Open Collab Research Jam (#12)

The Research Jam is a community event aimed at increasing collaboration opportunities and boosting the efficiency of interactions among researchers. We host Research Jams every eight weeks. You can view details about past jams here.

Date & Time

The 12th Open Collab Research Jam is on December 14, 2022, 8am Pacific Time. Here's a calendar event to help with timezones.

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Format

Just show up and present your stuff! You'll have 5-15 minutes to show people what you've done, or an idea you have, while sharing your screen, and be open to answer questions, receive feedback — basically, jam with us.

The event will start with presentations over Zoom and conclude with a hangout and Q+A on our community Discord.

Submit

We invite submissions showcasing early-stage, prototype work or unimplemented, big-picture ideas, with an emphasis on clarity of presentation.

We welcome two types of submissions:

  1. "I did a thing." Tell us about maybe a fun afternoon hack on some research idea, small or large. Maybe you implemented an idea, trained a few networks, and had one figure of colorful dots and lines. Maybe you made a cool demo. Maybe you worked out some math. All kinds of research related "things" are welcome! Since you will only have 5 minutes to tell us about it, we recommend no more than 5 slides, and consider animating them! A possible template can be: Motivation ("I was thinking...") - Attempted solution ("I tried this...") - First result ("And this happended."). But you are also welcome to come up with your own storytelling format, as long as it fits in the 5-minute limit.
  2. "I have an idea." Tell us about an idea you have on your backburner and wish someone could make it work. Maybe it's a followup thought on one of the published papers. Maybe it's a simple tweak that you always wonder if it would work. Maybe it's a big-picture question that you think more people should think about. For this kind submissions we recommend following our Requests-for-Plot (RFP) format, a one-page slide that describes your idea, followed by a concrete instruction of what the first plot should look like, if someone were to implement this idea. Read more about RFPs.

Submission to the Research Jam #12 is closed. If you are interested in securing a spot for future research jams, please complete this form. We will be in touch upon receiving your submission.

You can also support the event by simply attending. Join Zoom (Meeting ID: 868 8883 6001, PW 479925) for presentations and Q&A, and Discord for further hangout. Hope to see you at our Research Jam!

Schedule

The below times are in the Pacific timezone.

8:00 - 9:00am: Jam presentation (on Zoom; link to join; Meeting ID: 868 8883 6001, PW 479925)

  1. Each presenter is given 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.
Jam Presenter Title
#1 Tim Strang, Sam Greydanus Simulation as Optimization: Minimizing the Action with Gradient Descent
#2 Charangan Vasantharajan Adapting the Tesseract Open-Source OCR Engine for Tamil and Sinhala Legacy Fonts & Creating a Parallel Corpus for Tamil-Sinhala-English
#3 Emily McMilin Selection Induced Collider Bias: A Gender Pronoun Uncertainty Case Study
#4 Steven Kolawole Building sparse models that generalize better

9:00 - 9:30am: Casual hangout (at Discord voice channels; link to join)

  1. Each presenter will host a voice channel on Discord, marked by the Jam # and their name. You can join one channel at a time; prior to joining, you'll be able to see who is in the channel. There is also a common channel for casual hangout.