Alina Beygelzimer, Yann Dauphin, Percy Liang, and Jennifer Wortman Vaughan
NeurIPS 2021 Program Chairs

In recent weeks, members of the NeurIPS community have reached out to us to express their concern about the toll that the pandemic is taking on our international community. We have heard from researchers — including students and postdocs — in India who are struggling to work while faced with the devastating effects of a second wave of COVID on their family and friends. In light of these extraordinary circumstances, we have received many requests to extend the NeurIPS deadline.

We have taken these requests to…


Douwe Kiela, Barbara Caputo, Marco Ciccone

Today, we introduce the competitions that have been accepted at NeurIPS 2021. We selected a total of 23 competitions out of 46 very strong proposals, covering a wide range of areas and subdisciplines. We are super excited about this year’s program and the set of challenges it presents. The competitions are now officially open and ready for the community to participate. Please check the NeurIPS website for full competition details.

This year will mark the fifth year of NeurIPS having a dedicated competitions track. Whether this is the first time you’re hearing about NeurIPS…


Alina Beygelzimer, Yann Dauphin, Percy Liang, and Jennifer Wortman Vaughan
NeurIPS 2021 Program Chairs

The review process for NeurIPS 2021 starts soon! NeurIPS has a long history of experimentation, and this year we are making several changes that we hope will inform and improve the review process going forward. In this blog post, we lay out these changes and the rationale behind them.

First and foremost, we are excited to announce that NeurIPS is shifting the entire reviewing workflow to OpenReview! OpenReview is a flexible platform that allows heavy customization and will be easy to adapt as the needs of…


Joaquin Vanschoren and Serena Yeung

There are no good models without good data (Sambasivan et al. 2021). The vast majority of the NeurIPS community focuses on algorithm design, but often can’t easily find good datasets to evaluate their algorithms in a way that is maximally useful for the community and/or practitioners. Hence, many researchers resort to data that are conveniently available, but not representative of real applications. For instance, many algorithms are only evaluated on toy problems, or data that is plagued with bias, which could lead to biased models or misleading results, and subsequent public criticism of the field…


Alina Beygelzimer, Yann Dauphin, Percy Liang, and Jennifer Wortman Vaughan
NeurIPS 2021 Program Chairs

Welcome! This is the first in a series of blog posts that will take you behind the scenes to explore the organization, review process, and program for NeurIPS 2021.

As Program Chairs, we have spent the past few months immersing ourselves in conference planning. We’ve begun recruiting a program committee (please say yes if we reach out to you!), finalizing the details of the call for papers and review process (more on that in our next blog post…), planning a stellar line-up of invited speakers, and…


Douwe Kiela, Barbara Caputo, Marco Ciccone

This year will mark the fifth year of NeurIPS having a dedicated competitions track!

The competition and demo chairs for 2021 are Douwe Kiela, Research Scientist at Facebook AI Research (FAIR), and Barbara Caputo, Full Professor at Politecnico di Torino, where she leads the Visual and Multimodal Applied Learning (VANDAL) group, with the help of Marco Ciccone, Ph.D. candidate at Politecnico di Milano.

Douwe brings his experience as co-organizer of last year’s Hateful Memes Challenge, an ambitious project that had 100,000 USD in prize money and the aim of improving multimodal reasoning and understanding…


Y-Lan Boureau, Facebook AI Research
Hendrik Strobelt, MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab at IBM Research

NeurIPS 2020 Online Experience Chairs

NeurIPS 2020 was held online in December 2020. Attendees had reported mixed experiences with poster sessions from previous online conferences, and found mentor-mentee matching very valuable. We aimed to craft a smoother experience by re-designing poster sessions and making mentorship connections easier through a new matching platform. …


The NeurIPS Foundation believes in the principles of ethics, fairness, and inclusivity, and is dedicated to providing a safe space where research can be shared, reviewed, and debated by the AI / ML community.

Having observed recent discussions taking place across social media, we feel the need to reiterate that, as a community, we must be mindful of the impact that statements and actions have on our peers, and future generations of AI / ML students and researchers.

It is incumbent upon NeurIPS and the AI / ML community as a whole to foster a collaborative, welcoming environment for all…


Hsuan-Tien Lin, Maria Florina Balcan, Raia Hadsell and Marc’Aurelio Ranzato

NeurIPS 2020 Program Chairs

In this blog post, we are excited to announce the various awards that are presented at NeurIPS 2020 and to share information about the selection processes for these awards.

NeurIPS 2020 Best Paper Awards

The winners of the NeurIPS 2020 Best Paper Awards are:

  • No-Regret Learning Dynamics for Extensive-Form Correlated Equilibrium by Andrea Celli (Politecnico di Milano), Alberto Marchesi (Politecnico di Milano), Gabriele Farina (Carnegie Mellon University), and Nicola Gatti (Politecnico di Milano). This paper will be presented on Tuesday, December 8th at 6:00 AM PST in the Learning Theory track.

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