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  • July 7, 2017

The 14th WiML Workshop is co-located with NeurIPS in Vancouver, Canada on Monday, December 9th, 2019.

The Workshop for Women in Machine Learning is a one-day event with invited speakers, oral presentations, and posters. The event brings together members of the academic and industry research landscape for an opportunity to connect and exchange ideas, and learn from each other. There will be a mentoring session to discuss current research trends and career choices in machine learning. Underrepresented minorities and undergraduates interested in pursuing machine learning research are encouraged to participate. While all presenters will identify primarily as female or nonbinary, all genders are invited to attend.

Submission is now closed. Please check back for information on how to register as an attendee.


  • July 15th, 2019 – Abstract Submission Open on CMT
  • August 15th, 2019 11:59pm PT – Abstract Submission Deadline
  • September 1st, 2019 – Visa-Friendly (Early) Notification of Acceptance and Travel Funding
  • September 21st, 2019 – Regular Notification of Acceptance 
  • October 15th, 2019 – Regular Notification of Travel Funding
  • November 21st, 2019 – Registration Deadline (or earlier, if we sell out)
  • December 9th, 2019 – WiML Workshop Day

This year, WiML is introducing a Visa-Friendly (Early) notification of acceptance and travel funding on September 1, 2019. If you need to apply for a visa to travel to Canada, we encourage you to select this option in the submission page in CMT. If you do not need to apply for a visa to travel to Canada, please do not select this option.


We strongly encourage students, postdocs, and researchers who primarily identify as women or nonbinary in all areas of machine learning to submit an abstract (1 page PDF) describing new, previously, or concurrently published research. We welcome abstract submissions in theory, methodology, as well as applications. Abstracts may describe completed research or work-in-progress. While the presenting author need not be the first author of the work, we encourage authors to highlight the contribution of authors who identify primarily as female or nonbinary — particularly the presenting author — in the abstract.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to present their work in a poster session. Authors with multiple accepted posters will be asked to select only one poster to present. A few authors will be selected to give spotlight or oral presentations. There are no formal proceedings.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed in a double-blind setting. After submission, all authors will automatically receive an invitation for the reviewer pool, into which they can opt-in. Many student and postdoc authors who review for WiML will be eligible for travel funding (see further details below). 

Submission page: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/WiML2019
(Submission is now open!)

Style guidelines:

  • Abstracts must not include identifying information.
  • Abstracts must be no more than 1 page (including any references, tables, and figures) submitted as a PDF. Main body text must be minimum 11 point font size and page margins must be minimum 0.75 inches (all sides).
  • Do not include any supplementary files with your submission.

Content guidelines:

  • Your abstract should stand alone, without linking to a longer paper or supplement.
  • You should convey motivation and give some technical details of the approach used.
  • While we acknowledge that space is limited, some experimental results are likely to improve reviewers’ opinions of your paper.

Acceptance criteria:
All accepted abstracts must be presented by authors who identify primarily as female or nonbinary. Abstracts will be reviewed by multiple reviewers, who will use the following criteria:

  • Is this abstract appropriate for WiML? I.e., does it describe novel research or an interesting application in machine learning or related fields?
  • Does the abstract stand alone?
  • Does the abstract adequately convey the material that will be presented?

Examples of accepted abstracts from previous years can be found here, and advice on writing a one-page abstract can be found here. Due to the volume of submissions anticipated, we are unable to review any submitted materials besides the requested abstract.


Registration for WiML is free. Travel funding is available for presenting authors. To qualify, the author must be a student, postdoc, or equivalent position (equivalent positions include unemployed recent grads and early career researchers from underrepresented geographical areas), identify primarily as female or nonbinary, have an accepted abstract, and review for WiML. The amount of the travel funding varies by the author’s geographical location and the total amount of funding WiML receives from sponsors. In the past, funding ranging from $300-$1000 has been given. WiML travel funding is administered as reimbursements after the workshop and no funding is allocated before the workshop.

If you are attending NeurIPS, we also encourage you to apply for NeurIPS’ volunteering and travel funding opportunities, which are separate and independent of WiML travel funding. Check the NeurIPS website directly for details.


If you are interested in being an area chair, please fill in the application here. The area chairs must identify primarily as female or nonbinary. The role of area chairs is to evaluate the reviews, write a final meta-review and suggest an accept/reject decision for each abstract. We expect each area chair to be responsible for up to 10 one-page abstracts.


  • Sarah Aerni (Salesforce)
  • Nezihe Merve Gürel (ETH Zurich)
  • Michela Paganini (Facebook AI)
  • Forough Poursabzi-Sangdeh (Microsoft Research)

Questions? Check out the FAQs or reach us at wiml2019[at]wimlworkshop[dot]org

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