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NIPS*2014 Post-Conference Workshops
Friday December 12 and Saturday December 13, 2014
Palais des Congrès de Montréal/Convention and Exhibition Center,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Following the NIPS*2014 main conference, workshops on a variety of current topics will be held on Friday December 12 and Saturday December 13, 2014, in Montreal, Canada. We invite researchers interested in chairing one of these workshops to submit workshop proposals. The goal of the workshops is to provide an informal forum for researchers to discuss important research questions and challenges. Controversial issues, open problems, and comparisons of competing approaches are encouraged as workshop topics. There will be seven hours of workshop meetings per day, split into morning and afternoon sessions, with free time between the sessions for individual exchange or outdoor activities. Note that this year, there is no skiing at NIPS; the workshop schedule will thus differ from past NIPS workshops (the morning session will be 8:30am-12pm, and the afternoon session will be 3pm-6:30pm).

Potential workshop topics range from Neuroscience to Bayesian Methods to Representation Learning to Kernels to Clustering, and include Application Areas such as Computational Biology, Speech, Vision or Social Networks. Detailed descriptions of previous workshops may be found at:

Workshop organizers have several responsibilities, including: Coordinating workshop participation and content as well as providing the program for the workshop in a timely manner.

Submission Instructions

A account is required to submit the Workshops application. Please follow the URL below and check the required format for the application well before the proposal deadline. You can edit your application online right up until this deadline. We have funding to video record a limited number of workshops for later online viewing. Workshop proposals should state if they wish their workshop to be recorded.

Interested parties must submit a proposal by
23:59 UTC on Saturday August 2nd, 2014

Proposals should be submitted electronically at the following URL:

Preference will be given to one-day workshops that reserve a significant portion of time for open discussion or panel discussion and to workshops with a greater fraction of confirmed speakers. We suggest that organizers allocate sufficient time for questions, discussion, and breaks. Past experience suggests that workshops otherwise degrade into mini-conferences as talks begin to run over. Organizers should explicitly state the expected fraction of time for discussion & questions and the expected number of talks per day at the end of the proposal. We strongly recommend that each workshop include no more than 12 talks per day.

We would like to attempt to partially unify the NIPS workshop important dates across all of the workshops. Therefore, please consider using the following date guidelines for your workshop in order to provide program information in time for publication:

We suggest workshop organizers to adopt the following schedule:

  • Workshop acceptance notification will be on August 14th, 2014
  • Your workshop should be publicized on or before August 21st, 2014.
  • Internal submission deadline should be on or before October 9th, 2014.
  • Internal acceptance decisions should be mailed out on or before October 23rd, 2014.
  • Submit finalized workshop organizers, abstract, and URL on or before October 30th, 2014.

NIPS does not provide travel funding for workshop speakers. In the past, some workshops have sought and received funding from external sources to bring in outside speakers. The organizers of each accepted workshop can name four individuals per day of workshop to receive free workshop registration.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions:

Francis Bach and Amir Globerson
NIPS*2014 Workshops Chairs