Session 4
14:30 15:00

Large Models for All and How to Adapt Them Efficiently

Alex Smola

CEO - Boson AI

Foundation models have revolutionized machine learning, yet using them is still a challenge.

In this talk I will give an overview over such models, and how to use them, both for mixed data in the context of AutoML and through fine-tuning and prompting, as is commonly done in Large Language Models. In particular, AutoGluon allows users to integrate tabular data with representations for different data types, including text and images.

I will discuss how this can be accomplished efficiently, taking advantage of the latest models available on public repositories. When it comes to pure language models, I will cover how to adapt them efficiently, e.g. by automatic prompt and example generation, thus alleviating the need for manual generation, and by parsimonious parameterization, thus reducing the computational cost significantly.

About the Speaker Alex Smola


Alex was VP, Distinguished Scientist with Amazon, a lecturer at Stanford for Machine Learning, and now started his owna company.

He co-authored ‘Dive into Deep Learning,’ a widely used book adopted by 400 universities internationally, and he is one of the contributors to the opensource AutoML tool AutoGluon.


2024 Conference Partners

Platinum Partners

Previous Partners

Frequently Asked Questions

For whom is Cloud Leadership Day?

Cloud Leadership Day brings together over 800 leaders and experts from across industries to share their experience and insights on the latest trends, best practices, and strategies related to cloud transformation

Who is deciding on the topics?

The program is selected by an independent board of customer representatives and delivered by cloud practitioners and experts. Content is selected to provide maximum benefit to participants through relevant topics, innovative insights, and clear, actionable takeaways. 

When will the 2024 program be released?

Our board members are currently reviewing speaker submissions to decide which talks to bring to the Cloud Leadership Day stage.

The first round of speakers will be announced at the end of February, so stay tuned!

When and where does Cloud Leadership Day take place?

Cloud Leadership Day will be on June 19, 2024, from 7am to 5.30pm CEST, followed by informal drinks and networking.  

This in-person conference will be held at: 

Arena Cinema Zurich 

Kalanderplatz 8 

8045 Zurich 

What type of tickets exist?
Early Bird tickets are available until December 31, 2023. Grab them before they fly away! 
Individual tickets, as well as discounted group tickets, will be available after Early Bird. For more info about pricing, head to our ticket shop or drop us an email.



What about the co-located Data & AI Leadership Day?

Data & AI are important topics in the cloud area too, which is why this conference will take place alongside Data & AI Leadership Day. Ticket holders will have access to both conferences.