Call for Papers: Foundations and New Trends of PAC Bayesian Learning


Foundations and New Trends of PAC Bayesian Learning

University College London, UK

22 – 23 March 2010

Deadline: Friday, 12th February 2010

PAC-Bayes theory is a framework for deriving some of the tightest generalization bounds available. Many well established learning algorithms can be justified in the PAC-Bayes framework and even improved. PAC-Bayes bounds were originally applicable to classification, but over the last few years the theory has been extended to regression, density estimation, and problems with non iid data. The theory is well established within a small group of the statistical learning community, and has now matured to a level where it is relevant to a wider audience. The workshop will include tutorials on the foundations of the theory as well as recent findings through peer reviewed presentations.

Workshop topics

PAC Bayes theory or applications. In particular: application to:

* regression
* density estimation
* hypothesis testing
* structured density estimation
* non-iid data
* sequential data

The Invited Speakers include:

Olivier Catoni
CNRS U.M.R. 8553

David McAllester
Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago

Matthias Seeger
Saarland University and Max Planck Institute for Informatics

Organisers: Jean-Yves Audibert, Matthew Higgs, Steffen Grünewälder, François Laviolette and John Shawe-Taylor

Steffen Grünewälder