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Do you need finance to start your business? Do you need Popular Posts.But even as the conference showed theoretical research and neuroscience-related papers on the rise alongside categories like algorithms and deep learningthe mushrooming of the event itself — and the associated growing pains — was a constant theme, and it speaks to the growth of the AI field in general.
Organizers said that at the start of the conference Sunday, they expected about people to show up for registration. Instead, 4, queued up in the conference center registration line. In all, the conference has quadrupled in size in the past five years. Organizers started to use a lottery system this year, after 9, tickets to NeurIPS sold out in 12 minutes. With industry, governments, and academia investing billions, machine learning is red hot right now.
The AI Index report released Wednesday found that private investment, research, and the number of PhD candidates in AI are all growing at healthy rates. But that growth can come at a cost. As intellectually driven as NeurIPS can be, crowds can get in the way of the intellectual exchanges and scientific critique the event is intended to spawn.
Poster sessions are the most valuable part of the conference, according to many who spoke at the town hall, since they allow you to speak directly with research authors and gain exposure to a broad range of work.
At one point, the poster sessions was filled to capacity, making those dialogues difficult. Should the conference break into regional events, Sejnowski said organizers could randomly dispatch speakers to regional locations and livestream their talks for consumption around the world.
NeurIPS livestreamed major presentations this year and gave researchers ways to critique and question posters online, but a regional approach naturally limits in-person interactions and could also dilute the kind of valuable interactions the global event is intended to produce. Organizers may aim for larger venues in the future, like convention centers in places like New Orleans and San Diego, which have capacity of 30, Doing so could allow doing away with the lottery system.
Among other changes under consideration for next year: a policy to exclude certain vendors from the industry expo. No rules currently exist to exclude specific vendors. Next year, researchers may also be asked to share the carbon footprint of training their AI model. Like last yearattendees from parts of Asia and Africa encountered issues with Canadian immigration officials that kept them from reaching Vancouver. Diversity and inclusion chair Katherine Heller said that as of Monday, initially denied visas were approved, 14 were in progress, and five were denied.
Since the conference will take place in Vancouver again next year, organizers hope to improve communication with the Canadian government in But organizers seem to be trying hard to make NeurIPS a more accepting and welcoming place.Toggle navigation. The purpose of the Neural Information Processing Systems annual meeting is to foster the exchange of research on neural information processing systems in their biological, technological, mathematical, and theoretical aspects.
The core focus is peer-reviewed novel research which is presented and discussed in the general session, along with invited talks by leaders in their field. On Sunday is an Expo, where our top industry sponsors give talks, panels, demos, and workshops on topics that are of academic interest. The general sessions are held Tuesday - Thursday, and include talks, posters, and demonstrations. Friday - Saturday are the workshops, which are smaller meetings focused on current topics, and provide an informal, cutting edge venue for discussion.
Toggle navigation Toggle navigation Login. Year Sun Dec 6th through Sat the 12th Sunday is a full day industry expo. About NeurIPS The purpose of the Neural Information Processing Systems annual meeting is to foster the exchange of research on neural information processing systems in their biological, technological, mathematical, and theoretical aspects.
Do not remove: This comment is monitored to verify that the site is working properly. Camera Ready Paper Deadline.Covid Update. We will be keeping open the possibility of an in-person meeting as long as possible, in the hopes that things will look very different by late May. But it is looking more likely that even by July, it may still be crucial to avoid large group meetings or travel, as it is now.
We are therefore making backup plans for either a delayed conference or a virtual online conference. We especially want to thank all of you in our community for the warm wishes, help, and support you have been providing to the whole IJCAI-PRICAI committee as we try to manage this extremely difficult problem. Please take care of yourself and each other. Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan, located 30 minutes from Tokyo by train. Since Japan opened its doors to the world inYokohama has been the key entry point for international trade and communications, bringing global perspectives, new ideas and multiculturalism.
The center is located in the waterfront Minato Mirai. Minato Mirai is a major center for business, shopping, and tourism, attracting visitors and businesspeople throughout the Greater Tokyo Area. Minato Mirai also attracts numerous tourists, as does the nearby Yokohama Chinatown. In addition, the Olympic games will take place in the Tokyo area on July 24th, right after the conference. Please enjoy the leading artificial intelligence gathering in the world, while visiting Japanese traditions, the Olympic Games, and more.
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Bidding Procedure of Main Sponsor has been released. Local Arrangements Committee information is updated. Sponsor information is updated. Sponsor opportunity information is updated. Conference committee information is updated. Call for Papers Call for Papers. Diamond Sponsor. Platinum Sponsor.This year, NeurIPS went big! There were 13, people registered. It happened at the Vancouver Convention Center. It lasted 7 days, including an industry day Expo9 tutorials, 51 workshops and 4 affinity workshops, paper presentations, posters, 16 competitions, 28 demonstrations, 15 social events, 79 meetups and networking.
Those are technical workshops that promote underrepresented minorities. Everybody interested in machine learning is welcome to attend these workshops. It is an opportunity to learn, meet, network and exchange ideas.
Unfortunately, as last year, too many researchers had their visas denied and were not able to attend the conference. This issue is reducing the number of African voices at the conference by a significant proportion.
More than a third of the people invited to attend Black in AI workshop from abroad have been denied their necessary travel documents. It was an opportunity to make our community mindful of positive well-being practices at the very conference that epitomises its science. Its end goal is to provide the community with tools to maintain their well-being and mental health, and encourage them to be outspoken on these issues. More than people participated! Regulators and legislators, and more broadly the general public, do not understand all the subtle nuances of AI.
Even though having several standard organizations, AI ethics frameworks and definition of fairness might seem reassuring, it is in fact even more complicated for the general public to get a good understanding of what AI is and what are the risks of having AI systems. One of the first steps to build trust is to be able to explain your AI models. Also, Facebook released a model interpretability and understanding library for PyTorch, Captum.
This library offers attribution algorithms to interpret AI models. Standard ML approaches require centralizing the training data on a machine or in a datacenter. However, privacy and security have become critical concerns in recent years, particularly as companies and organizations increasingly collect detailed information about their products and users.Unsupervised Deep Learning - Google DeepMind & Facebook Artificial Intelligence NeurIPS 2018
Federated Learning FL is an ML approach that enables edge devices or servers holding local data samples to collaboratively learn a shared prediction model while keeping all the training data locally, decoupling the ability to do ML from the need to centralize the training data. FL is an ML setting where many clients collaboratively train a model under the orchestration of a central server, while keeping the training data decentralized.
The common technical issues are general computation based on decentralized data and how such computations can be combined with other research areas, such as differential privacy, secure multi-party computation, computational efficiency, coding theory, etc. EAI researchers published two papers on reinforcement learning. In the other paper Real-Time Reinforcement Learninga new framework is being introduced, in which states and actions evolve simultaneously and show how it is related to the classical MDP formulation.
This method outperforms the existing state-of-the-art continuous control algorithm Soft Actor-Critic both in real-time and non-real-time settings.
Successor Representation SR was originally introduced as a representation defining state generalization by the similarity of successor states. It was introduced in by Dayan.
However, due to the relation to multi-task learning, it is currently further explored. Two interesting papers on the topic are A neurally plausible model learns successor representations in partially observable environments and Better Transfer Learning with Inferred Successor Maps.
On a more applied side, another challenge in RL is to correctly assign credit for the reward received to earlier behaviour. In Hindsight Credit Assignmentthe authors are directly trying to model the probability that a reward was received as a probability distribution that is estimated from data. Some papers have been published combining the strengths of Planning and RL methods to effectively solve long horizons, sparse reward tasks with high-dimensional observations.
In Search on the Replay Buffer: Bridging Planning and Reinforcement Learningthe authors use the difference between the Q-values of states stored in a buffer as an estimate of the distance between them, and then do a graph search to come up with a plan. In the figure below, they are doing planning over images for visual navigation. Concerning the Vision research area, there were interesting advancements in object recognition.
In Brain-like object recognition with high-performing shallow recurrent ANNs paper, they demonstrate that better anatomical alignment to the brain and high performance on ML as well as neuroscience measures do not have to be in contradiction.
They propose a BrainScore benchmark which assesses correspondence of CNN representations against monkey visual system recordings. In Unsupervised learning of object keypoints for perception and control paper, they propose a method that is able to transport visual features from frame-to-frame using a keypoint bottleneck. With this approach, the authors are able to track objects much more efficiently.Authors will be required to confirm that their submissions accord with the NeurIPS code of conduct.
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NeurIPS 2019 Opens; Outstanding Paper Awards and 2021 Conference Announced
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