Beyond Static Papers: Rethinking How We Share Scientific Understanding in ML

Krishna Murthy Jatavallabhula, Bhairav Mehta, Tegan Maharaj, Amy Tabb, Khimya Khetarpal, Aditya Kusupati, Anna Rogers, Sara Hooker, Breandan Considine, Devi Parikh, Derek Nowrouzezahrai, Yoshua Bengio


Over the last decade, the volume of conference submissions in machine learning has broken records. Despite rapid advancements and increasing hype around AI, there is growing concern in the ML community about where the field is headed. The current pandemic gives researchers a long-awaited opportunity to pause and reflect: what kind of legacy do we want to leave behind? How are scientific results presented? How do we interpret and explain them? Does this process include and/or allow access to all stakeholders? Are the results reproducible? These are some of the many facets of effective scientific communication which will shape the next decade of ML research.

How much research is overlooked due to inaccessible communication? How many papers will be as readable in ten or twenty years? How can we make the proceedings more accessible for future generations of ML researchers? These are a few of the questions we plan to discuss in our workshop. We hope to instigate an exciting discussion on redesigning the scientific paper for the next few years of machine learning research!

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Fri 5:15 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.
Opening remarks
Krishna Murthy Jatavallabhula, Aditya Kusupati
Fri 5:30 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.
Jeffrey Bigham (Invited talk)
Jeffrey Bigham
Fri 6:00 a.m. - 6:30 a.m.
David Ha (Invited talk)
David Ha
Fri 6:30 a.m. - 6:50 a.m.

Oral 1: Curating Publications as Artefacts Oral 2: I❤LA -- Compilable Markdown for Linear Algebra

Fri 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Hugo Larochelle (Invited talk)
Hugo Larochelle
Fri 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Falaah Arif Khan (Invited talk)
Falaah Arif Khan
Fri 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Evelyne Viegas (Invited talk)
Evelyne Viegas
Fri 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Oral 3: In defense of the paper Oral 4: ML research communication via illustrated and interactive web articles Oral 5: You Only Write Thrice

Fri 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lilian Weng (Invited talk)
Lilian Weng
Fri 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Terence Parr (Invited talk)
Terence Parr
Fri 10:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
Panel Discussion
Fri 10:55 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
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