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BAFI 2014 : Business Analytics in Finance and Industry


When Jan 6, 2014 - Jan 8, 2014
Where Santiago, Chile
Submission Deadline Sep 15, 2013
Notification Due Oct 15, 2013
Categories    business analytics   finance   industry

Call For Papers

Conference on Business Analytics in
Finance and Industry – BAFI 2014
Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
6-8 January, 2014


During the last decade, the disciplines of Data Mining and Operations Research have increasingly come closer to each other. As a consequence the terms “Business Analytics” and “Intelligent Optimization” are used to refer to the applications of quantitative and analytical techniques, seeking to improve existing methods or to solve complex problems in areas such as finance and marketing, as well as in a wide range of other industry challenges.

The conference on Business Analytics in Finance and Industry, BAFI 2014 is aimed to bring together researchers and practitioners to present their recent developments and to identify future challenges in this novel combination of research areas. For this purpose, we are looking for original contributions on topics related to Business Analytics in Finance and Industry (see below for a non-exhaustive list of conference topics). The official conference language is English.

Conference schedule

The conference BAFI 2014 is divided into two activities:

• On January 6, 2014, a special workshop dedicated to recent methodological developments in Business Analytics and Intelligent Optimization (BAIO 2014) will be held.

• On January 7 and 8, 2014 the conference will focus on Business Analytics in Finance and Industry. All talks will refer to methods and applications of business analytics in different real settings.

On January 9, 2014, the Industry Day will take place, with talks by regulators, authorities, and recognized practitioners, describing the future challenges that the industry will face in the coming years in the financial industry. Some presentations will be in Spanish without translation.

Conference topics:

Topics at this conference include, but are not limited to:

Business Analytics - Methods:
• Dimensionality Reduction, Feature Extraction, and Feature Selection
• Supervised, Semi-Supervised, and Unsupervised Methods
• Statistical Learning Theory and Neural Network Research
• Online Learning, Data Stream Mining, and Dynamic Data Mining
• Graph Mining and Semi-Structured Data
• Spatial and Temporal Data Mining
• Deep Learning
• Large scale data mining
• Uncertainty Modeling in Data Mining

Business Analytics - Applications:
• Credit Scoring, Financial Modeling, and Forecasting
• Crime Modeling, Security, and Privacy
• Web Intelligence and Information Retrieval
• Marketing, business intelligence, and e-Commerce
• Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems
• Revenue Management
• Algorithmic Game Theory and Experimental Economics

Key Note Speakers at the conference (confirmed):

Bart Baesens, KU Leuven, Belgium
Matt Davison, Canada Research Chair in Quantitative Finance, Western University, Canada
Fazel Famili, National Research Council Canada, Canada

Important Dates & General Information

• Extended abstract submission: September 15, 2013
• Extended abstract length: 600 words
• Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2013
• Conference dates: January 6-8, 2014
• Conference location: Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
• Abstract submission: Via Easychair.

Special issues

Authors of outstanding papers are encouraged to submit their contribution to a Special Issue of one of the journals:

“Intelligent Data Analysis” (
“Journal of the Chilean Institute of Operations Research” (in Spanish) (

The Call for Papers for both Special Issues can be found on the BAFI 2014 web page ( Each submission will undergo the standard review process of the respective journal.

Travel and Accommodation

Please check information on the conference´s web site:

BAFI 2014 Program Committee

Bart Baesens, KU Leuven, Belgium
José Miguel Benavente, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile.
Cristián Bravo, Universidad de Chile, Chile
Emilio Carrizosa, Universidad de Sevilla, España.
Sven Crone, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Jonathan Crook, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
José Miguel Cruz, Universidad de Chile, Chile.
Matt Davison, Western University, Canada.
Rodrigo Herrera, Universidad de Talca, Chile.
Rudolf Kruse, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany
Sebastián Maldonado, Universidad de Los Andes, Chile.
Richard Weber, Universidad de Chile, Chile (Chairman)

BAFI 2014 Organizing Committee

Cristián Bravo, Universidad de Chile, Chile (Chairman)
Soledad Hevia, Universidad de Chile, Chile
Karla Jaramillo, Institute on Complex Engineering Systems, Chile
Richard Weber, Universidad de Chile, Chile

About Chile

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