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Fri Dec 13 08:00 AM -- 06:00 PM (PST) @ West 215 + 216
CiML 2019: Machine Learning Competitions for All
Adrienne Mendrik · Wei-Wei Tu · Wei-Wei Tu · Isabelle Guyon · Evelyne Viegas · Ming LI





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Challenges in machine learning and data science are open online competitions that address problems by providing datasets or simulated environments. They measure the performance of machine learning algorithms with respect to a given problem. The playful nature of challenges naturally attracts students, making challenges a great teaching resource. However, in addition to the use of challenges as educational tools, challenges have a role to play towards a better democratization of AI and machine learning. They function as cost effective problem-solving tools and a means of encouraging the development of re-usable problem templates and open-sourced solutions. However, at present, the geographic, sociological repartition of challenge participants and organizers is very biased. While recent successes in machine learning have raised much hopes, there is a growing concern that the societal and economical benefits might increasingly be in the power and under control of a few.

CiML (Challenges in Machine Learning) is a forum that brings together workshop organizers, platform providers, and participants to discuss best practices in challenge organization and new methods and application opportunities to design high impact challenges. Following the success of previous years' workshops, we will reconvene and discuss new opportunities for broadening our community.

For this sixth edition of the CiML workshop at NeurIPS our objective is twofold: (1) We aim to enlarge the community, fostering diversity in the community of participants and organizers; (2) We aim to promote the organization of challenges for the benefit of more diverse communities.

The workshop provides room for discussion on these topics and aims to bring together potential partners to organize such challenges and stimulate "machine learning for good", i.e. the organization of challenges for the benefit of society. We have invited prominent speakers that have experience in this domain.

Welcome and Opening Remarks (Opening)
Amir Banifatemi (XPrize) "AI for Good via Machine Learning Challenges" (Invited Talk)
Emily Bender (University of Washington) "Making Stakeholder Impacts Visible in the Evaluation Cycle: Towards Fairness-Integrated Shared Tasks and Evaluation Metrics" (Invited Talk)
Coffee Break (Break)
Dina Machuve (Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology) “Machine Learning Competitions: The Outlook from Africa” (Invited Talk)
Dog Image Generation Competition on Kaggle (Talk)
Learning To Run a Power Network Competition (Talk)
The AI Driving Olympics: An Accessible Robot Learning Benchmark (Talk)
Conclusion on TrackML, a Particle Physics Tracking Machine Learning Challenge Combining Accuracy and Inference Speed (Talk)
Catered Lunch and Poster Viewing (in Workshop Room) (Break, Poster Session)
Frank Hutter (University of Freiburg) "A Proposal for a New Competition Design Emphasizing Scientific Insights" (Invited Talk)
Design and Analysis of Experiments: A Challenge Approach in Teaching (Talk)
The model-to-data paradigm: overcoming data access barriers in biomedical competitions (Talk)
The Deep Learning Epilepsy Detection Challenge: Design, Implementation, and Test of a New Crowd-Sourced AI Challenge Ecosystem (Talk)
Coffee Break (Break)
Open Space Topic “The Organization of Challenges for the Benefit of More Diverse Communities” (Open Space Session)