Automatic Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and GPUs

Stanford Alumni Center, August 11, 2015

stanford hackathon

In conjunction with the INNS BIG DATA conference in San Francisco, August 8-10, 2015.

See our souvenir album (thanks to Sebastien Treger)

Realize your dream: building the perfect machine learning black box, which can learn without any human intervention!

The goal of this event is to form teams in the Bay Area to join the AutoML challenge, with $30,000 in prizes donated by Microsoft. The participants will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with Codalab, a new collaborative platform, deep learning, and GPUs.


==> We have updated the [GPU TRACK INSTRUCTIONS]. You may want to get familiar with them before the event.

==> The [BOOTCAMP SUBMISSIONS] website is now open for submissions. You have until midnight on August 11 to make your submissions. After that, we urge you to try to enter the AutoML challenge.


The participants are organized in groups. The group name is the Codalab ID. It is possible to communicate with the members of the group by writing to <group-name>


8:30 am: Registration

8:45 - 9:30 am: Isabelle Guyon - Presentation of the AutoML challenge. [slides]

9:30 - 10:15 am: Arthur Pesah - Introduction to Python machine learning libraries. [iPython notebook -- start with > ipython notebook Arthur_notebook.ipynb]

10:15 - 10:30 am: Break.

10:30 - 11:15 am: Julie Bernauer. NVIDIA - Introduction to GPUs. [slides]

11:15 am - 12 am: Percy Liang - CodaLab Worksheets for Efficient Collaborative Research. [slides]

12:00 am - 1 pm - "Free" lunch.

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Sebastien Treger - Walk through the submission process and the sample code.

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Hackathon/Advanced bootcamp: work on making submissions to the AutoML challenge with the help of coaches. [BOOTCAMP SUBMISSIONS][GPU TRACK INSTRUCTIONS]

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Top ranking participants share their solutions.


Presentation of the AutoML challenge (Isabelle Guyon)

The AutoML challenge offers an unprecedented opportunity for the community of machine learning to try to create a perfect black box capable of training learning machine for classification or regression from any feature-based dataset, without any human intervention. The presentation will go over the challenge protocol and give guideline on how to make successful entries by going over strategies for hyper-parameter selection and overfitting avoidance and reviewing some of the strategies of winners of previous rounds.

CodaLab Worksheets for Efficient Collaborative Research (Percy Liang)

We are interested in solving two infrastructural problems in data-centric fields such as machine learning: First, an inordinate amount of time is spent on preprocessing datasets, getting other people's code to run, writing evaluation/visualization scripts, with much of this effort duplicated across different research groups. Second, a only static set of final results are ever published, leaving it up to the reader to guess how the various methods would fare in unreported scenarios. I will present CodaLab, a new platform which aims to tackle these two problems by creating an online community around sharing and executing immutable components called bundles, thereby streamlining the research process. Finally, I will show how worksheets can be useful for participating in competitions.



Isabelle Guyon, ChaLearn (contact:

Pauline Essalou, NVIDIA

Emilia Vaajoensuu, NVIDIA

Percy Liang, Stanford University

Arthur Pesah, ChaLearn

Sebastien Treger, ChaLearn

Lukasz Romaszko, ChaLearn

Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft


Arthur Pesah, ChaLearn

Sebastien Treger, ChaLearn

Eric Carmichael, Tivix

Francis Cleary, Tivix

Julie Bernauer, NVIDIA


Lane/Lyons/Lodato room in Fisher Hall

Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center

Arrillaga Alumni Center

326 Galvez St

Stanford, CA 94305

United States




We recommend that you park in the Galvez Lot. You can get a discount parking for this event.

1. First park and remember your stall number

2. Touch any key to exit intro screen

3. Enter your stall number and Press [OK] to Continue

4. Select #1 to Purchase a Ticket.

5. On the next screen, select (1) for Incremental or (2) for All Day Parking. If arriving after 10:45 use the incremental option without an event code and skip to step 9.

6. If All Day Parking is selected, select "Yes" when it asks if you have an event code

7. Enter the event code number (8927) and press OK

8. Once the code is entered, you'll receive a message that says "Get Ready For Payment"

9. Insert your Visa/Mastercard or cash payment (if incremental rate was selected and paying by credit card, increase the expiration time by pressing the '1' key). If paying by cash, depositing more money increases the expiration time

10. Select OK to complete transaction and print your receipt. No need to display receipt on dashboard

See your other parking options. At the lower right corner of the map below you see "Parking & Transportation": this is where you can get your one-day pass: 340 Bonair Siding.

Stanford parking
Percy Liang

See full souvenir album (thanks to Sebastien Treger)