While great progress has been made in queer rights, support is still lacking for queer people at many research organizations and institutions. Cultures of de facto don’t ask don’t tell and ostracism discourage young queer people from joining our exciting and important field and force queer scientists in AI/ML to live painful lies.
Queer In AI’s mission to to make the AI/ML community one that welcomes, supports, and values queer scientists. We accomplish this by building a visible community of queer and ally AI/ML scientists through meetups, poster sessions, mentoring, and other initiatives.
We also recognize the growing impact AI/ML has on people and the potential for these powerful learning and classification technologies to out queer people, in addition to other issues. Therefore, another central part of our mission is raising awareness of these issues in the general community and encouraging and highlighting research on and solutions to these problems.
We are hosting a satellite workshop at NIPS 2018!
The Queer in AI@NIPS satellite workshop will feature several speakers highlighting the queer experience in AI/ML academia and industry, a panel on the potential of AI/ML to out queer people and solutions to this problem, and a coffee and poster session highlighting the research contributions of queer scientists. No advance submission is nessecary for the poster session--just bring your poster and show of your work! In addition, we will have an evening mixer at a nearby venue (check back for more details!). Our events are open to all NIPS attendees--allies are welcome! The workshop will be from 8:00am-11:00am in the S. Bernhardt room at the Intercontinental Montreal (across the street from the main NIPS venue) Saturday, December 8. The poster session will be held in the adjacent C. Sherwood S./C.S. Stratton from 8:00am-11:50am.
If you are interested in getting involved in Queer In AI, please email email@example.com with a statement of your interest in Queer in AI and a description of your experience with AI/ML and the queer community.