The 8th Asian Conference on Machine Learning, Hamilton

The University of Waikato, Hamilton - November 16-18 2016


ACML 2016

The 8th Asian Conference on Machine Learning (ACML 2016) will be held in Hamilton, New Zealand, on November 16-18, 2016. The conference aims to provide a leading international forum for researchers in machine learning and related fields to share their new ideas, progresses and achievements. Submissions from regions other than the Asia-Pacific are also highly encouraged.

The conference calls for high-quality, original research papers in the theory and practice of machine learning. The conference also solicits proposals focusing on frontier research, new ideas and paradigms in machine learning.

This year we are running two publication tracks: Authors may submit either to the conference track, for which the proceedings will be published as a volume of Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR): Workshop and Conference Proceedings series, or to the journal track for which accepted papers will appear in a special issue of the Springer journal Machine Learning.


  • The conference proceedings are now available online:

  • Dear ACML participants,

    As you will no doubt be aware, in the early hours of Monday 14th November there was an earthquake in New Zealand. The epicentre was in the northern part of the South Island some 900km from the University of Waikato.

    There has been no damage anywhere in the Waikato region so, for us, everything is business as usual including the conference. Should that situation change we will notify everyone immediately.

    Auckland airport (the main entry point to get to the University of Waikato) is also unaffected so your travel plans should run smoothly.

    Safe travels and we look forward to hosting you at ACML 2016 here in Hamilton at the University of Waikato,

    Kind Regards,

    Local Organizing Committee ACML 2016

  • Congratulations to our best paper winners, a special session on the second day has been reserved for their talks (see here for program):

    • Best Paper: Unifying Topic, Sentiment & Preference in an HDP-Based Rating Regression Model for Online Reviews

      Zheng Chen, Yong Zhang , Yue Shang , Xiaohua Hu

    • Best Student Paper: Simulation and Calibration of a Fully Bayesian Marked Multidimensional Hawkes Process with Dissimilar Decays

      Kar Wai Lim, Young Lee, Leif Hanlen, Hongbiao Zhao

    • Best Paper Runner-up: A Bayesian Nonparametric Approach for Multi-label Classification

      Vu Nguyen, Sunil Gupta, Santu Rana, Cheng Li, Svetha Venkatesh

    • Best Student Paper Runner-up: Hierarchical Probabilistic Matrix Factorization with Network Topology for Multi-relational Social Network

      Haoli Bai, Zenglin Xu, Bin Liu, Yingming Li

  • The conference program is now available here.

  • List of accepted papers is available here.



The confirmed speakers are:

  • John Shawe-Taylor - keynote

    Professor and Director of the Centre for Computational Statistics and Machine Learning at University College London,
    and scientific coordinator of the EU Framework VI Network of Excellence in Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning (PASCAL).
  • Vincent S. Tseng - keynote

    Distinguished Professor
    Department of Computer Science
    National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
  • Albert Bifet - invited

    Associate Professor in Big Data at Telecom ParisTech, Universite Paris-Saclay
    and Honorary Research Associate at University of Waikato.
  • Tie-Yan Liu - invited

    Principal researcher at Microsoft Research China,
    adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University (LTI),
    and an honorary professor at University of Nottingham.


  • The conference will be held on campus of the University of Waikato (photos).
  • The banquet will be held at Hobbiton (photos)

Important Dates

Workshop Proposal Deadline May, 23 2016
Tutorial Proposal Deadline June, 30 2016
Journal Submission Deadlines - 1st round March, 21 2016
- 2nd round April, 4 2016
- 3rd round April, 18 2016
- Final round May, 2 2016
Early Submission Deadline May, 9 2016
Submissions to conference track reopen July, 4 2016
Early Notification Date July, 11-12 2016
Final Submission Deadline August, 15 2016
Final Notification Date October, 4 2016
Conference Dates Nov, 16-18 2016

Deadlines are 23:59 Pacific Standard Time (PST)