Which AI conferences to attend in 2024?

The beginning of the year is a good time to make plans, right? If you’re an ML engineer, researcher, or technical manager, now is the perfect moment to start thinking about which conferences to attend this year.

Recently, we had an insightful discussion with our machine learning experts at Nebius AI. From their wealth of hands-on experience in developing LLMs, generative networks, and other cutting-edge tech, they’ve curated this list of must-attend conferences. Participating in even a few of these is a surefire way to deepen your knowledge and network with like-minded professionals.

You’ve heard of most of them, and you may have even attended some of them. However, in recent years, there have been more significant players among conference organizers, with OpenAI being the best example. Meanwhile, some other events have been a little overshadowed in their fields. We’ve tried to include both fundamental events aimed more at researchers, as well as very practical, workshop-filled venues in our list.

AAAI Conference (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence)

Vancouver, Canada, February 20–27, 2024
Attendance: In-person only

A hub for AI exploration, the AAAI Conference unites experts to discuss AI’s latest trends. The agenda includes technical papers, keynote speeches, and interactive workshops, covering everything from AI’s foundational theories to its practical applications. As an academic-first event, AAAI is ideal for professionals eager to expand their AI expertise.

This year’s AAAI would be particularly noteworthy for its pronounced emphasis on topics like AI in social disciplines, responsible AI and the so-called “Collaborative Bridge”, marking an ongoing collaboration between different communities, both within and beyond the field of AI.

NVIDIA GTC (GPU Technology Conference)

San José, California, March 18–21, 2024
Attendance: In-person and remote

Centered on AI, deep learning, and GPU advancements, NVIDIA GTC is the place to be for anyone interested in AI’s technological backbone. It features a mix of experts’ keynotes, technical sessions, and hands-on training. The conference provides a platform to learn about the latest breakthroughs in AI technologies, practical applications, and best practices in leveraging GPUs, like the ones Nebius AI has, for machine learning.

GTC 2024 will feature high-profile speakers from companies like Meta, Amazon, Google DeepMind, OpenAI, LinkedIn, and NVIDIA itself, as well lots of academic institutions.

ICLR (International Conference on Learning Representations)

Vienna, Austria, May 7–11, 2024
Attendance: In-person and remote

Focusing on data representation within machine learning models, the ICLR is essential for those interested in neural networks and deep learning. The conference is known for its emphasis on deep learning and its applications, making it a key event for ML engineers interested in the latest advancements in neural networks and representation learning. ICLR encourages the submission of papers that propose new methodologies, demonstrate empirical results, or offer theoretical insights in deep learning.

ICML (International Conference on Machine Learning)

Vienna, Austria, July 21–27, 2024
Attendance: In-person and remote

The ICML, a leading global conference focusing exclusively on machine learning, is known for its high-quality, innovative papers. It’s the perfect venue for ML engineers to explore cutting-edge research. The conference includes presentations on a wide range of ML topics, workshops, and tutorials, making it a great event for both academia and industry professionals. Attendees get to exchange ideas, discover new tools and methodologies, and connect with their fellow researchers. Without a doubt, both ICLR and ICML will showcase researchers from all prominent organizations in our field — just like they always do.

TechCrunch Disrupt

San Francisco, California, October 28–20, 2024
Attendance: In-person and remote

Disrupt is one of the most anticipated technology conferences, known for spotlighting startups and new technologies. Just as the organizer, TechCrunch itself, is a coveted platform where startups are discovered by a wider audience, the conference is perfect for those interested in the intersection of ML and entrepreneurship. The event features keynotes, fireside chats, and panels with industry leaders, along with the famous Startup Battlefield competition where new companies pitch to top investors.

OpenAI Dev Day

2024 location, date, and format: TBA

Organized by OpenAI, the OpenAI Dev Day is designed for developers and engineers in AI and machine learning. It includes talks, workshops, and hands-on sessions on tools developed by OpenAI’s latest tools, such as GPT-4, DALL-E, and Codex.

The conference aims to provide a deep understanding of these tools and how they can be leveraged in various applications, from natural language processing to generative models. Attendees will gain in-depth knowledge of these tools and their applications, alongside opportunities to network with AI experts.

MLOps World

2024 location, date, and format: TBA

Dedicated to machine learning operations, MLOps World covers model management, ML infrastructure, and ML systems’ continuous integration and delivery. It brings together AI practitioners, and thought team leaders to discuss best practices, share case studies, and explore new tools and technologies in the MLOps space.

MLOps World is the conference to attend if you’re an ML engineer looking to enhance your skills in managing and operationalizing ML models.

NeurIPS (Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems)

2024 location, date, and format: TBA

The NeurIPS is one of the most prestigious events in machine learning and computational neuroscience, featuring peer-reviewed papers, invited talks, workshops, and tutorials on various cutting-edge topics. Renowned for its high academic standards, the NeurIPS is a prime venue for those seeking firsthand insights into advanced research and trends in ML subfields like deep learning and reinforcement learning.

While this year’s program will be announced much later due to the paper review process, NeurIPS will undoubtedly remain one of the most (if not the most) significant and game-changing events in the realm of AI.

Nebius AI team
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