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Classification, clustering, and phylogeny estimation
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:26:33 -0400
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NIPS 2015 Call for Post-Conference Workshops

Friday December 11 and Saturday December 12, 2015

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montréal CANADA

Following the NIPS 2015 main conference, workshops on a variety of current topics will be held on Friday December 11 and Saturday December 12, 2015, in Montréal, Canada. We invite researchers interested in chairing one of these workshops to submit workshop proposals. The goal of the workshops is to provide an informal forum for researchers to discuss important research questions and challenges. Controversial issues, open problems, and comparisons of competing approaches are encouraged as workshop topics. There will be seven hours of workshop meetings per day, split into morning and afternoon sessions, with free time between the sessions for individual exchange.

Potential workshop topics range from Neuroscience to Bayesian Methods to Representation Learning to Kernels to Clustering, and include Application Areas such as Computational Biology, Speech, Vision or Social Networks, as well as any other topic relevant to an appreciable fraction of the NIPS community. Detailed descriptions of previous workshops may be found in last year's online schedule at:

Workshop schedules should encourage lively debates, stimulate the production of new ideas and the discussion of controversial issues. To this end, workshop proposals should be designed to attract a medium sized audience, and to cover a more precise research topic than the recently introduced NIPS Symposia (see Call for Symposia). Workshop proposals that focus on a subtopic of any of the accepted symposia (whose list will be published before the workshop application deadline) are welcome. 

Workshop organizers have several responsibilities, including: Coordinating workshop participation and content, as well as publicizing and providing the program for the workshop in a timely manner.

Submission Instructions

A account is required to submit the Workshops application. Please follow the URL below and check the required format for the application well before the proposal deadline. You can edit your application online right up until this deadline. We have funding to video record a limited number of workshops for later online viewing. Workshop proposals should state if they wish their workshop to be recorded.

Interested parties must submit a proposal by

Sat Jul 18, 2015 23:59 PM UTC.

Proposals should be submitted electronically at the following URL:

Preference will be given to workshops that reserve a significant portion of time for open discussion or panel discussion and to workshops with a greater fraction of confirmed speakers. Preference will also be given to workshops that encourage contributed content, as well as workshops whose organizers/speakers are both NIPS insiders and outsiders.

We suggest that organizers allocate sufficient time for questions, discussion, and breaks. Past experience suggests that workshops otherwise degrade into mini-conferences as talks begin to run over. Organizers should explicitly state the expected fraction of time for discussion & questions and the expected number of talks per day at the end of the proposal. We strongly recommend that each workshop include no more than 12 talks per day.

As we did last year, we plan to unify the NIPS workshop important dates across all of the workshops. Therefore, please consider using the following date guidelines for your workshop in order to provide program information in time for publication:

Workshop acceptance notification will be on August 15th, 2015
Your workshop should be publicized on or before August 22nd, 2015.
Internal submission deadline should be on or before October 10th, 2015.
Internal acceptance decisions should be mailed out on or before October 24th, 2015.
Submit finalized workshop organizers, abstract, and URL on or before October 31th, 2015.

NIPS does not provide travel funding for workshop speakers. In the past, some workshops have sought and received funding from external sources to bring in outside speakers. The organizers of each accepted workshop can name four individuals per day of the workshop to receive complimentary workshop registration.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions: [log in to unmask]

Borja Balle and Marco Cuturi

NIPS*2015 Workshops Chairs

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