This workshop is a continuation of past years:. NIPS 2015 Workshop: Advances in Approximate Bayesian Inference. NIPS 2014 Workshop: Advances in Variational Inference. In addition, this year there is a NIPS tutorial on variational inference. Invited Speakers and Panelists. On the Foundations and Future of Approximate Inference. Harvard University, Twitter Cortex). Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems). Michael I. Jordan. University of California, Berkeley).