Greetings from ICML 2014

The famous "bird nest"

The famous “bird nest”

Greetings from ICML 2014! I will attempt to blog the conference in between attending sessions, giving my talk and poster, and stressing out about writing my CAREER award. Despite what Google Maps might tell you, my hotel is not across the street from the stadium pictured above — this led to a rather frustrating 30 minutes of walking around asking for directions. I do, however, have a lovely view from my room of the Bank of Communications (交通银行), which seems appropriate, somehow.

I can’t access Facebook or Twitter from China without some crazy paid VPN solution it seems (if you have any tips, feel free to email me), so I don’t know if this post will even make it to those services. It’s probably for the best — social media is too much of a distraction, right?

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4 thoughts on “Greetings from ICML 2014

  1. Never trust Google maps giving the correct location for places in China. Google’s China map inaccuracy is a policy throwback from the Cold War to prevent foreign powers from using publicly available maps as an aid for invasion. It also is a way to give home-grown Baidu a leg up (Baidu’s maps are more accurate).

  2. For whatever it’s worth, this post made it to twitter. Although the idea that you can’t obsessively check social media on your phone is probably good for you. :-p

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