LatinX in AI Research at NeurIPS 2019

The Official LXAI Research Workshop is co-located with NeurIPS at the Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver CANADA on Monday, December 9th, 2019.




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. The event aims to highlight work by latinx researchers and we invite everyone to attend.

Creating Opportunity for Latinx in AI


Important Dates

Travel Grant Application

Submission Instructions

We strongly encourage students, postdocs 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. Authors accepted to present will be offered presentation coaching. Submissions will be peer-reviewed. Authors are encouraged to sign up to review for LXAI as well.

Submission Requirements

All submissions will be double-blind (they should not contain author names) and may be up to two pages including all figures and tables, with an additional page for references. The papers must be submitted as a PDF created with the NeurIPS style format (template also available in Overleaf ). All submissions must be in English. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines risk being rejected without consideration of their merits. Submissions must state the research problem, motivation, and technical contribution including experimental results when applicable. Submissions must be self-contained and include all figures, tables, and references. The submission deadline is 23:59 September 13th, 2019 AoE. Please note that no extensions will be offered for submissions.

Abstract Submission Link

Workshop Submission Management

Before Submitting if you don't have a Microsoft CMT account, you will need to create one using the link bellow. We’ll be using Microsoft CMT for our conference management tool to improve our logistics and organizational capacities including:

Microsoft CMT Registration


Detailed Schedule


  • Sunday Dec 8th
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Registration

  • Monday Dec 9th
  • 7:00 - 8:45 am | Registration
  • 8:45 - 9:00 am | Opening Remarks
  • 9:00 - 9:30 am | Keynote: Carlos Guestrin
  • 9:30 - 10:10 am | Oral Presentations
  • 10:10 - 10:55 am | Coffee Break
  • 10:55 - 11:05 am | Oral Presentations
  • 11:05 - 11:35 am | Keynote: Barbara Poblete
  • 11:35 - 12:05 pm | Oral Presentations
  • 12:05 - 2:05 pm | Lunch
  • 12:15 - 12:45 pm | Google Keynote: Sergio Guadarrama
  • 2:05 - 2:15 pm | Oral Presentations
  • 2:15 - 2:45 pm | Keynote: Alan Aspuru Guzik
  • 2:45 - 2:55 pm | Oral Presentations
  • 2:55 - 3:30 pm | Coffee Break
  • 3:30 - 5:30 pm | Roundtable & Research Mentoring Hour
  • 5:30 - 6:30 pm | Coffee Break
  • 6:30 - 8:00 pm | Poster session

  • Tuesday Dec 10th
  • 8:00 pm Networking Reception Sponsored by OpenAI
Detailed Schedule


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please check out our Sponsor Prospectus and we will follow up with more information.

Sponsor Prospectus





Workshop Chairs

  • Program Committee Co-Chair(s) -- Pablo Fonseca, Researcher, University of Montreal
  • Program Committee Co-Chair(s) -- Hiram Ponce, Full-Time Professor and Researcher, Universidad Panamericana Mexico
  • Presentation Chair -- David Ramirez, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University
  • Volunteer Co-Chair -- Felipe Leno da Silva, PhD Candidate, University of Sao Paulo
  • General & Operations Co-Chair -- Pablo Hernandez-Leal, Researcher, Borealis AI
  • General & Operations Co-Chair -- Juan Camilo Gamboa Higuera,PhD Candidate, McGill University
  • Visa Chair -- Matias Valdenegro-Toro, Researcher, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence Bremen
  • Finance Chair -- Miguel Alonso Jr, Visiting Associate Professor, Florida International University
  • Public Relations Chair -- Elvis Saravia, Education Engineer, Elastic
  • Website Chair -- Maria Pantoja, Assistant Professor, CalPoly San Luis Obispo

Workshop Advisors

  • Laura Montoya, Executive Director, Accel AI Institute, President Latinx in AI (LXAI)
  • Omar U. Florez, Senior Research Manager in AI, Capital One
  • Javier Turek, Research Scientist in ML, Intel Labs
  • Jorge Luis Guevara Diaz, Research Scientist, IBM Research
  • Pablo Rivas, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Marist College
  • Javier Andres Orduz Ducuara, Doctor of Sciences, National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • 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.

  • Adín Ramírez Rivera, University of Campinas
  • Agostina Larrazabal, CONICET / Universidad Nacional del Litoral
  • Alexander Fabisch, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
  • Alfredo De la Fuente, Schlumberger Software Technology Innovation Center (STIC)
  • Andrea Trevino Gavito, Northwestern University
  • Andres Ferraro, Music Technology Group - Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Ariel Ruiz-Garcia, Coventry University
  • Arturo Gomez Chavez, Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
  • Arturo Oncevay, University of Edinburgh
  • Bilal Kartal Bilal Kartal, BorealisAI
  • Cecilia G Jarne, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes
  • Cesar A Uribe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Christian Penaloza Christian Penaloza, Mirai Innovation Research Institute Japan
  • CJ Barberan, Rice University
  • Cristian Rodriguez, Australian National University
  • Daniel Palomino, Universidad Católica San Pablo
  • Daniel Campos Daniel Campos, Microsoft/University Of Washington
  • Darwin D Saire Pilco, University of Campinas
  • David Ramirez, Princeton University
  • Dennis H Nuñez Fernández, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
  • Diana M Diaz Herrera, Wayne State University
  • Eduardo Ulises Moya, Gobierno de Jalisco
  • Elvis Saravia, National Tsing Hua University
  • Emmanuel Iarussi, CONICET
  • Erika Guetti Suca, University of Sao Paulo
  • Ernesto Moya, Universidad Panamericana
  • Felipe Leno da Silva, University of Sao Paulo
  • Fernanda Andaló, Univeristy of Campinas
  • Francisco Xavier Sumba Toral, Concordia University
  • Gabriel Ramos, Unisinos
  • Geise Santos, Unicamp
  • Gilberto Ochoa-Ruiz, Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Gissella Bejarano, SUNY Binghamton
  • Hansenclever F Bassani, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Haruna Abdu, Federal University Lokoja Nigeria
  • Hiram Ponce, Universidad Panamericana
  • Ignacio Arroyo-Fernandez, Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca
  • Ignacio Lopez-Francos, Independent
  • Isabela Albuquerque, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • Iván Venzor Cárdenas, Banregio / UANL / CIIIA
  • Ivan Vladimir Meza Ruiz, Instituto de Investigaciones en Matemáticas Aplicadas y en Sistemas
  • Javier Gonzalez-Sanchez, Universidad Panamericana
  • Javier Turek, Intel
  • Javier Andrés Orduz-Ducuara, UNAM
  • Jeremias Sulam, Johns Hopkins University
  • Jessica Soares dos Santos, Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • Jessica Forde Jessica Forde, Brown University
  • Johan Samir Obando Ceron, Universidad Autónoma de Occidente
  • John E Vargas Muñoz, Nubank
  • Jorge Vergara, Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana
  • José Ferrer, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • José Ignacio Orlando, CONICET / UNICEN
  • Juan M Banda, Georgia State University
  • Juan P Munoz, City University of New York
  • Juan Camilo Gamboa Higuera, McGill University
  • Juan Rodrigo Velarde Jara, Wolfram Research
  • Julio Cesar Mendoza Bobadilla, University of Campinas
  • Karina Olga Maizman Bogdan, University of Campinas
  • Kuheli Sai, University of Pittsburgh
  • Laura Cruz, Universidade de Sao Paulo
  • Laura I Galindez Olascoaga, KU Leuven
  • Leissi Margarita M Castaneda Leon, Universidade de Sao Paulo
  • Lourdes Martinez-Villaseñor, Universidad Panamericana
  • Luis Fernando DHaro, Speech Technology Group - UPM
  • Luis Fernando Leal, PayPal
  • Luz Angelica Caudillo Mata, University of British Columbia
  • Maria Curetti, MercadoLibre
  • Maria Pantoja, CalPoly San Luis Obispo
  • Mark Moyou Mark Moyou, Lucidworks
  • Marleny Hilasaca, University of Sao Paulo
  • Matias Valdenegro-Toro, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
  • Mauricio Gonzalez-Soto, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica Optica y Electronica (INAOE)
  • Michael Fernandez Llamosa, ApplusRTD
  • Miguel Alonso Jr, Florida International University
  • Nils Murrugarra-Llerena, University of Pittsburgh
  • Octavio Arriaga, University of Bremen
  • Pablo Fonseca, University of Montreal/Mila
  • Pablo Hernandez-Leal, Borealis AI
  • Pablo Rivas, Marist College
  • Pablo Samuel Castro, Google
  • Paulo Souza, UNA Betim
  • Ricardo Ricci Lopes, Amsterdam UMC/University of Amsterdam
  • Rodrigo Cesar Bonini, Universidade Federal do ABC
  • Rupesh K Srivastava, NNAISENSE
  • Samuel G Fadel, University of Campinas
  • Samuel Martins, University of Groningen
  • Santiago Miret, Intel AI Lab
  • Sergio H Garrido Mejia, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
  • Sergio Hernandez, Universidad Catolica del Maule
  • Sergio Martin del Campo Barraza, Luleå University of Technology
  • Shruti Jadon, Brown University(Rhode Island Hospital)
  • Tatiana Lopez-Guevara, University of Edinburgh
  • Teena Hassan, Bielefeld University
  • Thierry Silbermann, Nubank
  • Vinicius Woloszyn Vinicius Woloszyn, Tu-Berlin
  • Vitoria Barin Pacela, University of Helsinki
  • Xochitl Watts, Stanford University Alumni
  • Zigfried Hampel-Arias, In-Q-Tel

Volunteers Appreciated

Interested in volunteering with LatinX in AI during the event? Please complete the volunteer signup form: Volunteer Application


Attending NeurIPS

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

As a result, we would like to inform you that NeurIPS registration will sell out quickly. If you are planning to attend NeurIPS, 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 NeurIPS 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 NeurIPS registration. If you don’t have the NeurIPS visa invitation letter, we can also provide you Invitation letters upon successful registration to the LXAI workshop. More information on applying for a Canadian visa here.

Depending on the country you are applying a visa from, it will take between 10 to 60 days for your Canadian visa to be issued. You can check the average processing times here


We recommend that you apply for a visa as soon as possible after receiving a abstract acceptance and travel support.

Child Care Available

KiddieCorp is pleased to provide a children’s program during the December 2019 NeurIPS Conference. All participants requesting child care should fill out this form and mention "LatinX in AI participant" in the "additional information box" to reserve a spot.

The LXAI Workshop at NeurIPS 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.