Neural Information Processing Systems 2002 (NIPS*2002) Main Page
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Neural Information Processing Systems: Natural and Synthetic

You are invited to participate in the Sixteenth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, which is the premier scientific meeting on neural computation. The Conference is extraordinarily interdisciplinary, with contributions from many intellectual communities united by an interest in the study of artificial and natural neural information processing. Interdisciplinary interactions are encouraged by having a single track of presentations and high-quality poster sessions. Presentation topics include learning algorithms and architectures, learning theory, neuroscience, cognitive science, vision, speech and signal processing, reinforcement learning and control, implementations,and diverse applications. All papers have been rigorously reviewed (with a 30% acceptance rate). The Conference is preceeded by one day of tutorials and is followed by two days of workshop sessions in nearby Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.

Note that NIPS provides its PAPERS ONLINE.

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Main Papers and Past
Program Tutorials Invited Talks
Online Preproceedings
Registration and Financial/Travel Support
Invitation Letters Volunteering
Hotels and Local Transportation
For Authors and Presenters

Where is Information on...
Online registration? here.
Conference proceedings? here.
Proceedings on CD-ROM? here.
Poster formats? here.
Skiing discounts? here.
Driving directions? here.
Organizers of NIPS? here.
Call for papers/proposals (now past)? here.
NIPS*2001 conference? here.
Online NIPS papers? here.
NIPS conferences of previous years? here.

Important Dates
Tutorials: Dec 9, 2002
Conference: Dec 10, 11, 12 (until noon), 2002
Workshops: Dec 12 (evening reception), 13, 14, 2002
Poster presentations: Dec 10, 11, 2002
Demonstrations: Dec 10, 11, 2002
Camera-ready papers due: January 10, 2003
Proceedings available online: March 2003
Proceedings volumes mailed: June 2003

Conference Format
The new Demonstrations component of the Conference program will enable researchers to highlight scientific advances, systems, and technologies in ways that go beyond conventional poster presentations. It will provide a unique forum for demonstrating advanced technologies both hardware and software and fostering the direct exchange of knowledge. The Tutorial Program provides a choice of six two-hour tutorials by leading scientists. The topics span a wide range of subjects including neuroscience, learning algorithms and theory, bioinformatics, image processing and data mining. The Workshop Program will include 15 workshops covering a wide range of topics from neuroscience to machine learning. The workshop schedule allows time for informal discussions, skiing and other winter sports. Click for the NIPS brochure [pdf].

Organizing Committee
General Chair:
Sue Becker, McMaster University
Program Chair:
Sebastian Thrun, Carnegie Mellon University
Tutorials Chair:
Lawrence Saul, University of Pennsylvania
Workshops Co-Chairs:
Barak Pearlmutter, University of New Mexico
Robert Jacobs, Rochester University
Publications Chair:
Klaus Obermayer, TU Berlin
Demonstrations Co-Chairs:
Shihab Shamma, University of Maryland
Shih-Chii Liu, University of Zurich and EZH, Zurich
Publicity Chair:
Zoubin Ghahramani, University College London
Volunteers Director:
Rajesh Rao, University of Washington
Steve Hanson, Rutgers University
Program Committee
Sebastian Thrun (chair), Carnegie Mellon University
Peter Bartlett, BIOwulf Technologies
Gert Cauwenberghs, Johns Hopkins University
Geoffrey Gordon, Carnegie Mellon University
Daniel Lee, University of Pennsylvania
Marina Meila, University of Washington
Klaus-Robert Mueller, Fraunhofer FIRST
Andrew Y. Ng, University of California, Berkeley
John Platt, Microsoft Research
Sam Roweis, University of Toronto
Eero Simoncelli, New York University
Joshua Tenenbaum, MIT
Chris Williams, University of Edinburgh
Richard Zemel, University of Toronto
Alexander Gray, Carnegie Mellon University
Guy Lebanon, Carnegie Mellon University
NIPS Foundation
Board, Officers, and Office

  Tutorials and Conference

Conference Invited Speakers

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Hugh Durrant-Whyte, University of Sydney: Information in Sensor Networks

Paul Glimcher, New York University: Decisions, Uncertainty and the Brain: Neuroeconomics

Deborah Gordon, Stanford University: Ants at Work

David Heeger, New York University: Neural Basis of Visual Pattern Discrimination

Andrew W. Moore, Carnegie Mellon University: Statistical Data Mining

Pietro Perona, Caltech: The Emergence of Visual Categories - A Computational Perspective

Tutorial Topics

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Michael Kearns, University of Pennsylvania: Computational Game Theory

Sebastian Seung, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and MIT: Neural Integrators

Yair Weiss, Hebrew University, Jianbo Shi, Carnegie Mellon University, and Serge Belongie, UC San Diego: Eigenvector Methods for Clustering and Image Segmentation

Richard M. Karp, UC Berkeley and International Computer Science Institute: Mathematical, Statistical and Algorithmic Challenges from Genomics and Molecular Biology

Martin Cooke, University of Sheffield: Computational Auditory Scene Analysis in Listeners and Machines

Andrew McCallum, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, William Cohen, Carnegie Mellon University: Information Extraction from the World Wide Web

Tutorials and Conference Schedule

Click for the full presentations program.

Monday, Dec. 9
8:00am - 6:00pm Registration
9:30am - 5:30pm Tutorials
7:00pm - 10:00pm Conference Banquet

Tuesday, Dec. 10 and Wednesday, Dec. 11
8:00am - 6:00pm Registration
8:30am - 12:00pm Sessions
2:00pm - 5:30pm Sessions
1:00pm - 6:00pm Poster Setup and Preview
7:30pm - 10:30pm Poster Session and Demonstration Sessions

Thursday, Dec. 12
8:30am - 12:00pm Sessions
2:00pm - 3:30pm Buses Depart for Workshops

Workshops Summary

The workshops will be held at the Westin Resort & Spa in Whistler. Individual workshop links will appear as the organizers make them available. If you are attending the workshops, please help our planning by completing a brief workshop preferences survey.

Propagation Algorithms on Graphs with Cycles: Theory and Applications (2 day) Shiro Ikeda, Toshiyuki Tanaka, Max Welling

Computational Neuroimaging: Foundations, Concepts & Methods (2 day) S. Hanson, B. Pearlmutter, S. Strother, L. Hansen, B. Martin-Bly

Multi-Agent Learning: Theory and Practice (2 day) Gerald Tesauro, Michael L. Littman

Independent Component Analysis and Beyond Stefan Harmeling, Luis B. Almeida, Erkki Oja, Dinh-Tuan Pham

Learning of Invariant Representations Konrad Paul Kording, Bruno A. Olshausen

Quantum Neural Computing Elizabeth C. Behrman, James E. Steck

Spectral Methods in Dimensionality Reduction, Clustering, and Classification Josh Tenenbaum, Sam T. Roweis

Universal Learning Algorithms and Optimal Search Juergen Schmidhuber, Marcus Hutter

On Learning Kernels Nello Cristianini, Tommi Jaakkola, Michael Jordan, Gert Lanckriet

Negative Results and Open Problems Isabelle Guyon

Neuromorphic Engineering in the Commercial World Timothy Horiuchi, Giacomo Indiveri, Ralph Etienne-Cummings

Beyond Classification and Regression: Learning Rankings, Preferences, Equality Predicates, and Other Structures Rich Caruana, Thorsten Joachims

Statistical Methods for Computational Experiments in Visual Processing and Computer Vision Ross Beveridge, Bruce Draper, Geof Givens, Ross J. Micheals, Jonathon Phillips

Unreal Data: Principles of Modeling Nonvectorial Data Alex Smola, Gunnar Raetsch, Zoubin Ghahramani

Machine Learning Techniques for Bioinformatics Colin Campbell, Phil Long

The Role of Adaptation/Plasticity in Neuronal Coding Garrett B. Stanley

Thalamocortical Processing in Audition and Vision Shihab A. Shamma, Anthony M. Zador

Workshops Schedule

More detailed workshop schedule coming soon.

Thursday, Dec. 12
6:30pm - 8:30pm Welcoming Reception and Registration

Friday, Dec. 13
7:00am - 11:00am Registration
7:30am - 10:30am Workshop Sessions
4:00pm - 7:00pm Workshop Sessions

Saturday, Dec. 14
7:30am - 10:30am Workshop Sessions
4:00pm - 7:00pm Workshop Sessions
7:30pm - 10:30pm Banquet and Wrap-up

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Thanks to Doug Baker of Eizel Technologies, long-time former NIPS webmaster, for help in writing the NIPS travel grant script, to Dana Dahlstrom of UCSD for creating updated versions of the NIPS formatting files, and to Leemon Baird of the Air Command and Staff College, for creating the original .rtf file. Lucifer yellow stain of the LGMD neuron (top left) courtesy of Drs. Krapp, Gabbiani, Koch, and Laurent.