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  • March 24, 2016

Machine learning is one of the fastest growing areas of computer science research. In spite of the wide reach of machine learning and the variety of theory and applications it covers, the percentage of female researchers is lower than in many other areas of computer science. Most women working in machine learning rarely get the chance to interact with other female researchers, making it easy to feel isolated and hard to find role models.

The annual Women in Machine Learning (WiML) Workshop is our flagship event. This day-long technical workshop gives female faculty, research scientists, and graduate students in the machine learning community an opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and learn from each other. Underrepresented minorities and undergraduates interested in machine learning research are encouraged to attend. A History of WiML poster was created in 2015 to celebrate the 10th workshop.

Besides WiML Workshop which is typically co-located with NIPS, we also organize small events at other machine learning conferences such as ICML, CoRL, COLT, etc. Looking for local meetups? Check out WiMLDS (website, Twitter), another organization that supports women in machine learning by organizing local meetups.

Professional and technical

The workshop consists of technical talks and posters as well as opportunities for mentoring and networking.

Open to all genders

We welcome folks of all genders; however, any formal presentations (posters, talks) are made by women.

Positive and productive

We strive to create an atmosphere in which participants feel comfortable to engage in technical and career-related conversations.

  • 2016 WiML Workshop participant

    “The best day of the year” … My personal highlight of the workshop was the mentorship roundtable program … So there I was, sitting next to people whose papers I’ve read and who I admire for their work … It was a unique and inspiring experience.

    — https://www.rsipvision.com/ComputerVisionNews-2017January/#36

  • 2014 WiML Workshop participant

    I loved the technical talks – I thought the program was very well-balanced. I also really appreciated that the poster session was so open — I had researchers (i.e., men and women who weren’t presenting posters) to engage with about my work.

  • 2011 WiML Workshop participant

    “I had never attended NIPS before so meeting people the first day through WiML made the rest of the conference less intimidating. It was comforting having familiar faces in the crowd, especially other students who often looked as lost as I did. By the end of the conference I had made a number of WiML friends who I hope to see again at future NIPS.”

  • 2015 WiML Workshop participant

    I liked the overall opportunity to meet other women in machine learning, both socially and academically. The overall atmosphere was very supportive.

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