ELLIS Summer School on Large-Scale AI for Research and Industry

Modena, 18-22 September 2023


The 2023 ELLIS Summer School on Large-Scale AI is an annual event for ELLIS PhD students, post-docs and fellows to meet in person and share knowledge about Machine Learning, Intelligent Systems and all topics covered by the ELLIS Programs. The theme of the lectures and keynotes of this edition will be “Large-Scale AI for Research and Industry”. The school will focus on advanced scientific research and on the exploitation of European GPU-based HPC facilities. As our research has strong implications and applications in industry, we will also discuss with representatives of industrial research labs.

Students of the School will have the opportunity to:

  • attend high-profile lectures and tutorials from top-level scientists
  • attend lab lectures from both academia and industry
  • discuss their work through poster and tooling sessions
  • develop projects on the parallel GPU facilities of the Leonardo Supercomputer hosted by CINECA
  • have fun! 😃

The school takes place in Modena and is organised by the Modena ELLIS Unit, comprising researchers from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), the University of Florence, and CINECA - the Italian Supercomputing Centre.

Confirmed Speakers

Mario Fritz  

CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security

Tal Hassner  

Meta AI

Laura Leal-Taixé  

NVIDIA and TU Munich

Pietro Perona  

California Institute of Technology

Marc'Aurelio Ranzato  


Victor Sanh  

Hugging Face

Bernt Schiele  

Max Planck Institute for Informatics

Bjoern Schuller  

Imperial College London

Nicu Sebe  

University of Trento

Cees Snoek  

Qualcomm QUVA Lab and University of Amsterdam

Federico Tombari  

Google Zurich

In addition, we will have speakers from NVIDIA and CINECA to provide tutorials on large-scale computing.

Large-Scale student projects

The School will represent a unique opportunity for students to develop and train large-scale Deep Learning projects. In particular, students will be given access to the Booster partition of the Leonardo Supercomputer which contains 3456 computing nodes each equipped with four NVIDIA Ampere GPUs with 64GB, with a 89,4 TFLOPs peak per node. For the School, CINECA has reserved 500 Ampere GPUs for three days.


The School is organized by the Modena ELLIS Unit and by the Artificial Intelligence Research and Innovation Center (AIRI), in cooperation with CINECA and NVIDIA. The School is also endorsed by the CINI Lab. on Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems.


The School is financially supported by Florim Ceramiche S.p.A.