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Project Meetings and Training Events

Bi-annual ECOLE Project Meeting

Bi-annual ECOLE Project Meeting

The Bi-annual ECOLE Project Meeting contains research progress report by ESRs, discussions about the training plan and high-quality workshops.

May 7-8 2020, Online

May 7: Workshop: mining patterns from complex data

Scientific talks given as follows:
  • Xin Yao, Talk title: “Ensemble Approaches to Class Imbalance Learning
  • Brandon Malone, Talk title: “Graph-Based AI for the Biomedical Domain”.
  • Koichi Funaya, Talk title: “Complex Industrial Data Analysis”


May 8: Viva on the management skill training course and “E4E: E for Experience” Workshop

October 14-15 2019, Offenbach, Germany

October 14: Scientific talks and ESR presentation

Scientific talks given as follows:
  • K. Haake, Talk title: “Project management: Project organization and control in industrial environments”
  • K. Rajan (M. Heckmann), Talk title: “Patent management in industry”.
  • S. Schmitt & M. Bujny, Talk title: “Learning from optimization data in practice”
  • Mariusz Bujny , Talk title: “AI-supported Structural Design Optimization: Theory and Practice”

October 15, ESR Workshop: How to synergize research for a common demonstrator including a talk given by Tim Puphal (HRI-EU) on “Car Demonstration of RiskMaps within the EU Project Vision Inspired Driver Assistance System (VI-DAS)”

May 20-22, 2019, Birmingham, United Kingdom

May 20: Workshop held for ESRs, on “Machine Learning approaches to Engineering Data Optimisation”.

Talks given by University of Birmingham academic staff as follows:
  • Leandro Minku (UoB) Talk title: “Statistical Comparison of Algorithms”
  • Peter Tino (UoB) Talk title: Dynamical Systems as Feature Representations for Learning from Temporal Data”
  • Ata Kaban (UoB) Talk title:Structure-aware Learning with Random Projections”
  • Per Kristian Lehre (UoB) Talk title: Self-adaptation in Evolutionary Computation”
  • Zhao Xu Talk (NEC) Talk title: “Deep latent variable models”


May 21: Project management meeting. ESRs will also be given the opportunity to present and discuss their research topic, any new findings and allow for feedback from project supervisors.

May 22: ECOLE first “Project Check” meeting with the EU officer. Updates and discussion around project progression over the last 6-12months since the start of the project.

November 28-30 2018, Leiden, Netherlands

November 28: Social activities organised for the ESRs and project team members.

November 29: Workshop held for ESRs on “Vision on Industry 4.0”.

Scientific talks given as follows:
  • Gédo Kuiper, Talk title: “Introduction Vision on Industry 4.0”
  • Bas van Stein, Talk title: “Deep Steel, Optimizing Networks to Discover Defects on Steel Surfaces”.
  • Hao Wang, Talk title: “Anomaly Detection in High Dimensional Space for Industrial Application”
Afternoon Workshop held for ESRs on “Complex and Large Optimisation”. Scientific talks given as follows:
  • Michael Emmerich, Talk title: “Introduction Complex and Large Optimization. Duration”.
  • Hao Wang, Talk title: “Efficient Global Optimization for Complex Search Space. Duration”.
  • Kaifeng Yang, Talk title: “Towards Multi-objective Bayesian Global Optimization. Duration”.


November 30: Project scientific discussions. ESRs had the opportunity to present their research topics. Presentations given by project beneficiaries Dr Zhao Xu, (NEC) and Dr Stefan Menzel, (HRI-EU).

ECOLE Training events:

1st ECOLE winter school

January 13rd-14th, 2019, Heidelberg, Germany

Dr. Carolin Lawrence “Reinforcement Learning and its Application to Sequence-to-Sequence NL NLP Tasks”

Dr. Mathias Franzius “Towards Beauty: Deep Learning for Robot Vision”

Dr. Mathias Niepert “Graph Neural Networks”

Dr. Daniel OnoroRubio “Computer Vision with TensorFlow”

Felix Kirschstein “From problem to solution to business idea – identification and execution of commercialization potential for innovations in computer science“

Stephan Zimmermann (e3-trainings) “Speed Reading”


November 25th-29th, 2019, Coimbra, Portugal

Duc Anh Nguyen

Jiawen (Fay) Kong

Stephen Friess

Gan Ruan

Monday, Hao Wang, Benchmarking and Visualisation

Tuesday, Pietro Oliveto, Theory of Bio-Inspired Computation

Wednesday, Markus Wagner, Search-Based Software Engineering and Industrial Applications

Thursday, Ekhine Irurozki, Probabilistic Evolutionary Algorithms, Permutation-Based Problems

Friday, Alberto Tonda, Evolutionary Machine Learning

2nd Dortmund-Bielefeld Summer School on Time Series Analysis

September 9th – 13th, 2019, Bielefeld, Germany

Sibghat Ullah

  • Discussions on Bayesian Time Series Modeling
  • Structural Vector Auto Regressive Analysis
  • Non Causal and Non Invertible Time Series Analysis
  • Categorical Time Series Analysis and State Space Modeling

1st ECOLE summer school

July 29th-30th, 2019, Leiden, Netherlands

Students presented their recent publications, and discussed their approach in writing the publication as well as struggles within the process. The collaboration between ESRs are emphasized.

Leandro Minku (UoB) Talk Title: “Statistical Comparison of Algorithms — Part 2

Enrique Alba (University of Malaga) Talk Title: “Parallel Experiences in Solving Complex Problems

Patricia Wollstadt (HRI) Talk Title: “Network Inference

Giuseppe Visimberga (Leiden) Talk Title: “Technology and Business Transfer

Bas van Stein (Leiden) Talk Title: “Deep-learning”

ECOLE social media details are discussed, including blog setup, target audience and company page for LinkedIn. Fay is responsible for updating ECOLE instagram, Sibghat is responsible for updating ECOLE LinkedIn and Thiago is responsible for updating ECOLE twiiter.

3rd International Deep Learning Summer School

July 22nd-26th, 2019, Warsaw, Poland

Stephen Friess, Thiago Rios, Sneha Saha

5 days of lectures and sessions on recent advances of deep learning techniques in a broad spectrum of applications.

Details can be checked here.

ECOLE Management Meeting

Project management meeting via teleconference to discuss project progression and planning.

Project management meeting. Updates on project progression.

An initial project kick off meeting, discussing general plans for the project, commencing the recruitment process and what strategy to undertake for this.