Machine Learning in Computational Biology (MLCB) Meeting, co-located with NeurIPS.
Dec 13th and 14th 2019, Vancouver, Canada


We are excited to be holding the 14th MLCB meeting, co-located with NeurIPS in Vancouver. Since its inception in 2004, and until 2017, MLCB was an official NeurIPS workshop. Given the growth and maturity of the field, this year MLCB will be an independent conference co-located with NeurIPS.

Conference Location and Format

Important dates

Invited Speakers



The field of computational biology has seen dramatic growth over the past few years. A wide range of high-throughput technologies developed in the last decade now enable us to measure parts of a biological system at various resolutions—at the genome, epigenome, transcriptome, and proteome levels. These technologies are now being used to collect data for an ever-increasingly diverse set of problems, ranging from classical problems such as predicting differentially regulated genes between time points and predicting subcellular localization of RNA and proteins, to models that explore complex mechanistic hypotheses bridging the gap between genetics and disease, population genetics and transcriptional regulation. Fully realizing the scientific and clinical potential of these data requires developing novel supervised and unsupervised learning methods that are scalable, can accommodate heterogeneity, are robust to systematic noise and confounding factors, and provide mechanistic insights.

The goals of this workshop are to i) present emerging problems and innovative machine learning techniques in computational biology, and ii) generate discussion on how to best model the intricacies of biological data and synthesize and interpret results in light of the current work in the field.

In addition to talks by invited speakers, will also have the usual rigorous screening of contributed talks on novel learning approaches in computational biology. The targeted audience are people with interest in machine learning and applications to relevant problems from the life sciences, including NIPS participants without any existing research link to computational biology. Many of the talks will be of interest to the broad machine learning community.

Submission instructions

Please see the Call for Paper (CfP) here

New this year we will accept submission in two tracks:

1) Research track: abstracts describing research on novel learning approaches in computational biology. A strong submission to the workshop typically presents a new learning method that yields new biological insights, or applies an existing learning method to a new biological problem. However, submissions that improve upon existing methods for solving previously studied problems will also be considered. Examples of research presented in previous years can be found online at We specially encourage submissions describing work in progress and early results, for generating discussions helpful in shaping the presented work.

2) Perspective track: position or review papers on important but controversial problems. Examples include (but are not limited to) different ways of conceptualizing the supposed dichotomy between interpretation and accuracy, over-interpretation from visual representations of high dimensional data, lack of statistical rigour in inferring conclusions from data and models.

Researchers interested in contributing should upload an extended abstract of 4 pages (excluding references) in PDF format to the MLCB submission web site by Sep 20th, 2019, 11:59pm (PST). Submissions exceeding the page limit will be automatically rejected.

No special style is required. Authors may use the NIPS style file, but are also free to use other styles as long as they use standard font size (11 pt) and margins (1 in).

Submissions should be suitably anonymized and meet the requirements for double-blind reviewing.

All submissions will be anonymously peer reviewed and will be evaluated on the basis of their technical content.

The workshop allows submissions of papers (for both tracks) that are under review or have been recently published in a conference or a journal. This is done to encourage presentation of mature research projects that are interesting to the community. The authors should clearly state any overlapping published work at the time of submission.



Program Committee

Elham Azizi (Columbia University/MSSM)
Alexis Battle (Johns Hopkins University)
Andreas Beyer (University of Cologne)
Karsten Borgwardt (ETH Zurich)
Chao Cheng (Dartmouth Medical School)
Manfred Claassen (ETH Zurich)
Andrew Delong (University of Toronto)
Saso Dzeroski (Jozef Stefan Institute)
Jason Ernst (University of California, Los Angeles)
Pierre Geurts (University of Liège)
Anthony Gitter (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Casey Greene (University of Pennsylvania)
Michael M. Hoffman (Princess Margaret Cancer Centre/University of Toronto)
Antti Honkela (University of Helsinki)
Lin Hou (Tsinghua University)
Laurent Jacob (Mines ParisTech)
Smita Krishnaswamy (Yale University)
Benjamin Logsdon (Sage Bionetworks)
Jian Ma (Carnegie Mellon University)
Martin Renqiang Min (NEC Laboratories America)
Alan Moses (University of Toronto)
Bernard Ng (The University of British Columbia)
William Stafford Noble (University of Washington)
Leopold Parts (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)
Itsik Pe’Er (Columbia University)
Nico Pfeifer (University of Tübingen)
Yanjun Qi (University of Virginia)
Magnus Rattray (The University of Manchester)
Simon Rogers (University of Glasgow)
Juho Rousu (Aalto University)
Sushmita Roy (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Guido Sanguinetti (University of Edinburgh)
Sriram Sankararaman (University of California, Los Angeles)
Alexander Schliep (Gothenburg University)
Li Shen (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
David van Dijk (Yale University)
Jean-Philippe Vert (Google Brain)
Jinbo Xu (Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago)
Marinka Zitnik (Stanford University/Harvard)