Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference
Neural Information Processing Systems

You are invited to participate in the Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, which is the premier scientific meeting on Neural Computation.

The NIPS Conference, Symposia and Tutorial Program will be held at the Granada Congress and Exhibition Centre in Granada, Spain.

A one-day Tutorial Program will take place on Monday, December 12, 2011 prior to the opening of the Conference.  The program will offer 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 NIPS Conference features a single track program, with contributions from a large number of intellectual communities. Presentation topics include: Algorithms and Architectures; Applications; Brain Imaging; Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence; Control and Reinforcement Learning; Emerging Technologies; Learning Theory; Neuroscience; Speech and Signal Processing; and Visual Processing.  All papers are rigorously reviewed. The Conference begins on the evening of Monday, December 12, 2011 with the Poster Sessions.   Instead of a seated banquet, a tapas reception will be served at food and beverage stations located on the common area of the Congress.

There are two Posner Lectures named in honor of Ed Posner who founded NIPS. Ed worked on communications and information theory at Caltech and was an early pioneer in neural networks.  He organized the first NIPS conference and workshop in Denver in 1989 and incorporated the NIPS Foundation in 1992.  He was an inpiring teacher and an effective leader. His untimely death in a bicycle accident in 1993 was a great loss to our community.  This year's Posner Lecturers will be announced soon.

The Poster Sessions will take place Monday through Wednesday evenings, December 12 – 14, 2011, during the Conference.  The sessions offer high-quality posters and an opportunity for researchers to share their work and exchange ideas in a collegial setting.  The majority of contributions accepted at NIPS are presented as posters.

The Demonstrations take place on Tuesday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 14, 2011 between 7:45 p.m. and midnight. It enables researchers to highlight scientific advances, systems, and technologies in ways that go beyond conventional poster presentations. It provides a unique forum for demonstrating advanced technologies — both hardware and software — and fostering the direct exchange of knowledge.

Following the regular program of the Neural Information Processing Systems 2011 conference, NIPS has made arrangements for a visit to the Science Museum on Thursday afternoon and a private tour of the Alhambra is available on Thursday evening. Details and links to follow.

The Post-Conference Workshop Program takes place in Sierra Nevada,Spain at the Melia Sierra Nevada & Melia Sol y Nieve hotels on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17, 2011. There will be a farewell reception on Saturday, December 17, at the Melia Sol y Nieve at 8:00 p.m.   The workshops cover a wide range of topics from Neuroscience to Machine Learning. There are 13 workshops daily; the workshop program schedule allows time for informal discussions, skiing and other winter sports.