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ParLearning 2019 : The 8th International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Computing for Large-Scale Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics


When Aug 5, 2019 - Aug 5, 2019
Where Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Abstract Registration Due May 5, 2019
Submission Deadline May 12, 2019
Notification Due Jun 1, 2019
Final Version Due Jun 8, 2019
Categories    artificial intelligence   distributed computing   machine learning   parallel algorithms

Call For Papers

* The 8th International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Computing for
* Large-Scale Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics (ParLearning 2019)
* August 5, 2019
* Anchorage, Alaska, USA
* Co-located with
* The 25th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on
* Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD 2019)
* August 4 - August 8, 2019
* Dena’ina Convention Center and William Egan Convention Center
* Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Program (August 5, 2019)

8am - 8:05am: Introduction to ParLearning 2019
8:05am - 9am: Keynote talk 1: Dr. Lifeng Nai (Google Research, Mountain View, CA, USA)
9am - 9:30am: Regular paper 1: Large Scale Cloud Deployment of Spectral Topic Modeling
9:30am - 10am: Coffee break
10am - 10:45am: Keynote talk 2: Professor V.S. Subrahmanian (Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA)
10:45am - 11:30am: Keynote talk 3: Dr. Satish Nadathur (Facebook Research, Menlo Park, CA, USA)
11:30am - 12pm: Regular paper 2: Expedite Neural Network Training via Software Techniques
12pm - 12:30pm: Regular paper 3: Scaling up Stochastic Gradient Descent for Non-convex Optimisation

Call for Papers

Scaling up machine-learning (ML), data mining (DM) and reasoning algorithms from Artificial Intelligence (AI) for massive datasets is a major technical challenge in the time of "Big Data". The past ten years have seen the rise of multi-core and GPU based computing. In parallel and distributed computing, several frameworks such as OpenMP, OpenCL, and Spark continue to facilitate scaling up ML/DM/AI algorithms using higher levels of abstraction. We invite novel works that advance the trio-fields of ML/DM/AI through development of scalable algorithms or computing frameworks. Ideal submissions should describe methods for scaling up X using Y on Z, where potential choices for X, Y and Z are provided below.

Scaling up

o Recommender systems
o Optimization algorithms (gradient descent, Newton methods)
o Deep learning
o Distributed algorithms and AI for Blockchain
o Clustering (agglomerative techniques, graph clustering, clustering heterogeneous data)
o Probabilistic inference (Bayesian networks)
o Graph algorithms, graph mining and knowledge graphs
o Graph neural networks
o Autoencoders and variational autoencoders
o Generative adversarial networks
o Generative models
o Deep reinforcement learning


o Parallel architectures/frameworks (OpenMP, CUDA etc.)
o Distributed systems/frameworks (MPI, Spark, etc.)
o Machine learning frameworks (TensorFlow, PyTorch etc.)


o Various infrastructures, such as cloud, commodity clusters, GPUs, and emerging AI chips.

Workshop Proceedings

Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.


Best Paper Award: The program committee will nominate a paper for the Best Paper award. In past years, the Best Paper award included a cash prize. Stay tuned for this year!
Travel Awards: Students with accepted papers have a chance to apply for a travel award. Please find details on the ACM KDD 2019 web page.

Important Dates

o Paper submission: May 12, 2019 (Anywhere on Earth)
o Author notification: June 1, 2019
o Camera-ready version: June 8, 2019

Paper Guidelines

All submissions are limited to a total of 6 pages, including all content and references, and must be in PDF format and formatted according to the new Standard ACM Conference Proceedings Template. Additional information about formatting and style files is available online at: Papers that do not meet the formatting requirements will be rejected without review.

All submissions must be uploaded electronically at

Special Issue

We are planning to publish a special issue of a journal, consisting of the best papers of ParLearning 2019. We are about to publish a special issue of the Springer journal Future Generation Computer Systems, containing the selected papers of ParLearning 2017.

Keynote Speakers

o Professor V.S. Subrahmanian (Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA)
o Dr. Lifeng Nai (Google Research, Mountain View, CA, USA)
o Dr. Satish Nadathur (Facebook Research, Menlo Park, CA, USA)

Organizing Committee

o General Chairs: Arindam Pal (TCS Research and Innovation, Kolkata, India) and Henri Bal (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
o Program Chairs: Azalia Mirhoseini (Google AI, Mountain View, CA, USA), Thomas Parnell (IBM Research, Zurich, Switzerland)
o Publicity Chair: Anand Panangadan (California State University, Fullerton, USA)
o Steering Committee Chairs: Sutanay Choudhury (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA) and Yinglong Xia (Huawei Research America, Santa Clara, CA, USA)

Technical Program Committee

o Vito Giovanni Castellana, PNNL, USA
o Daniel Gerardo Chavarria, PNNL, USA
o Jianting Zhang, City College of New York, USA
o Farinaz Koushanfar, UCSD, USA
o Erich Elsen, Google Brain, USA
o Kazuaki Ishizaki, IBM Research, Tokyo, Japan
o Zhihui Du, Tsinghua University, China
o Anand Eldawy, University of Minnesota, USA
o Carson Leung, University of Manitoba, Canada
o Lingfei Wu, IBM Watson Research Center, USA
o Ananth Kalyanaraman, Washington State University, Pullman, USA
o Animesh Mukherjee, IIT Kharagpur, India
o Arnab Bhattacharya, IIT Kanpur, India
o Dinesh Garg, IBM Research, India
o Francesco Parisi, University of Calabria, Italy
o Himadri Sekhar Paul, TCS Research and Innovation, India
o Kripabandhu Ghosh, IIT Kanpur, India
o Mayank Singh, IIT Gandhinagar, India
o Nirmalya Roy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA
o Partha Basuchowdhuri, Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata, India
o Sanjukta Bhowmick, University of North Texas, USA
o Saptarshi Ghosh, IIT Kharagpur, India
o Sourangshu Bhattacharya, IIT Kharagpur, India
o Tanmoy Chakraborty, IIIT Delhi, India

Past Workshops

The first 7 editions of ParLearning were organized in conjunction with the International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS). The details of the past workshops can be found on the website From 2019, the organizers have decided to conduct it with KDD.

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