A good workshop is often far more interesting than the papers at a conference. This happens because a workshop has a much tighter focus than a conference. Since you choose the workshops fitting your interest, the increased relevance can greatly enhance the level of your interest and attention. Roughly speaking, a workshop program consists of elements related to a subject of your interest. The main conference program consists of elements related to someone’s interest (which is rarely your own). Workshops are more about doing research while conferences are more about presenting research.
Several conferences have associated workshop programs, some with deadlines due shortly.
|ICML workshops||Due April 1|
|IJCAI workshops||Deadlines Vary|
|KDD workshops||Not yet finalized|
Anyone going to these conferences should examine the workshops and see if any are of interest. (If none are, then maybe you should organize one next year.)