Thank You!

Thank you to all speakers, panelists and participants who attended WiML 2010 in Vancouver, and to everyone who helped make is a successful event. Please help us by filling out the follow-up survey that has been sent to all participants.

The Call for Organizers for WiML 2011 has been posted. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2011.

Latest News:

  • Presentation slides, including welcome remarks and talks by Isabelle Guyon, all oral presenters are posted here.
  • Uploaded pictures from the conference can be found on our facebook fan page here
  • Finalized attendee list including presenter information can be found here.
  • Program for the conference can be found here. Poster for the conference can be found here.
  • The restaurant location for the pre-workshop dinner is decided, please find the updated dinner schedule here. Also, updated session chair information now available under Participate in Instructions for Presenters.
  • The final schedule is now available here. WiML2010 is less than a week away, see you soon.
  • Instructions for Presenters are now available here. The updated schedule is here.
  • Registration is now closed, if you registered please remember to confirm your registration promptly.
  • Updated Travel and Hotel information, as well as request for letter of sponsorship for VISA available here
  • Conference Registration is now available here
  • We are happy to have received a large volume of strong submissions this year. However, this means that the program chairs have some difficult decisions to make, to make sure we accept and provide travel subsidies to as many undergrads, grads and postdocs as we can. We will notify you by Monday, October 18th, of the final decisions.
  • Information and sign-up for 1-to-1 mentoring match-up at WiML can be found here.
  • We have generous sponsors this year allowing us to award travel stipends to all student/postdoc presenters for the Workshop on December 6 in Vancouver (the day before NIPS). Additional scholarship information is available here
  • Find us at our facebook fan page here
  • Fully updated invited speakers' information can be found here.

Call for Participation

  • Workshop for Women in Machine Learning
  • Co-located with NIPS, Vancouver, BC
  • December 6, 2010


From Amazon's recommender system to automated mail sorting, technologies using machine learning are increasingly prevalent in our day-to-day lives. Recent developments have enabled advances in fields as varied as personalized medicine, search engines, and robotics. At its core, machine learning is the science of managing information: finding patterns, building models, making decisions. In our current information age, machine learning is needed more than ever before.

Despite its growing importance, the percent of female researchers in machine learning remains low, the percent of minority women even lower. Most women interested in machine learning rarely get the chance to interact with other female researchers, making it easy to feel isolated and hard to find role models...

... but this workshop is not about grumbling! Male and female students alike often face questions of self-doubt and career-planning; our goal is to be a force of positive change, to invigorate -- or reinvigorate, as the case may be -- excitement in machine learning. In particular, we offer an opportunity for female students to:

  • one-to-one mentoring match up where participants can meet up with a mentor during a mutually convenient time
  • participate in career-focused panel discussions with senior women in industry and academia
  • present research in a friendly, positive environment while also providing critical feedback
  • hear technical presentations on the work of senior women in their field
  • network and exchange ideas with each other and senior female researchers

Students interested or curious about the field are welcome to attend. This year's workshop will be co-located with NIPS, a premier conference in machine learning and another opportunity to learn more about the field. Workshop registration is free.

Workshop Format

The one-day workshop will consist of talks by established researchers and graduate students, a poster session for graduate students to showcase their research, and a panel discussion to discuss careers in machine learning.

Registration can be done via the workshop website:

Important Dates

  • Monday November 1, 2010 - Registration Deadline
  • Monday December 6, 2010 - WiML Workshop