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Workshop
I (Still) Can't Believe It's Not Better: A workshop for “beautiful” ideas that "should" have worked
Aaron Schein · Melanie F. Pradier · Jessica Forde · Stephanie Hyland · Francisco Ruiz

Mon Dec 13 04:50 AM -- 02:40 PM (PST) @ None
Event URL: https://i-cant-believe-its-not-better.github.io/neurips2021/ »

Beautiful ideas have shaped scientific progress throughout history. As Paul Dirac said, “If one is working from the point of view of getting beauty in one's equations, (…), one is on a sure line of progress.” However, beautiful ideas are often overlooked in a research environment that heavily emphasizes state-of-the-art (SOTA) results, where the worth of scientific works is defined by their immediate utility and quantitative superiority instead of their creativity, diversity, and elegance. This workshop will explore gaps between the form and function (or, the intrinsic and extrinsic value) of ideas in ML and AI research. We will explore that disconnect by asking researchers to submit their “beautiful” ideas that don’t (yet) “work”. We will ask them to explain why their idea has intrinsic value, and hypothesize why it hasn’t (yet) shown its extrinsic value. In doing so, we will create a space for researchers to help each other get their “beautiful” ideas “working”.

Mon 4:50 a.m. - 5:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Mon 5:00 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.
Invited Talk 1 (Talk)   
Robert Williamson
Mon 5:30 a.m. - 5:45 a.m.
Contributed Talk 1 (Talk)   
Wouter Kool
Mon 5:45 a.m. - 6:45 a.m.
Panel
Emtiyaz Khan · Atoosa Kasirzadeh · Anna Rogers
Mon 6:45 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Coffee Break (Break)
Mon 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Invited Talk 2 (Talk)   
Mihaela Rosca
Mon 7:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Contributed Talk 2 (Talk)   
Francesco Negri
Mon 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Invited Talk 3 (Talk)
Nyalleng Moorosi
Mon 8:15 a.m. - 8:18 a.m.
Spotlight Talk 1 (Talk)   
Imant Daunhawer
Mon 8:18 a.m. - 8:21 a.m.
Spotlight Talk 2 (Talk)   
Paulo Pirozelli
Mon 8:21 a.m. - 8:24 a.m.
Spotlight Talk 3 (Talk)   
Ke Alexander Wang
Mon 8:24 a.m. - 8:27 a.m.
Spotlight Talk 4 (Talk)   
Tristan Cinquin
Mon 8:27 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Spotlight Talk 5 (Talk)   
Soufiane Hayou
Mon 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Invited Talk 4 (Talks)   
Tom Griffiths
Mon 9:00 a.m. - 9:03 a.m.
Spotlight Talk 6 (Talk)   
Amélie Chatelain
Mon 9:03 a.m. - 9:06 a.m.
Spotlight Talk 7 (Talk)   
Nitya Kasturi
Mon 9:06 a.m. - 9:09 a.m.
Spotlight Talk 8 (Talk)   
Cian Eastwood
Mon 9:09 a.m. - 9:12 a.m.
Spotlight Talk 9 (Talk)   
Anthony Caterini
Mon 9:12 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Spotlight Talk 10 (Talk)   
Luca Zappella
Mon 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Break
Mon 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Poster Session
Mon 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Discussions (Discussion)
Mon 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Invited Talk 5 (Talk)
Tina Eliassi-Rad
Mon 12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Contributed Talk 3 (Talk)   
Chelsea Murray
Mon 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Invited Talk 6 (Talks)
Chris Maddison
Mon 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Contributed Talk 4 (Talk)   
Benjamin Bloem-Reddy
Mon 1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Coffee Break (Break)
Mon 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Invited Talk 7 (Talk)
Cosma Shalizi
Mon 2:00 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Awards Ceremony (Awards)
Mon 2:10 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Town Hall (Discussion)

Author Information

Aaron Schein (Columbia University)
Melanie F. Pradier (Microsoft Research)
Jessica Forde (Brown University)
Stephanie Hyland (Microsoft Research)
Francisco Ruiz (DeepMind)

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