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ESANN'96: European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks

Michel Verleysen esann at dice.ucl.ac.be
Tue Feb 20 09:22:46 EST 1996

      * 4th European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks *
      *                                                      *
      *            Bruges - April 24-25-26, 1996             *
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      *                 Preliminary Program                  *
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This e-mail contains all information concerning the 4th European
Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks, to be held in Bruges, Belgium,
on 24-25-26 April, 1996:
 - general information about the conference
 - the full programme
 - the committees
 - practical information
 - how to register

The same information is available through WWW at the following address:

   - Foreword -

Since its resurgence in the early 80s, the field of artificial neural
networks is rapidly moving.  There was first an important, and sometimes
exaggerated, interest for neural techniques which were used in any kind of
application where conventional methods failed.  Then, in the late 80s,
people began to realize that neural networks are not the miraculous
solution to all problems.

The truth is certainly somewhere between these two extremes: there is no
doubt that neural networks are an important step towards new data analysis
and function approximation tools, but they have to be used in appropriate
situations, and a deep knowledge of their properties, both theoretical and
practical, is necessary.

The purpose of the ESANN series of conferences is to present the latest
results in the fundamental aspects of artificial neural networks.  The
fourth European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks will be organized
in Bruges, on 24-26 April 1996.  It will cover most of the main
theoretical, mathematical and fundamental new developments of the field:
learning, models, approximation of functions, classification, control,
signal processing, biology, self-organization and many other topics will be
treated during the conference.  

The program committee selected about 50% of the submitted papers; this
severe selection guarantees the high quality of the presentations.  Besides
these presentations, three invited speakers (Bernd Fritzke, Nicolas
Franceschini and Juha Karhunen) will present the state-of-the-art and the
recent developments in some particular aspects of the topics covered by the

The steering and program committees of ESANN'96 are pleased to invite you
to participate to this symposium.  More than a formal conference presenting
the last developments in the field, ESANN'96 will be also a forum for open
discussions, round tables and opportunities for future collaborations.  We
hope to have the pleasure to meet you in April, in the splendid town of
Bruges, one of the most beautiful mediaeval cities in the world.

   - Programme of the conference -

Wednesday 24th April 1996

8H30    Registration 

9H00    Opening session

Session 1: Learning and generalization 1
Chairman: H. Paugam-Moisy (E.N.S. Lyon, France)

9H10    "Synaptic efficiency modulations for context integration: The meta
ODWE architecture"
        N. Pican
        INRIA Lorraine (France)

9H30    "Using a Meta Neural Network for RPROP parameter adaptation"
        C. McCormack
        University College Cork (Ireland)

9H50    "On unlearnable problems -or- A model for premature saturation in
backpropagation learning"
        C. Goerick, W. von Seelen
        Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany)

10H10   "Regulated Activation Weights Neural Network (RAWN)"
        H.A.B. te Braake*, H.J.L. van Can*, G. van Straten**, H.B.
        *Delft Univ. of Technology (The Netherlands)
        ** Wageningen Agricultural Univ. (The Netherlands)

10H30   "Praticing Q-learning"
        J. Bruske, I. Ahrns, G. Sommer
        Christian Albrechts Univ. of Kiel (Germany)

10H50   Coffee break

Session 2: Recurrent models
Chairman: W. Duch (Nicholas Copernicus Univ., Poland)

11H30   "Adaptative time constants improve the dynamic features of
recurrent neural networks"
        J.-P. Draye*, D. Pavisic*, G. Cheron**, G. Libert*
        * Fac. Polyt. Mons (Belgium), **Univ. of Brussels (Belgium)

11H50   "An adaptive technique for pattern recognition by the random neural
        M. Mokhtari*,**, H. Akdag**,***
        *IUT de Reims, **Univ. Paris V, ***Univ. Paris VI (France)

12H10   "Negative initial weights improve learning in recurrent neural
        D. Pavisic, J.-P. Draye, R. Teran, G. Calderon, G. Cheron, G.
        Fac. Polyt. Mons (Belgium)

12H30 Lunch

Session 3: Fuzzy neural networks
Chairman: M. Verleysen (Univ. Cath. de Louvain, Belgium)

14H00   "The extraction of Sugeno fuzzy rules from neural networks"
        A.L. Cechin, U. Epperlein, W. Rosenstiel, B. Koppenhoefer
        Univ. Tübingen (Germany)

14H20   Neural versus neurofuzzy systems for credit approval
        S. Piramuthu
        Univ. of Florida (USA)

Invited paper:
14H40   B. Fritzke (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)
        "Growing self-organizing networks - Why ?"

15H25   coffee break

Session 4: Self-organizing maps
Chairman: B. Fritzke (Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany)

16H00   "Identification of gait patterns with self-organizing maps based on
ground reaction force"
        M. Kohle, D. Merkl
        Vienna Univ. of Technology (Austria)

16H20   "A self-organizing map for analysis of high-dimensional feature
spaces with clusters of highly differing feature density"
        S. Schunemann, B. Michaelis
        Otto-von-Guericke Univ. Magdeburg (Germany)

16H40   "Quantization vs Organization in the Kohonen S.O.M."
        J.-C. Fort*, G. Pagès**
        *Univ. Nancy I & Univ. Paris I (France)
        **Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie & Univ. Paris XII (France)

17H00   "On global self-organizing maps"
        W. Duch, A. Naud
        Nicholas Copernicus Univ. (Poland)

17H20   "On the critical points of the 1-dimensional competitive learning
vector quantization algorithm"
        D. Lamberton*, G. Pages**
        *Univ. Marne-la-Vallée, **Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie & Univ. Paris
XII (France)

17H40   "A Kohonen map representation to avoid misleading interpretations"
        M. Cottrell*, E. de Bodt**
        *Univ. Paris I (France), Univ. Cat. Louvain (Belgium)

Thursday 25th April 1996

Session 5: Incremental learning
Chairman: T.W.S. Chow (City University of Hong Kong)

9H00    "FlexNet - A flexible neural network construction algorithm"
        K. Mohraz, P. Protzel
        FORWISS, Germany

9H20    "Incremental category learning in a real world artifact using
growing dynamic cell structures"
        C. Scheier
        Univ. of Zurich (Switzerland)

9H40    "Towards constructive and destructive dynamic network
        S. Wermter, M. Meurer
        Univ. of Hamburg (Germany)

10H00   "Combining sigmoids and radial basis functions in evolutive neural
        R. Chentouf, C. Jutten
        I.N.P. Grenoble (France)

10H20   Coffee break

Invited paper:
11H00   N. Franceschini (CNRS Marseilles, France)
        "Biologically inspired eye movements for visually guided navigation
of mobile robots", F. Mura, N. Martin, N. Franceschini

Session 6: Classification
Chairman: J. Vandewalle (Kat. Univ. Leuven, Belgium)

11H45   "A novel two-layer neural network classifier"
        G. Qiu
        Univ. of Derby (United Kingdom)

12H05   "Representation of obstacles in a neural network based classifier
        N.R. Ball
        Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

12H25   "Investigating lexical access using neural nets"
        M. Patel
        Macquarie Univ. (Australia)

12H45   Lunch

Session 7: Mathematical aspects of neural networks
Chairman: J.C. Fort (Univ. Nancy I & Univ. Paris I, France)

14H00   "Rates of approximation of real-valued boolean functions by neural
        K. Hlavackova, V. Kurkova
        Acad. of Sciences (Czech Republic)

14H20   "Bounds on the degree of high order binary perceptrons"
        E. Mayoraz
        IDIAP (Switzerland)

14H40   "A fast Bayesian algorithm for Boolean functions synthesis by means
of perceptron networks"
        A. Catala Mallofre*, J. Aguilar-Martin*,**, B. Morcego Seix*, N.
Piera i Carrete*
        *Univ. Polit. Catalunya (Spain), **LAAS-CNRS (France)

15H00   "Accomodating relevance in neural networks"
        H. Wang, D. Bell
        Univ. of Ulster at Jordanstown (United Kingdom)

15H20   Coffee break

Session 8: Natural and artificial vision
Chairman: N. Franceschini (CNRS Marseilles, France)

16H00   "Neural network for visual contrast detection"
        E. Littmann*, H. Neumann*, L. Pessoa**
        *Univ. of Ulm (Germany), **Univ. Federale Rio (Brazil)

16H20   "Application of high-order Boltzmann machines in OCR"
        A. de la Hera, M. Grana, A. D'Anjou, F.X. Albizuri
        UPV San Sebastian (Spain)

16H40   "Simulation of an inner plexiform layer neural circuit in
vertebrate retina leads to sustained and transient excitation"
        G. Maguire, X. Yang
        Univ. of Texas (USA)

17H00   "Analysis of visual information by receptivc field dynamics"
        C. Born
        Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (Germany)

17H20   "Neurotransmitterdynamics in a model of a movement detecting visual
        H.A.K. Mastebroek
        Groningen Univ. (The Netherlands)

20H00 Conference dinner

Friday 26th April 1996

Session 9: Neural networks and statistics
Chairman: G. Pagès (Univ. Paris VI, France)

9H00    "Recurrent least square learning for quasi-parallel principal
component analysis"
        W. Kasprzak, A. Cichocki
        RIKEN Frontier Research (Japan)

9H20    "Understanding data by neural and statistical tools"
        A. Guerin-Dugue, C. Avilez-Cruz, P.M. Palagi
        I.N.P. Grenoble (France)

9H40    "Error rate estimation via cross-validation and learning curve
        A. Varfis, L. Corleto
        CEC Joint Research Center Ispra (Italy)

10H00   "Maximum covariance method for weight initialization of multilayer
perceptron network"
        M. Lehtokangas*, P. Korpisaari**, K. Kaski**
        *Nokia Research Center, **Tampere Univ. of Tech. (Finland)
10H20   Coffee break

Invited paper:
11H00   J. Karhunen (Helsinki Univ. of Technology, Finland)
        "Neural approaches to independent component analysis and source

Session 10: Learning and generalization 2
Chairman: E. Mayoraz (IDIAP Martigny, Switzerland)

11H40   "Constraining of weights using regularities"
        J.N. Kok*, E. Marchiori*,**, M. Marchiori***, C. Rossi****
        *Univ. of Leiden (The Netherlands), **CWI (The Netherlands),
***Univ. of Padova (Italy), ****Univ. of Venezia (Italy)

12H00   "Regularization and neural computation: application to aerial
images analysis"
        E. Schaeffer, P. Bourret, S. Montrozier
        ONERA-CERT (France)

12H20   Lunch

Session 10: Learning and generalization 2 (continued)
Chairman: E. Mayoraz (IDIAP Martigny, Switzerland)

14H00   "An algorithm for training multilayer networks on non-numerical
        W. Kowalczyk
        Vrije Univ. Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

14H20   "A correlation-based network for real-time processing"
        J. Ngole
        Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)

14H40   "Evolving neural network learning behaviours with set-based
        S.M. Lucas
        Univ. of Essex (United Kingdom)

15H00   coffee break

Session 11: Prediction
Chairman: M. Cottrell (Univ. Paris I, France)

15H30   "Neural network application: rainfall forecasting system in Hong
        T.W.S. Chow, S. Cho
        City Univ. of Hong-Kong

15H50   "Prediction of dynamical systems with composition networks"
        Y. Moreau, J. Vandewalle
        Kat. Univ. Leuven (Belgium)

16H10   "Fast signal recognition and detection using ART1 neural networks
and nonlinear preprocessing units based on time delay embeddings"
        R. Dogaru, A.T. Murgan, C. Comaniciu
        Polyt. Univ. of Bucharest (Romania)

16H30   "An analysis of the metric structure of the weight space of
feedforward networks and its application to time series modeling and
        A. Ossen, S.M. Rüger
        Tech. Univ. Berlin (Germany)

16H50   "Time series prediction using neural networks and its application
to artificial human walking"
        R.S. Venema, A. Ypma, J.A.G. Nijhuis, L. Spaanenburg
        Rijksuniv. Groningen (The Netherlands)

   - Committees -

Steering and local committee

 Francois Blayo          Univ. Paris I (F)
 Marie Cottrell          Univ. Paris I (F)
 Jeanny Hérault          INPG Grenoble (F)
 Bernard Manderick       Vrije Univ. Brussel (B)
 Eric Noldus             Univ. Gent (B)
 Joos Vandewalle         KUL Leuven (B)
 Michel Verleysen        UCL Louvain-la-Neuve (B)

Scientific committee

 Edoardo Amaldi Cornell  Univ. (USA)
 Agnes Babloyantz        Univ. Libre Bruxelles (B)
 Herve Bourlard          FPMS Mons (B)
 Joan Cabestany          Univ. Polit. de Catalunya (E)
 Dave Cliff              University of Sussex (UK)
 Holk Cruse              Universitat Bielefeld (D)
 Dante Del Corso         Politecnico di Torino (I)
 Wlodek Duch             Nicholas Copernicus Univ. (PL)
 Marc Duranton           Philips / LEP (F)
 Jean-Claude Fort        Universite Nancy I (F)
 Bernd Fritzke           Ruhr-Universitat Bochum (D)
 Karl Goser              Universitat Dortmund (D)
 Manuel Grana            UPV San Sebastian (E)
 Kurt Hornik             Techische Univ. Wien (A)
 Christian Jutten        INPG Grenoble (F)
 Vera Kurkova            Acad. of Science of the Czech Rep. (CZ)
 Jean-Didier Legat       UCL Louvain-la-Neuve (B)
 Hans-Peter Mallot       Max-Planck Institut (D)
 Eddy Mayoraz            IDIAP Martigny (CH)
 Jean Arcady Meyer       Ecole Normale Superieure Paris (F)
 Jose Mira Mira          UNED (E)
 Pietro Morasso          Univ. of Genoa (I)
 Jean-Pierre Nadal       Ecole Normale Superieure Paris (F)
 Erkki Oja               Helsinky University of Technology (FIN)
 Gilles Pages            Université Paris VI (F)
 Helene Paugam-Moisy     Ecole Normale Superieure Lyon (F)
 Alberto Prieto          Universitad de Granada (E)
 Pierre Puget            LETI Grenoble (F)
 Ronan Reilly            University College Dublin (IRE)
 Tamas Roska             Hungarian Academy of Science (H)
 Jean-Pierre Rospars     INRA Versailles (F)
 Jean-Pierre Royet       Universite Lyon 1 (F)
 John Stonham            Brunel University (UK)
 John Taylor             King's College London (UK)
 Vincent Torre           Universita di Genova (I)
 Claude Touzet           IUSPIM Marseilles (F)
 Marc Van Hulle          KUL Leuven (B)
 Christian Wellekens     Eurecom Sophia-Antipolis (F)

   - Support -

ESANN'96 is organized with the support of:
- UCL (Universite Catholique de Louvain - Louvain-la-Neuve)
- REGARDS (Research Group on Algorithmic, Related Devices and Systems -
- Nationaal Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (National Fund for
Scientific Research)
- IEEE Region 8

   - Conference information -

Registration fees for symposium

              registration before  registration after
              22nd March 1996      22nd March 1996
Universities      BEF 15500            BEF 16500
Industries        BEF 19500            BEF 20500

Registration fees include attendance to all sessions, the ESANN'96 dinner,
a copy of the conference proceedings, daily lunches (24-26 April '96), and
coffee breaks twice a day during the symposium.

Advance registration is mandatory.  

Advance payments (see registration form) must be made to the conference
secretariat by bank transfer on a Belgian bank (free of charges), by bank
transfer from a bank abroad account (add BEF 500 for processing fees) or by
sending a cheque (add BEF 500 for processing fees).  Bank transfers and
cheques must be made out in Belgian francs.


The official language of the conference is English.  It will be used for
all printed material, presentations and discussions.


A copy of the proceedings will be provided to all conference registrants. 
All technical papers will be included in the proceedings.
Additional copies of the proceedings may be purchased at the following
ESANN'96 proceedings:  BEF 2000
ESANN'95 proceedings:  BEF 2000
ESANN'94 proceedings:  BEF 2000
ESANN'93 proceedings:  BEF 1500.
Add BEF 500 to any single or multiple order for p.&p. and bank charges. 
Please write to the conference secretariat to order proceedings.

Conference dinner

A dinner will be offered on Thursday 25th to all conference registrants in
a famous and typical place of Bruges.  Additional vouchers for the dinner
may be purchased on Wednesday 24th at the conference.


If cancellation is received by 31th March 1996, 50% of the registration
fees will be returned.  Cancellation received after this date will not be
entitled to any refund.

Conference secretariat

D facto conference services     phone: + 32 2 245 43 63
45 rue Masui                    fax: + 32 2 245 46 94
B-1210 Brussels - Belgium       E-mail: esann at dice.ucl.ac.be

   - General information -

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is unique in Europe : a living city of human proportions where you
can wander to your heart's content in virtually unspoiled surroundings. 
Know as the Venice of the North because of its network of canals and its
narrow streets with their typical facades, this city takes you back to long
forgotten times !  Admire Bruges by boat or on foot to get a new
perspective of what most people agree is "Europe's best preserved mediaeval
city".  Enjoy the Flemish cuisine at any level from exclusive restaurant to
cheaper - but good - bistro and their Flemish cuisine.

Bruges is situated at about 100 km. from Brussels, and can very easily be
reached by train from Brussels main stations.

Hotel accommodation

Special rates for participants to ESANN'96 have been arranged at the
NOVOTEL HOTEL (3 stars), and at the IBIS HOTEL.

The Novotel hotel is situated close from Bruges station, and near to the
center of the town.  It includes a restaurant, a bar/brasserie, and a
swimming pool.  The conference will be held in this hotel.  There is a
public parking under the hotel.
        Single room                             BEF 3800
        Double room or twin room                BEF 4700
NOVOTEL                 phone: +32 50 33 75 33
Katelijnestraat 65B             fax: +32 50 33 65 56
B-8000 Brugge - Belgium

The Ibis Hotel is situated a few meters from the Novotel hotel.
        Single room                             BEF 3000
        Double room or twin room                BEF 3200
IBIS                            phone: + 32 50 33 75 75
Katelijnestraat 65A             fax: + 32 50 33 64 19
B-8000 Brugge - Belgium

Prices for both hotels include breakfast, taxes and service, and are only
valid for rooms booked through the enclosed booking form.  Rooms can only
be confirmed upon receipt of booking form (see at the end of this booklet)
and deposit.  Rooms must be booked before 31 March 1996.

A list of other low-category hotels and contact phone and fax numbers is
available on request (by fax only) at the conference secretariat.  Booking
will not be assumed by the conference secretariat for these hotels.

Conference location

The conference will be held at the Novotel hotel. 
        Novotel hotel
        Katelijnestraat 65B
        B - 8000 Brugge

   - ESANN'96 Registration and Hotel Booking Form -

Ms., Mr., Dr., Prof.: ............................................
Name: ............................................................
first Name: ......................................................
Institution: .....................................................
Address: .........................................................
ZIP: .............................................................
Town: ............................................................
Country: .........................................................
Tel: .............................................................
fax: .............................................................
E-mail: ..........................................................
VAT No.: ..........................................................

Registration fees
                registration before     registration after
                22nd March 1996         22nd March 1996
Universities    BEF 15500               BEF 16500
Industries      BEF 19500               BEF 20500

University fees are applicable to members and students of academic and
teaching institutions.

Each registration will be confirmed by an acknowledgment of receipt, which
must be given to the registration desk of the conference to get entry
badge, proceedings and all materials.

Registration fees include attendance to all sessions, the ESANN'96 dinner,
a copy of the conference proceedings, daily lunches (24-26 April '96), and
coffee breaks twice a day during the symposium.

Advance registration is mandatory.  

Hotel booking

Hotel NOVOTEL (3 stars) - Katelijnestraat 65B - 8000 Brugge
Single room :                   BEF 3800
Double room (large bed) :       BEF 4700
Twin room (2 beds) :            BEF 4700

Hotel IBIS - Katelijnestraat 65A - 8000 Brugge
Single room :                   BEF 3000
Double room (large bed) :       BEF 3200
Twin room (2 beds) :            BEF 3200

Prices include breakfast, service and taxes.  A deposit corresponding to
the first night is mandatory.

Please tick appropriate:

Registration form to ESANN'96
O   registration before 22nd March 1996:        BEF 15500
O   registration after 22nd March 1996:         BEF 16500
O   registration before 22nd March 1996:        BEF 19500
O   registration after 22nd March 1996:         BEF 20500

Hotel Novotel booking 
O   single room                         deposit: BEF 3800
O   double room (large bed)             deposit: BEF 4700
O   twin room (twin beds)               deposit: BEF 4700
Hotel Ibis booking 
O   single room                         deposit: BEF 3000 
O   double room (large bed)             deposit: BEF 3200 
O   twin room (twin beds)               deposit: BEF 3200
Hotels must be booked before 31 March 1996.

Arrival date:           ..../..../1996
Departure date:         ..../..../1996

O   Additional payment if fees are paid
       through a bank abroad cheque or by a
       bank transfer from a bank abroad account:  BEF 500

Total                                            BEF ____

Payment (please tick):
O   Bank transfer, stating name of participant, made payable to: 
                Générale de Banque
                ch. de Waterloo 1341 A
                B-1180 Brussels - Belgium
                Acc.no: 210-0468648-93 of D facto (45 rue
                        Masui, B-1210 Brussels)
        A supplementary fee of BEF 500 must be added if 
        the payment is made from a bank abroad account.
O   Cheques/Postal Money Orders made payable to:
                D facto
                45 rue Masui
                B-1210 Brussels - Belgium
        A supplementary fee of BEF 500 must be added if 
        the payment is made through a bank abroad 
        cheque or postal money order.

Only registrations accompanied by a cheque, a postal money order or the
proof of bank transfer will be considered.

Registration and hotel booking form, together with payment, must be sent as
soon as possible, and in no case later than 12th April 1996, to the
conference secretariat:

        D facto conference services - ESANN'96
        45, rue Masui - B-1210 Brussels - Belgium

D facto conference services
45 rue Masui
B-1210 Brussels
phone: + 32 2 245 43 63
fax: + 32 2 245 46 94

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