August 24th (Sunday), 2014

Date: 8:30AM – 6:00PM, Sunday, August 24, 2014
Venue: Room Liberty 4, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City, USA [Details]


Time Period Activity Presenter/Author
8:30AM – 8:45AM Opening Remark Chairs [Slides]
8:45AM – 9:30AM Invited Talk Lihong Li
Researcher at Microsoft Research
Multi-armed Bandits on the Internet: Successes, Lessons and Challenges [Slides]
9:30AM – 10:00AM Long Presentation Luo Lu – Twitter Inc., Chang Liu – Twitter Inc.
Separation Strategies for Three Pitfalls in A/B Testing [PDF] [Slides]
10:00AM – 10:30AM Break
10:30AM – 11:15AM Invited Talk Alex Smola
Professor at Carnegie Mellon University & Google
Least mean squares matrix completion considered harmful or Do you really need to know how much I hate ‘Notting Hill’?
11:15AM – 11:45AM Long Presentation Pengyuan Wang – Yahoo Labs, 
A Unified Framework for Evaluating Online User Treatment Effectiveness, with Advertising Application [PDF]
11:45PM – 12:05PM Short Presentation Amit Goyal – Twitter Inc., Praveen Bommannavar – Twitter Inc., Stuart Anderson – Twitter Inc., Alek Kolcz – Twitter Inc., Kurt Smith – Twitter Inc.
Detecting User Interests on Twitter via Seed Set Expansion [PDF] [Slides]
12:05PM – 12:25PM Short Presentation Eunyee Koh – Adobe, Neha Gupta – Adobe
An Empirical Evaluation of Ensemble Decision Trees to Improve Personalization on Advertisement [PDF]
Noon Break (12:30PM – 2:00PM)
2:00PM – 2:45PM Invited Talk Lars Backstrom
Engineering Manager at Facebook
Generating a Billion Personal Newspapers: News Feed Ranking at Facebook
2:45PM – 3:05PM Short Presentation Athanasios Noulas – Booking.Com,  Mats Einarsen – Booking.Com
User Engagement through Topic Modelling [PDF] [Slides]
3:05PM – 3:35PM Long Presentation El Mehdi Rochd – Aix-Marseille University, Mohamed Quafafou – Aix-Marseille University, Eric Cholet – Marketshot
A Topic Model-based Personalization Over Time [PDF]
3:35PM – 4:00PM Break
4:00PM – 4:45PM Invited Talk Suju Rajan
Senior Manager for Personalization Science – Yahoo Labs
Making the Stream a Daily Habit : Optimizing for long term behavior
4:45PM – 5:05PM Short Presentation Krishna Kamath – Twitter Inc., Aneesh Sharma – Twitter Inc., Dong Wang – Databricks Inc., Zhijun Yin – Twitter Inc.
RealGraph: User Interaction Prediction at Twitter [PDF]
5:05PM – 5:35PM Long Presentation Arvind Agarwal – Palo Alto Research Center, Saurabh Kataria – Palo Alto Research Center
Multi-Task CRF Model for Predicting Issue Resolution Status in Social Media based Customer Care [PDF]
5:35PM – 6:00PM Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks