OpML '19 Call For Participation

The 2019 USENIX Conference on Operational Machine Learning (OpML '19) will take place on May 20, 2019, in Santa Clara, CA, USA.

Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association.

Important Dates


  • Submissions due: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Notification to authors: Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Final papers due: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Talk (Non-Paper) Presentations

  • Submissions due: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Notification to presenters: Friday, March 15, 2019


  • Submissions due: Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Notification to presenters: Sunday, March 31, 2019
  • Slides due: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Conference Organizers

Program Co-Chairs

Bharath Ramsundar, Computable
Nisha Talagala, ParallelM

Program Committee

Fei Chen, LinkedIn
Mike Del Balso, NewCo
Sindhu Ghanta, ParallelM
Sean Grullon, GSK Healthcare
Neoklis Polyzotis, Google
Jennifer Prendki, Figure8
Suresh Raman, Intuit
Marius Seritan, LinkedIn
Eno Thereska, Amazon
Boris Tvaroska, Lenovo
Todd Underwood, Google
Shivaram Venkataraman, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Josh Wills, Slack

Steering Committee

Nitin Agrawal, Samsung
Eli Collins, Accel Partners/Samba Nova
Casey Henderson, USENIX Association
Robert Ober, Nvidia
Bharath Ramsundar, Computable
Jairam Ranganathan, Uber
D. Sculley, Google
Swaminathan Sundararaman, ParallelM
Nisha Talagala, ParallelM
Sandeep Uttamchandani, Intuit
Joel Young, LinkedIn


Machine learning (ML) (and its variants deep learning (DL), reinforcement learning, etc.) is starting to impact every commercial industry. The 2019 USENIX Conference on Operational Machine Learning (OpML '19), dedicated to operational machine learning and its variants, will focus on the full lifecycle of deploying and managing ML into production. OpML '19 will bring together machine learning and systems researchers and practitioners such as data scientists, data engineers, reliability engineers, sysadmins, and DevOps specialists to develop and bring to practice impactful research advances and cutting-edge solutions to the pervasive challenges of ML production lifecycle management.

OpML is complementary to existing conferences that focus on algorithmic advances and systems design for improved ML methods, performance, and scale. OpML focuses on deployment, automation, orchestration, monitoring, diagnostics, compliance, governance, production scale training and re-training, and the challenges of safely operating and optimizing production systems running ML/DL/Advanced algorithms on live data. Production ML lifecycle is a necessity for wide-scale adoption and deployment of ML/DL across industries and for businesses to benefit from the core ML algorithms and research advances.

Participation Overview

OpML provides a forum for both researchers and industry practitioners to exchange and debate innovations, learnings, experiences, and problems in Operational Machine Learning.

The Conference seeks submissions in the form of short papers, presentations, and tutorials.

  • Accepted presentations will be included in the Presentations Track.
  • Accepted short papers will be published in the conference proceedings and will also be presented in the Presentations Track.
  • Accepted tutorials will be presented in the Tutorials Track.

Submissions will be judged on their applicability to the problems of Operational ML, originality, technical merit, topical relevance, and the likelihood of leading to insightful discussions that will influence practices of ML and its variants in production and benefit attendees.

Suggested Topics

  • Use of new/emerging analytic engines (e.g., Spark, TensorFlow, PyTorch) in production
  • Challenges of production training and re-training including scale, transitioning from experimental models to production models, etc.
  • Use of new/emerging ML acceleration hardware and associated production challenges
  • Systems for orchestrating, diagnosing, monitoring, and managing ML in production
  • Applying existing DevOps and SDLC tools and practices to the ML operational lifecycle
  • Diagnostics of ML algorithms operating on live data (e.g., drift detection)
  • New model introduction into production (e.g., staging, A/B test)
  • Governance of ML models and deployment processes, model risk management
  • Systems, Tools, Approaches for Model/Dataset version control, and lineage
  • Data governance approaches as they relate to production ML
  • New visualizations to accommodate diverse users (engineers, data scientists, ops, etc.)
  • Experiences with advanced techniques (such as Reinforcement Learning) in production
  • Technical advances for addressing ML regulatory requirements (e.g., GDPR)
  • Privacy and security challenges in production ML
  • Bringing research on Explainable ML into production use
  • Experiences with bringing ML techniques to production and scaling ML in production
  • Industry-specific best practices for ML production (e.g., edge computing/IoT, healthcare)
  • Containerized ML workflows (e.g., Kubernetes for scale in ML)

What You Can Expect to Get from OpML

  • Machine Learning Researchers: Understand the practical challenges, learn about advances in ML explainability, diagnostics, etc. Gain exposure to how hardware advances are used in production.
  • Systems Researchers: Share innovative techniques for managing ML/DL in production, and learn from the experiences of real-life production challenges.
  • Data Scientists/Data Engineers: Gain exposure to best practices in production ML in the contexts of compliance, risk management, and legal requirements.
  • System/IT, Reliability Engineers and DevOps: Learn best practices for deploying ML algorithms and artifacts. Explore the latest software and hardware advances available for production ML lifecycle management.

Conference Details

OpML '19 will be a one-day conference. At least one author of each accepted paper, talk, or tutorial must attend the conference to present the paper. Presentation details and guidelines will be communicated to the authors of the accepted paper, talk, or tutorial.

Submission Instructions

  • Paper submissions must be no longer than two pages excluding references and should be submitted electronically via the paper submission form. Accepted papers will be published via USENIX and included in the Conference proceedings. Accepted papers will also be presented at the Conference in the Presentations Track (25 min presentation and 5 min for questions).
  • Talk submissions must include an outline of the presentation's content as well as identified take-aways for the attendees, and must be submitted via the talk submission form. Accepted presentations will be part of the Presentations Track (25 minutes presentation and 5 minutes for questions).
  • Tutorial submissions must also include a detailed outline of the material and must be submitted via the tutorial submission form. Each tutorial is expected to be three hours. Accepted tutorials will be presented as part of the Tutorials Track. Please include in your submission any resources (such as network access or pre-requisite software installations) that participants will need.

Submitting Papers

Paper submissions should be PDF documents that are viewable by standard tools. Submissions must follow the USENIX formatting guidelines: 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading, with the text block being no more than 7" wide by 9" deep. See the detailed formatting requirements.

Submissions may not be under consideration for any other venue. Note that arxiv is not considered a different venue. Submissions of work previously included in arxiv are encouraged if the content is appropriate for the topics listed above and if the presentation will advance the field of Operational ML and generate discussion at the conference. Questions? Contact your program co-chairs, opml19chairs@usenix.org, or the USENIX office, submissionspolicy@usenix.org.

The review process is not blind. The names and affiliations of the authors should be included on the first page. The names of the reviewers, however, will remain anonymous. Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the OpML '19 website; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential. All papers will be available online to registered attendees before the conference. If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify production@usenix.org. The papers will be available online to everyone on the day of the conference.

Papers should be submitted via the paper submission form.

Submitting Talk (non-paper) Proposals
Talk proposals should be submitted via the talk submission form.

Submitting Tutorials
Tutorials should be submitted via the tutorial submission form.