, this conference covers many AI topics including Deep Learning, Machine Learning, NL Processing, AI Research, Conversational AI, and Self-driving Vehicles. ODSC stands for Open Data Science conferences and holds several conferences during the year worldwide. This conference is co-located with Accelerate AI which focuses on AI startups and larger innovative corporations.

27: Data Science Salon in New York, NY

Like the Los Angeles conference earlier in September, this one day affair brings AI together with media and entertainment for business development professionals, data scientists and developers to educate and innovate.

23-28: Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, FL

With more than 700 sessions and 100 workshops, this is the conference to learn and collaborate on all of Microsoft’s services, frameworks, tools and tech. Join 26,000 of your fellow IT professionals and enterprise developers to learn about all of Microsoft’s available tech including Azure AI. This event is co-located with their invitation-only Microsoft Envision conference for thought leaders.

25-27: Global Artificial Intelligence Conference in Boston, MA

Focused on AI practitioners in industry verticals such as Finance, Retail, E-Commerce, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Telco, Media, Government, and Transportation, this smaller conference should provide a more intimate setting for networking.

 

October 2018

4-5: AI & Future of Work in Philadelphia, PA

This two day conference is part of a series with the West coast location being San Francisco. In addition to “cutting-edge practices” and what’s next in AI, they’ll also look into ML trends and the effect of AI on “how work will be measured and organized”.

8-11: O’Reilly AI Conference in London, UK

With training and tutorial, you’ll discover how to apply the latest breakthroughs and best practices to your business. AI topic areas include the enterprise, Impact on business and society, and interacting with models and methods. Added for this year is the “AI Business Summit”. This conference has a similar organization to O’Reilly’s San Francisco conference.

9-11: NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in Munich, Germany

This European regional conference has several international dates and regional locations so don’t fret if Germany is not convenient. Other locations include Taiwan, Japan, Europe, Silicon Valley and Washington DC. Given that GPUs are indispensability to Deep Learning, this conference from the leading GPU vendor would naturally make our list. The advertised topics related to AI include Deep Learning & AI, AI for Business, Developer Tools, Autonomous Machines & Robotics, and Intelligent Video Analytics. Note that topics do vary by region.

10-11: World Summit AI in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Join “140 of the World’s Top AI Brains” along with 4,500 attendees to discuss and collaborate on AI ethics, AI for good as well as the latest AI innovations.

22-24: NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in Washington, DC

Organized by the leading GPU vendor, the advertised topics related to AI include Deep Learning & AI, Developer Tools, Autonomous Machines & IOT, Autonomous Vehicle Tech and AI Policy.

31–November 3: ODSC West in San Francisco, CA

Along with the east coast conference earlier in the year, both conferences are touted as the “World’s Largest Applied Data Science Conference”. With over 4,000 attendees, expect this conference to cover many AI topics including Deep Learning, Machine Learning, NL Processing, AI Research, Conversational AI, and Self-driving Vehicles. ODSC stands for Open Data Science conferences and holds several conferences during the year throughout the world. . This conference is co-located with Accelerate AI (https://odsc.com/california/xai-west-2018) which focuses on AI startups and larger innovative corporations

 

November 2018

6: Data Science Salon in Miami, FL

Like the Los Angeles and New York conference, this one day affair brings AI together with media and entertainment for business development professionals, data scientists and developers to educate and innovate.

13-17: AI and Interactive Digital Entertainment in Edmonton, CANADA

Focusing on “entertainment software developers interested in AI”, this conference held at the University of Alberta is sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). AAAI holds a larger, more general conference annually.

25-30: AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, NV

While not focused on AI, there’s no doubt that this 6 day conference will cover Amazon Web Services’ growing cloud services for AI and Deep Learning with workshops, presentations and exhibits. As the premiere cloud service provider, this conference is not to be missed.

December 2018

3-5: AI World Conference and Expo in Boston, MA

This 3,000 person conference is focused on the enterprise and includes tracks on Big Data, IoT, Pharma, Healthcare to name a few.

3-8: 32nd Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems in Montreal, CANADA

This multi-track week-long conference includes refereed papers, invited talks, demonstrations and workshops on machine learning and computational neuroscience.

5-6: The AI Summit in New York, New York

Advertised as “The World’s Largest AI Event for Business”, this 2 day event focuses on the practical implications of AI for enterprise. AI Summit is a series of AI events held in several worldwide locations.

29-30: International Symposium on Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in Hong Kong, China

Collaborate with fellow international academics and researchers at this second annual conference. This conference is supported by several international institutes including the Institute of Data Science and AI and the International Engineering and Technology Institute.

 

January 2019

27-February 1: AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Honolulu, HI

This is the 33rd AAAI conference and is sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Focused on promoting research and scientific exchange, both the depth of the discussions as well as the location will surely facilitate a collaborative exchange of ideas.

31-February 1: AI & Future of Work in San Francisco, CA

This two day conference is part of a series with the East coast location being Philadelphia. In addition to “cutting-edge practices” and what’s next in AI, they’ll also look into ML trends and the effect of AI on “how work will be measured and organized”.

February 2019

12-15: IBM Think in San Francisco, CA

Developers, cloud services and IBM Watson – need we say more. This conference covers all services, tools and breakthroughs for developers using IBM technology including Watson.

19-21: 11th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence in Prague, Czech Republic

Join your fellow AI researchers, engineers and practitioners for 3 days of collaboration on agents and AI. This conference is co-located with International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods (ICPRAM) and International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems.

20: Data Science Salon in Miami, FL

The last of four regional conferences (Los Angeles, New York and Miami), this one day affair brings AI together with media and entertainment for business development professionals, data scientists and developers to educate and innovate.

 

March 2019

18-22: NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose, CA

Given that GPUs have demonstrated their indispensability to Deep Learning, this conference from the leading GPU would naturally make our list. With developers, researchers and technologists in mind, the planned topics related to AI include Deep Learning & AI, Developer Tools, GPU Virtualization, Autonomous Driving, AI For Business and Data Center & Cloud.

25-28: Strata Data Conference in San Francisco, CA

Strata is O’Reilly’s Big Data conference for London, New York and San Francisco. Since data is essential to training neural networks, this Big Data conference would be a great place to learn and understand AI. Expect to see training and sessions on machine learning sessions.

April 2019

29-May 2: Strata Data Conference in London, UK

Strata is O’Reilly’s Big Data conference for London, New York and San Francisco. Since data is essential to training neural networks, this Big Data conference would be a great place to learn and understand AI. Expect to see training and sessions on machine learning sessions.

TBA*: O’Reilly AI Conference** in New York, NY

The demand for AI conferences is clearly global and across industries. Recognizing this, O’Reilly has organized their AI conferences in the technology centers of the world including New York.

TBA*: O’Reilly AI Conference** in Beijing, China

Like the other occurrences of this conference in the USA and Europe, O’Reilly’s AI Conference in Beijing is designed to address the cross industry demands of AI in Asia.

May 2019

TBA*: ODSC East in Boston, MA

Touted as the “World’s Largest Applied Data Science Conference”, this 5,000 attendee conference covers many AI topics including Deep Learning, Machine Learning, NL Processing, and Self-driving Vehicles. ODSC stands for Open Data Science conferences and holds several conferences during the year throughout the world.

TBA*: Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence** in Toronto, CANADA

With AI thought leaders like Hinton and the AI research being conducted at the University of Toronto, it’s no surprise that this research-oriented conference would be held in Toronto. Held since 1976 (31st conference in 2018 if you counting), this 4 day conference is co-located with the Computer and Robot Vision conference.

TBA*: Microsoft Build** in Seattle, WA

Join 7,000 fellow professional developers as you explore and learn Microsoft tech including topics on Cloud, AI and Data. In 2018, there were 35 session just on AI.

TBA*: LDV Vision Summit** in New York City, NY

This computer vision conference includes all thing related to helping computers understand the environment around them. For 2018, topics included Medical Imaging, Facial Analysis, Deep Learning, Evolution of Image Sensors, AI and Retail and a startup competition.

June 2019

10-15: International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML)** in Long Beach, CA

This week long conference is sponsored by the International Machine Learning Society and is in its 36th year. If the 2019 response is similar to the 2018 conference, there will be hundreds of academic and practical talks on Machine Learning.

15-21: Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2018) in Long Beach, CA

With over 5,000 attendees, 140+ exhibitors/sponsors, 3,300 submitted conference papers, almost 70 tutorials and workshops in 2018, most if not all subjects in Computer Vision will be covered. Couple this with this conference being preceded by ICML, Long Beach will likely be a popular destination for AI in June 2019. This conference is co-sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and the Computer Vision Foundation.

TBA*: AI Toronto** in Toronto, CANADA

This two day conference and exhibition is held in the hot bed of AI research in Canada, my hometown – Toronto CANADA. One highlight of this conference is an AI Startup Battle that could result in 1-to-1 meetings with mentors and investors. This conference is also co-located with the Big Data Toronto conference.

TBA*: Intel AI DevCon (AIDC)** in TBA

 

* At the time of publication, the dates for these conference have not been announced. When this conference was last held, it was at about this time.

** A link to the upcoming event was not available at time of publication so for reference purposes, either a more general link or a link to the previous year’s event has been included.


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