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IBM and Insight announce major European tech event for Croke Park in 2018


 Croke Park has been confirmed as the 2018 venue for the largest event in the European machine learning and data mining calendar.

 A successful co-bid by the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and IBM Research- Ireland will bring more than 600 science and industry leaders to ECML/PKDD next September.

 “ECML-PKDD is the largest European forum for Machine Learning and Data Mining, which form an important part of IBM Research's strategy in AI,  Internet of Things, and Healthcare,” says Dr. Wendy Belluomini, Lab Director IBM Research – Ireland. “Our lab has had the pleasure of sponsoring and participating in the event, as well as recruiting people from its community. Now we have the chance to organise it, and this is exciting.”

 Dr Neil Hurley of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics says the event will be of interest to both research and business communities.

 "As well as a research track, the conference runs a highly active Applied Data Science track, which will be of great interest to the many active data scientists working in Ireland's tech industry.  Data science is not confined to highly specialist analytics companies, but has relevance broadly across many industries, as evidenced by the main sponsors of this year's event in Skopje, that included top tech companies such as Google, but also a company such as DHL that relies on data science to optimise its business strategies."

ECML/PKDD is the forum where data scientists discuss new techniques to enable machines to learn from data and their environment. Major topics at recent conferences include ‘deep learning’; a method central to IBM Watson or to Google Deepmind AlphaGo.

Other areas explored at the event include ‘reinforcement learning’ that allows robots to update their knowledge as they interact in the world and ‘network analysis’ to extract knowledge from social media interactions and learn people's preferences.

 The Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland’s national data research institute comprising 400 data scientists, made the successful bid in partnership with IBM Research - Ireland at last year’s event in Riva Del Garda in Italy.

 “For the first time in its 15 year history this event will come to Ireland,” says  IBM’s Dr Michele Berlingerio. “This is an important result for both Ireland and the conference itself: Ireland confirms its ability to attract top-level research communities into its economy of talents, while ECML-PKDD has the opportunity of expanding its network to the Irish ecosystem, which has seen an impressive explosion in IT in general, and in both data mining and machine learning in particular.”

 ECML/PKDD 2018 will take place in the Croke Park Conference Centre in Dublin from September 10-14. For further information


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