I am the main coordinator of a group studying trends in Machine Learning.
Our curation of papers is quite sparse before 2012, so we are keen on more suggestions of papers before then!
This will be very useful, specially in the context of understanding how big of a deal was the advent of Deep Learning.
The papers we are interested are those which fall in at least one of this categories:
Highly cited (>1000 citations as a rule of thumb, eg Understanding the difficulty of training deep feedforward neural networks)
Historical importance (eg an early paper experiment with RL would count, like Some studies in machine learning using the game of checkers)
Paper that pushes forward the SotA (eg The BellKor 2008 Solution to the Netflix Prize )
Deployed in an important context (eg a ML system that was deployed in a popular search engine, like Netflix’s Cinematch)