Dr. Katja Hofmann, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, and head of the Game Intelligence group

Dr. Hugo Jair Escalante, Principal Researcher at the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE), Mexico

NeurIPS 2020 competition and demonstration co-chairs

Competitions are a key part of the annual NeurIPS program, and this year is no different. Today, we are excited to present the 16 competitions that have been accepted for NeurIPS 2020. These competitions were selected from a field of 40 incredibly strong proposals, based on 2 reviews each and according to the considerations we covered in our earlier blog post.

Here’s where you come in: Whether you’re hearing about NeurIPS competitions for the first time, or you’re a seasoned expert, we encourage you to take a close look at this years’ ambitious, creative, high-impact competitions, and consider participating in one or more of them. Participating in a NeurIPS competition is an exciting way to connect with others in the community, develop or expand on new skills, and contribute to solving some of the hardest and most impactful machine-learning challenges today.

Are you ready? This year’s competitions cover a wide diversity of topics and applications from 3D garment reconstruction, to meme detection, Minecraft navigation, traffic prediction and much more. Participants will contribute to solving important challenges in black box optimization, reinforcement learning and decision making, question answering, and more, all while having fun! Under the following link, you will find a summary of all of the accepted competitions:


Now, it is up to you — how do you want to compete?

Getting to this stage was a real team effort. We thank all authors of competition proposals for their fantastic submissions and support of the NeurIPS competition track. We congratulate the authors of the accepted proposals and wish them the best of success for running their competitions. Our heartfelt thanks go to the NeurIPS competition program committee, whose members’ insightful reviews and suggestions played a key role in shaping this year’s program.

In the coming weeks and months, the organizers of each competition will kick off and run their competitions, updates will be posted on the competition track website. At NeurIPS, there will be scheduled events on the two workshop days, which will give a forum to workshops organizers and some of the participants to share their goals, insights and lessons learned. We’ll be providing details closer to the conference dates. Stay tuned!

Cheers to a great NeurIPS 2020 competition track! May the best teams win!

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