Conference Announces EXPO »

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Conference Announces First EXPO Day

Content will focus on hilighting industrial research and opportunities

Montreal, November 16 2018 -- The Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems is holding the first EXPO in conjunction with the conference, beginning at 8:00 am on Sunday December 2nd and concluding with a reception. The EXPO will focus on work being done in industry.  The agenda features talks, panels, workshops and demonstrations. To bring the EXPO in line with Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation’s mission, all content will focus on the fundamental questions being asked and research being done. Open to the public and un-ticketed, the EXPO is the first step toward making the ideas at the academic side of the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems more accessible to a broader audience.

Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, President of the Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation, says “The field is undergoing a tidal wave of interest, and the EXPO will create a space for our industrial partners to present their work and expand the conversation between industrial and academic research.”

About the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems

Over the past 32 years, the Neural Information Processing Systems conference has been held at various locations around the world. The conference is organized by the Neural Information Processing Systems 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.

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Diversity And Inclusion Survey Results Released »

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Diversity and Inclusion Chairs Report Findings of Community Survey

Content will focus on highlighting industrial research and opportunities

Montreal, November 15 2018 -- The Diversity and Inclusion chairs for the Organizing Committee of the 2018 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems have released the results of a survey they conducted on issues of diversity and inclusivity for the conference attendees and the wider community.

The survey was conducted from August–October 2018, focusing on questions related to demographics and inclusion in the community. In the analysis, 2375 people participated. The executive summary breaks down major topics found such as: Representation; Respect and Awareness of Others; Community Openness; Conference Logistics; Cost, Location and Travel; and Transparency, Communication, and Inclusion Activities. Such a summary runs the risk of ignoring concerns of some members; all interested are encouraged to read the full report.

The survey was designed to serve two primary purposes. The first was to determine where the conference stands now, so that as the community continues to evolve, it can see how much progress has been made. The second was to give a voice to as many participants as possible, so that organizers can think deeply about actions that can be taken in order to improve in the future.

Hal Daumé, one of the two chairs says he found the conducting of the survey to be extremely informative. “Reading these responses was, at least for me, incredibly educational, and I suspect that readers will get a lot out of reading the full document.”

Katherine Heller, the second of the two chairs, was appreciative of the time participants took with the questions they posed. “The participants who filled out the survey were incredibly thoughtful and took a substantial amount of time to express issues they have faced and provide suggestions for how to improve the conference going forward.”

Several new diversity and inclusion events will be introduced at the 2018 Conference. Events include speakers on diversity issues, the support of collocated workshops focused on diversity in the field, and a Diversity and Inclusion Town Hall Panel Discussion to be held on Tuesday mid day.

About the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems

Over the past 32 years, the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems has been held at various locations around the world. The conference is organized by the Neural Information Processing Systems 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.

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From the Board: Changing our Acronym »

Dear members of the Neural Information Processing Systems community,

Something remarkable has happened in our community. The name NeurIPS has sprung up organically as an alternative acronym, and we’re delighted to see it being adopted. Indeed, one forward-thinking member of the community purchased neurips.com and described the site’s purpose as  “...host[ing] the conference content under a different acronym... until the board catches up.”

We’ve caught up! We were considering alternative acronyms when the community support for NeurIPS became apparent.  We ask all attendees this year to respect this solution from the community and to use the new acronym in order that the conference focus can be on science and ideas.

We have taken several actions to support this acronym. First, all signage and the program booklet for the 2018 meeting will refer either to the full conference name or to NeurIPS. Second, we’ve asked sponsors to do the same in their materials and publicity, to the extent possible at this late date. Third, we will hire a branding company to design a new logo for the conference. Fourth, we’ve moved the conference site to neurips.cc, and the owner of neurips.com, Peter Henderson, has graciously donated the domain name to the Foundation.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to share thoughts and concerns regarding this important issue. The Neural Information Processing Systems community has a lot of people working very hard, and with much passion, to make the conference the best it can be. We look forward to continuing this conversation at the Town Hall during the conference.

Yours,

The Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation Board of Trustees:

Corinna Cortes (Program Chair 2014, General Chair 2015)
Isabelle Guyon (Program Chair 2016, General Chair 2017)
Neil Lawrence(Program Chair 2014, General Chair 2015)
Daniel Lee (Program Chair 2015, General Chair 2016)
Ulrike von Luxburg (Program Chair 2016, General Chair 2017)
Michael Mozer (Secretary, Program Chair 1995, General Chair 1996)
Terrence Sejnowski (President)
Marian Stewart Bartlett (Treasurer)
Masashi Sugiyama (Program Chair 2015, General Chair 2016)
Max Welling (Program Chair 2013, General Chair 2014)


Note that the Board of Trustees is distinct from the 2018 Organizing Committee and the Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation Advisory Board, which is comprised of General Chairs of prior meetings.

 

Neural Information Processing Systems Conference Announces Rebranding, Acronym Change »

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Neural Information Processing Systems Conference Announces Rebranding, Acronym Change
Immediate Steps Being Taken to Use New Acronym in All Branding 

Montreal, November 16 2018 -- With the active use of the NeurIPS acronym the Board of the Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation is taking active steps to move away from the old acronym. 

The Board released a statement to attendees saying “NeurIPS has sprung up organically as an alternative acronym, and we’re delighted to see it being adopted. [...]  We ask all attendees this year to respect this solution from the community and to use this new acronym in order that the conference focus can be on science and ideas.” 

Several immediate actions are being taken to support this acronym. First, all signage and the program booklet for the 2018 meeting will refer either to the full conference name or to NeurIPS. Second, sponsors have been asked to do the same in their materials and publicity. Third, a branding company will be hired to develop a new logo for the conference. Fourth, the conference is migrating its website site to neurips.cc

About the Conference On Neural Information Processing Systems 
 

Over the past 32 years, the Neural Information Processing Systems conference has been held at various locations around the world. The conference is organized by the Neural Information Processing Systems 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.
 
For more information visit neurips.cc.

NIPS Foundation Board Concludes Name Change Deliberations »

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NIPS Foundation Board Concludes Name Change Deliberations

Conference name will not change; continued focus on diversity and inclusivity initiatives

Montreal, October 22 2018 -- The Board of Trustees of the Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation has decided not to change the name of their main conference. The Board has been engaged in ongoing discussions concerning the name of the Neural Information Processing Systems, or NIPS, conference. The current acronym, NIPS, has undesired connotations. The Name-of-NIPS Action Team was formed, in order to better understand the prevailing attitudes about the name. The team conducted polls of the NIPS community requesting submissions of alternative names, rating the existing and alternative names, and soliciting additional comments. The polling conducted by the the Team did not yield a clear consensus, and no significantly better alternative name emerged.

Aware of the need for a more substantive approach to diversity and inclusivity that the call for a name change points to, this year NIPS has increased its focus on diversity and inclusivity initiatives. The NIPS code of conduct was implemented, two Inclusion and Diversity chairs were appointed to the organizing committee and, having resolved a longstanding liability issue, the NIPS Foundation is introducing childcare support for NIPS 2018 Conference in Montreal. In addition, NIPS has welcomed the formation of several co-located workshops focused on diversity in the field. Longstanding supporters of the co-located Women In Machine Learning workshop (WiML) NIPS is extending support to additional groups, including Black in AI (BAI), Queer in AI@NIPS, Latinx in AI (LXAI), and Jews in ML (JIML).

Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, president of the NIPS Foundation, says that even though the data on the name change from the survey did not point to one concerted opinion from the NIPS community, focusing on substantive changes will ensure that the NIPS conference is representative of those in its community. “As the NIPS conference continues to grow and evolve, it is important that everyone in our community feels that NIPS is a welcoming and open place to exchange ideas. I’m encouraged by the meaningful changes we’ve made to the conference, and more changes will be made based on further feedback.”

About The Conference On Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS)

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 also supports the local organization and logistics of a continuing series of professional meetings including the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) and the International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR).

For more information visit NIPS.cc.

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NIPS to Release Additional Tickets on Oct 11 »

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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 NIPS.cc 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 also supports the local organization and logistics of a continuing series of professional meetings including the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) and the International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR).

For more information visit NIPS.cc.

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Response to Further Questions on Name Change »

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Statement by President of the NIPS Foundation Board on NIPS Name Change

In the ongoing conversation around the NIPS Foundation Board's recent decision with regards to the name of the conference, Dr Terrence Sejnowski, President of the NIPS Foundation Board says:

"The NIPS Foundation Board has not ruled out reconsidering the name Neural Information Processing Systems at some point in the future. However the board wants to focus on taking substantive actions to make the conference more inclusive, and it welcomes suggestions for other actions. Every effort was made to make the survey open and fair. We have received some direct feedback since the release of the decision about how wording in the survey might have been more precise. Ample time was given for responses. Anyone who had attended NIPS in the past 5 years was invited to participate. All respondents were offered the opportunity to provide comments in addition to the check-box responses. Those comments were closely reviewed and considered in addition to the statistical data. The NIPS Foundation Board focused almost exclusively on the responses and comments from female respondents. From the data it received in the survey The NIPS Foundation Board anticipated that the decision would be unpopular with some. The NIPS Foundation Board welcomes all suggestions for evolving the conference to make it open to all groups and harassment free."

About The Conference On Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS)

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 also supports the local organization and logistics of a continuing series of professional meetings including the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) and the International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR).

For more information visit NIPS.cc.

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Press Policy and Press Pass

If you wish to apply for a press pass to NIPS 2018 do so here: https://goo.gl/forms/HUmTsktUk8PRuNWa2

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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