We are happy to announce that Thomas Dietterich will be keynote speaker at the conference.

Tom G. Dietterich is Professor and Director of Intelligent Systems Research in the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at Oregon State University, USA. He got his PhD from Stanford University. His research area of interest is Machine Learning. In 1987, he was named a Presidential Young Investigator for the NSF. In 1990, he published, with Dr. Jude Shavlik, the book entitled "Readings in Machine Learning", and he also served as the Technical Program Co-Chair of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-90). From 1992-1998 he held the position of Executive Editor of the Journal Machine Learning. The American Association for Artificial Intelligence named him a Fellow in 1994, and the Association for Computing Machinery did the same in 2003. In 2000, he co-founded a new, free electronic journal: The Journal of Machine Learning Research. He served as Technical Program Chair of the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in 2000 and General Chair in 2001. He is Past-President of the International Machine Learning Society, a member of the IMLS Board, and he also serves on the Board of Trustees of the NIPS Foundation. He is a member of the Advisory Board for ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, and also he is a reviewer for the Machine Learning section of the new ACM Computing Classification System (CCS). He served on the Joint IEEE Computer Society/ACM Task Force on Year 2001 Model Curricula for Computing (CC-2001). In 1991 and again in 1995, he served on the Program Committee of the ACM Workshop on Computational Learning Theory. For all his contribution, today he is a Distinguished ACM Speaker.