Montréal hosts the 2018 Conference on Neutral Information Processing Systems (NIPS)

published on 10 23 2018
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With over 8,500 attendees from across the globe, the Conference on Neutral Information Processing Systems (or NIPS to those in the know) marks its 32nd year at the Palais des congrès de Montréal from December 2-8, 2018. Focusing on machine learning and computational neuroscience, the annual NIPS gathering sets trends in research and development in machine learning, statistics and Artificial Intelligence (a field in which Montréal is a world leader that just promises to grow and grow).

A high point of the annual scientific conference calendar

The largest conference in Artificial Intelligence, NIPS’ breadth of focus includes information theory, psychology, computer vision, statistical linguistics and cognitive science, each represented by the leading lights in the field. Invited lecturers present alongside poster presentations that bring researchers face to face with international peers. The latest and greatest developments in AI are presented here first – and the conference’s 32 year history has seen keynotes from groundbreaking researchers like Bernhard Schölkopf and Daphne Koller.

Where diversity & inclusion are key

The NIPS Foundation Board is a who’s who of experts from universities from Tokyo to Tübingen, and corporate leaders like Apple and Google. NIPS’ new Code of Conduct – introduced in 2018 – pays particular attention to ensuring diversity and inclusion, and the conference has long hosted sessions including Queer in AI, Latinx and Black in AI, Jews in ML and Women in Machine Learning. Besides shining a spotlight on the latest developments, the conference is also changing the face of the field.

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