"Machine learning" is a funny term. On the one hand, taken at face value it suggests nothing less than straight-up artificial intelligence. And machine learning and deep neural networks do underpin the ability of software to do things like identify objects and faces in images, invent recipes, or recognize whales songs in the ocean so that ships don't run into them.
In 2010, I attended the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) CVPR (Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition) conference at the Hyatt in downtown San Francisco. I didn't expect the conference to be as large as it was, but it had more than 1,500 in attendance, to the best of my recollection. The conference reminded me of the size of the conferences held at the same hotel when the industry was arguing over different standards for Wi-Fi, with multi-billion dollar markets at stake.
We are pleased to invite you to contribute to the Eleventh ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2017), the premier venue for research and applications of recommendation technologies. The upcoming RecSys conference will be held in Como, Italy, from August, 27th to August 31st, 2017. The conference will continue RecSys' practice of connecting the research and practitioner communities to exchange ideas, frame problems, and share solutions. All the accepted papers will be published by ACM.