Machine Learning Discussion Group

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The Machine Learning Discussion Group (MLDG) is an informal group for discussing the latest work in the field of Machine Learning. We usually discuss a paper from a recent conference (NIPS, ICML, etc) each meeting.

This term (Fall2017) we meet on Wednesdays (5.30 - 6.30 pm) in Gates 416 (Ithaca) and Bloomberg 398 (Cornell Tech, New York City).

Schedule of papers

Feel free to volunteer for any available week! Send an email to as3354 [at]

Date Discussion Leader Topic, Paper links Area Other activities and Deadlines
30 Aug, 2017 Organizational Meeting
6 Sept, 2017 Wesley YellowFin and the Art of Momentum Tuning and On the importance of initialization and momentum in deep learning Deep Learning
13 Sept, 2017 James Deep Learning for Identifying Metastatic Breast Cancer Deep Learning
20 Sept, 2017 Dieqiao Neural Turing Machines Deep Learning
27 Sept, 2017 Luke and Eric Recurrent Convolutional Network for Video-based Person Re-Identification Deep Learning
4 October, 2017 Dipendra Value Iteration Networks Reinforcement Learning
11 October, 2017 Alane From Language to Programs: Bridging Reinforcement Learning and Maximum Marginal Likelihood Reinforcement Learning/NLP
18 October, 2017 Andrew Reinforcement Learning for Bandit Neural Machine Translation with Simulated Human Feedback Reinforcement Learning/NLP
25 October, 2017 Arzoo NLP
1 Nov, 2017 Ashudeep Fairness and Transparency in ML
8 Nov, 2017 Sarah Fairness and Transparency in ML
15 Nov, 2017 Angela Fairness and Transparency in ML
22 Nov, 2017 Thanksgiving
29 Nov, 2017


Who attends the MLDG?

The group is mainly attended by graduate students and undergraduate students actively interested in the area of machine learning. Beginning of every semester, we meet to discuss areas of interests to each of the people attending and decide on a few themes for the semester. Suggestions for topics or papers to discuss may be sent to the mailing list and are always welcome.

How do I join the mailing list?

You can join the list by sending an email with subject "join" (no quotes) to

How do I get involved?

Want to check out MLDG? Stop by any Tuesday. Have anything interesting to share or announce, you can use the mldg mailing list,

Archive of previous MLDG pages