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Probabilistic Integration @ NIPS 2015

Montréal, Friday, December 11, 2015

This workshop will be hosted by NIPS, a large annual machine learning and computational neuroscience conference.

Integration is the central numerical operation required for Bayesian machine learning (in the form of marginalization and conditioning). Sampling algorithms still abound in this area, although it has long been known that Monte Carlo methods are fundamentally sub-optimal. The challenges for the development of better performing integration methods are mostly algorithmic. Moreover, recent algorithms have begun to outperform MCMC and its siblings, in wall-clock time, on realistic problems from machine learning.

The workshop will review the existing, by now quite strong, theoretical case against the use of random numbers for integration, discuss recent algorithmic developments, relationships between conceptual approaches, and highlight central research challenges going forward.

Among the questions to be addressed by the workshop are

The workshop builds upon the growing field of probabilistic numerics, for which probabilistic integration is a core component.

The workshop is organized by Mike Osborne and Philipp Hennig.


The workshop will be held on Friday, 11 December in room 512a.

Call for Papers

Important dates

Topics of interest

We welcome contributions from theoretical treatments, empirical studies, and applications, of the above. The list is not exhaustive, and we also welcome submissions that draw upon highly related topics.

Submission instructions

Submissions should be in the NIPS 2015 format, with a maximum of 4 pages (excluding references). Accepted papers will be made available online at the workshop website, and will be presented in a spotlight talk at the workshop itself, but the workshop proceedings can be considered non-archival. Explicitly: shorter versions of relevant papers submitted or published elsewhere are encouraged. Submissions need not be anonymous.

Please mail pdf submissions to