Call for Papers and Breakout Sessions
Abstract Submission Deadline:
Oct 0 5 , 2020 Oct 09
Full Paper Submission Deadline:
Oct 0 9 , 2020 Oct 12
All deadlines are 11:59PM, Anywhere on Earth
The AFCI workshop encourages rigorous discussions among participants from all communities interested in topics of fairness, interpretability, and causality.
The workshop will include two tracks: a Papers track and Breakout sessions.
The Papers track serves to highlight novel contributions that will be presented during the workshop as contributed talks and at the poster session. At the discretion of authors, accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.
Breakout sessions welcome open questions that could be addressed by the concentration of experts at the workshop. Each accepted proposal will serve as a breakout session topic and the authors will facilitate the discussion. The results of these discussions will be turned into a white-paper after the workshop.
Call for Papers
4-8 pages (anonymized), NeurIPS format, on CMT
Abstract deadline: October
05 09, Full submission: October 09 12
Submissions to the Papers track should describe new projects aimed at using Causality and/or Interpretability to address fairness in machine learning. Submissions should have theoretical or empirical results demonstrating the approach, and specifying how the project fills a gap in the current literature. Authors of accepted papers will be required to upload a 10-min video presentation of their paper. All recorded talks will be made available on the workshop website.
We welcome submissions of novel work in the area of fairness with a special interest on (but not limited to):
- Failure modes of all current fairness definitions (statistical, causal, and otherwise)
- Methods to encode domain-specific fairness knowledge into causal models
- New causal definitions of fairness
- Novel, application-specific formalizations of fairness
- New techniques to interpret the fairness of data and models
- Interpretability methods for evaluating and/or mitigating bias
Authors have the option to be included in the proceedings (PMLR) if their work is of high-quality as assessed by the peer-review process. We accept submissions of work submitted elsewhere (FAccT, etc), or substantial extensions of works presented at other venues (not in proceedings). We however do not accept work that has been previously accepted as a journal or conference proceedings (including the main NeurIPS conference).
Abstract Deadline for paper track:
Oct 0 5 , Oct 09
Deadline for full paper submissions:
Oct 09 Oct 12
Acceptance Notification: Oct 30, 2020
Camera ready : November 14, 2020
Authors recording of accepted papers: November 14, 2020
Call for Breakout Session Topics
1 page (max, anonymized) in pdf format on CMT, One deadline: October
Submissions for Breakout sessions should describe open problems relevant to algorithmic fairness where causality and/or interpretability can provide interesting viewpoints. These should be motivated by a real-world context, and authors should clearly state why current work does not solve the proposed open problem. The accepted proposals will be used to lead a discussion during the workshop.
A breakout session is a 1 hour free-form discussion overseen by 1-3 leaders and with assistance from 1-2 facilitators to take notes and encourage participant interactions. We strongly encourage researchers from all seniority levels to submit a proposal to lead a topical breakout session. The session can potentially be extended into a second hour (if possible given the leaders and facilitators’ geographical location with regards to the workshop’s schedule).
We aim, in collaboration with leaders, facilitators and potentially attendees, to write the results of this discussion into a white-paper after the workshop, which would be published along the proceedings. Leaders and facilitators might hence be solicited after the workshop to contribute to the white paper. Breakout session proposals will not be included in the proceedings as such.
We expect two files during the submission: one that includes the scientific content of the proposal (anonymous. 1 page) and one that refers to proposed Leaders and Facilitators (1 page). Your proposal should stand alone, without linking to a longer paper or supplement. Main body text must be minimum 11 point font size and page margins must be minimum 0.75 inches (all sides).
1) The scientific proposal (maximum one page pdf, references excluded).
It should include:
a short abstract of the scientific question at hand motivated by the literature,
the preferred duration (1h or 2x1h),
A proposed timeline for the session, with suggested questions and strategies to maintain the discussion and keep it focused on the scientific question considered
Plan for ensuring note taking and writing of the white paper section corresponding to the breakout session (probably ~ a couple of pages summarizing the discussion content and relating it to the literature).
Main body text must be minimum 11 point font size and page margins must be minimum 0.75 inches (all sides).
Your proposal should stand alone, without linking to a longer paper or supplement.
The proposal should be anonymized, and not refer to the proposed leaders or facilitators.
2) Leaders and Facilitators (minimum 1 to maximum 3 pages)
Names and bios of the proposed leaders and facilitators.
Whether the leaders/facilitators would like to participate in the white paper
Please include a statement on the diversity of organizers for the breakout session.