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asdm | 24 May 11:15 2016
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Eleventh Madrid UPM Advanced Statistics and Data Mining Summer School (June 27th - July 8th, 2016) - Early registration deadline

Dear colleagues,

We would like to remind you that early registration for the Madrid UPM Advanced Statistics and Data Mining
summer school finishes on June 6th. 

The summer school will be held in Boadilla del Monte, near Madrid, from June 27th to July 8th. This year's
edition comprises 12 week-long courses (15 lecture hours each), given during two weeks (six courses each
week). Attendees may register in each course independently. No restrictions, besides those imposed by
timetables, apply on the number or choice of courses.

For the second time in a row, INOMICS has selected our summer school as one of the world's top ten summer
schools in mathematics and statistics. You can read more at http://bit.ly/1TweJjj

Early registration is *OPEN*. Extended information on course programmes, price, venue, accommodation
and transport is available at the school's website:

http://www.dia.fi.upm.es/ASDM

There is a 25% discount for members of Spanish AEPIA and SEIO societies.  

Please, forward this information to your colleagues, students, and whoever you think may find it interesting.

Best regards,

Pedro Larranaga, Concha Bielza, Bojan Mihaljevic and Laura Anton-Sanchez.
-- School coordinators.

*** List of courses and brief description ***

* Week 1 (June 27th - July 1st, 2016) *

1st session: 9:45-12:45
Course 1: Bayesian Networks (15 h)
      Basics of Bayesian networks. Inference in Bayesian networks. Learning Bayesian networks from data. Real
applications. Practical demonstration: GeNIe, Weka, Bayesia, R.

Course 2: Time Series(15 h)
      Basic concepts in time series. Descriptive methods for time series. Linear models for time series.
Extensions. Practical demonstration: R.

2nd session: 13:45-16:45
Course 3: Supervised Pattern Recognition (15 h)
      Introduction. Assessing the performance of supervised classification algorithms. Preprocessing.
Classification techniques. Combining multiple classifiers. Comparing supervised classification
algorithms. Practical demonstration: Weka. 

Course 4: Bayesian Inference (15 h)
      Introduction: Bayesian basics. Conjugate models. MCMC and other simulation methods. Regression and
Hierarchical models. Model selection. Practical demonstration: R and WinBugs.

3rd session: 17:00 - 20:00
Course 5: Neural Networks and Deep Learning (15 h)
      Introduction. Training algorithms. Learning and Optimization. MLPs in practice. Deep Networks.
Practical session: Python with keras and Jupyter notebooks.

Course 6: Unsupervised Pattern Recognition (15 h)
      Introduction to clustering. Data exploration and preparation. Prototype-based clustering.
Density-based clustering. Graph-based clustering. Cluster evaluation. Miscellanea. Conclusions
and final advise. Practical session: R.

* Week 2 (July 4th - July 8th, 2016) *

1st session: 9:45-12:45
Course 7: Statistical Inference (15 h)
      Introduction. Some basic statistical test. Multiple testing. Introduction to bootstrap methods.
Introduction to Robust Statistics. Practical demonstration: R.

Course 8: Big Data with Apache Spark (15 h)
      Introduction. Spark framework and APIs. Data processing with Spark. Spark streaming. Machine learning
with Spark MLlib. 

2nd session: 13:45-16:45
Course 9: Text Mining (15 h)
      Introduction. Language Modeling. Text Similarity. Text Classification. Information Extraction.
Practical session: Python, with Jupyter notebooks.

Course 10: Feature Subset Selection (15 h)
      Introduction. Filter approaches. Embedded methods. Wrapper methods. Advanced topics. Practical
session: R and Weka.      

3rd session: 17:00-20:00
Course 11: Support Vector Machines and Regularized Learning (15 h)
      Introduction. SVM models. SVM learning algorithms. Regularized learning. Convex optimization for
regularized learning. Practical session: Python with scikit-learn, Jupyter notebooks.

Course 12: Hidden Markov Models (15 h)
      Introduction. Discrete Hidden Markov Models. Basic algorithms for Hidden Markov Models.
Semicontinuous Hidden Markov Models. Continuous Hidden Markov Models. Unit selection and clustering.
Speaker and Environment Adaptation for HMMs. Other applications of HMMs. Practical session: HTK.

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Olana Missura | 22 May 13:31 2016
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ECML/PKDD 2016 Discovery Challenge Call For Contributions


ECML/PKDD 2016 Discovery Challenge: The 3rd challenge is online at http://alt.qcri.org/ecml2016/!

cQA Challenge: Learning to Re-Rank Questions for Community Question Answering

Due to the extended use of Web forums, such as Yahoo! Answers or Stackoverflow, there has been a renewed interest in Community Question Answering (cQA). cQA combines traditional question answering with a modern Web scenario, where users pose questions hoping to get the right answers from other users. The most critical problem arises when a new question is asked in the forum. If the user's question is similar (even semantically equivalent) to a previously posted question, she/he should not wait for answers or for another user to address her/him to the relevant thread already archived in the forum. An automatic system can search for previously-posted relevant questions and instantaneously provide the found information.

In this challenge, given a new question and a set of questions previously posted to a forum, together with their corresponding answer threads, a machine learning model must rank the forum questions according to their relevance against the new user question.

Even if this task involves both Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Information Retrieval, the challenge focuses on the machine learning aspects of reranking the relevant questions. Therefore, we provide both the initial rank and the feature representation of training and test examples to the participants. We extract features from the text of the user and forum questions using advanced NLP techniques, e.g., syntactic parsing. Most interestingly, we also provide the Gram matrices of tree kernels applied to advanced structural tree representation. A few other features express the relevance of the thread comments, associated with the forum questions, against the user question.

Participants are expected to exploit these data for building novel and effective machine learning models for reranking the initial question list in a better rank according to Mean Average Precision (MAP).

Challenge Website

http://alt.qcri.org/ecml2016/

Organizers

Discovery Challenge Chairs
  • Elio Masciari, ICAR CNR, Italy

  • Alessandro Moschitti, Qatar Computing Research Institute, HKBU (Prof. at the University of Trento, Italy)

cQA Challenge Chairs
  • Alberto Barrón-Cedeño, Qatar Computing Research Institute

  • Giovanni Da San Martino, Qatar Computing Research Institute

  • Simone Filice, Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata"

  • Preslav Nakov, Qatar Computing Research Institute

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the two best performing teams:

  • 1,000€ to the winner on the test set;

  • 500€ to the winner on the development set.

  • If the same team wins on both sets, the €500 go to the first runner up on the test set.

Important dates

Release of the training and development sets: Thursday, May 12, 2016

Opening of the online oracle for submissions on the development set: Monday, May 16, 2016

Registration deadline: Friday, July 22, 2016

End of submission period on the development set: Friday, July 22, 2016

Release of the test set: Saturday, July 23, 2016

End of submission period on the test set: Saturday, July 30, 2016

Winner announcement: Monday, August 1, 2016

Deadline for system description report submission (selected only): Sunday, August 7, 2016


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Olana Missura | 12 May 13:50 2016
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ECML-PKDD 2016: The registration is now open!

ECML-PKDD 2016: The registration is now open!

All the information with regard to registration is now available at http://ecmlpkdd2016.org/attending.html#Registration.

Registration is managed by Rivatour, a travel agency working in partnership with the Congress Centre. Please note that any accompanying person should submit a separate registration.

Please note that at least one author for each accepted conference paper must register within July 10th. This registration is seen as a commitment to present the paper at the conference. Failure to register within this deadline will result in the paper being excluded from the proceedings and the conference program.


Hope to see you there!



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Donald Adjeroh | 19 May 02:10 2016
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SBP-BRIMS2016: Travel Support -- Deadline Extended to May 24, 2016

[Apologies if you receive multiple copies]

 

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR SBP-BRIMS'16 TRAVEL SUPPORT EXTENDED TO  MAY 24, 2016.

 

*** Please note that early registration deadline is June 6, 2016. ***


Registration is now open for SBP-BRIMS'16, the 2016 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation.  SBP-BRIMS'16 will be held at the UCDC Center, downtown Washington DC, USA  Jun 28 - July 1, 2016.

Link to the main conference pages,  http://sbp-brims.org/2016/



Link directly to registration page, http://sbp-brims.org/2016/registration/

 

TRAVEL SUPPORT AVAILABLE !!

We have two forms of travel support available, as described below.


1. Travel Support for Students

We have obtained grant funding that will provide a number of registration and travel scholarships for students, to help them attend the conference. These awards will cover registration costs for local students. For non-local students, the award will cover up to $800 for registration, travel, and lodging expenses.


To apply for consideration,  follow the instructions at the SBP-BRIMS website:

http://sbp-brims.org/2016/awards/


       Follow the provided link to create an account  to apply for the scholarships.
       Then, follow the instructions as directed on the website.


These awards will be allocated on the basis of student need and available funding. Travel scholarships are awarded in the form of travel reimbursement.  Travel scholars will need to submit qualifying receipts at the end of their trip.


       DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR SBP TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS EXTENDED TO MAY 24, 2016.


2. Travel Support to Promote Diversity at SBP-BRIMS'16 (for students and non-students)

We also have funding that will provide a limited travel support (registration, travel, hotel) for the purpose of increasing diversity at SBP-BRIMS 2016. Support will be available to participants from underrepresented groups (racial minority, females, or participants from the social sciences, economic or managerial sciences, or biomedical research fields) to help them attend the conference and contribute to the disciplinary diversity. These awards will cover registration costs for local conference participants. For non-local participants, the award will cover up to $800 for registration, travel, and lodging expenses. These awards are available to students, post-docs, and non-students who belong to one or more of the underrepresented groups indicated.


To apply for consideration,  follow the instructions at the SBP-BRIMS website:

http://sbp-brims.org/2016/awards/


       Follow the provided link to create an account  to apply for the scholarships.
       Then, follow the instructions as directed on the website.


The awards will be allocated on the basis of individual's need and available funding. Travel scholarships are awarded in the form of travel reimbursement. Travel scholars will need to submit qualifying receipts at the end of their trip.


      DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR SBP-BRIMS TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS EXTENDED TO  MAY 24, 2016.


*** Please note that early registration deadline is June 6, 2016. ***



SOME EXCITING ITEMS ON THE PROGRAM!

SBP-BRIMS'16 CHALLENGE – see: http://sbp-brims.org/2016/challenge/

 

SBP-BRIMS'16 TUTORIALS  see : http://sbp-brims.org/2016/tutorial/


Morning, afternoon, and late afternoon  tutorials are offered on Tuesday, June 28, 2016:


1. Deep Learning Applied
Alexander G. Ororbia II, Pennsylvania State University 

2. An Introduction to Computational Urban Science
Konstantinos Pelechrinis (University of Pittsburgh) & Daniele Quercia (Bell Labs)

3. Misinformation in Social Media: Diffusion, Detection and Intervention
Liang Wu, Fred Morstatter, and Huan Liu, Arizona State University

4. Dynamic & Geo-Spatial Network Visualization and Analysis
L. Richard Carley (LRC <at> CMU.EDU) Carnegie Mellon University  & Netanomics

5. Network Analytics in ORA
Geoffrey Morgan (gmorgan <at> cs.cmu.edu ) and Kathleen M. Carley (kathleen.carley <at> cs.cmu.edu), Carnegie Mellon University

6. Identifying Covert or Hidden Groups in Twitter
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Benigni (matthew.c.benigni <at> mail.mil) & Kathleen M. Carley (kathleen.carley <at> cs.cmu.edu), Carnegie Mellon University

7. Generative models for social network data
Kevin S. Xu (kevinxu <at> outlook.com) and TBA, University of Toledo

8. Exploring Public Events Using Social Media Data: Challenges in Extraction, Modeling and Analyzing
Yuheng Hu (yuhenghu <at> uic.edu), University of Illinois at Chicago

9. Analyzing User behaviors via Data Visualization Techniques
Nan Cao (nan.cao <at> nyu.edu), NYU ShangHai / NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Yu-Ru Lin (yurulin <at> pitt.edu), University of Pittsburgh

A brief description of the tutorials will be made available at the tutorial webpage: http://sbp-brims.org/2016/tutorial/


 

SBP-BRIMS'16 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:


Alex Levis
University Professor of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering
George Mason University - Fairfax, VA
Former, Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon. 


Tina Eliassi-Rad

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Northeastern University - Boston, MA



Pamela I. Blechinger

Director, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine - Command Analysis Center (TRAC) - Fort Leavenworth, Kansas


For more information on the keynote speakers, see:  http://sbp-brims.org/2016/keynote/



SBP-BRIMS'16 GRAND DATA CHALLENGE 

(We are still accepting entries.)


Please visit the conference website for further information about the  conference:  http://sbp-brims.org/2016/

 

 

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Geoffrey Hubona | 28 Apr 19:09 2014
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Online 8-Month 2014 R BOOT CAMP: $100 for students ends midnight May 2

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS END MIDNIGHT THIS FRIDAY for both live AM and live PM online class sessions.

Total $100 early registration for full-time students (through May 2); $150 for non-full-time students.
Live, online, centerpiece Introduction to R summer course is based on authoritative
documentation of same name developed by R core development team.
Centerpiece live, online Introduction to R course taught on Friday mornings and
then again on same Friday in PM for Pacific Rim countries (where it is Saturday morning).
Also includes 30+ additional 24/7 "on-demand" R courses with 900+ more
hours of instructional video content, exercises and datasets available
to you beginning the day after your registration.

Start learning R tomorrow, and with expert, live instruction, beginning on June 20.

Visit http://tinyurl.com/rbootcamp

Geoff Hubona

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Geoffrey Hubona | 22 Apr 19:29 2014
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SUMMER of SEM Online: SEM with lavaan and Multilevel SEM with xxM

Live, online, 8-session SEM course, with weekly Wednesday 11:30AM EDT and 7:30PM EDT classes using lavaan package in R begins June 18. Early registration discounts ($245 total fee for students) ends on May 15. This registration cost INCLUDES continued educational support through December 2014 by well-published, International experts in SEM and PLS path modeling, with 22 additional courses for you to access 24/7.

Or register for 4-session Multilevel SEM Modeling workshop on Thursdays 11:30AM EDT and 7:30PM EDT sessions with xxM package. Early registration discounts ($145 total fee for students) ends on May 15. 

Or register for BOTH as 12-session SUMMER of SEM Program. Early registration discount $325 total full-time students. Note that lavaan cannot perform multilevel SEM modeling.
A hands-on program, all software, R scripts, class slides, exercises and datasets are included, as are complete audio and video real-time recordings of all the live classes for you to keep afterwards.

Includes a SEM'n'R registration with 22 other online courses on SEM, PLS path modeling and R software for 24/7 access, as well as ongoing question-and-answer support from the authors of these courses, beginning the day after your initial registration and not ending until January 1, 2015.

Visit http://tinyurl.com/sem-lavaan
or
http://tinyurl.com/multilevel-xxm

Geoff Hubona


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WIC Office | 1 Apr 16:57 2014

WI'14 - Call for Special Session Papers, Workshop Papers & Tutorial Proposals

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         The 2014 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on

                     Web Intelligence (WI'14)

                August 11-14, 2014, Warsaw, Poland

                 CALL FOR SPECIAL SESSION PAPERS,

               WORKSHOP PAPERS & TUTORIAL PROPOSALS

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http://wic2014.mimuw.edu.pl/wi/wi-2014-special-sessions

http://wic2014.mimuw.edu.pl/wi/wi-2014-workshops

http://wic2014.mimuw.edu.pl/wi/submit-proposal

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WI'14 is a part of the 2014 Web Intelligence Congress (WIC'14).

The series of Web Intelligence (WI) conferences was started in
Japan in 2001. Since then, WI has been held yearly in several
countries, including: Canada, China, France, USA, Australia and
Italy. WI conference is recognized as the World's leading forum
related to Web Intelligence. In 2014, it will be organized in
Warsaw as a Special Event commemorating the 25th anniversary of
the Web.

WI'14 Special Sessions
- Soft Clustering
- Granular Computing
- Complex Methods for Data and Web Mining 
- Big Data Analytics

WI'14 Workshops
- Web Personalization, Recommender Systems and Social Media
- Social Web Intelligence
- Ensemble Learning for Web Analytics
- Semantic Data Analytics
- Natural Language Processing and Ontology Engineering

Important Dates
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# Workshop/special session paper submission:    April     13, 2014 
# Tutorial proposal submission:                 April     13, 2014 
# Tutorial proposal acceptance notification:    April     20, 2014 
# Paper acceptance notification:                May        4, 2014 
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Keynote Speakers
- [Turing Award Winner:] Andrew Chi-Chih Yao (Tsinghua University)
- Stefan Decker (National University of Ireland & DERI)
- Karl Friston (University College London)
- Sadaaki Miyamoto (University of Tsukuba)
- Yi Pan (Georgia State University)
- Henryk Skarzynski (Inst. of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing)
- John F. Sowa (VivoMind Research, LLC)
- Andrzej Szalas (Linkoping University & the University of Warsaw)

Panel Speakers
- European Human Brain Project: Richard Frackowiak,
  Piotr Bogorodzki, Thomas Heinis, Ferath Kherif
- [other plenary panels to be announced soon]

Workshop Chairs
- Lipika Dey (India)
- Adam Krasuski (Poland)
- Marek Reformat (Canada)

Tutorial Chairs
- Hiranmay Ghosh (India)
- Radoslaw Katarzyniak (Poland)
- Christina Schweikert (USA)

Online Submissions & Publications
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# Papers need to have up to 8 pages in IEEE format:
# http://www.computer.org/portal/web/cscps/formatting
# Accepted special session papers will be published
# in the main WI'14 proceedings (IEEE).
# Accepted workshop papers will be published in the
# WI-IAT'14 workshop proceedings (IEEE).
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*** Post-Conference Journal Publications ***

- Web Intelligence and Agent Systems (IOS Press)
- Brain Informatics (Springer)
- Information Technology & Decision Making (World Scientific)
- Computational Intelligence (Wiley)
- Health Information Science and Systems (Springer)
- Cognitive Systems Research (Elsevier)
- Computational Cognitive Science (Springer)
- Semantic Computing (World Scientific)
- [special web 25 issue:] Fundamenta Informaticae (IOS Press)

*** About WIC'14 ***

The 2014 Web Intelligence Congress (WIC'14) includes four
international conferences related to intelligent informatics:

- IEEE/WIC/ACM Web Intelligence 2014 (WI'14)
- IEEE/WIC/ACM Intelligent Agent Technology 2014 (IAT'14)
- Active Media Technology 2014 (AMT'14)
- Brain Informatics & Heath 2014 (BIH'14)

They are co-located in order to bring together researchers and
practitioners from diverse fields with the purpose of exploring
the fundamental roles, interactions and practical impacts of
Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Information Technology.

*** About the Venue ***

The conference will be held in August - the best Summer period
to visit Warsaw and Poland. Lectures will take place in Central
Campus of the University of Warsaw, in the Old Library building
converted to a modern conference center. The campus is located
in downtown Warsaw, close to the Old Town and Vistula River.

*** Contact Information ***

- Special session papers: Dominik Slezak (slezak <at> mimuw.edu.pl)
- Workshop papers: Lipika Dey (lipikadey <at> gmail.com)
- Tutorial proposals: Hiranmay Ghosh (wi14.hiranmay <at> gmail.com)

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