The First International Conference on Probabilistic Programming

# Dates and Location

Conference Dates: Fri 5 - Sat 6 Oct 2018
Conference Location: Boston, MA, USA
Submission Deadline: Wed Aug 1, 2018 11:59PM AOE

# Keynote Speakers 

Intelligence track: 
Stuart Russell (UC Berkeley)

Statistics and Data Analysis track: 
Dave Blei (Columbia University)

Languages and Systems track: 
Jean-Baptiste Tristan (Oracle Labs)

Practice of Probabilistic Programming track: 
Zoubin Ghahramani (University of Cambridge & Uber AI Labs)

# Call for Submissions

Deadline: Wed Aug 1, 2018 11:59 PM AOE.
Submit at:

The PROBPROG conference is dedicated to both probabilistic programming research 
and the practice of probabilistic programming. It welcomes submissions for 
research presentations, demonstrations, open-source systems, and participants 
in open discussions with industry. It includes four tracks for invited and 
contributed presentations:

1. Probabilistic Programming and Intelligence.

2. Probabilistic Programming for Statistics and Data Analysis.

3. Probabilistic Programming Languages and Systems.

4. The Practice of Probabilistic Programming.

This first year, we are inviting submissions in the form of 2-page abstracts. 
Submissions should not be anonymized and will be lightly reviewed for technical 
correctness and topicality. Accepted submissions may be included in poster 
sessions, demos, or talk sessions.

Abstracts should use the ACM SIGPLAN format linked here:

We are soliciting the following kinds of submissions:

- Original research in probabilistic programming, including research that is 
under review.

- Highlights of already-published probabilistic programming research, that 
could be of interest to the PROBPROG community, or would benefit from PROBPROG 

- Work that discusses the design and implementation of probabilistic 
programming systems, or the application of probabilistic programs. 

Community feedback at PROGPROG 2018 will inform the PROBPROG Steering 
Committee's decisions around when to create a peer-reviewed probabilistic 
programming journal and/or conference proceedings.

# Diversity

We are actively working to ensure that the PROBPROG conference is inclusive in 
the broadest sense. In particular, we encourage contributions from participants 
whose gender, sexual orientation, and/or ethnic identities are underrepresented 
in the field. 

We are at present in the process of drawing up a code of conduct. We welcome 
feedback from the community on policies and measures that help establish a 
venue that is welcoming to all participants. Please direct such suggestions and 
comments to <>.

# Organizing Committee

Vikash Mansinghka (MIT)
Jan-Willem van de Meent (Northeastern University)
Avi Pfeffer (Charles River Analytics)

Jan-Willem van de Meent
Assistant Professor

Northeastern University
College of Computer and Information Science

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