IDA97 announcement

Michael Berthold (
Tue, 7 May 1996 17:13:21 +0200

Announcing IDA-97:

Second International Symposium on Intelligent Data Analysis
Birkbeck College, London
4th-6th August 1997

For many years the intersection of computing and data analysis contained
menu-based statistics packages and not much else. Recently, statisticians
have embraced computing, computer scientists are using statistical theories
and methods, and researchers in all corners are inventing algorithms to find
structure in vast online datasets. Data analysts now have access to tools
for exploratory data analysis, decision tree induction, causal induction,
function finding, constructing customised reference distributions, and
visualisation. There are prototype intelligent assistants to advise on
matters of design and analysis. There are tools for traditional, relatively
small samples and for enormous datasets.

The focus of IDA-97 will be "Reasoning About Data". We are interested in
intelligent systems that reason about how to analyze data, perhaps as human
analysts do. Analysts often bring exogenous knowledge about data to bear
when they decide how to analyze it; they use intermediate results to decide
how to proceed; they reason about how much analysis the data will actually
support; they consider which methods will be most informative; they decide
which aspects of a model are most uncertain and focus attention there; they
sometimes have the luxury of collecting more data, and plan to do so
efficiently. In short, there is a strategic aspect to data analysis, beyond
the tactical choice of this or that test, visualisation or variable.

IDA-95, the First International Symposium on Intelligent Data Analysis, was
organised to provide an international forum for the discussion of such
issues. The symposium took place in Germany and attracted participants from
20 countries in four continents. A survey after the event supported the idea
of making IDA a regular, biennial conference. IDA-97 will be a major
international, high-quality meeting that brings together a broad spectrum of

The following topics are of particular interest to IDA-97:

- Analysis of IDA algorithms
- applications (e.g., commerce, engineering, finance, legal, manufacturing,
medicine, public policy, science)
- assistants, intelligent agents for data analysis
- Bayesian inference and influence diagrams
- bias
- bootstrap, randomization, computer-intensive methods
- causal modeling
- censored data
- classification
- clustering
- data mining
- data visualisation
- data cleaning, pre-processing and post-processing
- decision analysis
- evaluation of IDA systems
- exploratory data analysis
- experiment design
- fuzzy logic
- graphical models
- human-computer interaction in IDA
- information extraction, information retrieval, textual systems
- knowledge-based systems
- machine learning and statistics
- model specification, selection, estimation
- neural/evolutionary approaches
- reasoning under uncertainty
- representation of statistical knowledge
- search
- statistical pattern recognition
- statistical strategy
- time series and temporal data
- uncertainty and noise in data
- visualization

We are still working on the submission details and we shall make them
available in the next call for papers and on the IDA-97 WWW pages.

All submissions will be reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality,
significance, soundness and clarity. At least two referees will review
each submission independently and final decisions will be made by program
chairs, in consultation with relevant reviewers.

Papers which are accepted and presented at the conference will appear in
the IDA-97 proceedings. Authors of the best papers will be invited to
extend their papers for inclusion in a special issue of "Intelligent Data
Analysis: An International Journal".

IDA-97 will be held in the newly-furnished conference halls at Birkbeck
College, University of London. The college is ranked among the leading
UK university institutions for its levels of national and international
excellence in research in the humanities, natural sciences and social
sciences. It is situated in central London, surrounded by many of the
well-known museums, theatres, restaurants, and shops. It is directly
reachable from Heathrow airport, in about 50 minutes by London

IDA-97 welcomes demonstrations of software and publications related to
intelligent data analysis.

IDA-97 welcomes those organisations who may wish to partly sponsor the
conference. Sponsorship of an international conference in an important
emerging field such as IDA-97 will ensure high visibility for the
benefactor, both through the appearance of the organisation logo on
promotional literature and in references to the conference in all media
exposure prior to and after the event.

IDA-97 Organisation
General Chair: Xiaohui Liu
Program Chairs: Paul Cohen, Xiaohui Liu
Steering Comm. Chair: Paul Cohen, University of Massachusetts, USA
Exhibition Chair: Richard Weber, MIT GmbH, Aachen, Germany
Finance Chair: Sylvie Jami, Birkbeck College, UK
Local Arrangements Chair: Trevor Fenner, Birkbeck College, UK
Public. and Proc. Chair: Michael Berthold, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Sponsorship Chair: Mihaela Ulieru, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Steering Committee

Michael Berthold University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Fazel Famili National Research Council, Canada
Doug Fisher Vanderbilt University, USA
Alex Gammerman Royal Holloway London, UK
David Hand Open University, UK
Wenling Hsu AT&T Research, USA
Xiaohui Liu Birkbeck College, UK
Daryl Pregibon AT&T Research, USA
Evangelos Simoudis IBM Almaden Research, USA

Program Committee

Eric Backer Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Riccardo Bellazzi University of Pavia, Italy
Michael Berthold University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Carla Brodley Purdue University, USA
Gongxian Cheng Birkbeck College, UK
Fazel Famili National Research Council, Canada
Julian Faraway University of Michigan, USA
Thomas Feuring WWU Muenster, Germany
Alex Gammerman Royal Holloway London, UK
David Hand Open University, UK
Rainer Holve Forwiss Erlangen, Germany
Wenling Hsu AT&T Consumer Lab, USA
Larry Hunter National Library of Medicine, USA
David Jensen University of Massachusetts, USA
Frank Klawonn University of Braunschweig, Germany
David Lubinsky University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Ramon Lopez de Mantaras Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, Spain
Sylvia Miksch Stanford University, USA
Rob Milne Intelligent Applications Ltd, UK
Gholamreza Nakhaeizadeh Daimler-Benz Forschung und Technik, Germany
Claire Nedellec Universite Paris-Sud, France
Erkki Oja Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Henri Prade University Paul Sabatier, France
Daryl Pregibon AT&T Research, USA
Peter Ross University of Edinburgh, UK
Steven Roth Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Lorenza Saitta University of Torino, Italy
Peter Selfridge AT&T Research, USA
Rosaria Silipo University of Florence, Italy
Evangelos Simoudis IBM Almaden Research, USA
Derek Sleeman University of Aberdeen, UK
Paul Snow Consultant, USA
Rob St. Amant North Carolina State University, USA
Lionel Tarassenko Oxford University, UK
John Taylor King's College London, UK
Loren Terveen AT&T Research, USA
Hans-Juergen Zimmermann RWTH Aachen, Germany

General: Xiaohui Liu
Department of Computer Science
Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX, UK
Tel: (+44) 171 631 6711
Fax: (+44) 171 631 6727

Technical Program: Paul Cohen
Department of Computer Science
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-4610
Tel: (+1) 413 545 3638
Fax: (+1) 413 545 1249

Exhibition: Richard Weber
Promenade 9
52076 Aachen
Tel: (+49) 2408 94580
Fax: (+49) 2408 94582

Finance: Sylvie Jami
Department of Computer Science
Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX, UK
Tel: (+44) 171 631 6726
Fax: (+44) 171 631 6727

Local Arrangements: Trevor Fenner
Department of Computer Science
Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX, UK
Tel: (+44) 171 631 6704
Fax: (+44) 171 631 6727

Publicity & Michael Berthold
Publication: Universitaet Karlsruhe, IRF
Am Zirkel 2
76128 Karlsruhe, Germany
Tel: (+49) 721 608 4219
Fax: (+49) 721 370 455

Sponsorship: Mihaela Ulieru
Simon Fraser University
2357 Riverside Drive
North Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V7H 1V8
Tel: (+1) 604 924 1001
Fax: (+1) 604 924 1006

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