The annual Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference is the flagship meeting on neural computation. It draws a diverse group of attendees—physicists, neuroscientists, mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists. The presentations are interdisciplinary, with contributions in algorithms, learning theory, cognitive science, neuroscience, brain imaging, vision, speech and signal processing, reinforcement learning and control, emerging technologies, and applications. Only twenty-five percent of the papers submitted are accepted for presentation at NIPS, so the quality is exceptionally high. This volume contains the papers presented at the December, 2004 conference, held in Vancouver.
About the Editors
Lawrence K. Saul is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania and General Chair of the 2004 NIPS conference.
Yair Weiss is Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Léon Bottou is a Research Scientist at NEC Labs America.