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  • July 7, 2017

The 15th Workshop for Women in Machine Learning (WiML) will be taking place virtually, co-located with the virtual NeurIPS conference in December 2020. The workshop is a one-day event with invited speakers, oral presentations, and posters. The event brings together members of the academic and industry research community for an opportunity to connect, exchange ideas, and learn from each other. There will be virtual mentorship sessions to discuss current research trends and career choices in machine learning. Underrepresented groups and undergraduates interested in pursuing machine learning research are encouraged to participate. While all presenters will identify primarily as a woman and/or nonbinary, members of all gender identities are invited to attend.

Important Dates

  • September 10th, 2020 – Abstract submission opens on CMT
  • September 10th, 2020 – Area Chair application deadline
  • September 28th, 2020 11:59 pm AoE – Abstract submission deadline
  • September 28th, 2020 – Area Chair notification
  • October 21st, 2020 – Notification of abstract acceptance
  • October 21st, 2020 – Application form for registration funding and volunteering opens
  • November 1st, 2020 – Registration funding application deadline
  • November 9th, 2020 – Registration funding notification
  • November 25th, 2020 – Volunteer notification
  • December 5th – 12th, 2020 (exact date TBD) – WiML Workshop Day

Submission Instructions

We strongly encourage students, postdocs, and researchers who primarily identify as a woman and/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 a woman and/or nonbinary—particularly the presenting author — in the abstract.

Submissions will be reviewed in a double-blind setting. Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to present their work in a virtual 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. Abstracts are non-archival: they may describe completed research or work-in-progress.

All submissions must abide by the WiML Code of Conduct.

Submission page: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/WiML2020/

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. The main body text must be minimum 11 point font size, and page margins must be a minimum of 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 a woman and/or nonbinary. Abstracts will be reviewed by the WiML program committee who will use the following criteria:

  • Is this abstract appropriate for WiML? For example, does it describe novel research or an interesting application in machine learning or related fields?
  • Is the abstract self-contained?
  • 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.

Area Chairs

If you are interested in serving as an area chair for WiML Workshop, please fill out this application. Due to the virtual nature of the workshop this year, we will have only area chairs and no reviewers. The role of area chairs is to suggest an acceptance or rejection decision along with a brief justification for each abstract. Area chairs should have previously served as reviewers for at least one conference in machine learning. The reviewing period will be held from October 1st to 15th, 2020.

NeurIPS Registration Funding

Due to the virtual nature of the workshop this year, all WiML attendees need to be registered for NeurIPS. Registration fee funding for NeurIPS will be available for eligible WiML participants. To qualify, the participant must be a student, postdoc, or equivalent position (equivalent positions include unemployed recent grads and early career researchers from underrepresented regions or groups), and identify primarily as a woman and/or nonbinary. Priority will be given to poster presenters, workshop volunteers, and first-time attendees of NeurIPS or similar conferences. Funding recipients must participate in the WiML Workshop as either a poster presenter or as a volunteer in some capacity. 


We are seeking volunteers to help with technical setup and virtual technology testing before the event, as well as help during the event (e.g., letting people into Zoom rooms). We may also be seeking volunteers for a poster mentoring program.

Funding and volunteering application form: to be released on October 21st, 2020. The application deadline is November 1st.


General Chairs:
Xinyi Chen & Erin Grant

Senior Program and Mentorship Chairs:
Kristy Choi & Krystal Maughan

Student Program and Funding Chairs:
Xenia Miscouridou & Judy Hanwen Shen

Virtual Logistics Chairs:
Raquel Aoki & Belen Saldias

Finance and Sponsorship Chairs:
Melissa Woghiren & Elizabeth Wood

Questions? Check out the FAQs or contact us!

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