NIPS to Release Additional Tickets on Oct 11 »

Katherine Gorman
Press and Media Co-Chair 2018
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Montreal, October 10, 2018

NIPS to Release Additional Tickets on Oct 11

Conference releases tickets in two waves to make sure presenters can attend

With skyrocketing attendance in recent years, The Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference is using a new approach to distribute registration tickets for this year’s conference. Tickets are being released in two waves in an effort to ensure those presenting can attend.

A portion of the tickets for NIPS were made available for purchase through in early September. The tickets that were released sold out in about 11 minutes after registration opened. The remaining tickets were reserved. These reserved tickets were offered to authors with accepted work, speakers, area chairs, reviewers, volunteers, and sponsors. Tickets were also held for several groups co-located with NIPS that focus on promoting diversity in the field so that their organizing committees and presenters could attend.

The remaining tickets will be released to those on the wait list starting October 11, 2018. With few exceptions, the remaining tickets will be released in order from the wait list.

Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, President of the NIPS Foundation, says managing how tickets are distributed is very important to the success of the meeting. “NIPS has rapidly grown into a premier gathering in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Our first priority is to include those who made the research advances being presented at the conference. We are sorry we could not accommodate everyone who wanted to attend,” he said.

The 2018 conference is scheduled to be held December 3-8, in Montreal at the Palais des congrès de Montréal which can accommodate up to 8,000 attendees.

About The Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Conference

Over the past 32 years, the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference has been held at various locations around the world.The conference is organized by the NIPS Foundation, a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to foster insights into solving difficult problems by bringing together researchers from biological, psychological, technological, mathematical, and theoretical areas of science and engineering.

In addition to the NIPS Conference, the NIPS Foundation manages a continuing series of professional meetings including the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) and the International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR).

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Press Policy and Press Pass

If you wish to apply for a press pass to NIPS 2018 do so here:

Notification of acceptance or denial of press pass will take place on a rolling basis. Journalists receiving 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. You will be able to pick up your credentials at the main registration desk, credentials are not transferable. Each member of your team attending the conference needs to submit an application.

Journalists who are given accreditation will receive:

  • Complimentary registration for the Main Conference

  • Access to the NIPS press conference and resources.

  • Access to Wi-Fi

Currently the Press Pass grants access to the main conference. Plans to expand that access are in progress. All accredited journalists will be given the same level of access to the conference and its activites.

Some information presented at NIPS may be proprietary or off the record. Accredited journalists attending the conference will be provided guidelines in advance of the conference. Cameras, filming or on the record taping, if permitted, will be restricted to specific places and times. Interviews should be scheduled with the communications teams of the interviewee and take place off site.

For Attendees: In advance of attending the conference this year, you may want to to check in with 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:

  • 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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