Andrew Ng is hired by Baidu

Andrew Ng who is one of the co-founder of Coursera, an ex-employee of Google, professor at University of Stanford and an important contributor for machine learning has just been hired by Baidu[1,2,3]. Andrew Ng is going to take on the role of Chief Scientist at Baidu in Silicon Valley. Adam Coates, previously a PhD and […]

ICLR 2014 Videos are available online

International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR 2014) held between 14th of April and 16th of April in Banff with great interest from the deep learning community. The videos of talks are made available by the organizers at a Youtube channel[1].

[1]Youtube channel for ICLR 2014,

Google Acquires Deep Mind

Google is acquiring an AI startup called DeepMind for more than 500 million dollars[1,2]. Deep mind has recently hired several deep learning experts and recent graduates from Geoffrey Hinton’s, Yann Lecun’s, Yoshua Bengio’s and Jurgen Schmidhuber’s groups. One of the co-founders of DeepMind, Shane Legg was a PhD student at IDSIA. According to [2] Google […]

ICLR 2014 Submissions are Open for Comments

ICLR2014 submissions are open for comments/reviews on ICLR is the International Conference on Learning Representations. It uses an post-publication open review system. There are lots of interesting new work on deep learning and feature learning in there. Please make comments and contribute to making the submissions better[1].

[1] Yann LeCun’s Google+ and Facebook […]

Facebook Hires Yann Lecun

Facebook decided to hire prominent NYU professor Yann LeCun as the new director of their AI lab. Yann LeCun will still be a part time professor at NYU at newly established Data Science Institute. Another NYU professor Rob Fergus will also join the Facebook AI team. Mark Zuckerberg officially announced that they hired Yann LeCun […]

ICLR 2014

2nd International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR2014) will take place in Banff, Canada, April 14-16 2014.

The same open reviewing process that is pioneered with ICLR 2013 is going to be used. The process was highly praised by authors and reviewers alike last year (see David Soergel’s presentation at the ICML2013 workshop on peer reviewing […]

Deep Learning Successes Obtained by IDSIA

IDSIA is one of the largest and oldest lab that focuses on deep learning. Their machine learning team is being led by Jürgen Schmidhuber. In the last 5 years, they had several successes on different machine learning competitions. Here are some of their recent competitive achievements in competitions and challenges:

22 Sept 2013: Deep neural […]

A new machine learning startup uses Maxout and Stochastic Pooling in their Pipeline

According to a recently published gigaOM article, a Denver based startup (AlchemyAPI) started to use Maxout [1] and Stochastic Pooling [2] in their object recognition pipeline. Using those deep learning techniques, they claim to deliver Google-level machine learning services.

[1] Goodfellow, I. J., Warde-Farley, D., Mirza, M., Courville, A., & Bengio, Y. , Proceedings of […]

A paper on Pylearn2 is released

A paper about Pylearn2 and its architecture has been published on arXiv. It can be accessed via the following link: . If you use Pylearn2 in research publications, please cite this paper. An example bibtex entry is:

@ARTICLE{pylearn2_arxiv_2013, title={Pylearn2: a machine learning research library}, author={Ian J. Goodfellow and David Warde-Farley and Pascal Lamblin and […]

NIPS 2013 Deep Learning Workshop CFP


NIPS 2013 Deep Learning Workshop December 9th or 10th, 2013 Lake Tahoe, USA.

Important dates: Submission deadline: October 9th, 2013 Acceptance notification: October 23rd, 2013



Deep Learning algorithms attempt to discover good representations, at multiple levels of abstraction. There has been rapid progress in this area in recent years, […]