COVID-19 countermeasures

Since several major CS conferences, such as CHI and CVPR, have become COVID super spreader events (see, e.g.,,, we are taking decisive action to not follow this trend with AutoML-Conf:

  1. We mandate attendees to be vaccinated (which includes a booster if eligible at the time of arrival to campus); in fact, this is a mandate of our venue, Johns Hopkins University.
  2. We mandate every attendee to perform an antigen test each morning; we will provide 3 such tests as part of your registration package.
  3. If you test positively or have any Covid symptoms, we ask that you do not attend the conference and do not otherwise socialize with conference attendees in person.
  4. We mandate attendees to wear masks inside (with short breaks to eat and drink) when social distance cannot be maintained; masks will be available as part of your registration package.(During plenary sessions the presenters easily maintain social distance and thus do not need to wear masks.).
  5. We have large facilities available and strongly encourage attendees to spread out and use the entire space. We’re working with our venue to have as many events outside as possible.