Neural Information Processing Systems 2020 is Going Virtual!
The Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation Board has decided to hold NeurIPS 2020 as a purely virtual meeting. We were initially expecting to wait until the end of summer to decide if a hybrid physical and virtual meeting would be possible. However, we determined that it was more beneficial for our ongoing organization to take this decision and remove the uncertainty of whether an in person meeting would even be possible in December.
To this end, the Organizing Committee has now brought on two Online Experience Chairs, Y-Lan Boureau and Hendrik Strobelt, to explore innovations that will enhance the virtual meeting. Meanwhile, the NeurIPS staff is learning from the experiences of ICLR and ICML in running their virtual events. Registration pricing will be significantly reduced and there will be no late registration charges or caps on registration. All will be welcome to attend. We will continue to follow how the COVID-19 pandemic develops, to determine whether NeurIPS Meetups could serve as a safe alternative to the usual main physical meeting. Further details to follow in the coming months, both for attendees and sponsors. But, for now, just one message: virtual meeting!
We welcome your thoughts and suggestions for how to make the Neural Information Processing Systems 2020 Conference as successful as past in-person meetings have been and how to best transition to an entirely online event. You can contact the Online Experience Chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.