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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How will the global COVID-19 situation affect the MLSS 2020?
    • As of 11 March 2020, we intend to hold the MLSS 2020 as planned. The well-being of the MLSS students, speakers, and organizing team is our top priority. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will continue to do so until we have sufficient information to allow us to take a well-informed decision. We know that personal interaction has been one of the most popular features of past MLSS events, so we would not want to give this up lightly. However, as a possible fall-back option, we are in parallel exploring the possibility of a virtual MLSS where activities take place online. Please check our website http://mlss.tuebingen.mpg.de/2020/ regularly for the most up-to-date announcements. We are happy to address any concerns that you might have. Please contact us at mlss2020-team@tuebingen.mpg.de if you have further questions.
  2. I just started my master/PhD program. I have nothing to present as a poster. Can I still apply?
    • Posters are a long-standing tradition at the MLSS. Presenting a poster is mandatory for students. This does not need to be published work. Ongoing work, or work resulting from undergraduate projects is also fine. If you just started your course and have not yet started a project, please consider presenting a past project that is related to machine learning.
  3. My major subject is (x). I do not think it is directly related to machine learning. So, the poster that I will present will be about (x). Is this okay?
    • We emphasize that everyone is welcome to apply to the MLSS 2020 regardless of their major of study, occupation, gender, nationality, disability, etc. If your poster is about (x) and it does not have a machine learning element in it, then please think about how you can use machine learning to improve your project. Consider listing possible directions where your project can benefit from having a machine learning component. This can be an idea in a future work section. Ultimately the poster presentation is to promote information exchange, and interaction among participants. You will present your poster to fellow participants with diverse backgrounds as well as invited speakers. It is a good chance for them to learn about your project on (x), and for you to get comments on how to improve your work with machine learning.
  4. The application form asks for tentative title and abstract for my poster. Can I change these details later?
    • It is possible that your work will have improved from the time you submit the tentative title and abstract, to the time you attend the MLSS if you are selected. In this case, yes, you can update the title and abstract of your poster later when you register to attend the MLSS. Please note that it must be the same project. The application form only asks for tentative title and abstract. You do not need to upload your poster file when you apply.
  5. I am a student. But I do not yet have a supervisor. The MLSS 2020's application requires that I give details of my supervisor. Can I still apply?
    • Yes, you can. When you fill out the application form, please simply leave the details of your supervisor blank. On the last page of the application form, there is a "comments" field. Please explain your situation in the field. Also please make sure that you are allowed (by the university, for instance) to travel to the MLSS 2020 if you are selected and decide to attend.
  6. Can you tell me now if I can attend?
    • All participants of the MLSS 2020 are subject to a rigorous selection process. Applications will be reviewed after the application portal closes. Please see the key dates to find out when you can expect to hear back from us. Please understand that we cannot provide individual feedback.
  7. I submitted my application. But I forgot to upload my CV [, or I uploaded a wrong CV]. What should I do?
    • Contact us and include the following information: 1. your full name, 2. email address you gave in the application form, 3. CV (in pdf) that you would like to upload. We will attach the CV to the application that you submitted. You cannot edit your application that was already submitted.
  8. I am a student. I submitted my application. My supervisor did not receive an email to fill out the recommendation form. What should I do?
    • The email has subject "MLSS 2020: Recommendation for {student's firstname} {student's lastname}" and is sent automatically and immediately after you submit. The email is sent from mlss2020-team@tuebingen.mpg.de. Firstly, please ask your supervisor to check the spam folder. If your supervisor still cannot find the email, then please contact us with the following information: 1. student's full name, 2. student's email address that is used when submitting the application form, 3. supervisor's full name, 4. supervisor's email address. We will send another email to your supervisor.
  9. I can only attend part of the summer school, not the entire duration. What should I do?
    • Since our seating capacity at the venue is limited, we are unfortunately forced to decline many good applications. If you know that you will not be able to attend the summer school in its entirety, we do not encourage you to apply. Please consider applying to other iterations of the MLSS, or other related machine learning schools where you can fully attend. We would like all the participants to gain full experience at the MLSS and therefore strongly encourage all participants to attend our summer school in its entirety. We will conduct an attendance check during the event.
  10. I just graduated. At the moment, I am in a transition period between two positions. Can I be considered as a student when I apply?
    • If you just graduated and are unemployed, for the purpose of applying and attending the MLSS, we can treat you as a student. You are then allowed to mark yourself as a student in the application form, and apply for a travel award. But please explain your situation clearly in the comments field on the last page of the application form. We will consider this kind of situation on a case by case basis.
  11. Do you grant ECTS credit points?
    • Since there will be no examination we do not grant credit points. However, you will receive an attendance certificate at the end of the summer school, which might enable you to get credits from your home university. But this is something we won't be able to help with but solely up to your negotiation talent.
  12. What is the dress code for the event?
    • There is no specific dress code. Casual wears (t-shirts, jeans) are fine. Anything more formal is also fine.