Systems for ML

Workshop on Systems for ML and Open Source Software at NeurIPS 2018

December 7, 2018

Call for Papers - Systems for ML Workshop @ NeurIPS 2018

We invite participation in the Systems for ML Workshop which will be held in conjunction with NeurIPS 2018 in on December 7, 2018 in Montreal.


The goal of this workshop is to bring together experts working at the crossroads of machine learning, system design and software engineering to explore the challenges faced when building practical large-scale ML systems. In particular, we aim to elicit new connections among these fields, and identify tools, best practices and design principles. The workshop will cover ML and AI platforms and algorithm toolkits (Caffe2, TensorFlow, PyTorch etc), as well as dive into ML focused developments in various systems topics.

We welcome high quality submissions in the broad area of large scale systems and software design for machine learning. A few (non-exhaustive) topics of interest include:

  • Systems for training and serving machine learning models at scale
  • Systems for online and interactive learning algorithms
  • Large scale distributed learning algorithms in practice
  • Database systems for large scale learning
  • Specialized or custom hardware for machine learning
  • Programming languages for machine learning
  • Benchmarking systems (for machine learning algorithms)
  • Model understanding tools (debugging, visualization, introspection, etc).
  • Systems for collecting, preparing, and managing machine learning data

Through invited talks as well as oral and poster presentations by the participants, this workshop will showcase the latest advances in machine learning systems and address challenges at the intersection of machine learning and system design.

This year, the Systems for ML workshop will be part of a two day workshop series on ML and Systems. In conjunction with this workshop, there will be a workshop on ML for Systems. Work on machine learning for system design (e.g. learning for job scheduling, configuration tuning, database query optimization) is better suited for submission to that workshop. See their Call for Papers for more details.

Submission Instructions

We welcome two kinds of submissions, poster abstracts and short papers.

Poster Abstracts

Poster abstracts can be up to 2 pages long (not including references). All accepted poster abstracts will be expected to present a poster at the workshop. However, submissions in this format will not be considered for an oral presentation.

Short Papers

Short papers can be up to 6 pages (not including references). Accepted short papers will be expected to present a poster at the workshop. In addition, a small number of short papers will be selected for an oral presentation at the workshop.

  • All submissions must be in PDF format and should follow the NeurIPS 2018 format
  • Submissions do not have to be anonymized (use the \usepackage[preprint]{nips_2018} option)
  • Please submit your paper using CMT: Submission link

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: October 19, 2018 11.59pm PST
  • Acceptance Notifications: November 9, 2018
  • Final File Upload: December 1, 2018
  • Workshop: December 7, 2018

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