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NeurIPS 2022 Call for Competitions

 

After the success of the past five years, we are happy to announce that we will be running a sixth edition of the competition track at NeurIPS 2022. Through this call, we solicit competition proposals on topics of interest to the NeurIPS community.

We especially encourage submissions from fields with a clear positive societal impact and promote causes that use AI to help disadvantaged communities. Besides societal impact, we seek proposals in areas where machine learning can positively influence other scientific, technological, or business domains. We hope that interesting competitions will attract a significant cross-section of interdisciplinary and diverse communities to our NeurIPS 2022 competition track.

Technological advances in our field can have the potential to disproportionately hurt marginalized sectors in society — including people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and people from the LGBTQ community. Hence, we strongly encourage proposals that address these problems, especially from researchers with these identities or who are members of other marginalized or under-represented communities.

This year we will not have live competitions. Instead, we will focus on data science competitions, where participants will compete to obtain the best score on a machine learning task of interest to the NeurIPS community, based on a well-defined problem and corresponding data defined and released by the organizers of the competition.

NeurIPS 2022 will be a hybrid conference hosting a dedicated Competition Track, where results will be presented and discussed by participants and organizers. The Competition Track is currently planned to be fully virtual. Further details on the organization will be released in the following months. 

There will also be publication opportunities for competition reports co-authored by organizers and participants.

 

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

Standard data science and live competition proposals must both be submitted via CMT at:

https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/COMPNeurIPS2022/

Please carefully follow the provided Latex template when preparing proposals.

Note that the guidelines and template have been updated from last year.

To reduce the reviewers’ workload, we will accept only 8 pages submissions.

  

REVIEWING AND SELECTION PROCESS

A competition program committee will be formed, consisting of experts on both machine learning and challenges organization. Each proposal will be reviewed by members of the program committee. Proposals will be evaluated based on factors such as:

  • Task(s): Impact, originality, relevance to the NeurIPS community will all be considered. Tasks that include humanitarian and/or positive societal impact are highly encouraged, although other topics relevant to the NeurIPS community are also welcomed. If humanitarian projects are submitted, involvement of the community in question is strongly desired, and “parachute science” is strongly discouraged. 

  • Evaluation Protocol: Feasibility of the task chosen, sufficient data for training and testing algorithms to solve the proposed task, soundness of the evaluation criteria, and clarity and fairness of the competition rules will all be evaluated.

  • Logistics: The competition schedule, plan for attracting competition participants, and experience and diversity of the organizers will all be considered. The specific plan for attracting competition participants, including groups under-represented at NeurIPS, will be important during the review process.

 

IMPORTANT DATES (anywhere on earth)

  • Competition proposal submission deadline: April 20, 2022, 23:59 AOE

  • Acceptance notification: April 27, 2022

  • Competition track: December 2022

 

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Competition organizers should propose a timeline for running the competition to ensure participants have enough time to contribute high-quality entries. It is recommended that competitions be completed by the end of October 2022 at the absolute latest.

Competition organizers that require help or suggestions regarding competition platforms for running the competition can contact the competition chairs for advice.

 

2021 accepted competitions

2020 accepted competitions

2019 accepted competitions

2018 accepted competitions

2017 accepted competitions

 

COMPETITION CHAIRS

Marco Ciccone, Politecnico di Torino

Gustavo Stolovitzky, Sema4; DREAM Challenges Chair Emeritus

Jake Albrecht, Sage Bionetworks; DREAM Challenges Director

 

Contact: competition-chairs@neurips.cc