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Call for Workshops

The International Conference on Machine Learning solicits proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the ICML 2016 conference in New York City. The workshops will be held on Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24, 2016.

ICML workshops are great opportunity for exciting and focused scientific exchange on emerging and futuristic research topics. We welcome proposals for both one full-day or two-day workshops. We also especially encourage workshops that are coordinated with ICML 2016 tutorials such that both background and state-of-the-art research naturally flow through the ICML conference period.

Important Dates

  • Workshop proposal deadline: Feb 12, 2016 5pm *PST*
  • Acceptance notification: March 18, 2016
  • Workshop submissions due (suggested):  May 2nd, 2016
  • Workshop author notification (suggested): May 16th, 2016

Content and Format

Workshops are great forums for active research topics and work-in-progress. The ideal workshop covers a compelling selection of current and upcoming research, and includes an impressive set of speakers and participants with diverse and balanced backgrounds. Invited and contributed talks, discussion via panels and attendees, identification of open problems and poster presentations are all great components to include.


The format, style, and content of accepted workshops are under the control of the workshop organizers and largely autonomous from the main conference. Each workshop day can be up to seven hours long, split into morning and afternoon sessions. Workshop organizers are expected to manage the workshop content, invite experts in the domain, specify the workshop format, be present to moderate, 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?)
  • Main organizers’ emails (who should we get in touch with?)
  • Abstract (can you summarize in a few sentences what will happen?)
  • Motivation, impact, and expected outcomes (why this workshop?)
  • Bibliographic references (where can we learn more?)
  • Format (one-day, two-day? and if one-day, do you have a preference on which day?)
  • Organizer and co-organizers info and bios (who is making it happen?)
  • Invited speakers (who will come give invited talks?)
  • Funding status (is funding secured for this event?)
  • Tentative schedule (what will be the balance between contributed and invited talks, posters, panel discussions, etc…)
  • Tentative Website URL
  • Workshop history (is this the first edition of the workshop?)
  • Related ICML 2016 tutorials (is this workshop coordinated with an ICML 2016 tutorial?)

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

Submission Process

Workshop proposals should be submitted via email in PDF format to workshops@icml.cc by the due date (earlier submissions are encouraged as well).

Acceptance decision

Proposals will be evaluated by the workshop chairs and conference organizers, with an eye towards selecting high-quality workshops on a diverse set of topics that will inform and inspire the community.

Contact: workshops@icml.cc

Fei Sha (feisha@cs.ucla.edu) and  Ruslan Salakhutdinov (rsalakhu@cs.toronto.edu)

ICML 2016 Workshop Chairs