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[Bionews] SUMMER SCHOOL NN2005 - NEURAL NETWORKS in CLASSIFICATION, REGRESSION and DATA MINING

Jorge M. Santos jmfs at fe.up.pt
Mon Jun 6 13:22:20 EST 2005


Apologies for multiple posting
> We appreciate if you can forward this Announcement to potential
> candidates.
> 
FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT
> =============================================================
> 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
> success.
> 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,
> U.K.)
> 
> • Fernando Sereno (Assistant Professor, High School of Education,
> Portugal)
> 
> • Joaquim Marques-de-Sá, Programme Chair (Associate Professor, Dept.
> Electr. and Comp. Engineering; Fac. of Engineering, University of Porto,
> Portugal)
> 
> • 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,
> Portugal)
> 
> • Mark Embrechts (Associate Professor at the Decision Sciences and
> Engineering Systems Faculty, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, RPI Troy,
> USA)
> 
> • 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.
> 
> 
> REGISTRATION
> 
> 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
> form. 
> 
> 
> 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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