Thorsten Joachims is the program co chair for ICML 2010, the International Conference on Machine Learning, located this year in Haifa, June 21-24, 2010. As part of this year's program, the invited speaker list includes a talk by a Nobel Laureate and opening remarks by Israel's Minister of Science and Technology. ICML is the leading international machine learning conference, attracting annually some 500 participants from all over the world.