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.
How to choose which AI conference to attend
When deciding which AI conference to attend, 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 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.
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 an AI conference
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.
Upcoming AI Conferences in 2019−2020
Register now to these upcoming AI conferences, and 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!
|IntelliSys 2019||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 Kingdom||Sept. 5~6, 2019|
|Artificial Intelligence Conference||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, USA||Sept. 9~12, 2019|
|European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases||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, Germany||Sept. 16~20, 2019|
|IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP)||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, Taiwan||Sept. 22~25, 2019|
|ACM International Conference on Multimedia||ACM Multimedia is the premier international conference in the area of multimedia within the field of computer science.||Nice, France||Oct. 21~25, 2019|
|International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)||International computer vision event comprising of the main conference and several co-located workshops and tutorials.||Seoul, Korea||Oct. 27~Nov. 3, 2019|
|Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL)||The Conference on Robot Learning is a new annual international conference focusing on the intersection of robotics and machine learning.||Osaka, Japan||Oct. 30~Nov. 1, 2019|
|International Conference on Intelligence Robots and Systems (IROS)||IROS is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference for robotics researchers to present their work.||Macau, China||Nov. 3~8, 2019|
|Singapore FinTech Festival||The Singapore FinTech Festival provides a global platform for the FinTech ecosystem in Singapore and beyond.||Singapore, Singapore||Nov. 11~15, 2019|
|AI & Big Data Expo North America||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, USA||Nov. 13~14, 2019|
|NeurIPS 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, Canada||Dec. 8~14, 2019|
|AAAI 2020 (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence)||The AAAI conference promotes research and networking among AI researchers, practitioners, scientists, and engineers in all affiliated disciplines.||New York, NY, United States||Feb. 7~20, 2020||Sept. 5, 2019|
|International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence||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, Malta||Feb. 22~24, 2020|
|The Web Conference||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, Taiwan||Apr. 20~24, 2020||Oct, 14, 2019|
|ICASSP 2020||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, Spain||May 4~9, 2020||Oct. 21, 2019|
|AAMAS (International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems)||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 Zealand||May 9~13, 2020||Nov. 16, 2019|
|ACL 2020 (Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics)||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, USA||July 6~11, 2020|
|International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2020||ICML is the leading international machine learning conference and is supported by the International Machine Learning Society.||Vienna, Austria||July 13~18, 2020|
|Asian Conference on Computer Vision (ACCV)||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, Japan||Nov. 30~Dec. 4, 2020|