Machine Learning (ML) is one of the top emerging business trends in the world, and there are plenty of events around the globe that showcase this groundbreaking technology and methodology. Many of 2020’s events were scheduled to take place virtually due to COVID-19, but 2021 brings a return to physical events for many organizations around the world. Of course, given the unpredictable health climate, it is advisable to check back often to verify any changes for the dates and locations of these events.

To keep you on the cutting edge, here is the revised list of our favorite machine learning events around the world for the first half of 2021: 

  1. Deep Learning 2.0 Summit
  2. MarTech Summit
  3. Machine Learning Prague
  4. AI & Big Data Expo Global
  5. AI in Finance Summit
  6. World Data Summit
  7. PAW Machine Learning Week
  8. The Responsible AI Forum
  9. ISC High Performance 2021

Deep Learning 2.0 Summit

Date: January 28-29, 2021 

Location: Virtual

Re-work’s Deep Learning Summit is the must-attend event for machine learning engineers and executives. The AI & Deep Learning Summit presents groundbreaking advancements in deep learning and smart artificial intelligence. Per their website, this event features six tracks on deep learning and as well as AI in finance, insurance, retail, and more.

Unlike in 2020, the 2021 Summit will only be available online. To supplement the virtual experience, attendees will have access to live Q&As, networking opportunities, and access to complimentary presentations. 

Some topics that the Summit will cover are: 

  • Neural Networks and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Computer Vision
  • Image Retrieval
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility in AI 
  • Generative Models
  • Deep Learning

Registration: Tickets start at $149 per person, with group, not-for-profit, and government rates available. 

Notable Speakers: Google Brain research scientists Natasha Jaques and Shane Gu, and Uber AI Labs’ senior research manager Kenneth Stanley. 

MarTech Summit

Date: February 3 - 4, 2021  

Location: Hong Kong, China

A portmanteau of marketing and technology, the Martech Summit in Hong Kong brings together the best minds in digital marketing. The two-day summit focuses on practical innovations in data analytics, AI, machine learning, automation, and chatbots and their practical applications in marketing. 

2021’s event will cover four tracks:

  • Digital Transformation 
  • Content Marketing Strategy
  • Data-driven marketing
  • Customer experience and engagement

Registration: Gold passes are $395 each, while the diamond pass is $995 each. Are you only able to attend one day? Then opt for the one day pass, which is $495.

Notable speakers:  McDonald’s Marketing VP Tina Chao and Emerson Marketing Director Lieny Jang. 

Machine Learning Prague 

Date: February 26 - 28, 2021  

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Machine Learning Prague is the largest conference about Machine Learning in Europe. The event centers on the practical applications and implications of machine learning, AI, and deep learning. The conference brings together experts from organizations as diverse as NASA, McKinsey, and the University of Copenhagen. 

Registration: €280 for conference days, €195 for the workshops, and €450 for a combo ticket. 

Notable speakers:  François Chollet, author of the Keras Python network, and Dr. Hamed Valizadegan of NASA. 

AI & Big Data Expo Global

Date: March 17 - 18, 2021  

Location: London, United Kingdom 

The AI & Big Data Expo Global is the self-described “leading Artificial Intelligence & Big Data Conference & Exhibition event”. With twenty-one conference tracks and more than half of Expo attendees holding a director-level position or above, it's easy to see why they’ve earned the description. 

The Expo will showcase the latest developments from the world of AI and Big Data, and feature sage insights from its arsenal of industry experts that make up its 500+ speakers. 

The 2021 Expo will feature presentations from industry leaders covering:

  • Business Intelligence
  • Deep Learning
  • Machine Learning
  • AI Algorithms
  • Virtual Assistants

Registration: Access to the exhibition, including the stage content, is free. Access to networking events requires an Expo Plus Pass which is £299. The Gold pass also gives holders access to the conferences, which begins at £379. The Ultimate pass gives you access to every event the Summit has on offer and will set you back £1199. 

Notable speakers: Speakers haven’t been announced yet, but judging from the previous roster, 2021’s line up will not disappoint. 

AI in Finance Summit 

Date: April 15 - 16, 2021  

Location: London, United Kingdom

Re-work expects 700 attendees and 150 speakers to descend on London for their annual AI in Finance Summit. The event keeps a laser-focused agenda, zeroing in on practical examples that apply AI to challenges in finance. 

Financial topics that the event will cover are: 

  • Investment
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Stock Market Prediction
  • Compliance
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Retail Finance
  • Robo Advisors
  • Neural Networks

Registration: £330 for the Startup Pass and £496 for the Startup PLUS Pass. 

Notable speakers: Roshini Johri, Senior Data Scientist at HSBC and Eric Charton, Senior AI Director at National Bank of Canada

World Data Summit

Date: May 19 - 21, 2021  

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

GIA Global Group’s World Data Summit is the premier event for data professionals interested in the challenges faced by growing data complexity in a business environment increasingly reliant on data analytics. 

The two-day conference covers pertinent topics including:

  • Regulations on User Data Usage
  • Data governance trends
  • New trends in data visualization
  • Social networks and AI
  • Machine Learning for Human Rights

Registration: €495 for the workshop day, €1,295 for the main conference, and €1,595 for a combo ticket. 

Notable speakers: Kamran Ashraf, Head of Analytics and Insights for Visa Europe, and Michel Meulpolder, Managing Partner at BigData Republic. 

PAW Machine Learning Week

Date: May 24 - 28, 2021  

Location: Virtual

The conference name is PAW (Predictive Analysis World) Machine Learning Week, but rest assured - it's not for dogs. Machine Learning Week sets its sights on the use of predictive analytics (aka machine learning) at large companies around the world. Previous speakers at Machine Learning Week include Uber’s head of data science Mike Tamir and Caterpillar’s chief analytics director Morgan Vawter. 

Registration: Coming Soon (Check website for details)

The Responsible AI Forum

Date: June 7 - 9, 2021  

Location: Munich 

Originally scheduled to take place in November 2020, the Responsible AI Forum (RAIF) has been rescheduled to June 2021 due to COVID-19. What sets this AI conference apart is that it focuses on cultivating a sustainable and comprehensive framework for AI. 

These values are reflected in RAIF’s scheduling: a range of session formats are offered to encourage sector cross-over (instead of parallel tracks). Expect speakers from a range of backgrounds including academia, civil society, government, and industry.

Registration: €350 for academic, government, and NGO attendees, €100 for students, €450 for start-ups, and €800 for industry. 

Notable speakers: Dr. Patrick Lin (Cal Poly), Dr. Manuel García-Herranz (UNICEF), and Aisha Naseer (Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Limited).

ISC High Performance 2021

Date: June 27 - July 1, 2021  

Location: Frankfurt

The ISC High Performance conference is the high-performance computing (HPC) event of the year, attracting 450 speakers from industry and research. The first conference took place in 1986, making it the oldest supercomputing conference in the world. 

2021’s conference will cover:

  • System Architecture
  • Applications/Algorithms
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Parallel Programming Models & Performance Modeling
  • Machine Learning 

ISC 2021 is expecting to host 3,700 experts and users at the week-long conference in Frankfurt, Germany. Registration details and the speaker line-up have not been announced yet, but updates are available on the event’s website. 

Final Thoughts

This sterling line-up of events is a great fantastic place for anyone interested in expanding their industry knowledge and network to start.

If you can only choose one, our top pick is the Deep Learning Summit in London. This show should draw an engaging, international crowd with plenty of interesting topics, meetings, and networking events.

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And be sure to stop back for more information about Xplenty's own conferences in early 2021 and beyond.

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