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AffinityWorkshop
Women in Machine Learning
Xinyi Chen · Erin Grant · Kristy Choi · Krystal Maughan · Xenia Miscouridou · Hanwen Shen · Raquel Aoki · Belén Saldías · Mel Woghiren · Elizabeth Wood

Wed Dec 09 01:40 AM -- 06:00 PM (PST) @ None
Event URL: https://wimlworkshop.org/neurips2020/ »
The Women in Machine Learning (WiML) workshop started in 2006 as a way of creating connections within the small community of women working in machine learning in order to encourage mentorship, networking, and interchange of ideas. The workshop has attracted representatives from both academia and industry, whose talks showcase some of the cutting edge research being done by women. In addition to technical presentations and discussion, the workshop aims to incite debate on prospective research avenues and career choices for machine learning professionals. More information about WiML’s history and past events can be found at www.wimlworkshop.org. WiML workshop is overseen by the WiML Board of Directors, who select and support the organizing committee for each year’s workshop.

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To help navigate the virtual WiML Workshop @ NeurIPS 2020, we have compiled a list of important links and guidelines below:

1. All activities, such as the talks, mentorship roundtables, sponsor expo, and social events, will take place in the Gather.Town WiML world (https://neurips.gather.town/app/DbxKEp9W7yaLyK9F/wimlworkshop-neurips2020). Please fill out the participation form and accept the WiML Code of Conduct to access the Gather.Town: https://forms.gle/gEiRaZ6VnFXattv57

2. The joint affinity groups poster session will be hosted in a separate Gather.Town link (https://neurips.gather.town/app/2Ae1gXCZb4bI4MW2/affinity-groups-neurips20). *Please note that the poster session will take place on Monday, December 7th at 8:30-10:30p UTC / 3:30-5:30p EST / 12:30-2:30p PST.*

3. Asking questions in live Q&A: To ask the speaker a question, you may: (a) join Zoom by clicking the link at the top of this page; or (b) type your question directly into the Rocket.Chat at the top of this page. The moderator will monitor the chat to convey selected questions to the speaker.

4. Please refer to the WiML workshop program book for details on all the program activities: https://bit.ly/3mOgpXE

5. The Gather.Town guidelines contains information about how to make full use of your experience at Gather.Town as well as troubleshooting common technical issues: https://bit.ly/2Igp45Z

6. Finally, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the virtual workshop experience. Please fill out the exit survey at the end of the workshop and enter for a chance to win a $$25 gift card: bit.ly/3m3v0ht
Mon 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Welcome to the NeurIPS 2020 joint affinity groups poster session! We have 190 posters this year from Black in AI, Indigenous in AI, LatinX in AI, Queer in AI, and Women in Machine Learning. This poster session is open to all NeurIPS attendees, so tell your friends!

Please see the program book for more information: https://bit.ly/3mOgpXE

Click the "Link" below to join on the Gather.Town. Note that the Gather.Town link for this joint poster session is different from the 2 poster sessions specific to the WiML Workshop.

Wed 1:30 a.m. - 1:40 a.m.

Gather.Town link for joining the WiML world, where all activities -- including talks, mentorship roundtables, sponsor expo, and social events -- take place. Please note that NeurIPS registration and signing of WiML Code of Conduct is required for access: https://forms.gle/RB6AWrQxaRvcqxXu7

Wed 1:30 a.m. - 1:40 a.m.

The WiML workshop program book contains details on all the program activities.

Wed 1:30 a.m. -

The Gather.Town guidelines contains information about how to make full use of your experience at Gather.Town as well as troubleshooting common technical issues.

Wed 1:30 a.m. -

To ask the speaker a question during each of the 4 live Q&A sessions, you may: (a) join Zoom by clicking the link at the top of this page; or (b) type your question directly into the Rocket.Chat at the top of this page. The moderator will monitor the chat to convey selected questions to the speaker.

Wed 1:30 a.m. -

Thank you for attending the WiML Workshop @ NeurIPS 2020! We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback about the event, which helps us to improve your experience for subsequent workshops. Please fill out the exit survey and enter for a chance to win a $25 gift card!

Wed 1:40 a.m. - 2:40 a.m.

Participant-hosted socials will take place during this time in the Gather.Town WiML World. We highly encourage WiML participants to attend and meet fellow participants in a fun and casual setting. See this list for a description of each social: https://tinyurl.com/y2n4zbdh

Wed 2:40 a.m. - 2:50 a.m.
Opening remarks from the WiML 2020 Organizers (remarks)   
Xinyi Chen, Erin Grant
Wed 2:50 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Remarks from the WiML 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Chairs (remarks)   
Danielle Belgrave, Meire Fortunato
Wed 3:00 a.m. - 3:02 a.m.
Introduction to invited speaker, Mihaela van der Schaar (remarks)   
Kristy Choi, Krystal Maughan
Wed 3:02 a.m. - 3:32 a.m.
Interpretable AutoML: Powering the machine learning revolution in healthcare in the era of Covid-19 and beyond (invited talk)   
Mihaela van der Schaar
Wed 3:32 a.m. - 3:40 a.m.

To ask the speaker a question during the live Q&A, you may: (a) join Zoom by clicking the link below (also found at the top of the page); or (b) type your question directly into the Rocket.Chat at the top of this page. The moderator will monitor the chat to convey selected questions to the speaker.

Mihaela van der Schaar
Wed 3:40 a.m. - 3:50 a.m.
Learning rich observation models in factor graphs (contributed talk)   
Paloma Sodhi
Wed 3:50 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.
Rebounding bandits for modeling satiation effects (contributed talk)   
Leqi Liu
Wed 4:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m.

During this poster session, the following posters (https://tinyurl.com/y2fst428) will be presented in the WiML World Gather.Town.

NeurIPS attendees are welcome to attend; please note that signing of the WiML Code of Conduct is required for access: https://forms.gle/RB6AWrQxaRvcqxXu7

Wed 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

WiML sponsor representatives will be at their booths in the Gather.Town WiML World. Sponsor talks listed on this page can also be played on-demand in Gather.Town. Please see the following document (https://tinyurl.com/y3aenjyz) for a list of all the staffed times.

NeurIPS attendees are welcome to join; please note that signing of the WiML Code of Conduct is required for access: https://forms.gle/RB6AWrQxaRvcqxXu7

Wed 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Machine learning at Apple (sponsor talk)   
Karla Vega
Wed 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Women at DeepMind: Applying for technical roles (sponsor talk) Feryal Behbahani, Mihaela Rosca, Kate Parkyn
Wed 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Research at NVIDIA: New Core AI and Machine Learning Lab (sponsor talk) Anima Anandkumar
Wed 5:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Responsible AI for healthcare at Google (sponsor talk)   
Jessica Schrouff
Wed 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Spotlight on women at IBM Research (sponsor talk)
Lisa Amini, Francesca Rossi, Celia Cintas, Payel Das
Wed 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Learning generalized visual representations at Facebook (sponsor talk)   
Deepti Ghadiyaram, Sophia Yan
Wed 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Microsoft inspires young women to pursue careers in STEM (sponsor talk)
Wed 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
QuantumBlack: Revolutionizing advanced industries using machine learning (sponsor talk) Diana Murgulet
Wed 5:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.

Participant-hosted socials will take place during this time in the Gather.Town WiML World. We highly encourage WiML participants to attend and meet fellow participants in a fun and casual setting. See this list for a description of each social: https://tinyurl.com/y2n4zbdh

Wed 11:00 a.m. - 11:02 a.m.
Introduction to invited speaker, Fernanda Viégas (remarks)   
Kristy Choi, Krystal Maughan
Wed 11:02 a.m. - 11:32 a.m.
Communicating imperfection (invited talk)   
Fernanda Viegas
Wed 11:32 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

To ask the speaker a question during the live Q&A, you may: (a) join Zoom by clicking the link below (also found at the top of the page); or (b) type your question directly into the Rocket.Chat at the top of this page. The moderator will monitor the chat to convey selected questions to the speaker.

Fernanda Viegas
Wed 11:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Accelerating 3D deep learning with PyTorch3D (contributed talk)   
Nikhila Ravi
Wed 11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Why language models can help with downstream tasks: A mathematical approach (contributed talk)   
Sadhika Malladi
Wed 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Break (break)
Wed 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Over 60 mentorship roundtables on research, career & life advice, and sponsors take place in WiML Gather.Town. Please see this document for a list of all topics and mentors (https://tinyurl.com/y3xkclo8).

NeurIPS attendees are welcome to join us in the WiML Gather.Town; signing of the WiML Code of Conduct is required for access: https://forms.gle/RB6AWrQxaRvcqxXu7

Wed 2:00 p.m. - 2:02 p.m.
Introduction to invited speaker, Rediet Abebe (remarks)   
Kristy Choi, Krystal Maughan
Wed 2:02 p.m. - 2:32 p.m.

Rediet Abebe will be delivering her talk, "Roles for computing in social justice," live during the WiML Workshop. Be sure to tune into the Zoom link at the top of the page to listen to her talk. An alternate recording of the talk, which will be accessible to participants during the workshop, can be found here: https://slideslive.com/38938107/modeling-the-dynamics-of-poverty?ref=search

Rediet Abebe
Wed 2:32 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

To ask the speaker a question during the live Q&A, you may: (a) join Zoom by clicking the link below (also found at the top of the page); or (b) type your question directly into the Rocket.Chat at the top of this page. The moderator will monitor the chat to convey selected questions to the speaker.

Rediet Abebe
Wed 2:40 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Unexpected effects of online k-means clustering (contributed talk)   
Michal Moshkovitz
Wed 2:50 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fairness under partial compliance (contributed talk)   
Jessica Dai
Wed 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

During this poster session, the following posters (https://tinyurl.com/y2fst428) will be presented in the WiML World Gather.Town.

NeurIPS attendees are welcome to attend; please note that signing of the WiML Code of Conduct is required for access: https://forms.gle/RB6AWrQxaRvcqxXu7

Wed 4:00 p.m. - 4:02 p.m.
Introduction to invited speaker, Anca Dragan (remarks)   
Kristy Choi, Krystal Maughan
Wed 4:02 p.m. - 4:32 p.m.
Getting human-robot interaction strategies to emerge from first principles (invited talk)   
Anca Dragan
Wed 4:32 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

To ask the speaker a question during the live Q&A, you may: (a) join Zoom by clicking the link below (also found at the top of the page); or (b) type your question directly into the Rocket.Chat at the top of this page. The moderator will monitor the chat to convey selected questions to the speaker.

Anca Dragan
Wed 4:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Concluding remarks from WiML's President (talk)   
Sarah Osentoski
Wed 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Participant-hosted socials will take place during this time in the Gather.Town WiML World. We highly encourage WiML participants to attend and meet fellow participants in a fun and casual setting. See this list for a description of each social: https://tinyurl.com/y2n4zbdh

Author Information

Xinyi Chen (Princeton University)
Erin Grant (UC Berkeley)
Kristy Choi (Stanford University)
Krystal Maughan (University of Vermont)

I'm interested in the intersection of Programming languages, differential privacy/data privacy and machine learning

Xenia Miscouridou (University of Oxford)
Judy Hanwen Shen (Stanford)
Raquel Aoki (Simon Fraser University)
Belén Saldías (MIT)

Belén Saldías Fuentes is a second-year Ph.D. student at the Lab for Social Machines at MIT. Belén has worked in various research projects where she has contributed to multiple domains such as variational inference applications, human-computer interaction, online RCTs, and natural language processing. Before joining MIT, Belén worked at Harvard University as a research assistant with a focus on finding more efficient ways to create training sets, where she proposed a probabilistic graphical model to this end. Currently, she aims to understand and explore what child-aware NLP would entail.

Mel Woghiren (Electronic Arts UAlberta)
Elizabeth Wood (Broad Institute)

Elizabeth Wood co-founded and co-runs JURA Bio, Inc., an early-stage therapeutics start up focusing on developing and delivering cell-based therapies for the treatment of autoimmune and immune-related neurodegenerative disease. Before founding JURA, Wood was a post-doc in the lab of Adam Cohen at Harvard, after completing her PhD studies with Angela Belcher and Markus Buehler at MIT, and Claus Helix-Neilsen at The Technical University of Denmark. She has also worked at the University of Copenhagen’s Biocenter with Kresten Lindorff-Larsen, integrating computational methods with experimental studies to understand how the ability of proteins to change their shape help modulate their function. Elizabeth Wood is a visiting scientist at the Broad Institute, where she serves on the steering committee of the Machine Inference Algorithm’s Initiative.

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