ICML 2024 Call for Post-Conference Workshops

 

ICML workshops will be held on Friday, July 26th, and Saturday, July 27th, following the ICML main conference. Similar to the main conference, workshops will take place in-person with virtual elements. We invite researchers interested in chairing one of these workshops to submit proposals. Workshop organizers have several responsibilities, including coordinating workshop participation and content, publicizing and providing the program in a timely manner, and moderating the program throughout the workshop.

ICML also solicits proposals for affinity workshops. The format and aims of these workshops should be described by the workshop organizers, following, for instance, the template set out by similar workshops that took place at ICML and NeurIPS in recent years (Black in AI, Indigenous in AI, LatinX in AI, Muslims in ML, New in ML, Queer in AI, WiML, etc.). Affinity workshops will primarily be held on Monday, July 22nd, although there will be limited availability for affinity workshops on Friday, July 26th, and Saturday, July 27th, and may last for a full or a half day. Proposals should follow a similar format as regular workshop proposals and be submitted, together with regular workshops, through OpenReview following the submission instructions below. The D&I Chairs will make decisions on acceptance for affinity workshops. If you have any questions, please reach out to diversity-chairs@icml.cc.

 

Workshops

The goal of the workshops is to provide an informal forum for researchers to discuss emerging research questions and challenges. Workshops will last for one day, with morning and afternoon sessions and free time between the sessions for individual exchange. To encourage workshop variety, all workshops will be one-day workshops.

The workshops can be on any subject relevant to a significant fraction of the ICML community. Schedules may encourage lively debates, and topics should lean more towards exploring new ideas, open problems, and interdisciplinary areas compared to the main conference. Workshops should encourage contributed content and reserve a significant portion of time for open/panel discussions and posters. A diverse group of speakers is more likely to bring diverse and surprising viewpoints on a topic. As a result, we encourage workshop organizers to be cognizant of designing panels and speaker lists that are inclusive.

Below, we include the criteria by which workshop submissions will be evaluated:

  1. Fit for ICML (how the theme of the workshop connects to ICML papers and past workshops)
  2. Potential impact (promising topic)
  3. Novelty and originality (emerging topic)
  4. Quality of the abstract and clarity of purpose
  5. Organizers' relevant expertise (please avoid excessive self-promotion)
  6. Diversity in the organizing team and speakers
  7. Confirmed invited speakers with sufficient coverage of the topic
  8. Room for contributed work (e.g., posters and contributed talks)
  9. Room for discussion: degree to which the proposed program offers opportunity for discussion
  10. Degree to which the organizers provide means to engage in the workshop for those unable to attend in person
     

Submission Instructions

Workshop submissions will be made through OpenReview. Please follow the URL below and check the required format for the application well before the proposal deadline. You may submit and update your application online right up until this deadline.

Important dates for workshop submissions:

  • Workshop submissions open: January 24, 2024.
  • Workshop application deadline: February 15, 2024, AOE.
  • Workshop notification: March 27, 2024.
  • Universal notification deadline for all submissions to individual ICML workshops: June 17, 2024.

* AOE = Anywhere On Earth.

Proposals should be submitted electronically at the URL here.

Submission format

Proposals should be two pages long, in single-column A4 or letter format, with font size 11 or greater, excluding organizer contact details/CVs and bibliographic references.

Proposals should clearly specify the following:

  • Workshop title
  • Brief description of the topics to be covered, and an explanation as to why the workshop will appeal to ICML audiences
  • Short description and rough timetable of all planned activities (talks, posters, panels), detailing planned in-person and virtual elements
  • List of invited speakers, specifying who has been confirmed. We strongly recommend that all speakers present in-person. However, virtual talks will be allowed in special circumstances to account for hard constraints (e.g. denied visas) or to significantly increase the diversity of speakers. 
  • Description of the history of the workshop (if it previously took place, then when/where)
  • Similar past and current events at ICML and NeurIPS in the last 1-2 years, even if not organized by the present workshop organizers: New workshops are welcome to build on prior workshops if a good case is made; completely original workshops are also welcome
  • List of organizers with email addresses, web page URLs, pointers to Google Scholar or other similar citation service pages, a one-paragraph bio for each organizer, describing research expertise, and previous experience organizing scientific meetings. Unless explicitly indicated, we will assume all organizers are intending to participate in person.
  • Names of two organizers designated as contacts for all communications
               

To facilitate the participation of people unable to travel, workshop contents should be available online, as well. Workshop organizers are asked to manage the virtual elements (e.g., hosting and recording presentations and papers, streaming, and virtual poster sessions). The ICML organizers will assist with central support as needed.

ICML does not provide travel funding for workshop speakers; in the past, some workshops have sought and received funding from external sources to bring in outside speakers. The organizers of each accepted workshop will be given five complimentary full conference registrations to distribute among workshop organizers and/or participants. In the event that the conference is sold out, each workshop will be given a number of guaranteed registrations for workshop contributors, so please let us know in your application how many such registrations you anticipate you will need.

 

FAQ

  • Can we host a fully virtual workshop?
    • No, fully virtual workshops will not be supported this year; all workshops must have at least some in-person activities.
  • Do organizers need to attend the workshop in-person?
    • At least one organizer must attend the workshop in-person.
  • Can workshop speakers give virtual talks?
    • Although we discourage virtual talks, they are allowed  in special circumstances to account for hard constraints (e.g. denied visas) or to significantly increase the diversity of speakers. ICML can provide each workshop with a Zoom license but the organizers will need to coordinate with the remote speaker. Virtual speakers should also commit to engaging with other presenters and participants of the workshop throughout the day of the workshop, and organizers should provide a means for interaction between the physical and virtual components of the workshop.
  • Will there be technical support to help with the workshop?
    • We will be providing SlidesLive support for livestreaming and recording in-person components of the workshops this year. There will be no SlidesLive support for pre-recording videos. We instead suggest using zoom to pre-record and present remote talks, and will offer a limited number of zoom licenses to help support this.
 

ICML 2024 Workshop Chairs

workshop-chairs@icml.cc
 

Becca Roelofs (Google DeepMind)

Natalie Schluter (Apple MLR and Technical University of Denmark)

Andrew Gordon Wilson (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Center for Data Science)