Google New York is organizing a machine learning and optimization mini-workshop one day prior to COLT 2013 (Conference on Learning Theory that is held this year at Princeton University). Our goal is to gather researchers from academia and industry to participate in a half-day workshop with researchers and engineers at Google. We expect to have three main parts to the workshop: 1) talks by invited researchers, 2) talks by Googlers, and 3) an open discussion about research problems that are motivated by applications at Google. This mini-workshop is free.
The talks and open discussion will take place on 10th Floor in Central Park tech talk room from 1pm-5pm.
If you are a COLT attendee and you would like to come, please send email to David Pal (firstname.lastname@example.org). If we have just forgot to mention your name, please send us an email as well, so that we know that you're coming.
There will be around 30 people from research and engineering, some of them watching us live from other Google offices.
Registration is free. If you want to spend the night in the city we can point you to a good hotel within walking distance with a rate of $205 a night. Just let us know.
The workshop will be held at Google New York in Manhattan. The Google office is in the old Port Authority Building that occupies the block between 15th and 16th Streets, and 8th and 9th Avenues. Google owns the whole building, but there are many other companies in the building. It is a giant red brick building with discreet white Google signs on the outside of the building at the second floor level. The lobby is more clearly marked with colorful Google neon signs.
The building has two entrances with receptions, one on 9th Avenue and one on 8th Avenue. Please use the 8th Avenue reception. The building security at the reception will have a list of your names. Bring photo ID with you. Between 11:45am - 12:15pm, there will be some Googlers waiting for you at the reception. If you want to catch lunch, please be at the reception during that time window. At 12:15pm, we move to the 5th floor to lunch. If you plan to arrive outside of that time window, please let us know.
If you happen to arrive late, security will send you to Google reception at 4th floor. When you arrive to 4th floor reception, let the Google receptionist know and we will pick you up from there. You might need to wait a bit though.
The simplest way to get to our office is to take the subway A,C,E (blue line), or L (grey line), and get off at the 14th Street / 8 Avenue stop. One of the exits at the 14th street stop is right inside the Google building, literally few steps from 8th Ave reception; the exit is marked "Port Authority Building".
If you're arriving at JFK airport, take the AirTrain to Jamaica Station and from there take the E subway train to 14th Street stop. You can take a cab, but expect to pay roughly $65-70 (including a tip).
If you're arriving from Newark airport or Princeton take the NJ transit train to New York Penn Station. See NJ transit website for the schedule. (On the way from Princeton you need to change trains at Princeton Junction.) From New York Penn Station, you can either walk down 8th Avenue (15-20 minutes) or take a downtown bound A,C,E train to 14th Street stop.
We strongly urge you not to drive to Manhattan. You would need to pay tolls at a bridge or tunnel, and parking in Manhattan is expensive.