Machine Learning Discussion Group Spring 2017

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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 (Spring 2017) we meet on Wednesdays (4.30 - 5.30 pm) in Gates 416 (Ithaca) and Hackers (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 Other activities and Deadlines
Feb 1, 2017 Organizational Meeting ACL Deadline (Feb 6, 2017)
Feb 8, 2017 Sid Regret Minimization in Games with Incomplete Information (Theme: Poker AI)
Feb 15, 2017 Angela “Why Should I Trust You?” Explaining the Predictions of Any Classifier and Algorithmic Transparency via Quantitative Input Influence
Feb 22, 2017 Ashudeep Learning representations for fairness (Paper 1) and Counterfactual inference (Paper 2) ICML Deadline (Feb 27, 2017)
Mar 1, 2017 Dipendra Recent advances in policy gradient methods
Mar 8, 2017 Arzoo Understanding Deep Learning requires rethinking generalization
Mar 15, 2017 Stella Blizzard
Mar 22, 2017 Nathan Show, Attend and Tell: Neural Image Caption Generation
Mar 29, 2017 No MLDG
Apr 5, 2017 Spring Break
Apr 12, 2017 Alane Structured Attention Networks EMNLP Deadline (April 14, 2017)
Apr 19, 2017 Sarah Generative Models and Model Criticism via Optimized Maximum Mean Discrepancy
Apr 26, 2017 Ashudeep Counterfactual Fairness
May 3, 2017 Aman


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