The Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC) is pleased to sponsor and announce its 6th Annual:

TTIC Summer Workshop Program

Call for Proposals for Summer 2025

What: Would you like to get a group of 20-40 people together for two to three days to discuss a topic of common interest? Would you like to do it in an easy-to-reach vibrant city with a substantial local research community and with coffee breaks, lunches, meeting room, and partial lodging expenses (see below) all paid for? Is your topic of interest roughly within the areas of Theory, Machine Learning, Vision, NLP, Speech, Robotics, or Computational Biology? Then submit a proposal to the TTIC Summer Workshop Program!

More Details: Workshops will generally be two or three days, and be held at TTIC, which is on the campus of the University of Chicago. You will be allotted a $10,000 budget for lodging and travel expenses for attendees you specify (e.g., providing 20 attendees a reimbursement cap of $500 each). We will also supply continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks. Workshop structure is pretty much entirely up to you – talks, tutorials, brainstorming sessions, etc. – whatever works best for your topic. Additionally, we are happy to provide suggestions for social events during your workshop, and even to help you organize them. However, we do not want to overburden our admin staff, so flight arrangements are on your own. Also, we cannot reimburse meal expenses other than those described above.

Submitting a Proposal: We aim for this to be a lightweight process on both your side and ours. Proposals should be 1-2 pages, listing the names of the organizers, describing the topic of the workshop, giving the desired number of days, proposed format (roughly), an estimate of the number of non-local invitees, and listing some people who have indicated they are at least interested in principle. Also, if any organizers are from research labs, let us know if your company would be willing to partially sponsor your workshop (which would allow us to hold more of them). Additionally, please tell us your three (or more) most-preferred dates, in order, in the time-period between between Monday June 9, 2025 and Friday September 19, 2025. Finally, we expect these workshops will generally be open to interested students and faculty from the local area, e.g., TTIC, the University of Chicago, Northwestern, Illinois Tech, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. If you do not want this to be the case, please let us know in your proposal.

Deadlines: Workshop proposals may be submitted at any time, until our budget has been fully committed. Note: the earlier you submit, the more likely you will be able to get your preferred time. Proposals should be sent via email to Avrim Blum with subject line “TTIC Summer Workshop Proposal”. Proposers will be notified whether their proposal has been accepted within three weeks of submission.

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