Latinx in AI Coalition at NIPS 2018

The 1st Official LXAI Research Workshop is co-located with NIPS at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal (Montreal Convention Centre) in Montréal CANADA on Saturday, December 8th, 2018.


Call for Participation

The workshop is a one-day event with invited speakers, oral presentations, and posters. The event brings together faculty, graduate students, research scientists, and engineers for an opportunity to connect and exchange ideas. There will be a panel discussion and a mentoring session to discuss current research trends and career choices in artificial intelligence and machine learning. While all presenters will identify primarily as latinx, all are invited to attend.

Creating Harmony and Opportunity for Latinx in AI


Important Dates

  • September 10, 2018: Travel grant application deadline
  • September 10, 2018: Abstract submission deadline
  • September 30, 2018: Notification of submission acceptance
  • October 24, 2018: NIPS early registration deadline
  • December 8th, 2018: LXAI Workshop

LXAI is working hard to ensure those who need travel grants may be awarded reimbursement for costs associated with attending this workshop. At this time, travel grants are not guaranteed.

Submission Instructions

We strongly encourage students, post-docs and researchers who primarily identify as latinx in all areas of machine learning to submit an abstract describing new, previously, or concurrently published research. We welcome abstract submissions, in theory, methodology, as well as applications. Abstracts may describe completed research or work-in-progress. While the presenting author need not be the first author of the work, we encourage authors to highlight the contribution of latinx individuals — particularly the presenting author — in the abstract.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to present their work in a poster session. A few authors will be selected to give 15 minute oral presentations. Submissions will be peer-reviewed in a double-blind setting. Authors are encouraged to sign up to review for LXAI, with a sign-up option available upon submission.

Submit Abstract


Preliminary Agenda

  • 8:00 - 8:30 am | Doors Open
  • 8:30 - 9:30 am | Opening Remarks & Keynote
  • 9:00 - 12:00 pm | Oral Presentations
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Lunch Break
  • 1:00 - 3:00 pm | Oral Presentations
  • 3:00 - 5:00 pm | Poster Sessions
  • 5:00 -7:00 pm | Networking Reception



Sponsor Prospectus


  • Laura Montoya, Accel AI Institute
  • Omar Florez, Capital One
  • Luis Serrano, Udacity
  • Jorge Penalva,
  • Yannet Interian, University of San Francisco
  • Pablo Samuel Castro, Google Brain

Program Committee

Thanks to the following members of the Latinx in AI community and supportive allies for helping review the submissions.

  • Meire Fortunato, Google Brain
  • Andrés Campero, MIT
  • Alejandro Galindo, Iris Automation Inc
  • TBA
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Attending NIPS

Please notes that an abstract acceptance in LXAI and/or registration to attend LXAI does not guarantee access to NIPS. You have to register to attend NIPS separately (

As a result, we would like to inform you that NIPS registration will sell out quickly. If you are planning to attend NIPS, we want to encourage you to register now. You can cancel your registration for a full refund until November 15th if you end up not being able to attend. (

We also encourage you to book your accommodation as the discounted room blocks are being filled up quickly.


You may take advantage of NIPS group hotel rates, provided here. In the past, workshop participants have also used Airbnb and hostels.

Hotel cancellation policy should be checked with the hotels.

LXAI is not responsible for information provided on external websites.


A visa invitation letter comes with the NIPS registration. If you don’t have the NIPS visa invitation letter, we can also provide you Invitation letters upon successful registration to the LXAI workshop. More information on applying for a visa here.

The LXAI Workshop at NIPS is only one of the many research and engineering programs our organization is hosting. Please visit our main page to learn more about Latinx in AI initiatives around the world.