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The Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems 2017 Sets Record for Attendance, Introduces New Tracks

Long Beach, December 5, 2017 -- The 2017 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) has set a record for attendance with 7850 registered attendees. Attendance was capped because of space restrictions. 2016’s conference, held in Barcelona, Spain, saw around 5,600 participants. “Since 2013, the number of registered participants has been growing exponentially, and we have outgrown the venues that were planned several years ago,” said NIPS Foundation President Terrence Sejnowski.

Isabelle Guyon, of the University Paris-Saclay and ChaLearn, and Ulrike von Luxburg of the University of Tübingen, are serving as General Chairs for this year’s conference, which will feature two tracks of core content, nine tutorials, and 56 workshops. Approximately 3590 papers were submitted for consideration by the conference; 679 were accepted and will be presented during the poster session.

This year’s best papers were awarded to the following:

• Noam Brown, Tuomas Sandholm. Safe and Nested Subgame Solving for Imperfect-Information Games.

• Hongseok Namkoong, John Duchi. Variance-based Regularization with Convex Objectives.

• Wittawat Jitkrittum, Wenkai Xu, Zoltan Szabo, Kenji Fukumizu, Arthur Gretton. A Linear-Time Kernel Goodness-of-Fit Test.

For the first time ever, NIPS is including a competition track. The conference received 23 competition proposals related to data-driven and live competitions on different aspects of information being presented. Competition proposals were reviewed by several qualified researchers and experts in challenge organization. The criteria for evaluation included the quality of data, the nature of the problem the competition will address, , whether the competition will promote  the design of new models and the quality of the schedule and managing procedure outlined for the competition. Five competitions were selected to be run and present their results.


About the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS)

Now in its 31st year, NIPS is an academic conference focused on bringing together the community surrounding machine learning and computational neuroscience. Proposed in 1986, the first meeting was held in 1987. The annual conference features speakers, poster sessions, workshops and tutorials on a wide range of subjects. The Women in Machine Learning Conference (WiML) is co-located with NIPS. For more information about the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems visit

Statement on inappropriate behavior »

Statement on inappropriate behavior

December 17, 2017

NIPS has a responsibility to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone in the fields of AI and machine learning. Unfortunately, several events held at (or in conjunction with) this year’s conference fell short of these standards. We are determined to do better in 2018 and beyond. Our immediate actions include: recruiting a Diversity and Inclusion Chair, strengthening our Code of Conduct, and formalizing procedures for reporting and communicating concerns. All chairs, attendees and sponsors will be required to acknowledge and abide by our Code of Conduct. We welcome comments emailed to

Ulrike von Luxburg and Isabelle Guyon, General Chairs of NIPS 2017

Samy Bengio, General Chair of NIPS 2018

Terrence Sejnowski, NIPS Foundation President and the NIPS Foundation Board

FAQ Press and Media 2017 »

2017 Press and Media FAQ

1. How many applications for a press pass were there, how many were awarded?

All applicants were asked to provide samples of past work, an editorial contact, a plan for reporting at the conference among other details. We received many more applications than we expected! Complete applications were put in front of the executive board for approval.

2. What did the press pass include?

The press pass included access to the press room, access to the press conference, access to the press kit and a comped pass to the main conference.

3. Why were workshops not included in the press pass?

Workshops contain speculative comment that is presented for debate. This content is sometimes highly technical, and the nuances of what is being proposed can be missed.

4. Why were some journalists at the workshops?

Some journalists purchased a pass before the press policy was announced. In an effort to bring them into the press pool and honor their previous purchase, those journalists we knew about in this situation were refunded their main conference fee if they wanted to participate in the press program. In future years the press policy for the year's conference will be announced with the opening of registration, so we do not anticipate having this gap going forward.

5. Why were some journalists were notified of acceptance or denial of a press pass very close to the conference?

Candidates were notified of acceptance or denial on a rolling basis. The last batch to be notified were notified close to the conference. Some notifications were delayed in an effort to allow applicants to complete their applications. However, the process overall was slower than we anticipated due to the volume of candidates. We apologize for this and are working on streamlining the process for next year.

6. Why did NIPS decide to implement a team to handle press this year?

The press process was a direct response to requests from individual journalists to attend through a press pass.

Press Policy and Press Pass

For the Media: In 2017 for the first time, credentialed media will be present at NIPS. Journalists with a press pass attending the conference will recieve:

  • Complimentary registration for the Main Conference only; Tutorials or Workshops are not included.
  • Access to the NIPS press confrence.
  • Access to on-site press room for conducting interviews.
  • Access to wi-fi.
  • If you wish to apply for a press pass do so here
  • Notification of acceptance or denial of press pass will take place on a rolling basis. Journalists recieving a press pass will receive an email and be directed to register for the conference.
  • Review of applications ends on November 3rd. No passes will be granted after that time.
  • Pick up your credentials at the main registration desk. See Mary Ellen Perry, Lee Campbell, or Terrence Gaines.
  • Some information presented at NIPS may be proprietary or off the record. Accredited journalists attending the confrence will be provided guidelines in advance of the confrence.

For Attendees: In advance of attending the confrence this year, you may want to to check in with the the communications or media team that manages media interaction with your work. A few key things to remember when showing public work in a space with active media teams:

  • Most nametags for reporters will be distinct from from the tags of general attendees.
  • Check with your media team, or manager about what stratagy your group intends to follow regarding interactions with the media.
  • If you are unsure about how to react or respond, direct the member of the media to speak with your communications team member. 

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