Deep Learning: Classics and Trends (DLCT) is our longest-running research event, having been running weekly since 2018. If you have been invited, and scheduled to give a talk there, here is what to expect. (If you would like to but have not yet received an invitation, nominate yourself here!)
The event is from 12 to 1PM (before June 2022), or 10 to 11am (after June 2022), Pacific Time, every Friday. To help with timezones, view it on MLC's public events calendar.
The presenter will have 45 mins (since the host will take about 15 mins in the beginning to open up) that they can use however they'd like, but we recommend preparing for no more than 35 mins of content, as one distinct trait of DLCT is that it's highly interactive. Think of it as a hybrid between a presentation and a conversation. Other characteristics of DLCT are “casual," "free-flow" and “unfettered.” We do not record, to allow people to “ask stupid questions,” which we found to be the best way to connect and learn.
The meeting allows up to 500 attendees, first come first serve. Attendees are able to unmute themselves and speak up; there’s also a chat window where they might post questions. It will be lightly moderated by the host.
In terms of audience, we announce the talk to a mailing list of 2500+. In the past sessions we have had around 100 attendees each time. Since it is an open signup, people from all kinds of backgrounds attend. The questions and discussion so far have been of quite high quality.
We do want you to go deep on technical details! Those whom we invited are usually aligned with our research interest, so if I were you I'd just go as deep as needed, technical wise, and assume that people have enough ML/DL background. That said, a couple of slides in the beginning that zoom in from the grander scheme of ML to the specific problem(s) you are trying to solve would help engage the audience.
The host, Rosanne, announces the talk of the week one day ahead — on Thursday noon, with a title and abstract of the talk, along with a bio of the speaker, and links to the paper(s). If you can send them to her by Wednesday night, that'll be great. No worries if your talk is still far away; you will get a reminder when it is closer.
The host would like to do a short (~10 mins) interview with you, prior to your talk, just to warm it up, and give the audience a chance to know more about you. Please let her know 1-2 questions from below that you'd like to be asked. Also feel free to propose questions yourself! If you want to opt out of this interview it is totally fine too.
We sometimes promote the talk info on the day or a few days ahead, using either the host's twitter handle (@savvyRL) or that of MLC (@ml_collective). Feel free to tag either/both if you are promoting the event yourself. Please do not share the zoom info to the public, and instead point the audience to the event's website, where they are asked to sign up the email group.
As ML Collective is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit in the United States, giving a talk at DLCT is a charitable contribution to society. If your employer has a system for tracking, logging, and recognizing such volunteering activities, please go ahead and log however many hours you spent on this talk (from preparation all the way to delivery). It will also help with our reputation by having you on record as a valuable volunteer! If there’s anything else we can do to help with the recognition of your time spent, please let us know.
More information and all past and upcoming talks can be found here. You are very welcome to sign up the listserv to tune in for any session, any Friday. It might help you get a sense about the vibe of the audience there.
That's it. Thanks for reading to the end! :)