MLSS Application Instructions
To apply for MLSS, fill and submit the application form
Applying for travel support is done on the same form (questions
at the bottom of the form).
Please note that it is not possible to update your application once submitted.
The application deadline has now passed, but late applications
may be accepted to a reserve list.
Items needed to apply:
- Personal information
- Affiliation information
- Academic background and description of research interests
- Resume (free-form, preferably compact, no specific format)
- Tentative poster title/abstract
- Contact information for Letter of Recommendation.
It is mandatory for students.
For knowledgeable professionals, you can of course for example name
yourself as the contact.
- Application for financial support (optional), only for students
All dates and times are in UTC
(time zone converter).
Deadlines are strict, and at 23:59 UTC on the specified date.
|Application system opens||15 October 2013|
|Application deadline||15 November 2013|
|Deadline for reference letters||22 November 2013|
|Admission notification by:||31 December 2013|
|Registration deadline:||31 January 2014|
|Academics: ||540 EUR|
|Industry: ||740 EUR|
|Students: ||300 EUR|
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can apply and who is this school intended for?
Anyone can apply; the student application deadline is 15 November. The summer
school is targeted for students (specially at a master/PhD level), academics
(faculty, researchers and postdoctoral researchers) and professionals. In your
application you should describe why you are interested in attending the summer
This school is suitable for all levels, both for people without previous knowledge in Machine Learning, and
those wishing to broaden their expertise in this area. It will allow the participants to get in touch with
international experts in this field. Exchange of students, joint publications and joint projects will result
because of these interactions.
For students, the summer school provides a unique, high-quality, and intensive period of study. It is ideally
suited for students currently pursuing, or intending to pursue, research in Machine Learning or related fields.
It will also allow research students to present recent research results through poster presentations.
Professionals who use Machine Learning will find that the summer school provides relevant knowledge and
exposure to contemporary techniques. In addition, they will benefit by direct interaction with top-notch
researchers and knowledge workers. Previous experience indicates that personnel from both the industry as well
as national laboratories benefit immensely from the school.
For academics, the summer school is an excellent opportunity to help getting started in research on novel
topics in Machine Learning. It provides an ideal forum for networking and discussions. Academics will also
benefit from interaction with IT professionals which will lead to a deeper understanding of real life problems.
Will late applications be accepted?
We expect there to be more demand than seats. It is possible to get to a reserve list with a
When am I expected to pay the fees?
Applicants who have been admitted to the summer school will have to pay the
corresponding fees by January 31, 2014.
The registration fee covers the access to the scientific program
(all lectures, talks, and poster sessions) and all social events with minor exceptions.
The fee does not cover accommodation costs. The fee covers lunch on weekends but not weekdays.
Questions About Travel Support
Who can apply for financial support?
Only students can apply for financial support. Students who have already attended a
previous edition of the Machine Learning Summer School cannot apply.
Who should apply for financial support?
Financial support will be given in priority to students who would not be able to attend the summer school without
financial help or a registration fee waiver, despite having an excellent academic background and a previously
demonstrated interest in machine learning or any related discipline.
We particularly have in mind students registered in universities with limited means or students travelling from
countries far away from Iceland.
Please keep in mind that any request for support needs to be addressed and explained by your referee in the reference
- Who will get financial support?
We will first screen applicants based on academic background, regardless of their wish to receive support. Once the list
of accepted applicants has been decided, we will allocate what amount we have by weighting it based on need.
- What will be covered by financial support?
Financial support will be given to cover partially either or both the registration fee and accommodation costs. If funds
are available, partial travel support might also be provided.
Questions about travel and accommodation
See the local information and accommodation pages.
- Will you offer wi-fi in the lecture hall?
All attendees will have free access to Wifi through Reykjavik University for the duration of the
summer school. You will be given the access credentials as part of your packets
when checking in at MLSS.
- What options are there for meals?
Reykjavik University operates a cafeteria during the week. Attendees will be able to choose from a
daily special, a vegetarian option, and usually a daily soup special. In
addition, sandwiches are available for purchase. Prices run from about 4eur up to
about 7-8eur for the entrees.
On the weekends during MLSS, the cafeteria would normally not be operating, so
we will provide a catered lunch those days, with the costs being included in the
cost of registration. The food options will be similar to those during the week.
Finally, attendees who wish to may visit a nearby restaurant, Nauthóll, located
just adjacent to the university.
- What should be my budget for meals?
Lunches (during the week): approximately 5-8eur for meal.
Lunches (on weekends): 0eur (included in registration).
For dinner, aside from a couple of small social outings, attendees are on their
own for dinner in the evenings. Reyjavik has a large variety of restaurants
available. On the cheap end, there are several places serving sandwiches, pizza,
kebabs, etc. for reasonable prices (around 1000 ISK for a sub-sandwich or a
large pizza, for instance). Prices in nicer restaurants are generally a little
more expensive than an average European city. An entree in a mid-range
restaurant might be 2000 ISK, up to 3-4000 for more expensive entrees like lamb
or good fish.
Additional frequently asked questions will be added here later.
Local Contact Email Address
The local contact email address for MLSS is firstname.lastname@example.org