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The NeurIPS Global South in AI Meetup's main objective is to offer an annual multidisciplinary academic meetup with the highest ethical standards for a diverse and inclusive community in order to promote the exchange of research achievements in Language artificial intelligence and machine learning. The global south, which has a long history of colonization, has taken charge of its language AI with renewed zeal in an effort to create a new world order that will be built on a past of colonization and create language richness within AI. This cannot be satisfied by translation models built with transfer learning or the latest Zero-Shot Machine Translation 7 model which is adding more languages without the AI getting a single line of translated data. We need the global south to come together to build language models in a way that works efficiently and with the story of our history. This workshop is the beginning of that journey.

Call for Papers

We welcome extended abstracts that may introduce new theories, methodology, or applications of NLP. Submissions will be peer-reviewed double blind by reviewers in the area.

We will accept proposals within global south languages related Language AI in one of the three tracks:

  • voice
  • data
  • models

Voice is about inclusion of various accents, sounds and words unique to non-western languages. Low resourced languages from Europe America or any part of the world are welcome.

Data could be decolonizing data or building local applications for Global South users.

Models can be new models or creating a language model for any low resource languages.

The abstract should describe the problem, proposed solution, research method and design, along with major findings and challenges in solving the problem. Abstract should describe and not defend the planned paper or poster.

NOTE: Works may be submitted in any language as well as English. We will assist authors in translating their accepted work into English for the poster session(translated works will appear in both languages in the proceedings)

Important Dates:

Submissions Open: July 8, 2022

Registration in OpenReview Deadline (new): Aug 16, 2022

Early Abstract Submission: July 31, 2022

Early Abstract Acceptance Notification: August 16, 2022

Late Abstract Submission: Aug 17, 2022

Late Abstract Acceptance Notification: August 31, 2022

Global South in AI Meetup Online (for all accepted abstract authors): Sep 10, 2022

Deadline for Poster Submission: Sep 15, 2022

Poster Acceptance: Sep 25, 2022

Deadline to Withdraw Submission: Sep 1, 2022

All submitted abstract and poster proceedings will be published online at Global South in AI @NeurIPS website.

Select posters will be invited to present onsite at Global South in AI @NeurIPS meetup during NeurIPS 2022.

Abstract Submission Format

  1. Up to 250 words
  2. Submissions must be blind for the open review process, no names of any of the authors on the abstract


When will NeurIPS start and end?

The event will begin on November 26th and end on December 4th.

What if I can't attend NeurIPS in person?

NeurIPS 2022 will be a Hybrid Conference with a physical component at the New Orleans Convention Center during the first week, and a virtual component the second week.

Do I have to submit my work only in English?
No, you can submit in any language but we require an English version of the abstract as well. A poster workshop for accepted abstracts will help you in translating your abstract to English and your poster in English. The proceedings will carry both languages on the site. 

What languages are included in the submissions?

Submissions should be related to any Global South languages, low resource languages, or voice related to any languages that strive to make Language models inclusive and diverse. Today, Language AI is limited to seven high resource languages and is Western Europe centric, limiting the history and culture of languages of the rest of the world. We will be open to any submission that expands existing language models to be diverse to all languages of the world.

We are open to applications in local Global South languages that make AI opportunities inclusive for everyone.

You are welcome to enhance AI for language users, create translations, datasets, or voice AI for any language beyond the seven Eurocentric high resource languages of Language AI today.

Will an invitation be provided to NeurIPS?

Yes, NeurIPS will provide VISA invitation letters and 5 poster authors will be provided a pass to attend NeurIPS (in-person + hybrid available)