Hi there, welcome to the MLC Wiki! It is a collaborative writing and editing space where members collaborate on blog posts, meeting notes, how-to articles, and other resources. If you want to help make this space awesome, write something today!

But first, welcome to MLC! *What is MLC and what can I use it for?* is perhaps the first question you have in mind coming into this space. The first question is easy to answer: we've said repeatedly that **we are a lab for those who want a research home**. A lab offers: companionship, resources, a structure and space for learning, collaboration, and mentorship. But now, how can one effectively use such a research home? That is a complicated question to answer. Even in the traditional setting, some could spend a decade in grad school only to find the wrong answer (by some I mean [me](https://rosanneliu.com)). Not to mention that MLC is not at all a traditional lab: we are not affiliated with any institution, we are fully virtual, and every member has a different background and is at a different stage of life. But that's the beauty, isn't it? And that's exactly the thing we wanted to build. For that reason, though, there is no one-size-fits-all formula to use MLC for your research growth (but also, I don't believe in any one-size-fits-all formula for any types of growth). What we try to do is creating an environment that provides lots of options, as many functionalities, expertise, and types of resources as possible, not to teach, but to support your learning. To quote Bernard Shaw, "If you teach a man anything, he will never learn." That's what we believe too. **Learning is an active process. We learn by doing.** MLC, in the end, is a space for you to do things, to enjoy the freedom of trying, and failing, even, in order to learn. For that reason, we expect each individual coming in to put in the work of forging their own path making use of mountains of available resources.

So I hope you are convinced that there's not a written manual on how MLC can help you succeed in research for the right reasons, but we are confident that we provide enough Lego pieces for you to build your own manual (okay the analogy falls apart here). In other words, we are a resource provider, a connector, a matchmaker, a platform and stage that **_allows_ magic to happen**, but you will have to be the one that **_make_ the magic happen** for yourself.

Below you will find some [general guidelines](#wiki-toc-some-general-guides) on how to best use this space to serve your need. But remember, instead of passively taking in what we say, you'll have to actively think what you should do. 

After the general guidelines, we group articles and notes under two main theme: [research](#wiki-toc-join-us-in-research) and [community building](#wiki-toc-join-us-in-community-building), that is, until one day MLC is known for a third thing.

Lastly, if you have done the work finding your path and converging to a comfortable spot in MLC, share what had worked for you by appending a passage in [What worked for me in MLC](wiki:/what-worked-for-me).

Happy Wiki-ing!

## Some General Guides
- [How to best connect with people in MLC](wiki:/how-to-have-best-human-interactions) *We have built so many (too many!) platforms to help create potential chances of valuable human interactions that serve your research growth. How to make the best use of them?*
- [How to best use MLC resources](wiki:/how-to-get-involved) *How to feel like you are truly part of the MLC community.*
- [How to get advice](wiki:/how-to-get-advice) _Career advice? Research advice? Practical advice? Find out how to get it at MLC_.
- [How to give back](wiki:/what-mlc-wants-from-you) *If you come to this space with more of a goal to give than to take, we appreciate you! This page lists some possibilities, but you can always directly reach out to [Rosanne](https://rosanneliu.com/) or [Jason](https://yosinski.com/) for a chat!*

## Join us in Research 
* [How to do research in MLC](wiki:/how-do-research-mlc) *Thoughts on how to use the MLC resource to produce and grow in research.*
* [Participate in MLC Research Jam](wiki:/research-jam/) *Research Jam is our most important research event. Participating in research jam shows your commitment to working in research with MLC.*
* [Give a talk at DCLT](wiki:/give-talk-at-dlct/) *Deep Learning: Classics and Trends (DLCT) is our longest-running reading group. If there's a published paper you want to talk about (either as an author or not), consider bringing it to DLCT.*
* [Add your paper to our website](wiki:/add-your-paper-projects-page) *Have a paper that uses MLC affiliation? You can add it to our website!*
* [How to grow as a researcher](wiki:/how-grow-researcher) *Great resources on the growth of a researcher. Add your favorite talk, post, or even quotes or tweets here!*

## Join us in Community Building
If you are interested in getting involved in community building for ML research, be sure to check out our [Discord](https://discord.gg/nNJ4GBPZm9) server first. Lots of activities are happening there, and we are always looking for Mods and Admins. The town hall meeting, occurring every two months, is a great place to help with planning and steering MLC's development. You can also host an event to practice your organizational skills, establish and expand your network.

* [MLC Town Hall Meetings](wiki:/mlc-town-hall-meetings)
* [How to host an MLC event](wiki:/host-mlc-event)

### Interest Groups
**Interest Groups** has been the best organic creation from our community. They are self-organized teams on Discord that meet regularly to dive deeper on specific topics. Here's a guide on [How to start or join an Interest Group](wiki:/how-start-or-join-interest-group); a number the existing ones are listed below:

- [Computer vision](wiki:ig_cv)
- [Production ML](http://mlip.shor.tn/notion)
- [Natural language processing](wiki:ig_nlp)
- [Reinforcement learning](wiki:ig_rl)
- [Physics informed ML](wiki:ig_phys)
- [Graph learning](wiki:ig_graph)
- [ML theory](wiki:ig_theory)
- [OOD and uncertainty quantification](wiki:ig_ood)

## Misc

* MLC's [Code of Conduct](wiki:/code-of-conduct)
* [How to use the wiki](wiki:/how-to-use-wiki)
* [How to use the MLC GitHub](wiki:/how-to-use-mlc-github)
* [What worked for me in MLC](wiki:/what-worked-for-me)
* [Open Projects](wiki:/open-projects): our projects that are inviting collaborators to join.
* [Other open initialtives](wiki:/other-open-initiatives): Other machine learning / AI initiatives open to unaffiliated participants.
* [Sandbox](wiki:/sandbox)
* [MLC logo in different formats](https://mlcollective.org/logo/) for use in presentations, etc.


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