Author Instructions for Virtual ICML2020

Quick Summary: Authors of accepted papers should record videos of your talk using the recorder tool by 15 June 2020.

ICML2020 will be hosted as a fully virtual conference this year. Your participation is central to the success of this type of a conference, and we are looking forward to working with you to make this experiment as successful, enjoyable, and valuable as we can.  This message has details of the virtual conference format, and instructions on initial tasks we need you to complete.

Conference Format

The full conference format is a mix of pre-recorded and asynchronous engagement, and live engagement through Q&A and in-person video calls. Full details of the conference format can be seen on our blog post. This format will allow everyone to take advantage of the virtual and distributed nature of a virtual conference, allow accessibility across many different time zones, and still allows meaningful in-person engagement.  This will only be successful with your support, and we look forward to your participation during the week.

Video Recordings

Start preparing slides and a video that you will upload to our servers. These videos will become part of the permanent record of the conference and will be linked to your paper on open-review, as well as the conference website.

General Instructions:

  • If your paper was accepted as a spotlight or a poster, please upload a 5 minute video.
  • If your paper was accepted as a long-talk, please record a 15 minute video.
  • This video takes the place of what you would use at an in-person poster session. Make sure it is well structured and easy to understand.
  • You do not need to make a poster. Use slides that help you communicate your work in the most accessible way and in the time allocated. You can also explore using other ways of creating slides.
  • You will need to upload the slides or share a link to them, so use only formats that can easily be shared. A PDF of your slides, link to a cloud-based presentation that is widely accessible (e.g., Google Slides, Dropbox paper, prezi), or interactive web-pages.
  • Submit your videos by 15 June 2020 (AOE, anywhere on earth).

Recording your video:

  • You must record your video using the SlidesLive Recorder, which is a tool from our video partner. Using this tool your videos will appear alongside the slides; for examples, see slidelive library.
  • If you have questions or problems contact
  • We will have a set of volunteers to review your video. We may ask you to upload a new video if it exceeds the time limits, or has quality issues.

Asynchronous interaction

  • Every paper will have a discussion/chat function that can be used for interaction through text.
  • You can respond to questions when you are available and use this as a way to have conversations about your work throughout the week. You are not required to answer all questions. However, we expect you to answer a minimum of 3 questions, and encourage you to participate in all discussions. These discussions are non-archival.
  • We will encourage further discussion on the forum for your paper on OpenReview. This facilitates asking questions and providing answers that are archival. You will be encouraged to post answers here to questions you believe help clarify your work, so that these useful discussions can benefit the wider community.