Submissions are solicited for the Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference on Neural
Information Processing Systems, an interdisciplinary conference that brings
together researchers in all aspects of neural and statistical information
processing and computation, and their applications. The conference is a
highly selective, single track meeting that includes invited talks as well
as oral and poster presentations of refereed papers. Submissions by authors
who are new to NIPS are encouraged. In a switch from its previous Vancouver
venue, the 2011 conference will be held on December 13-15 in Granada,
Spain. One day of tutorials (December 12) will precede the main conference,
and two days of workshops (December 16-17) will follow it at the Sierra
Nevada ski resort.
Deadline for Paper Submissions: Thursday June 2, 2011, 23:59 Universal Time
(4:59pm Pacific Daylight Time). Submit at:
Technical Areas: Papers are solicited in all areas of neural information
processing and statistical learning, including, but not limited to:
*Algorithms and Architectures: statistical learning algorithms, kernel
methods, graphical models, Gaussian processes, neural networks,
dimensionality reduction and manifold learning, model selection,
combinatorial optimization, relational and structured learning.
*Applications: innovative applications that use machine learning, including
systems for time series prediction, bioinformatics, systems biology,
text/web analysis, multimedia processing, and robotics.
*Brain Imaging: neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience, EEG
(electroencephalogram), ERP (event related potentials), MEG
(magnetoencephalogram), fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), brain
mapping, brain segmentation, brain computer interfaces.
*Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence: theoretical, computational,
or experimental studies of perception, psychophysics, human or animal
learning, memory, reasoning, problem solving, natural language processing,
*Control and Reinforcement Learning: decision and control, exploration,
planning, navigation, Markov decision processes, game playing, multi-agent
coordination, computational models of classical and operant conditioning.
*Hardware Technologies: analog and digital VLSI, neuromorphic engineering,
computational sensors and actuators, microrobotics, bioMEMS, neural
prostheses, photonics, molecular and quantum computing.
*Learning Theory: generalization, regularization and model selection,
Bayesian learning, spaces of functions and kernels, statistical physics of
learning, online learning and competitive analysis, hardness of learning
and approximations, statistical theory, large deviations and asymptotic
analysis, information theory.
*Neuroscience: theoretical and experimental studies of processing and
transmission of information in biological neurons and networks, including
spike train generation, synaptic modulation, plasticity and adaptation.
*Speech and Signal Processing: recognition, coding, synthesis, denoising,
segmentation, source separation, auditory perception, psychoacoustics,
dynamical systems, recurrent networks, language models, dynamic and
*Visual Processing: biological and machine vision, image processing and
coding, segmentation, object detection and recognition, motion detection
and tracking, visual psychophysics, visual scene analysis and
Evaluation Criteria: Submissions will be refereed on the basis of technical
quality, novelty, potential impact, and clarity.
Submission Instructions: All submissions will be made electronically, in
PDF format. As in previous years, reviewing will be double-blind — the
reviewers will not know the identities of the authors. Papers are limited
to eight pages, including figures and tables, in the NIPS style. An
additional ninth page containing only cited references is allowed. Complete
submission and formatting instructions, including style files, are
available from the NIPS website, http://nips.cc.
Supplementary Material: Authors can submit up to 10 MB of material,
containing proofs, audio, images, video, or even data or source code. Note
that the reviewers and the program committee reserve the right to judge the
paper solely on the basis of the 9 pages of the paper; looking at any extra
material is up to the discretion of the reviewers and is not required.
Electronic submissions will be accepted until Thursday June 2, 2011, 23:59
Universal Time (4:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time). As was the case last year,
final papers will be due in advance of the conference.
Dual Submissions Policy: Submissions that are identical (or substantially
similar) to versions that have been previously published, or accepted for
publication, or during the NIPS review period are in submission to another
peer-reviewed and published venue are not appropriate for NIPS, with three
exceptions listed below. These exceptions, which have been approved by the
NIPS Foundation board in the interests of speeding up scientific
communication and improving the efficiency of peer review, are as follows:
1. Concurrent submission to other venues is acceptable provided that: (a) The
concurrent submission or intention to submit to other venues is declared to
all venues, (b) NIPS and the concurrent venues are given permission by the
author(s) to coordinate reviewing, and (c) acceptance to one venue imposes
withdrawal from all other venues with the exception stated in 2 below.
2. NIPS submissions that summarize a longer journal paper, whether published,
accepted, or in submission, are acceptable if the authors inform NIPS and
the journal and give them permission to coordinate reviewing.
3. It is acceptable to submit to NIPS 2011 work that has been made available
as a technical report (or similar, e.g. in arXiv) as long as the conditions
above are satisfied.
None of the above should be construed as overriding the requirements of
other publishing venues. In addition, keep in mind that author anonymity to
NIPS reviewers might be compromised for authors availing themselves of
exceptions 2 and 3.
Authors’ Responsibilities: If there are papers that may appear to violate
any of these conditions, it is the authors’ responsibility to (1) cite
these papers (preserving anonymity), (2) argue in the body of your paper
why your NIPS paper is non-trivially different from these concurrent
submissions, and (3) include anonymized versions of those papers in the
Demonstrations and Workshops: There is a separate Demonstration track at
NIPS. Authors wishing to submit to the Demonstration track should consult
the Call for Demonstrations. The workshops will be held at the Sierra
Nevada ski resort December 16-17. The upcoming call for workshop proposals
will provide details.
Web URL: http://nips.cc/Conferences/2011/CallForPapers