The 3rd Annual International TCE Conference took place on May 28-29, 2013 in the Churchill auditorium at the Technion. The conference theme this year was Machine Learning and Big Data, and the conference chairs were professor Ran El-Yaniv from CS, and professor Shie Mannor from EE. Over a 1000 people registered in advance and over 900 people attended the conference in its two days, an unprecedented number in Israel. Attendees were a mix of graduate students, faculty members from all academic institutes in Israel, and high tech industry employees – major leading companies and startups alike. The conference was sponsored by major companies such as Final, Intel, Mellanox, Microsoft, Marvell, EMC-RSA and more. The Israeli Science Foundation also supported the conference.
Prominent speakers in the fields of big data and machine learning, both from industry (Yahoo!, IBM, RSA, Microsoft and Google) and from leading universities (Stanford, UCSD, University of Washington) presented at the event. The technical program was designed to cover a wide range of topics and research disciplines. The encompassing mix of topics attracted a great deal of attention and the speaker lineup was truly impressive. The program also included two fascinating industry-academia panel discussions. The first focused on big data and the second on big data challenges in machine learning. Some of the topics covered were Information extraction and semantic web, deep learning, recommender systems, using big data to extract knowledge and predictions for business analytics and customer relations, computational molecular biology, algorithmic trading, learning algorithms for big data and learning for computational advertisement.