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> We appreciate if you can forward this Announcement to potential
> SUMMER SCHOOL NN2005 - with a special poster session and workshop (bring
> your data sets).
>> NEURAL NETWORKS in CLASSIFICATION, REGRESSION and DATA MINING
>> July 4-8, 2005, ISEP - Porto, Portugal; http://www.nn.isep.ipp.pt;>nn-2005 at isep.ipp.pt> =============================================================
>> GENERAL INFORMATION
>> The Summer School will be held at Porto, Portugal, jointly organized by
> the Polytechnic School of Engineering of Porto (ISEP) and the Faculty of
> Engineering, Porto University (FEUP).
>> This year's edition, NN2005, includes a special WORKSHOP SESSION providing
> a discussion forum where the participants can obtain peer guidance for
> their projects.
>>> Previous editions of the Summer School have reached a considerable
> Two opinions:
>> "NN2003 adressed current topics in neural networks and machine learning in
> a thorough and accessible manner ... presented relatively new material
> that I found extremely useful ... there was something for experts as well
> as for beginners" - Prof. Darrel Whitley, Colorado State University.
>>> "The Summer School ... was of a most impressive quality. ... the students
> were quickly brought up to a level where they could be introduced to more
> advanced material ... excellent introductions to neural networks, support
> vector machines, and genetic algorithms ... the students could further
> master their skills by applying the course material to case studies in a
> state-of-the art computer laboratory...a most impressive extensive guest
> program ... I highly recommend this course" - Prof. Mark J. Embrechts,
> Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
>>> PROGRAMME COMMITTEE (PROVISIONAL)
>>> Christopher Bishop (Assistant Director, Microsoft Research, Cambridge,
>> Fernando Sereno (Assistant Professor, High School of Education,
>> Joaquim Marques-de-Sá, Programme Chair (Associate Professor, Dept.
> Electr. and Comp. Engineering; Fac. of Engineering, University of Porto,
>> José Carlos Príncipe (BellSouth Professor, Director Computational
> NeuroEngineering, University of Florida, USA)
>> Juergen Schmidhuber (Professor Scuola Universitaria Professionale,
> Lugano, Switzerland)
>> Luís Alexandre (Assistant Professor, Beira Interior University,
>> Mark Embrechts (Associate Professor at the Decision Sciences and
> Engineering Systems Faculty, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, RPI Troy,
>> Paulo Cortez (Assistant Professor, University of Minho, Portugal)
>> Steve R. Gunn (Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Electronics and Computer
> Science, University of Southampton, UK)
>>> LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (LOC)
>> - Alzira Faria - Assistant, Dept. Mathematics, ISEP, Portugal
>> - Jorge M. Santos - Assistant, Dept. Mathematics, ISEP, Portugal
>> - Rui Chibante - Assistant, Dept. Mathematics, ISEP, Portugal
>>> COURSE CONTENTS
>> Neural networks (NN) have become a very important tool in classification
> and regression tasks. The applications are nowadays abundant, e.g. in the
> engineering, economy and biology areas. The Summer School on NN is
> dedicated to explain relevant NN paradigms, namely multilayer perceptrons
> (MLP), radial basis function networks (RBF), support vector machines (SVM)
> and entropy-based networks (ENN) used for classification and regression
> tasks, illustrated with applications to real data. Specific topics are
> also presented, namely relevance vector machines, recurrent networks,
> co-operative structures of NN and data mining using NN.
>> Classes include practical sessions with appropriate software tools. The
> trainee has, therefore, the opportunity to apply the taught concepts and
> become conversant with a broad range of NN topics and applications. A
> special workshop session will provide a discussion forum where the
> participants can obtain peer guidance for their projects.
>> Official language is English.
>>> PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME
>> A preliminary programme and further informations about the classes are
> available at the school webpage (http://www.nn.isep.ipp.pt)
>>> POSTER and WORKSHOP SESSION
> In the session "Workshop and Poster", we intend to discuss some of the
> posters presented by the participants.
> The purpose of the poster is to present some problem that the participant
> wish to discuss with the lecturers and other participants, as a way of
> getting some advise in the better way to solve it using neural networks.
> Encouraging this form of participation as a means of interaction and
> cooperative learning, we invite you to present a poster with a specific
> problem, especially one involved with your research.
The organizing committee will welcome that the participants bring along the
data sets and a summary description of the most important problem they would
be interested in order to find possible solutions in this school.
> IMPORTANT DEADLINES
>> Early Registration: 15 May 2005
>> Hotel booking: 15 June 2005
>> Summer School: 4-8 July 2005
>> All participants are required to register prior to the start of the School
> - until the 15th of June - even if you choose to pay the late registration
> fee at the registration desk.
> Please note that only a LIMITED number of participants can be accepted.
>> In order to attend the School you must fill in the registration form,
> available at the School web page. Please note that if you have any guests
> who would like to take part in the social programme, you must register
> them as well, by filling in the corresponding field in the registration
>>> SCHOOL FEES
>> The registration fee for participants amounts to:
>> - Early registration fee (paid before the 15th of May)
>> * 300 Euro (students, ISEP and FEUP staff)
>> * 350 Euro (all other participants)
>> - Late registration fee (paid after the 15th of May)
>> * 350 Euro (students, ISEP and FEUP staff)
>> * 400 Euro (all other participants)
>> The registration fee includes:
>> * school package (manuscripts, CD)
> * coffee breaks
> * daily lunch
> * welcome reception
> * school banquet
>> NOTE: The registration fee for those who attended previous editions
> amounts to 20 euro per lecture and includes the school package and
> coffee-breaks. Please, contact the LOC for further details.
>>> CONTACT ADDRESS
>> NN2005 Secretariat
>> Ms. Gabriela Afonso
> Email: gafonso at fe.up.pt>>> Local Organizing Committee (LOC) - Summer School NN2005
> Departamento de Matemática
> Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
> Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida 431
> 4200-072 PORTO / PORTUGAL
> Email: nn-2005 at isep.ipp.pt>>http://www.nn.isep.ipp.pt>> Programme Chair:
> Prof. Marques de Sá
> Tel. 225081828 - Email: jmsa at fe.up.pt> ========================================
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