International Conference on Machine Learning June 26–July 1, 2012 — Edinburgh, Scotland

Call for Workshop Proposals

Proposals are solicited for workshops to be held in conjunction with the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2012 (co-located with COLT 2012). in Edinburgh, Scotland. The workshops will be held on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday July 1, 2012. These workshops present an excellent opportunity to address a specific machine learning-related topic of your choice. We are looking for half-day, full-day, or two-day workshop proposals.

Important dates

  • Workshop proposal deadline February 10, 2012
  • Acceptance notification March 2, 2012
  • Workshop submissions due May 7, 2012 (suggested date)
  • Workshop author notification May 21, 2012 (suggested date)
  • Workshop days June 30 and July 1, 2012

Workshops are a great format for active research on new topics. The ideal workshop covers a compelling subject of current or upcoming research, and includes an impressive set of speakers with diverse backgrounds to discuss the subject. Discussion via panels, identification of open problems, or a "discussant" are all great components to include.


The format, style, and content of accepted workshops is under the control of the workshop organizers and largely autonomous from the main conferences. The workshops can be up to seven hours long, split into morning and afternoon sessions. Workshop organizers are expected to manage the workshop content, specify the workshop format, be present to moderate the discussion and panels, invite experts in the domain, and maintain a website for the workshop. Workshop registration will be handled centrally by the main conference.

Submission Instructions

Proposals should clearly specify the following:

  • Workshop title (what is it called?)
  • Topic (what is it about?)
  • Motivation (why a workshop on this topic?)
  • Impact and expected outcomes (what will having the workshop do?)
  • Potential list of invited speakers (who might come?)
  • List of related publications (where can we learn more?)
  • Main workshop organizer (who is making it happen?)
  • Other organizers (who else is making it happen?)
  • Bio for each organizer (who are you?)
  • Workshop URL (where will interested parties get more information?)

Detailed descriptions of last year's workshops can be found at:

Workshop proposals should be submitted via email in PDF format to by February 10, 2012 (earlier submissions are encouraged as well). Soon after submission, proposers should expect to receive a verification of receipt.


Irina Rish and Francis Bach
Workshops chairs ICML 2012.