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  • Why I went to NeurIPS by train and why I will do it again

    Last year, I went to NeurIPS 2022 in New Orleans by train from New York, and to New York by bus from Montreal. To me, it wasn’t really a big deal, but after I posted about it on Twitter, many people talked to me at the conference and seemed very surprised or even bewildered. So I thought I would write a little blog post talking about why I did this and why it is not a heroic thing to do. At the time, I was reassured that I was not doing something completely nuts because my friend and colleague Mélisande Teng joined me on the way back to Montreal. What’s more, I will be repeating this trip by train to NeurIPS again this year—the conference is once again in New Orleans. This time with a whole bunch of friends from Mila! If this plan suits you, you are very welcome to join us!