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NIPS 2016 Call for Post-Conference Symposia & Workshops

Thursday December 8, Friday December 9 and Saturday December 10, 2016
Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona, Barcelona SPAIN


Following the NIPS 2016 main conference, symposia and workshops on a variety of current topics will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016 (symposia), Friday December 9 (workshops) and Saturday December 10, 2016 (workshops). We invite researchers interested in chairing one of these symposia or workshops to submit proposals. Workshop and symposia organizers have several responsibilities, including coordinating workshop/symposia participation and content, publicizing and providing the program in a timely manner and moderating the program throughout the symposia or workshop.



The goal of the symposia is to present topical material on a single broad theme, well suited to the main conference audience. The theme should be on an established topic of wider interest to the NIPS community. A typical format for a symposium would be a brief introduction to the topic followed by talks giving presentation of state of the art results in the area and current directions of research. Detailed descriptions of previous symposia may be found in last year's online schedule at:


The symposia will start at 3PM and run into the evening with a break for dinner from 6-7PM. Symposia spaces will hold up to 1,300 participants with one space holding up to 4,500 participants.



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. Most of the workshops spaces hold up to 300 participants with a few spaces holding up to 1,000 participants.


Potential workshop topics range from Neuroscience, Reinforcement Learning, Computational Social Science & Economics, Learning Theory, Robotics, Probabilistic Models and Inference, Computer Vision to Industrial Applications, 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 symposia.


Submission Instructions

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


Interested parties must submit a proposal by Mon Jul 18, 2016 23:59 PM UTC. . Proposals should be submitted electronically at the following URL:


Preference will be given to symposia and workshops with a greater fraction of confirmed speakers. Preference will also be given to workshops that encourage contributed content and that reserve a significant portion of time for open discussion or panel discussion. We strongly recommend that each workshop include no more than 12 talks per day.


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

Ralf Herbrich
NIPS*2016 Workshop & Symposia Chair
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