Alex Smola


Alex Smola is CEO and cofounder of Boson AI where he works on large AI models. Prior to that he was VP and Distinguished Scientist at Amazon Web Services responsible for AI/ML. He worked at CMU as Full Professor in the Machine Learning Department from 2013-2017 and he has taught at UC Berkeley, Stanford and the Australian National University. He also worked at Google, Yahoo Research and NICTA. He received his PhD in Machine Learning from the University of Technology in Berlin in 1998.

Alex has published over 300 papers on topics ranging from Kernel Methods to Statistical Testing, Bayesian Nonparametrics, Systems to Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing. He has written and edited 6 books, most recently his book entitled “Dive into Deep Learning”, which provides a hands-on introduction to AI.

Data & AI Leadership Day Talk:
Large Models for All and How To Adapt Them Efficiently

Foundation models have revolutionized ML, but using them remains a challenge. I’ll give an overview of such models and how to use them, both for mixed data in the context of AutoML and through fine-tuning and prompting, as is commonly done in Large Language Models.

In particular, AutoGluon allows users to integrate tabular data with representations for different data types, including text and images. I’ll discuss how this can be accomplished efficiently, taking advantage of the latest models available on public repositories, as well as how to adapt pure language models.

Frequently Asked Questions

For whom is Data & AI Leadership Day?

Data & AI Leadership Day brings together over 800 leaders and experts from across industries to share their experience and insights on the latest trends, best practices, and strategies related to data & AI.

Who is deciding on the topics?

The program is selected by an independent board of customer representatives and delivered by cloud practitioners and experts. Content is selected to provide maximum benefit to participants through relevant topics, innovative insights, and clear, actionable takeaways. 

When and where does Data & AI Leadership Day take place?

Data & AI Leadership Day will be on June 19, 2024, from 7am to 5.30pm CEST, followed by informal drinks and networking.  

This in-person conference will be held at: 

Arena Cinema Zurich 

Kalanderplatz 8 

8045 Zurich 

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What about the co-located Cloud Leadership Day?

Cloud is a relevant topic for future developments, which is why this conference will take place alongside Cloud Leadership Day. Ticket holders will have access to both conferences.