NIPS 2016 Symposium on Machine Learning and the Law

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Important Dates
Submission Deadline: Nov 3, 2016
Decision to Authors: Nov 18, 2016
Final Papers Due: Dec 1, 2016 (papers may be revised following the symposium)
Symposium Date: Dec 8, 2016

Note that to come to any of the three NIPS symposia, you must be registered either for the main NIPS conference or for the workshops. Early registration with reduced pricing ends at 12:59am on October 6.


Symposium on Machine Learning and the Law

Advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence mean that predictions and decisions of algorithms are already in use in many important situations under legal or regulatory control, and this is likely to increase dramatically in the near future. Examples include deciding whether to approve a bank loan, driving an autonomous car, or even predicting whether a prison inmate is likely to offend again if released. This symposium will explore the key themes of privacy, liability, transparency and fairness specifically as they relate to the legal treatment and regulation of algorithms and data. Our primary goals are (i) to inform our community about important current and ongoing legislation (e.g. the EU’s GDPR ); and (ii) to bring together the legal and technical communities to help form better policy in the future.

We welcome machine learners, lawyers and anyone interested in social policy. Although the impact of machine learning on jobs in the legal profession is an important topic, that is not a key focus of this symposium.

Call for Papers

Authors are invited to submit research abstracts on topics that relate broadly to the themes of machine learning and the law, including but not limited to issues of privacy, liability, transparency and fairness as they relate to algorithms and data.

Submissions should be up to 6 pages in NIPS format (short submissions are welcome, longer submissions may be accepted, please contact us if this would help you). Submissions need not be anonymized. Given the novelty of the field, we welcome a wide range of submissions, whether technical, legal or careful thought pieces to stimulate debate and discussion. We are happy to consider submissions that survey and comment on relevant work that has been previously published.

We aim to highlight a few submissions in spotlight presentations by authors at the symposium. All accepted papers will be made available on our symposium website, and will appear in an issue of JMLR Workshop and Conference Proceedings (unless authors prefer not).

Please submit to by Nov 3, 2016 (11:59PM PDT).

Sponsors: We gratefully acknowledge support from the Center for the Study of Existential Risk, and the Leverhulme Center for the Future of Intelligence.

Adrian Weller

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