ESANN 2011: last CFP and special sessions

ESANN 2011

19th European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks, Computational Intelligence
and Machine Learning Bruges (Belgium) – April 27-28-29, 2011

Last call for papers and special sessions

Deadline for submission of papers:
24 November 2010

Machine learning, artificial neural networks, computational intelligence and related
topics (see below for a more detailed description of the conference topics).

Special sessions
(see for abstracts):
1) Learning of causal relations
Michael Biehl (Univ. of Groningen), Tom Heskes (Radboud Univ. Nijmegen, The
Netherlands), Joris Mooij (MPI for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany), John
Quinn (Makerere Univ., Kampala, Uganda)
2) Seeing is believing: The importance of visualization in real-world machine learning
applications Alfredo Vellido (Technical Univ. of Catalonia, Spain), José D. Martín
of Valencia, Spain), Paulo J. G. Lisboa (Liverpool John Moores Univ., UK), Fabrice
Rossi (Télécom ParisTech, France)
3) Deep Learning
Hélène Paugam-Moisy (Univ. de Lyon), Sébastien Rebecchi, Sylvain Chevallier (INRIA
Saclay), Ludovic Arnold (Univ. Paris-Sud 11, France)
4) Computational Intelligence in Life Sciences Frank-Michael Schleif (Univ. of
Bielefeld), Udo Seiffert (Fraunhofer IFF & Univ. of Magdeburg), Dietlind Zühlke
(Fraunhofer FIT, St. Augustin, Germany)
5) Kernel Methods for Structured Data
Giovanni Da San Martino, Alessandro Sperduti (Univ. of Padua, Italy)
6) Information theory related learning
Thomas Villmann (Univ. of Apllied Sciences Mittweida, Germany), Andrzej Cichocki
(Riken, Japan), Jose Principe (Univ. of Florida, USA)

Scope and topics
Since its first happening in 1993, ESANN has become a reference for researchers on
fundamentals and theoretical aspects of artificial neural networks, computational
intelligence, machine learning and related topics.
Each year, around 100 specialists attend ESANN, in order to present their latest results
and comprehensive surveys, and to discuss the future developments in this field.

The ESANN’2011 conference will follow this tradition, while adapting its scope to the
new developments in the field. The ESANN conferences cover artificial neural
networks, machine learning, statistical information processing and computational
intelligence. Mathematical foundations, algorithms and tools, and applications are

The following is a non-exhaustive list of machine learning, computational intelligence
and artificial neural networks topics covered during the ESANN

Statistical and mathematical aspects of learning Feedforward models Kernel machines
Graphical models, EM and Bayesian learning Vector quantization and self-organizing
maps Recurrent networks and dynamical systems Blind signal processing Ensemble
learning Nonlinear projection and data visualization Fuzzy neural networks
Evolutionary computation Bio-inspired systems

Data mining
Signal processing and modeling
Approximation and identification
Classification and clustering
Feature extraction and dimension reduction Time series forecasting Multimodal
interfaces and multichannel processing Adaptive control Vision and sensory systems
Biometry Bioinformatics Brain-computer interfaces Neuroinformatics

Papers will be presented orally (single track) and in poster sessions; all posters will be
complemented by a short oral presentation during a plenary session. It is important to
mention that the topics of a paper decide if it better fits into an oral or a poster session,
not its quality. The selection of posters will be identical to oral presentations, and both
will be printed in the same way in the proceedings. Nevertheless, authors must indicate
their preference for oral or poster presentation when submitting their paper.


The conference will be held in Bruges (also called “Venice of the North”), one of the
most beautiful medieval towns in Europe. Bruges can be reached by train from
Brussels in less than one hour (frequent trains). The town of Bruges is world-wide
known, and famous for its architectural style, its canals, and its pleasant atmosphere.

The conference will be organized in a hotel located near the centre (walking
distance) of the town. There is no obligation for the participants to stay in this hotel.
Hotels of all levels of comfort and price are available in Bruges; there is a possibility to
book a room in the hotel of the conference at a preferential rate through the conference
secretariat. A list of other smaller hotels is also available.

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

Proceedings and journal special issue
The proceedings will include all communications presented to the conference (tutorials,
oral and posters), and will be available on-site. Extended versions of selected papers
will be published in the Neurocomputing journal (Elsevier).

Call for contributions

Prospective authors are invited to submit their contributions before November 24, 2010.
The electronic submission procedure is described on the ESANN portal

Authors must also commit themselves that they will register to the conference and
present the paper in case of acceptation of their submission (one paper per registrant).
Authors of accepted papers will have to register before February 28, 2011; they will
benefit from the advance registration fee. The ESANN conference applies a strict
policy about the presentation of accepted papers during the conference: authors of
accepted papers who do not show up at the conference will be blacklisted for future
ESANN conferences, and the lists will be communicated to other conference organizers.

Submission of papers 24 November 2010
Notification of acceptance 18 January 2011
ESANN conference 27-29 April 2011

Conference secretariat
d-side conference services phone: + 32 2 730 06 11
24 av. L. Mommaerts Fax: + 32 2 730 06 00
B – 1140 Evere (Belgium) E-mail: esann(at)

Steering and local committee (to be confirmed)
François Blayo Ipseite (CH)
Gianluca Bontempi Univ. Libre Bruxelles (B)
Marie Cottrell Univ. Paris I (F)
Jeanny Hérault INPG Grenoble (F)
Mia Loccufier Univ. Gent (B)
Bernard Manderick Vrije Univ. Brussel (B)
Jean-Pierre Peters FUNDP Namur (B)
Joos Vandewalle KUL Leuven (B)
Michel Verleysen UCL Louvain-la-Neuve (B)
Louis Wehenkel Univ. Liège (B)

Scientific committee (to be confirmed)

Fabio Aiolli Univ. degli Studi di Padov (I)
Cecilio Angulo Univ. Polit. de Catalunya (E)
Miguel Atencia Univ. Malaga (E)
Michael Biehl University of Groningen (NL)
Martin Bogdan Univ. Tübingen (D)
Hervé Bourlard IDIAP Martigny (CH)
Antonio Braga Federal Univ. of Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Joan Cabestany Univ. Polit. de Catalunya (E)
Stéphane Canu Inst. Nat. Sciences App. (F)
Valentina Colla Scuola Sup. Sant’Anna Pisa (I)
Nigel Crook Oxford University (UK)
Holk Cruse Universität Bielefeld (D)
Tijl De Bie University of Bristol (UK)
Massimo De Gregorio Istituto di Cibernetica-CNR (I)
Dante Del Corso Politecnico di Torino (I)
Wlodek Duch Nicholas Copernicus Univ. (PL)
Marc Duranton NXP Semiconductors (USA)
Richard Duro Univ. Coruna (E)
Deniz Erdogmus Oregon Health & Science University (USA)
Anibal Figueiras-Vidal Univ. Carlos III Madrid (E)
Jean-Claude Fort Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse (F)
Felipe M. G. França Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Leonardo Franco Univ. Malaga (E)
Damien François Université catholique de Louvain (B)
Colin Fyfe Univ. Paisley (UK)
Marco Gori Univ. Siena (I)
Bernard Gosselin Fac. Polytech. Mons (B)
Manuel Grana UPV San Sebastian (E)
Anne Guérin-Dugué IMAG Grenoble (F)
Barbara Hammer Clausthal Univ. of Technology (D)
Martin Hasler EPFL Lausanne (CH)
Verena Heidrich-Meisner Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (D)
Tom Heskes Univ. Nijmegen (NL)
Katerina Hlavackova-Schindler Austrian Acad. of Sciences (A)
Christian Igel Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (D)
Jose Jerez Univ. Malaga (E)
Gonzalo Joya Univ. Malaga (E)
Christian Jutten INPG Grenoble (F)
Juha Karhunen Helsinki Univ. of Technology (FIN)
Stefanos Kollias National Tech. Univ. Athens (GR)
Jouko Lampinen Helsinki Univ. of Tech. (FIN)
Petr Lansky Acad. of Science of the Czech Rep. (CZ)
Beatrice Lazzerini Univ. Pisa (I)
Amaury Lendasse Aalto University (FIN)
John Lee Univ. Cat Louvain (B)
Priscila M. V. Lima Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Paulo Lisboa Liverpool John Moores University (UK)
Erzsebet Merenyi Rice Univ. (USA)
David Meunier University of Cambridge (UK)
Anke Meyer-Bäse Florida State university (USA)
Jean-Pierre Nadal Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris (F)
Yoan Miche Aalto University (FIN)
Erkki Oja Aalto University (FIN)
Tjeerd olde Scheper Oxford Brookes University (UK)
Georges Otte Dr. Guislain Institute (B)
Gilles Pagès Univ. Paris 6 (F)
Hélène Paugam-Moisy Université Lumière Lyon 2 (F)
Kristiaan Pelckmans K. U. Leuven (B)
Gadi Pinkas The Center for Academic Studies (Israel)
Alberto Prieto Universitad de Granada (E)
Didier Puzenat Univ. Antilles-Guyane (F)
Leonardo Reyneri Politecnico di Torino (I)
Jean-Pierre Rospars INRA Versailles (F)
Fabrice Rossi Telecom ParisTech (F)
David Saad Aston Univ. (UK)
Francisco Sandoval Univ.Malaga (E)
Jose Santos Reyes Univ. Coruna (E)
Craig Saunders Xerox Research Centre Europe (F)
Frank-Michael Schleif Univ. Leipzig (Germany)
Benjamin Schrauwen Univ. Gent (B)
Udo Seiffert Fraunhofer-Institute IFF Magdeburg (D)
Bernard Sendhoff Honda Research Institute Europe (D)
Alessandro Sperduti Università degli Studi di Padova (I)
Jochen Steil Univ. Bielefeld (D)
John Stonham Brunel University (UK)
Johan Suykens K. U. Leuven (B)
John Taylor King’s College London (UK)
Peter Tino University of Birmingham (UK)
Claude Touzet Univ. Provence (F)
Thiago Turchetti Maia Fed.Univ.Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Marc Van Hulle KUL Leuven (B)
Alfredo Vellido Polytechnic University of Catalonia (E)
Pablo Verdes Novartis Phrama (CH)
David Verstraeten Univ. Gent (B)
Thomas Villmann Univ. Apllied Sciences Mittweida (D)
Heiko Wersing Honda Research Institute Europe (D)
Axel Wismüller University of Rochester, New York (USA)
Bart Wyns Ghent University (B)