Chances of getting into ML Research after PhD in a different domain

Hey buddies,

Need a word of advice.

I will be starting my PhD this year on a domain mostly unrelated to ML (might overlap sometimes).

I have almost proper knowledge in ML but lack papers and, as I stated, will not be doing a PhD in the domain. Now, if I wish to publish in top ML conferences after my PhD by doing some ML research independently (in academia) or want to apply for research positions in top AI companies, how are things expected to work out for me?