Upcoming AI Conferences 2020−2021 for Data Scientists

Article by Rei Morikawa | July 03, 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
This virtual conference brings together industry professionals to talk about data science, machine learning, and AI for both research and industry application.OnlineNovember 2~3, 2020 
This virtual conference focuses on the application of machine learning technologies in the retail and ecommerce industries. In the past, the conference featured talks by data science professionals from Amazon, Airbnb, Nordstrom, and more.OnlineNovember 17~20, 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
This virtual conference focuses on the application of machine learning technologies in the finance and technology industries. The event will feature talks by data science professionals from CapitalOne, Semrush, Citizen, and more.OnlineDecember 8~11, 2020 
The AI Summit New York offers unique insight into AI use in business and is regularly attended by over 1000 businesses. OnlineDecember 9~10, 2020 
This conference is designed to bridge the gap between the latest technological research advancements and real world applications in business and society.OnlineJanuary 28-29, 2021 
Now virtual, the AAAI conference aims to promote research in AI and encourage networking between researchers, scientists, and engineers alike.OnlineFebruary 2~9, 2021 
The Ai4 2021 Cybersecurity Summit gathers business leaders and data practitioners to facilitate the adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning within the cybersecurity industry.OnlineFebruary 3~4, 2021 
The Ai4 2021 Finance Summit gathers business leaders and data practitioners to facilitate the adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning within the financial services industry. OnlineMarch 3~4, 2021 
  • International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
A conference dedicated to the study, research, and development of human-robot interaction. The 2021 theme is “Bolder Human-Robot Interaction”OnlineMarch 8~11, 2021 
In this webinar, you can discover the latest ML algorithms being used to combat financial crime.OnlineMarch 10, 2021 
The Ai4 2021 Retail, Supply Chain, & Marketing Summit gathers business leaders and data practitioners to facilitate the adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning within the Retail, Supply Chain, & Marketing industries.OnlineApril 7~8, 2021 
Formerly held in Vienna, ICLR has gone virtual, but maintains its core material: cutting edge research, presentations, workshops, and networking.OnlineMay 4~8, 2021 
The Ai4 2021 Healthcare Summit gathers business leaders and data practitioners to facilitate the adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning within the healthcare industry. OnlineMay 5~6, 2021


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


A balanced conference including business and research, with presentations that look at cutting-edge tech, current issues, and AI ethics.Montreal, CanadaApril 20~21, 2021


Considered the premier annual computer vision event, this conference includes a variety of workshops, short courses, and presentations.OnlineJune 19~25, 2021 
The 2021 ICML conference will be virtual, but still intends to be a premier locations of gathering professionals, publishing research, and connecting individuals.OnlineJuly 18~24, 2021 
The Ai4 2021 Summit gathers business leaders and data practitioners to facilitate the adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning within various industries, including cybersecurity, healthcare, finance, and retail.OnlineAugust 17~19, 2021 
Filled with a variety of demonstrations, workshops, tutorials, and presentations, ECCV offers a great chance to stay up to date. Attendees will also have access to the conference contents for 12 months after the conference finishes.OnlineAugust 23~28, 2021 
This conference looks to explore the latest innovations, implementations, and strategies in AI technology. Features presentations covering a wide range of topics from data analytics to chatbots and business intelligence.Santa Clara, CaliforniaSeptember 22~23, 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 
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
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

Data Science Salon Elevate is a female-focused virtual conference bringing together female data science specialists. This event will feature talks by female data science professionals from AT&T, S&P Global, and more.

OnlineJuly 30th, 2020July 30th, 2020
In this webinar, you can discover how to minimize bias in AI through high-quality training data.OnlineAugust 26, 2020 

Data Science Salon Elevate is a female-focused virtual conference bringing together female data science specialists. This event will feature talks by female data science professionals from Target, True Fit, BitlyIQ, and more.

OnlineAugust 27th, 2020August 27th, 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 virtual summit has 5 tracks: AI in retail, finance, marketing, RegTech, and insurance.OnlineSeptember 17~18,2020 
This virtual conference focuses on the application of machine learning technologies in the media, advertising, and entertainment industries, with talks from data science professionals at Spotify, Netflix, Intel, and more. OnlineSeptember 22~25, 2020 


How to choose which machine learning 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. You can check out AT4 (all the tech things) 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 machine learning 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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