Upcoming AI Conferences 2020−2021

Article by Rei Morikawa | May 01, 2020

AI conferences are a great place for knowledge sharing about machine learning, big data, natural language processing, chatbot development, and more. In this article, we’ll share our strategies for choosing the right AI conference to attend, and then making the most out of your experience at that conference. But first, let’s take a look at a list of the best AI conferences in 2020. 

Please note: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many of these events have been cancelled or postponed. Please visit the event’s website to verify details.


Upcoming AI Conferences in 2020−2021

With many AI conferences now moving online and free online resources releasing regularly, there has never been a better time to think about attending a conference, workshop, or seminar. Register now to these upcoming AI conferences, join the growing community, and meet like-minded data scientists. Lionbridge members are also planning to attend some of these conferences, so we’d love to meet you there! 

Here are the best AI and machine learning conferences in 2020:

ConferenceDescriptionLocation DateSubmission Deadline
ICASSP is the world’s largest and most comprehensive technical conference focused on signal processing and its applications. The 2020 conference will feature presentations by internationally renowned speakers, cutting-edge session topics, and provide a valuable opportunity to network with like-minded professionals.Barcelona, SpainMay 4~9, 2020Oct. 21, 2019
AAMAS brings together researchers and practitioners in all areas of agent technology and provides an international forum for research in the theory and practice of autonomous agents and multiagent systems.Auckland, New ZealandMay 9~13, 2020Nov. 16, 2019
Organized by REWORK, the AI Virtual Summit looks at real-life AI applications, case studies, and business insights & results from leading companies using AI to solve problems in enterprise. OnlineMay 21, 2020 
The International Conference of Robotics and AI is considered by many the largest robotics meeting in the world. The event focuses on the presentation and discussion of the main scientific issues in the field with leading researchers and innovative companies.OnlineJune 1, 2020 

AIBC Asia DIGITAL is designed to deliver the expert insights you expected from this year’s AIBC Manila event, which was postponed due to the spread of COVID-19.

OnlineJune 10, 2020 
The premier annual conference for computer vision research and development, this event runs workshops and short courses alongside its main conference presentations.OnlineJune 14~19, 2020March 30, 2020
This popular conference brings together researchers of machine learning along with those looking utilize it in their business.Munich, GermanyJune 18~19, 2020 
ACL is the premier conference about computational linguistics, covering a broad spectrum of diverse research areas that are concerned with computational approaches to natural language.Seattle, WA, USAJuly 6~11, 2020 
The annual Conference on Learning Theory is a popular conference for submitting and presenting research papers, and meeting AI experts.OnlineJuly 9~12, 2020January 31, 2020
This conference is considered the premier gathering of professionals dedicated to the advancement of machine learning through presentations, workshops, and more.OnlineJuly 12~18, 2020February 6, 2020
The Ai4 conference brings together business leaders and data experts to discuss industry applications of AI technology for enterprises.Las Vegas, USASeptember 1~2, 2020 
The main focus of the AI summit is addressing the research, development, and implementation of AI technology in business.London, United KingdomSeptember 2~3, 2020 
This conference is designed to bridge the gap between the latest technological research advancements and real world applications in business and society.OnlineSeptember 17, 2020 
The AIBC Summit is one of the world’s largest platforms for companies and researchers to exhibit, network and engage in debate. The conference brings together thought leaders on Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Technology, Big Data, and IoT.MaltaNovember 18~19, 2020 
ACCV is a biennial conference that provides a forum for researchers, engineers, and practitioners interested in the theory and applications in the areas of agents and artificial intelligence.Kyoto, JapanNov. 30~Dec. 4, 2020 
The Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems is a hugely popular event for fostering the exchange of research on neural information processing systems in a wide variety of fields. The conference includes talks, panel discussions, demos, and workshops.Vancouver, CanadaDecember 5~12, 2020May 27, 2020
The AIBC Summit brings together thousands of investors and innovators in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Technology, Big Data and the Internet of Things.Manila, PhillippinesMay 27~28, 2021 
ICCV is now expected to take place in 2021. This conference is comprised of a main conference with workshops and tutorials in nearby locations.Montreal, CanadaOctober 11~17, 2021 
IntelliSys 2019 will focus on areas of intelligent systems and artificial intelligence and how they apply to the real world. IntelliSys provides a leading international forum that brings together researchers and practitioners from diverse fields with the purpose of exploring the fundamental roles, interactions as well as practical impacts of AI.London, United KingdomSept. 5~6, 2019 
The Artificial Intelligence Conference brings the growing AI community together to explore the most essential issues and intriguing innovations in applied AI. The conference will delve into AI for structured business data, deep learning models, NLP, TensorFlow, implementing AI projects, affordable AI-capable products, and much more.San Jose, CA, USASept. 9~12, 2019 
This event is the premier European machine learning and data mining conference, and builds upon 17 years of successful events and conferences held across Europe.Würzburg, GermanySept. 16~20, 2019Apr. 5, 2019
ICIP is the world’s largest and most comprehensive technical conference focused on image and video processing and computer vision, the conference will feature world-class speakers, tutorials, exhibits and innovative programs that include grand challenges, prominent industry talks, showcases, etc.Taipei, TaiwanSept. 22~25, 2019 
ACM Multimedia is the premier international conference in the area of multimedia within the field of computer science.Nice, FranceOct. 21~25, 2019Apr. 1, 2019
International computer vision event comprising of the main conference and several co-located workshops and tutorials.Seoul, KoreaOct. 27~Nov. 3, 2019Mar. 22, 2019
The Conference on Robot Learning is a new annual international conference focusing on the intersection of robotics and machine learning.Osaka, JapanOct. 30~Nov. 1, 2019July 7, 2019
IROS is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference for robotics researchers to present their work.Macau, ChinaNov. 3~8, 2019Mar. 1, 2019
The Singapore FinTech Festival provides a global platform for the FinTech ecosystem in Singapore and beyond.Singapore, SingaporeNov. 11~15, 2019 
The AI & Big Data Expo Global is a showcase of next generation technologies and strategies from the world of artificial intelligence and big data, an opportunity to explore and discover the practical and successful implementation of AI and big data in driving forward your business in 2019 and beyond.Santa Clara, CA, USANov. 13~14, 2019 
The Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) is a multi-track machine learning and computational neuroscience conference that includes invited talks, demonstrations, symposia and oral and poster presentations of refereed papers. Following the conference, there are workshops which provide a less formal setting.Vancouver, CanadaDec. 8~14, 2019 
The AAAI conference promotes research and networking among AI researchers, practitioners, scientists, and engineers in all affiliated disciplines.New York, NY, United StatesFeb. 7~20, 2020Sept. 5, 2019
The International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence brings together researchers, engineers, and practitioners interested in the theory and applications in the areas of agent and artificial intelligence.Valletta, MaltaFeb. 22~24, 2020 
The Web Conference aims to provide the world with a premier forum for discussion and debate about the evolution of web technologies and their impact on society. The conference brings together researchers, policy makers, developers, users, and commercial ventures.Taipei, TaiwanApr. 20~24, 2020Oct, 14, 2019


How to choose which AI conference to attend

When deciding which of the AI conference to attend in 2020, you should think about your main goal for attending a conference. If you think about what you want to get out of attending an AI conference, that should help to narrow down your choices.

a.) You want to meet other data scientists.

If you’re interested in debating and discussing machine learning trends with other data scientists, you might consider attending an intimate conference with round-table discussions. On the other hand, if you’re looking to network with as many other data scientists as possible, you should attend a large global summit with thousands of attendees.


b.) You’re interested in a particular subfield of AI.

AI is an extremely broad topic, and there are plenty of conferences that focus on a subfield, such as the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) or the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing. You can delve into the conference program and presentation abstracts to make sure that the content is right for your level and interests.


c.) You’re looking for job opportunities, or want to recruit new data scientists for your team.

If you’re attending an AI conference in 2020 to seek job opportunities, we’d recommend choosing a subject-focused event, where you might have a better chance of finding an employer who is looking for someone with your skill set. The same goes for if you’re on the other side, looking to recruit new data scientists for your team.


Tips for attending an AI conference on a budget

AI conferences can be expensive, but here are some tips to cut costs without sacrificing the experience. 

To start, there are some free conferences that are definitely worth attending, like the AWS Global Summit Program events and Microsoft events.

If the conference that you’d like to attend isn’t free, you can still be picky about what type of ticket to buy. Some AI conferences offer discounted tickets for startups, or for anyone who registers early. Other conferences have different pricing plans depending on the type of ticket that you purchase. For example, a standard ticket that gets you into the presentation and booth area would be cheaper than a premium ticket that also lets you participate in workshops. 

Keep in mind also that you could also apply for travel assistance for some conferences.  Google provides travel and conference grants for traditionally underrepresented groups in tech. “Underrepresented group” tends to have a broad meaning in the tech industry, so it might be worth applying even if you’re not sure whether you’d qualify. You can also look into diversity scholarships for underrepresented groups. Diversity Tickets and all the tech things are aggregate sites for diversity scholarships. 

There are also hackathons and competitions, where conference tickets are offered as prizes for the winners. Google hosts an annual coding competition called Code Jam to I/O for Women, and awards the top 150 on the scoreboard a ticket and reimbursement to offset travel expenses to Google I/O. 

Finally, you could volunteer or apply to speak at a conference, but doing so would cut into your time at the conference. 


How to prepare for AI conferences in 2020

Once you’ve registered for an AI conference, you’ll need to start preparing for it. Figure out who you’d like to meet from the speaker and attendees lists. Then, conduct your research on the people that you’re interested in meeting. Check whether they’ve written any papers, or have an active blog or social media account. Take notes about what you’d like to ask or discuss with them in person. If possible, contact them before the event and let them know that you’d be interested in meeting. If you’re going to be attending a big conference with thousands of attendees, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to meet someone. 

One thing that is often overlooked when preparing for an AI conference, is your existing relationships. When you look through the speaker and attendees lists, also check if people you’ve networked with in the past are attending again. You can post a simple call-out on Twitter or LinkedIn to see who from your network will also be attending, and reinvigorate old conversations and spark ideas for new collaborations. 

On the day of the conference, aim to arrive early. Don’t forget to bring a pen, business cards, laptop and charger for taking notes during the presentations, and copies of your resume if you’re job searching. 

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The Author
Rei Morikawa

Rei writes content for Lionbridge’s website, blog articles, and social media. Born and raised in Tokyo, but also studied abroad in the US. A huge people person, and passionate about long-distance running, traveling, and discovering new music on Spotify.


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