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Prof. Pedro Galindo from the University of Cadiz visited our group and gave a talk in the CS colloquium.
Prof. Nicolai Petkov was on an Erasmus+ teaching activity at the University of Cyprus.
Prof. Anna Carbone from the Polytechnico di Torino visited our group and gave a talk in the CS colloquium.
Estefania Talavera, Manuel Lopez Antequera and Prof. Nicolai Petkov participated in EuroCast.
Prof. Constantinos Cristofides, rector of the University of Cyprus, visited us and we talked about the possibilities to continue our long standing collaboration with that university.
Prof. Nicolai Petkov and Dr. Nicola Strisciuglio organised the workshop COCOMED (Cognitive Computing in Medicine) 9-13 January 2017.
Prof. Nicolai Petkov and Dr. Nicola Strisciuglio participated in and gave presentations at a project meeting of the H2020 project TrimBot2020 in Freiburg. A consortium of six universities and two companies aims to develop the first outdoor garden trimming robot.
Prof. M. Biehl, Dr. K. Bunte and Dr. M. Wilkinson participated in a meeting of the EU H2020 project Sundial in Heidelberg. The goal was to select three new PhD students for our group who will be paid by this project.
Andreas Neocleous defended his PhD thesis on December 13. Prof. N. Petkov and Prof. C. N. Schizas (Univ Cyprus) were promotors. On this occasion, our group was visited by Prof. C. Pattichis and Dr. C. Neocleous.
Prof. C. Pattichis and Dr. C. Neocleous visited our group and gave talks in the Computer Science colloquium.
On November 22 we organised The 13th Int Workshop on Intelligent Systems. Our guests were Dr. John Quinn from Edinburgh and Dr. Ernest Mwebaze from Uganda. Presentations were given by Andreas Neocleous and Jiapan Guo.
We organise the workshop COCOMED (Cognitive Computing in Medicine) 9-13 January 2017. For more details, contact Nicolai Petkov and Nicola Strisciuglio.
Prof. Michael Biehl gave an invited talk at the IAU Symposium 325 on Astroinformatics in Sorrento/Italy and another presentation at the University of Salerno/Italy.
Dr. George Azzopardi and Prof. Nicolai Petkov finalised the special issue of the journal Machine Vision and Applications (Springer) dedicated to CAIP 2015 and it went into printing production.
The proceedings of BrainComp2015 were finalised and went into printing production. The bibliographic information is as follows: Amunts, K; Grandinetti, L.; Lippert, T.; Petkov, N. (Eds.): BrainComp2015, Brain-Inspired Computing, International Workshop, BrainComp 2015, Cetraro, Springer, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 10087 (2016).
Manuel Lopez Antequera received the best paper award of the 7th Int. Conf. on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation (IPIN 2016), Madrid, Oct. 4-7, 2016, for the paper 'Image-based localisation using Gaussian processes' by Manuel Lopez Antequera, Nicolai Petkov and Javier Gonzalez Jimenez.
Our alumna Dr. Laura Fernandez Robles from the Univ. of Leon and Prof. Mario Cannataro from the Univ. of Catanzaro visited as Erasmus+ lecturers. Prof. Cannataro gave a talk in the Computer Science colloquium.
On September 21 we organised The 12th Int Workshop on Intelligent Systems in Allersmaborg, in association with a user meeting of the STW SmartBreed project. We had guests from the Universities of Wageningen, Catanzaro, Leon, Malta, Bangkok, and Hubei, as well as several companies involved in the SmartBreed project.
Prof. Nicolai Petkov followed an invitation to the Univ. of Cadiz to give a talk in the Intelligent Systems group of that university.
Dr. Kerstin Bunte joined our group as a Rosalind Franklin tenure track assistant professor. Her previous position was a Marie Curie fellow at the University of Birmingham. Kerstin's research is in machine learning with special attention to medical applications.
The third meeting of the Horizon 2020 project TrimBot took place at the University of Edinburgh (August 31 - September 1). Our group was represented by Prof. N. Petkov, Dr. N. Strisciuglio and M. Lopez Antequera. All three of us gave presentations.
Prof. Nicolai Petkov gave a key note lecture at the International Meeting "Challenges in Data Science" (July 8-11, Matera, Italy). Dr. Nicola Strisciuglio and Ahmad Alsahaf gave further presentations.
Prof. Nicolai Petkov gave a talk at the University Magna Grecia in Catanzaro, Italy and consolidated the recently signed Erasmus agreement.
Dr. Alessia Saggese from the Univ. Salerno visited our group and gave an invited talk in the CS colloquium.
Nicola Strisciuglio defended his PhD thesis with distinction on June 10. Prof. N. Petkov and Prof. M. Vento (Univ Salerno) were promotors, Dr G. Azzopardi (Univ Malta) was co-promotor. On this occasion, our group was visited by Prof. W.A. Halang, Prof. H. Unger and Dr. P. Sukjit (Univ. Hagen), Prof. C.N. Schizas (Univ. Cyprus), Prof. X. Jiang (Univ. Munster), Dr. L. Fernandez Robles (Univ. Leon), Dr. A. Saggese (Univ. Salerno). Nicola will stay with our group on a postdoc position of the H2020 Trimpot project.
The 11th Int Workshop on Intelligent Systems was organised by us in Allersmaborg, with 30 participants from the Universities of Salerno, Leon, Sevilla, Hagen, Muenster, Cyprus, KMUNB Bangkok, Hubei Minzu China, and Groningen.
Prof. Pedro Real from the Univ. Sevilla visited our group and gave an invited talk in the CS colloquium.
Ugo Moschini defended his PhD thesis on May 13. Prof. N. Petkov was promotor, Dr. M. Wilkinson was co-promotor.
TrimBot meeting: Our group hosted a two-days meeting of the EU H2020 TrimBot project in Groningen with 25 participants from the partner institutions (Univ. Edinburg, ETH Zurich, Univ Amsterdam, Univ Wageningen, Univ. Freiburg, ALUF, DLO, Bosch AG). Our group was represented by N. Petkov, N. Strisciuglio, M. Lopez Antequera and M. Wilkinson.
ITN SUNDIAL: A group of researchers from the Kapteyn Institute (project leader: R. Peletier) and from the Intelligent Systems group (M. Wilkinson, M. Biehl, K. Bunte) have been awarded an EU Innovative Training Network called SUNDIAL (SUrvey Network for Deep Imaging Analysis & Learning). The program is funded by EUR 3.7 million of which a EUR 1 million is assigned to the Groningen researchers.
Prof. Nicolai Petkov gave an invited talk and was invited visiting lecturer at the IT Faculty of the University of Malta.
Prof. Nicolai Petkov chaired an international committee for the PhD defence of Vincenzo Carletti at the Univ. of Salerno on April 21, concerning a double PhD degree from the Univ. of Salerno (IT) and the Univ. of Caen (FR).
Prof. Nicolai Petkov lectured at the University of Cyprus on an Erasmus+ teaching mission 4-8 April, 2016.
Prof. Nicolai Petkov gave an invited plenary lecture 'Trainable COSFIRE filters for pattern recognition in medical imaging' at the 14th Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, MEDICON 2016, in Paphos, Cyprus.
Dr. Laura Fernandez Robles from the University of Leon visited our group and the institute and gave a talk on 'Content-based image retrieval against child pornography'.
The kick-off meeting of the SmartBreed project funded by STW took place at our institute on March 3 and was attended by our partners Prof. Roel Veerkamp and Dr. Bart Ducro from Wageningen University and Dr. George Azzopardi from the Univ of Malta. Our group was represented by Ahmad Alsahaf and Prof. Nicolai Petkov.
Prof. Xiaoyi Jiang from the University of Muenster visited our group and the institute and gave a talk on 'Consensus prototype learning'.
The 10th Int. Workshop on Intelligent Systems took place on Feb 29 in Allersmaborg. Our guests were Prof. Xiaoyi Jiang from the University of Muenster , Prof. Carlos Travieso from the Univ. of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Dr. Laura Fernandez Robles from the Univ. of Leon. Talks were given by Jiapan Guo, Astone Shi, Estefania Talavera, Ahmed Alsahaf, Friedrich Melchert and Andreas Neocleous.
Prof. Carlos Travieso from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria visited our group and the institute and gave a talk on 'Emotional detection for its use on biomedical systems'.
Prof. Enrico Grosso from the University of Sassari visited our group and the institute and gave a talk on 'Face analysis: from similarity to identity'.
Prof. Kenneth Camilleri from the University of Malta visited our group and the institute and gave a talk on 'Circle-Based Vectorisation (CBV): Vectorising Drawings having Shadow Cues'.
Laura Fernandez Robles defended her PhD thesis in Groningen on February 5, and in Leon on Feb 9, 2016. She obtained a double PhD degree, i.e. one degree from each of the two universities. The part of her work that concerns the use of content-based image retrieval in the fight against child pornography was covered by various media, see e.g. UK Universiteitskrant and Dagblad van het Noorden. On this occasion, our group was visited by Prof. Kenneth Camilleri from the University of Malta, Prof. Javier Gonzalez from the University of Malaga, Prof. Costas Pattichis from the University of Cyprus and Prof. Enrique Alegre Gutierrez from the University of Leon.
Ahmad Alsahaf started his PhD studies within the SmartBreed project, funded by STW. Ahmad received his MSc degree from the Politecnico di Milano in 2014.
Prof. Christos Schizas (Univ of Cyprus) visited our lab. He gave a talk in the CS colloquium and discussed with students various aspects of e-health.
The kick-off meeting of the EU Horizon2020 project Trimbot took place at the ETH Zurich. Our group was represented by Prof. N. Petkov, Dr. M. Wilkinson and M. Lopez Antequera.