NeurIPS 2019 Events

Call for Participation - Queer in AI NeurIPS 2019 Workshop

The 3rd QinAI Workshop is co-located with NeurIPS in Vancouver, Canada on Monday, Dec 9th, 2019. People of all identities are invited to attend!

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

We invite researchers to submit their recent work...

...done primarily by a researcher who identifies as LGBTQIA+

AND/OR

...on a topic of relevance to the queer community

A submission should take the form of an extended abstract of 1-2 pages in PDF format using the NeurIPS style. Works still in progress are also acceptable! Author names do not need to be anonymized and references may extend as far as needed beyond the 2 page upper limit. If authors' research has previously appeared in a journal, workshop, or conference (including the NeurIPS 2019 conference), their workshop submission should extend that previous work. Submissions will be accepted as poster presentations. Extended abstracts should be submitted by Sep 16th.

Acceptance comes with a registration to attend NeurIPS 2019. There will be a small amount of travel grants available as well, please note in your submission that you would like to be considered for one.

Issues with submission? Questions? Comments? Reach us at queerinai[at]gmail[dot]com

IMPORTANT DATES

Extended abstract submission: Sep 16th, 2019

Acceptance notification: Oct 7th, 2019

Accepted authors register to NeurIPS by: Oct 14th, 2019

Workshop: Dec 9th, 2019 (tentative)

WORKSHOP ABSTRACT

The quickly advancing field of machine learning is exciting but raises complex ethical and social questions. How can we best use AI for varying applications while avoiding discrimination and lack of sensitivity to its users? Particularly, queer users of machine learning systems can fall victim to these often discriminatory, biased, and insensitive algorithms. In addition, there is a fundamental tension between the queer community, which defies categorization and reduction, and the current ubiquitous use of machine learning to categorize and reduce people. We want to raise awareness of these issues among the research community. But in order to do so, we need to make sure that the queer community is comfortable among their peers both in the lab and at conferences.

Our data shows that ⅔ of the queer attendees at NeurIPs are not publically out. The queer attendees rated their comfort level at the conference as a 3.3 on a scale of 1-5 from feeling dangerously hostile to completely welcome. We want to improve these numbers and make queer researchers feel that they can bring their whole selves to these conferences. According to our survey, our community's top two priorities are to build the queer AI community and increase the participation and visibility of queer people in machine learning. We have been working with conference organizers and the queer community to move towards these goals.

We believe the first step for creating more diverse and inclusive algorithms is talking about the problems and increasing the visibility of queer people in the machine learning community. By bringing together both queer people and allies, we can start conversations around biases in data and how these algorithms can have a negative impact on the queer community.

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