Call for Participation
We invite African students and researchers to participate in the First Africa Summer School on Machine Learning for Data Mining and Search, sponsored by ACM SIGIR and SIGKDD, hosted at the University of Cape Town, and presented by leading international researchers.
The mission of the school is to enable students to learn about modern research challenges and methods in information retrieval and data mining; to stimulate scientific research and collaboration in these fields; and to grow a community of researchers, students, and industry professionals working on information retrieval and data mining across Africa with collaborations all around the world.
The target audience is junior faculty from institutions across Africa and advanced graduate students in Africa, with the vision that attendees take their new insights back to their home institutions to grow a vibrant research community in information retrieval and data mining. Some travel grants will be awarded to encourage participants who may not otherwise be able to attend.
The workshop will offer a week of lectures and labs for an audience of up to 50 students. Each day will centre around a broad theme in information retrieval and data mining and consist of lectures on aspects of that theme and hands-on lab time. The program will also include keynote addresses, panels, poster sessions and social events.
Speakers include: Daniel Campos, Nick Craswell, Maarten de Rijke, Nicola Ferro, Joshua Kroll, Maria Maistro, Rishabh Mehrotra, Bhaskar Mitra, Alejandro Moreo, Doug Oard, Fabrizio Sebastiani, Ian Soboroff, Grace Yang, and Emine Yilmaz.
Provisional Topics in Summer School
Basic Information Retrieval (IR), Multilingual IR, SOLR; Evaluation Techniques; Fairness in Machine Learning; Text Classification and Sentiment Analysis; Deep Learning and IR
(Detailed programme coming soon)
TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
Travel to Cape Town
There are regular direct flights to Cape Town International Airport from some international cities, and hourly connections from O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
Upon arrival, use a registered taxi or shuttle service (e.g., City Hopper, Sport Shuttle) or Uber taxi for the 15km journey to your accommodation. The MyCiti bus service only goes to the city centre.
UCT Student residence ($ - budget friendly)
UCT offers basic vacation accommodation in its student residences at reasonable prices (see: Price List). To sign up for this service, complete the Booking Form and send it to the email address indicated.
If you have any queries, please contact Zama Quluba <Zama.Quluba@uct.ac.za>.
There will be a daily shuttle service to/from the student residence.
Guesthouses near UCT ($$)
- Devonshire House, 6 Lovers Walk, Rondebosch
- Knightsbury Guesthouse, 15 Linkoping Road, Rondebosch
- Little Scotia Guesthouse, 5 Rustenburg Avenue, Rondebosch
- Riversong Guesthouse, 14 Esme Road, Newlands
Participants who choose to stay at one of these guesthouses must please let us know so we can send you specific instructions for the shuttle service during the school.
Hotels near UCT ($$$)
- Park Inn by Radisson Newlands, 10 Hemlock Street, Newlands
- Southern Sun Newlands, 7 Main Road, Newlands
There will be a daily shuttle service to/from these hotels.