The Cognitive Information Analytics and Health Informatics Departments at IBM Research - Haifa cordially invite you to a full-day seminar on machine learning, to be held on Monday, November 7th, 2016. The seminar will take place in the auditorium of IBM Research – Haifa on the University of Haifa campus, from 09:30 to 18:00.

Lunch and light refreshments will be served. Participation is free but registration is required.

The seminar will be collocated with the IBM Research Cognitive Computing colloquium on Computer Vision and Video Technologies to be held on November 6th, 2016.

Seminar Organizers

Posters Chair

Local Arrangements


09:15 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:15 Opening Remarks
Dr. Michal Rosen-Zvi, Director, Health Informatics, IBM Research – Haifa

10:15 – 10:45 Collective Entity Resolution with Multi-Focal Attention
Prof. Amir Globerson, Tel Aviv University

10:45 – 11:45 Keynote: Marrying Deep Learning with Graphical Models
Prof. Max Welling, University of Amsterdam, UC Irvine and CIFAR

11:45 – 12:00 Break

12:00 – 12:30 Natural Language Programming (NLPRO): Models for translating natural language text into executable code
Dr. Reut Tsarfaty, The Open University

12:30 – 13:00 Fine-grained Analysis of Sentence Embeddings Using Auxiliary Prediction Tasks
Dr. Einat Kermany, IBM Research – Haifa

13:00 – 13:30 Automatic enrichment of a Knowledge Base with descriptive texts using Ontological Constraints
Dr. Einat Minkov, Haifa University

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:00 Software Geology for Malware Detection
Dr. Eitan Menahem, IBM Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, Beer-Sheva

15:00 – 15:30 "For Your Eyes Only": Content Popularity vs. Facebook Share-ability in Click Prediction Modeling
Dr. Roy Sasson, Outbrain

15:30 – 16:00 ALOOF: Leave-One-Out Tree Splitting Criteria for Predictive Modeling
Prof. Saharon Rosset, Tel Aviv University and Final

16:00 – 16:15 Closing Remarks
Dr. Aya Soffer, Director, Big Data and Cognitive Analytics, IBM Research – Haifa

16:15 – 17:30 Poster Session

Call for Posters

Authors who wish to present a poster are invited to submit an abstract of their work for review. Submissions of academic research, work in progress, technical work, and industrial pitches are accepted.

Submission guidelines: Please send a one-page PDF or Word document with a title and description (abstract) to, by October 25th, 2016.





Important Dates

Poster submission deadline

October 25th, 2016

Registration deadline

October 31st, 2016


November 7th, 2016

Visiting IBM Research - Haifa

The Haifa facility of the IBM R&D Labs in Israel, located on the campus of the University of Haifa on Mount Carmel, is the home of the IBM Research - Haifa.

IBM R&D Labs in Israel, Haifa University Campus, Mount Carmel, Haifa, 3498825, Israel