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The Machine Learning Summer School (MLSS) Series

The machine learning summer school (MLSS) series was started in 2002 with the motivation to promulgate modern methods of statistical machine learning and inference. It was motivated by the observation that while many students are keen to learn about machine learning, and an increasing number of researchers want to apply machine learning methods to their research problems, only few machine learning courses are taught at universities. Machine learning summer schools present topics which are at the core of modern Machine Learning, from fundamentals to state-of-the-art practice. The speakers are leading experts in their field who talk with enthusiasm about their subjects.

MLSS 2020 in Tübingen, Germany

In the summer of 2020, the MLSS will make its fifth appearance in the beautiful medieval university town of Tübingen, in southwestern Germany. It will be hosted by the Department of Empirical Inference at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems between 28 June - 10 July 2020.

All past and future MLSSs can be found here. For general inquiries about MLSS 2020 in Tuebingen, please write to . If you have questions regarding application to the MLSS 2020, please check FAQ first before contacting us.

COVID-19 Situation

As of 11 March 2020, we intend to hold the MLSS 2020 as planned. The well-being of the MLSS students, speakers, and organizing team is our top priority. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will continue to do so until we have sufficient information to allow us to take a well-informed decision. We know that personal interaction has been one of the most popular features of past MLSS events, so we would not want to give this up lightly. However, as a possible fall-back option, we are in parallel exploring the possibility of a virtual MLSS where activities take place online. Please check our website http://mlss.tuebingen.mpg.de/2020/ regularly for the most up-to-date announcements. We are happy to address any concerns that you might have. Please contact us at mlss2020-team@tuebingen.mpg.de if you have further questions.

Regarding the Acceptance Results

(20 March 2020) Due to the current pandemic situation, we have decided to postpone the announcement of the applicants’ acceptance and rejection. We will communicate with the applicants as soon as we have any new updates about our summer school. If you have any concerns or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at mlss2020-team@tuebingen.mpg.de

Key Dates

25 December 2019 Application starts.
11 February 2020 Application deadline. Application portal may close earlier than the deadline if the number of applications exceeds our capacity to review.
How to apply
. The application portal has closed.
18 February 2020 Deadline for supervisors to complete the recommendation form for student applicants.
Mid March 2020 Notification of acceptance
End of March 2020 Deadline for registration to attend
28 June 2020 First day of MLSS 2020
10 July 2020 Last day of MLSS 2020


12 Mar 2020 Announce our plan to deal with the COVID-19 situation. Please check our website regularly.
11 Feb 2020 Application portal closed.
25 Dec 2019 Application portal is open.
19 Dec 2019 Add registration fees. See "participate".
18 Dec 2019 Add details on target audience. See "participate".
27 Nov 2019 Add a list of required documents when applying to the MLSS. See this page.
19 Nov 2019 Added key dates. The dates are tentative at the moment. Application will open in mid December 2019.
07 Nov 2019 Added the list of confirmed speakers. This list is growing.
16 Oct 2019 MLSS 2020 web site is online.