Black in AI

Black in AI is a place for sharing ideas, fostering collaborations and discussing initiatives to increase the presence of black people in the field of Artificial Intelligence. If you are in the field of AI and identify as black, request to join our Google group here and our Facebook group here.

Workshop at NIPS 2017

The first Black in AI event will take place at NIPS 2017 in Long Beach, California on December 8th from 1:30pm to 5:30pm. We invite black AI researchers from around the world to share their work and learn about others’ research. The workshop will have invited talks from prominent researchers, oral presentations, and a poster session. There will also be socials to facilitate networking, discussion of different career opportunities in AI, and sharing of ideas to increase participation of black researchers in the field. We invite all black researchers, including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and researchers in industry to participate in this workshop. People of all races are also invited to attend the workshop to learn about the research being conducted by black researchers across the world. Deadline for registration is October 31, 2017 and can done here. Please register as soon as possible to help us figure out headcount.

Call for Participation

Important Dates

  • October 13, 2017: Abstract submission deadline
  • October 13, 2017: Travel grant application deadline
  • October 29, 2017: Notification of acceptance
  • October 31, 2017: Workshop registration deadline
  • December 8th from 1:30pm-5:30pm: Workshop
  • TBD: Dinner

Submission Instructions

We welcome theoretical, empirical, and applied work in machine learning and artificial intelligence, including, but not limited to, search, planning, knowledge representation, reasoning, natural language processing, computer vision, robotics, multiagent systems, statistical reasoning, and deep learning. Work may be previously published, completed, or ongoing. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least 2 reviewers. The workshop will not publish proceedings. The presenter must be a black researcher in AI, and does not need to be first author.

Submissions can be up to two page abstracts and must state the research problem, motivation, and technical contribution. Submissions must be self-contained and include all figures, tables, and references.

  • Submission page: Black in AI CMT Page
  • Travel Grants: In order to be considered for a travel grant, please select yes to the question Do you need a travel grant?

Travel Awards

Need-based travel grants will be awarded to workshop participants. The travel grant can be used for covering costs associated with the workshop such as NIPS registration, accommodation and travel. Please note that the travel grants may not cover all of your costs and we may not be able to award them to all applicants. The amount of money we award to each person will depend on the number of applicants and the location each applicant will be traveling from.

If you are a student who has not conducted research and would like a travel grant to attend our workshop, you may do so by either:

  1. Submitting an abstract, and a paragraph describing financial need on the conference submission page
  2. Submitting a one page statement describing your research interests in AI and reasons for participating in the workshop, and a paragraph describing financial need on the conference submission page

These must be done by the deadline, October 13, 2017.


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Organizing Committee

Rediet Abebe, Cornell University

Sarah M. Brown, University of California, Berkeley

Mouhamadou Moustapha Cisse, Facebook AI Research

Timnit Gebru, Microsoft Research

Sanmi Koyejo, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign