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Benelearn 2011 : The 20th Annual Belgian-Dutch Conference on Machine Learning


When May 20, 2011 - May 20, 2011
Where The Hague
Submission Deadline Apr 5, 2011
Notification Due Apr 19, 2011
Final Version Due May 13, 2011
Categories    machine learning   data mining   KDD

Call For Papers

CFP Benelearn 2011

Benelearn is the annual machine learning conference of Belgium and the Netherlands. It serves as a forum for researchers to exchange ideas, present recent work, network and foster collaboration in machine learning, knowledge discovery in databases and data mining research and applications. Benelearn 2011 will take place on May 20 at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) in the Hague. It is organized by the Data Mining Group at LIACS, Leiden University and the Knowledge and Expertise Center for Intelligent Data Analysis (KECIDA), NFI.

Compared to previous years, Benelearn 2011 will have an increased focus on its role as a forum for the machine learning community. The plenary program will feature a selection of the best full papers contributed, and invited talks covering broad subjects (tutorial or survey style), as well as a poster session. This format is intended to make Benelearn more compact (1-day), more intense, and more relevant for a wider audience, including both junior and senior researchers, from both academia and industry, covering research as well as applications of machine learning.

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Important Dates

• Submission deadline: April 5 (extended deadline)
• Notification of acceptance: April 19
• Camera ready papers: May 13
• Conference: May 20


Main Sponsor: Pegasystems
Academic Partners: BNVKI, SIKS
Conference Services by NFI Academy


Conference fees
• Early bird registration (no later than April 30, 2011): 50 Euro (free for SIKS members, see below)
• Regular registration (after April 30, 2011): 80 Euro
• Conference dinner: 40 Euro

Due to the cooperation between SIKS and the local organisation of Benelearn 2011, SIKS members can participate without paying the registration fee. There is a fixed number of places available, therefore an early registration is required. The event is part of the Advanced Components stage of the SIKS eduational program.


We invite the submission of extended abstracts and papers on all aspects of machine learning and related disciplines such as data mining, including, but not limited to:
• Theory, Methodology and Algorithms:
o Kernel Methods
o Graphical Models and Bayesian Networks
o Case-based Learning
o Natural Computing, Evolutionary Computation and Neural Networks
o Statistical and Pattern Recognition Methods
o Reinforcement Learning
o Ensemble Methods and Hybrid Learning Systems
o Clustering and Dimension Reduction
o Data Preparation, Feature Selection and Construction
o Model Evaluation and Diagnosis
o Meta-Learning
o Machine Learning Methodology and Process Automation
o Computational Learning Theory
• Problem Domains, Tasks and Applications
o Learning in Dynamic Domains
o Large Scale Learning and Optimization
o Text, Image, Multimedia and Web Mining
o Social and Other Network Mining
o Graph Mining
o Spatial Data Mining
o Time Series and Forecasting
o Semi Supervised Learning
o Budgeted Learning and Active Learning
o Cost Sensitive Learning
o Multi Label and Multi Instance Learning
o Privacy related techniques
o Visualization
o Bioinformatics
o Machine Learning in Ubiquitous Computing
o Search, Ranking and Targeting
o Recommender Systems
o Other business, government, scientific or artistic applications

Submission Instructions

Submissions are possible as either a full paper or extended abstract. Full papers should present original, unpublished work, covering research or a case application. Extended abstracts may present current, recently published or future research, and can cover a wider scope, for instance position statements, offer a specific scientific or business problem to be solved by machine learning or describe a machine learning demo or art installation.

A selection will be made of the best paper and runner ups, and these will be presented in the plenary session. The remainder of accepted submissions will be presented in the form of short announcement talks and a poster session. In the conference proceedings the papers selected for plenary presentation will be recognized, and only full papers can qualify for this.

Full papers can consist of a maximum of 8 pages; extended abstracts up to 2 pages. Each submission must be submitted online via the Easychair submission interface. Submissions can be updated at will before the submission deadline. Electronic versions of accepted submissions will be made publicly available on the conference web site. The only accepted format for submitted papers is PDF. Each paper submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee and all accepted submissions will be included in the conference proceedings.
Papers and extended abstracts should be submitted electronically, no later than Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

Notification of acceptance is on April 19, camera ready papers need to be provided by May 13.


• Peter van der Putten (LIACS)
• Hendrik Blockeel (LIACS)
• Joaquin Vanschoren (LIACS)
• Cor Veenman (NFI)
• Menno Israel (NFI)

Conference services: Miranda van Alem (NFI Academy). Sponsors and partners: Pegasystems, SIKS and BNVKI

Program Committee:
• Gianluca Bontempi, U.L. Bruxelles
• Antal van den Bosch, Tilburg University
• Joost Broekens, T.U. Delft
• Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp
• Pierre Dupont, U.C. de Louvain
• Damien Ernst, University of Liège
• Ad Feelders, Universiteit Utrecht
• Pierre Geurts, University of Liège
• Bart Goethals, University of Antwerp
• Tom Heskes, Radboud University Nijmegen
• Edwin de Jong, Adapticon
• Arno Knobbe, Universiteit Leiden
• Joost Kok, Universiteit Leiden
• Walter Kosters, Universiteit Leiden
• Wojtek Kowalczyk, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
• Ann Nowé, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
• Martijn van Otterlo, K.U. Leuven
• Mykola Pechenizkiy, T.U. Eindhoven
• Mannes Poel, Universiteit Twente
• Eric Postma, Tilburg University
• Luc de Raedt, K.U. Leuven
• Jan Ramon, K.U. Leuven
• Yvan Saeys, Ghent University
• Rodolphe Sepulchre, University of Liège
• Evgueni Smirnov, Maastricht University
• Maarten van Someren, University of Amsterdam
• Johan Suykens, K.U. Leuven
• Marten den Uyl, Sentient
• Koen Vanhoof, Universiteit Hasselt
• Celine Vens, K.U. Leuven
• Katja Verbeeck, KaHo St-Lieven, Gent
• Michel Verleysen, U.C. Louvain
• Sicco Verwer, K.U. Leuven
• Willem Waegeman, Gent University
• Louis Wehenkel, University of Liège
• Menno van Zaanen, Tilburg University
• Jakub Zavrel, Textkernel

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