I am a PhD student and got a workshop poster (only poster based on abstract, no paper, at one of the workshops co-located with the major CS conference) accepted at the top-most conference in my field (NIPS, Computer Science).
Since I am not a full-time student, I am supposed to fund my own travel, accommodation and other expenses. The conference venue is in Canada while I am located in Asia, so the expenses are quite large. The deadline for student travel grants for the main conference has already passed and the funding for workshop student travel grant has not been yet announced.
I have the following questions with regard to this:
Is it worth it to attend such tier-1 conferences only to present a poster which won’t be published/indexed/not included in proceedings?
I would need to attempt to publish in such conferences at least once during PhD and since I am self sponsored, expense for that too would be upon me.
My advisor says: “Go and have some exposure, meet and network with new people.” But he is aware that I am self-sponsored so he is not too pushy but has asked me to go. Does such networking really happens when I would be only an attendee for first five days of the conference and having a poster demo during the last day of the conference.
If my questions seems too vague, please let me know. I would try to be more clear and concise.