Submissions are now open at

Important dates

  • Submission due: Sept 30th, 2020, midnight PST. Deadline has been extended: Friday Oct 2, 2020, midnight PST.

  • Decision notification: Oct 30th, 2020

  • Meeting dates: November 23-24

Poster and oral presentation instructions

  • Oral presentations: 15min each + 5min Q&A

  • Poster presentations: (details coming soon)

Submission instructions

We will accept submission in two tracks:

1) Research track: abstracts describing research on novel learning approaches in computational biology. A strong submission to the workshop typically presents a new learning method that yields new biological insights, or applies an existing learning method to a new biological problem. However, submissions that improve upon existing methods for solving previously studied problems will also be considered. Examples of research presented in previous years can be found online at We specially encourage submissions describing work in progress and early results, for generating discussions helpful in shaping the presented work.

2) Perspective track: position or review papers on important but controversial problems. Examples include (but are not limited to) different ways of conceptualizing the supposed dichotomy between interpretation and accuracy, over-interpretation from visual representations of high dimensional data, lack of statistical rigour in inferring conclusions from data and models.

Researchers interested in contributing should upload an extended abstract of 4 pages (excluding references) in PDF format to the MLCB submission web site by Oct 1, 2021, 11:59pm (PST). Submissions exceeding the page limit will be automatically rejected.

No special style is required. Authors may use the NeurIPS style file, but are also free to use other styles as long as they use standard font size (11 pt) and margins (1 in). We prefer single column format.

We allow parallel submission to the preprint servers, and the inclusion of appendix/supplementary materials as long as the main paper is self-contained and reviewers are not required to read the appendix.

The workshop allows submissions of papers (for both tracks) that are under review or have been recently published in a conference or a journal. If you are submitting such a paper, we ask you submit a 4-page version formatted as above, as it'll go under the same review process as other submissions to assess suitability for presentation at MLCB. The authors should clearly state any overlapping published work at the time of submission.

Note -- starting this year, we are NOT asking the authors to anonymize their submission(s).