December 3-8, 2012
Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA
Deadline for Paper Submissions: Friday, June 1, 2012, 11 pm Universal
Time (4 pm Pacific Daylight Time). Submit at:
Submissions are solicited for the Twenty-Sixth Annual Conference on
Neural Information Processing Systems, an interdisciplinary conference
that brings together researchers in all aspects of neural and
statistical information processing and computation, and their
applications. The conference is a highly selective, single track
meeting that includes invited talks as well as oral and poster
presentations of refereed papers. Submissions by authors who are new to
NIPS are encouraged. The 2012 conference will be held on December 3-6
at Lake Tahoe, Nevada. One day of tutorials (December 3) will precede
the main conference, and two days of workshops (December 7-8) will
follow it at the same location.
Technical Areas: Papers are solicited in all areas of neural
information processing and statistical learning, including, but not
* Algorithms and Architectures: statistical learning algorithms, kernel
methods, graphical models, Gaussian processes, neural networks,
dimensionality reduction and manifold learning, model selection,
combinatorial optimization, relational and structured learning.
* Applications: innovative applications that use machine learning,
including systems for time series prediction, bioinformatics, systems
biology, text/web analysis, multimedia processing, and robotics.
* Brain Imaging: neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience, EEG
(electroencephalogram), ERP (event related potentials), MEG
(magnetoencephalogram), fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging),
brain mapping, brain segmentation, brain computer interfaces.
* Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence: theoretical,
computational, or experimental studies of perception, psychophysics,
human or animal learning, memory, reasoning, problem solving, natural
language processing, and neuropsychology.
* Control and Reinforcement Learning: decision and control,
exploration, planning, navigation, Markov decision processes, game
playing, multi-agent coordination, computational models of classical
and operant conditioning.
* Hardware Technologies: analog and digital VLSI, neuromorphic
engineering, computational sensors and actuators, microrobotics,
bioMEMS, neural prostheses, photonics, molecular and quantum computing.
* Learning Theory: generalization, regularization and model selection,
Bayesian learning, spaces of functions and kernels, statistical physics
of learning, online learning and competitive analysis, hardness of
learning and approximations, statistical theory, large deviations and
asymptotic analysis, information theory.
* Neuroscience: theoretical and experimental studies of processing and
transmission of information in biological neurons and networks,
including spike train generation, synaptic modulation, plasticity and
* Speech and Signal Processing: recognition, coding, synthesis,
denoising, segmentation, source separation, auditory perception,
psychoacoustics, dynamical systems, recurrent networks, language
models, dynamic and temporal models.
* Visual Processing: biological and machine vision, image processing
and coding, segmentation, object detection and recognition, motion
detection and tracking, visual psychophysics, visual scene analysis and
Evaluation Criteria: Submissions will be refereed on the basis of
technical quality, novelty, potential impact, and clarity.
Submission Instructions: All submissions will be made electronically,
in PDF format. As in previous years, reviewing will be double-blind:
the reviewers will not know the identities of the authors. Papers are
limited to eight pages, including figures and tables, in the NIPS
style. An additional ninth page containing only cited references is
allowed. Complete submission and formatting instructions, including
style files, are available from the NIPS website, http://nips.cc.
Supplementary Material: Authors can submit up to 10 MB of material,
containing proofs, audio, images, video, data or source code. Note that
the reviewers and the program committee reserve the right to judge the
paper solely on the basis of the 9 pages of the paper; looking at any
extra material is up to the discretion of the reviewers and is not
Submission process: Electronic submissions will be accepted until
Friday, June 1, 2012, 11 pm Universal Time (4 pm Pacific Daylight
Time). As was the case last year, final papers will be due in advance
of the conference.
Dual Submissions Policy: Submissions that are identical (or
substantially similar) to versions that have been previously published,
or accepted for publication, or during the NIPS review period are in
submission to another peer-reviewed and published venue are not
appropriate for NIPS, with three exceptions listed below. These
exceptions, which have been approved by the NIPS Foundation board in
the interests of speeding up scientific communication and improving the
efficiency of peer review, are as follows:
1.Concurrent submission to other venues is acceptable provided that:
(a) The concurrent submission or intention to submit to other venues is
declared to all venues, (b) NIPS and the concurrent venues are given
permission by the author(s) to coordinate reviewing, and (c) acceptance
to one venue imposes withdrawal from all other venues with the
exception stated in 2 below.
2.NIPS submissions that summarize a longer journal paper, whether
published, accepted, or in submission, are acceptable if the authors
inform NIPS and the journal and give them permission to coordinate
3.It is acceptable to submit to NIPS 2012 work that has been made
available as a technical report (or similar, e.g. in arXiv) as long as
the conditions above are satisfied.
None of the above should be construed as overriding the requirements of
other publishing venues. In addition, keep in mind that author
anonymity to NIPS reviewers might be compromised for authors availing
themselves of exceptions 2 and 3. Authors must declare submissions to
other venues either through the CMT submission form, or via email to
the program chairs at email@example.com.
Authors’ Responsibilities: If there are papers that may appear to
violate any of these conditions, it is the authors’ responsibility to
(1) cite these papers (preserving anonymity), (2) argue in the body of
your paper why your NIPS paper is non-trivially different from these
concurrent submissions, and (3) include anonymized versions of those
papers in the supplemental material.
Demonstrations and Workshops: There is a separate Demonstration track
at NIPS. Authors wishing to submit to the Demonstration track should
consult the Call for Demonstrations. The workshops will be held at Lake
Tahoe, Nevada, December 7-8. The upcoming call for workshop proposals
will provide details.
Web URL: http://nips.cc/Conferences/2012/CallForPapers