Machine Learning for the Developing World (ML4D)

NeurIPS 2020 Workshop, Saturday December 12th, 2020

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Improving Resilience

A few months ago, the world was shaken by the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, exposing the lack of preparedness for such a case in many nations around the globe. As we watched the daily number of cases of the virus rise exponentially, and governments scramble to design appropriate policies, communities collectively asked “Could we have been better prepared for this?” Similar questions have been brought up by the climate emergency the world is now facing.

At a time of global reckoning, this year’s ML4D program will focus on building and improving resilience in developing regions through machine learning. Past iterations of the workshop have explored how machine learning can be used to tackle global development challenges, the potential benefits of such technologies, as well as the associated risks and shortcomings. This year we seek to ask our community to go beyond solely tackling existing problems by building machine learning tools with foresight, anticipating application challenges and providing sustainable, resilient systems for long-term use.

This one-day workshop will bring together a diverse set of participants from across the globe. Attendees will learn about how machine learning tools can help enhance preparedness for disease outbreaks, address the climate crisis, and improve countries’ ability to respond to emergencies. It will also discuss how naive “tech solutionism” can threaten resilience by posing risks to human rights, enabling mass surveillance, and perpetuating inequalities. The workshop will include invited talks, contributed talks, a poster session of accepted papers, breakout sessions tailored to the workshop’s theme, and panel discussions. If you are interested in submitting to ML4D 2020, please see our Call for Papers!

Important dates

Submission opens: September 1st, 2020

Submission deadline: 11:59PM Pacific Time, October 5th, 2020 (Submission site)

Acceptance notification: October 30th, 2020

Workshop: Saturday, December 12th 2020

Registration grant application deadline: Sunday, December 6th 2020

Registration Grants Applications

Registration grants applications for the ML4D 2020 workshop is now open!

We are offering grants to allow a greater segment to interact with the community at ML4D and the NeurIPS conference at large.

Kindly fill out the form with your NeurIPS details.


The deadline is December 6th.


As we have done in previous years, there will be (opt-in) proceedings of the workshop. The proceedings of previous ML4D editions can be found here:

ML4D 2019

ML4D 2018

ML4D 2017

Staying informed

You can join our ML4D mailing list if you'd like to stay in touch with our awesome community.

Attending the workshop

All attendees must have a NeurIPS Workshops registration (one registration fee covers all workshops). Registration will open in September.

Please email with any questions.

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