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NeurIPS 2020 Call for Tutorials

Sunday December 6th - Monday December 7th

Deadline for Tutorial Proposal Submissions:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 23:59 PM UTC

We welcome proposals for tutorials on either core machine learning topics or topics of emerging importance for machine learning broadly construed. This year, we also encourage tutorials with a more hands-on, practical nature so that attendees can work on problems around algorithmic implementation in machine learning. We will consider any topic, provided that the proposal makes a strong argument that the tutorial is important for the NeurIPS community. Tutorials should be of interest to a substantial portion of the community and should represent a sufficiently mature area of research or practice. Tutorials can be pitched at a range of levels of expertise, but this needs to be made explicit in the prior knowledge that is expected.

A NeurIPS tutorial should not focus exclusively on the results or tools of the presenters or their organizations, and should be more reflective of the research within the wider machine learning community. A tutorial should provide a balanced overview of an area of research. It should also provide a balance between known results and open problems.

Each accepted tutorial will be approximately two hours long. We anticipate that there will be between 12-18 tutorials, with between 3-4 tutorials running in parallel. Tutorials will take place over 2 days: Sunday 6th December as well as Monday 7thDecember

We discourage tutorial topics that overlap heavily with tutorials presented at NeurIPS or ICML in the past few years. We also aim to select tutorial presenters who have not presented a tutorial at NeurIPS or ICML in the past five years.

Proposals should be no more than five pages in 12-point font submitted in PDF format. Each proposal should be clearly structured to provide the following information:

  • Title
  • Abstract (up to 250 words)
  • Description and outline: What material will the tutorial cover and in what depth? Please provide a detailed outline.
  • Goals: What are the objectives of the tutorial? What is the benefit to attendees? What are the expected learning outcomes (in terms of knowledge, skills and understanding)?
  • Why is this tutorial important to include at NeurIPS?
  • Target audience: What is the target audience? What background should attendees have?
  • Presenters: Who are the presenters? Please provide names, affiliations, email addresses, and short bios for each presenter. Bios should cover the presenters' expertise related to the topic of the tutorial. If there are multiple presenters, please describe how the time will be divided between them. All presenters listed in the proposal are expected to attend. Co-presenting of tutorials is strongly encouraged, but it is not mandatory.
  • A list of the most important references that will be covered.
  • A list of pre-requisite knowledge for the tutorial and target audience.
  • (Optional) pre-work that you would encourage attendees to do before the tutorial to maximise the learning outcomes.
  • Previous tutorials: Has the tutorial (or a similar/highly related tutorial) been presented at another venue previously? If so, please list the dates and venues, and describe the similarities and differences between the previous tutorials and proposed tutorial. If available, please include URLs for slides and video recordings.
  • Links to video recordings of the presenters’ previous talks (optional, but extremely helpful)
  • Please also state whether you would be willing to present your tutorial virtually/ remotely.

To submit a proposal, email your PDF to with “NeurIPS Tutorial Proposal” in the subject line.

Tutorial Chairs, NeurIPS 2020
Danielle Belgrave and Bob Williamson