NeurIPS 2020 Affinity Events

Xinyi Chen · Erin Grant · Kristy Choi · Krystal Maughan · Xenia Miscouridou · Judy Hanwen Shen · Raquel Aoki · Belén Saldías · Mel Woghiren · Elizabeth Wood
The Women in Machine Learning (WiML) workshop started in 2006 as a way of creating connections within the small community of women working in machine learning in order to encourage mentorship, networking, and interchange of ideas. The workshop has attracted representatives from both academia and industry, whose talks showcase some of the cutting edge research being done by women. In addition to technical presentations and discussion, the workshop aims to incite debate on prospective research avenues and career choices for machine learning professionals. More information about WiML’s history and past events can be found at www.wimlworkshop.org. WiML workshop is overseen by the WiML Board of Directors, who select and support the organizing committee for each year’s workshop.

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To help navigate the virtual WiML Workshop @ NeurIPS 2020, we have compiled a list of important links and guidelines below:

1. All activities, such as the talks, mentorship roundtables, sponsor expo, and social events, will take place in the Gather.Town WiML world (https://neurips.gather.town/app/DbxKEp9W7yaLyK9F/wimlworkshop-neurips2020). Please fill out the participation form and accept the WiML Code of Conduct to access the Gather.Town: https://forms.gle/gEiRaZ6VnFXattv57

2. The joint affinity groups poster session will be hosted in a separate Gather.Town link (https://neurips.gather.town/app/2Ae1gXCZb4bI4MW2/affinity-groups-neurips20). *Please note that the …
Maria Luisa Santiago · Laura Montoya · Pedro Braga · Karla Caballero Barajas · Sergio H Garrido Mejia · Eduardo Moya · Vinicius Caridá · Ariel Ruiz-Garcia · Ivan Arraut · Juan Banda · Josue Caro · Gissella Bejarano Nicho · Fabian Latorre · Carlos Miranda · Ignacio Lopez-Francos

The workshop is a one-day event with invited speakers, oral presentations, and posters. The event brings together faculty, graduate students, research scientists, and engineers for an opportunity to connect and exchange ideas. There will be a panel discussion and a mentoring session to discuss current research trends and career choices in artificial intelligence and machine learning. While all presenters will identify primarily as Latinx, all are invited to attend.

Michael Running Wolf · Shawn Tsosie · Caleb Moses · Caroline Running Wolf

This is Indigenous in AI's inaugural event!

Indigenous In AI’s vision is to build an international community of Native, Aboriginal, and First Nations who will collectively transform their home communities with advanced technology. By elevating the voices of Indigenous ML researchers we will inspire future impactful work and break stereotypes. Additionally, this group will strive to educate the broader NeurIPS on contemporary indigenous issues relevant to information technology and practices.

Raphael Gontijo Lopes · Luke Stark · Melvin Selim Atay · ST John

Queer in AI's third NeurIPS workshop comes amidst a global pandemic, uprisings against police brutality and economic injustice in countries around the world, and the specter of increasingly rapid climate breakdown. These challenges militate against business as usual in AI/ML. Our workshop asks its participants to think and work hard to bring a radical spirit to their technical and social work, and to fight for the rights and freedoms of queer people, and all people, around the world.

To access the NeurIPS events check-in survey, go to https://forms.gle/LNnhCHTXN49hBB8W7

Queer In AI’s mission is to make the AI/ML community one that welcomes, supports, and values queer scientists from around the world. We accomplish this aim by building a visible community of queer and ally AI/ML scientists through meetups, poster sessions, mentoring, and other initiatives. We also recognize the growing impact AI/ML has on societies around the globe, and the potential for these powerful learning and classification technologies to out and target queer people, in addition to other issues. A central part of Queer in AI's mission is raising awareness of these societal challenges in the general AI/ML community and encouraging and highlighting research on and solutions to these problems.

Zhen Xu · Vanya Cohen · Shruti Mishra · MingYu Lu

Is this your first time submitting to a top conference? Have you ever wanted your work recognized by a large and active community? Do you want to improve your paper writing, experiments, ideas, etc? Then, this workshop is exactly for you!
Our workshop welcomes contributors new to machine learning research. We have invited top NeurIPS reviewers to review your work and share their experiences with you in poster sessions and mentoring sessions. Our mission is to help you publish papers at next year’s NeurIPS conference, and generally provide you with the guidance you need to contribute to ML research fully and effectively!

Marzyeh Ghassemi · Mohammad Norouzi · Shakir Mohamed · Aya Salama · Tasmie Sarker

Muslims In ML (MusIML) is an affinity workshop for the NeurIPS community.

We focus on both the potential for advancement and harm to Muslims and those in Muslim-majority countries who religiously identify, culturally associate, or are classified by proximity, as “Muslim”.

The workshop will run on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 10:30AM - 1:30PM EST.

We will feature a combination of pre-recorded and live talks, followed by a panel discussion with authors on the intersection of policy, technology, and Muslim communities.

The Joint Affinity Groups poster session is a collaborative event between Black in AI, Indigenous in AI, LatinX in AI, Queer in AI, and Women in Machine Learning. This joint poster session will feature 190 posters across a variety of topics across machine learning. Please join us in Gather.Town!

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Victor Silva · Flora Ponjou Tasse · Krystal Maughan · Eric Maigua · Charles Earl · Nwamaka (Amaka) Okafor · Ignatius Ezeani · Oloruntobiloba Olatunji · Foutse Yuehgoh · Salomey Osei · Ezinne Nwankwo · Joyce D. Williams

Black in AI exists to create a space for sharing ideas, foster collaborations, and discuss initiatives to increase the presence of Black individuals in the field of AI. To this end, we hold an annual technical workshop series, run mentoring programs, and maintain various fora for fostering partnerships and collaborations with and among black AI researchers. The 4th Black in AI workshop and 1st virtual Black in AI workshop will consist of selected oral presentations, invited keynote speakers, a joint poster session with other affinity groups, sponsorship sessions, and socials. Our workshop exists to amplify the voices of black researchers at NeurIPS.