NeurIPS ML Safety Workshop
December 2, 2022. Virtual.
Overview

Designing systems to operate safely in real-world settings is a topic of growing interest in machine learning. As ML becomes more capable and widespread, long-term and long-tail safety risks will grow in importance. To make the adoption of ML more beneficial, various aspects of safety engineering and oversight need to be proactively addressed by the research community.

This workshop will bring together researchers from machine learning communities to focus on research topics in Robustness, Monitoring, Alignment, and Systemic Safety.

  • Robustness is designing systems to be reliable in the face of adversaries and highly unusual situations.
  • Monitoring is detecting anomalies, malicious use, and discovering unintended model functionality.
  • Alignment is building models that represent and safely optimize difficult-to-specify human values.
  • Systemic Safety is using ML to address broader risks related to how ML systems are handled, such as cyberattacks, facilitating cooperation, or improving the decision-making of public servants.

For more information about these problem categories, refer to the call for papers page. We will award a total of $100,000 in paper prizes described below.

Best Paper Awards ($50,000)

There is a $50,000 award pool for the best ML Safety papers accepted to this workshop. We highly encourage submissions in all areas of ML safety, spanning robustness, monitoring, alignment, and systemic safety. The award pool will be divided between 5 to 10 winning papers.

AI Risk Analysis Awards ($50,000)

The Future Fund regranting program is also offering awards for accepted papers that provide analysis of how their work relates to catastrophic tail risks or existential risks (x-risks) from advanced AI, bearing in mind that these tail risks are speculative. AI x-risk analysis is optional and not required for a paper to be accepted into the workshop. This $50,000 AI Risk Analysis award pool is separate from the $50,000 best paper award pool.

AI risk analysis could be included in the appendix and does not need to be within the main paper. We intend to award papers that exceed a quality threshold in their x-risk analyses, so many papers that make an honest effort can win a portion of the $50,000 prize pool. Quality x-risk analyses must relate to some concepts, considerations, or strategies for reducing existential risks from AI. AI risk analyses do not to follow any existing template, and analyses do not need to agree with any particular intellectual or worldview.

As discussions of AI x-risk in the ML community are nascent and only recently becoming precise, here are some background resources:

Schedule (subject to change)
Note: All the invited and contributed talks will be pre-recorded, following NeurIPS requirements. Poster sessions and the panel discussion will be live.
  • 9:00am - 9:15am  Opening remarks
  • 9:15am - 9:45am Invited talk #1
  • 9:45am - 10:30am Live Poster Session #1 (Friendlier for Europe/Asia)
  • 10:30-11:00am Coffee Break
  • 11:00am-11:30am Invited talk #2
  • 11:30pm - 12:15pm Live Poster Session #2 (Friendlier for North/South America)
  • 12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00pm - 1:30pm Invited talk #3
  • 1:30pm - 1:45pm Contributed talk #1
  • 1:45pm - 2:00pm Contributed talk #2
  • 2:00pm - 2:15pm Contributed talk #3
  • 2:15pm - 2:30pm Contributed talk #4
  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm Invited talk #4
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm Coffee Break
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm Invited talk #5
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm Live Panel discussion with speakers
  • 4:30pm - 5pm Invited talk #6