Two PhD defenses on October 1, 2021
Simon Gazagnes defended his thesis Vast and Fast Data in the era of the large astrophysics and particle physics experiments and was awarded a cum laude distinction. The thesis project was supervised by Nasser Kalantar-Nayestanaki, Leon Koopmans, Johan Messchendorp and Michael Wilkinson.
Michele Mastropietro defended his thesis Numerical simulations of dwarf galaxies in the Fornax Cluster and obtained a double PhD degree with the University of Ghent, Belgium. Promotors were Sven de Rijcke (Ghent), Reynier Peletier (Kapteyn) and Michael Biehl.
PhD student Sreejita Ghosh defended her thesis Intrinsically Interpretable Machine Learning in Computer Aided Diagnostics. Dr. K. Bunte, Prof. M. Biehl, and Prof. N. Petkov were daily supervisor and promotors, respectively.
A Google AI for Social Good grant will support the project 'Adoption of smartphone agro-applications for field-based disease diagnosis and real-time feedback for smallholder farmers' of our former PhD student Godliver Owomugisha and the Papoli Community Development Foundation.
Michael Biehl gave an invited talk at the '''23rd European Congress of Endocrinology (eECE2021)''' with the title: Interpretable machine learning models in endocrinology (and beyond)
Godliver Owomugisha, former PhD student and winner of the Best UG Engineering Thesis Award 2021, launched the newly founded Artificial Intelligence & Interdisciplinary Research Group Busitema University, Uganda. Godliver leads the new group within the Faculty of Engineering and will continue to collaborate with the Intelligent Systems Group.
Michael Biehl has been awarded the title of Honorary Professor of Machine Learning at the Institute for Metabolism and Systems Research (ISMR) of the University of Birmingham/UK.
Michael Biehl gave an invited lecture and tutorial on Machine Learning in Medicine as part of the "Integrated Omics" Course in the joint "Data Science for Life Sciences" programme of Hanze University and UMCG.
Dr. Godliver Owomugisha has won the 2020 Best PhD Thesis Award of the Groningen Engineering Center for her thesis Computational Intelligence and modeling crop disease data in Africa.
Dr. Estefania Talavera Martinez has won the 2020 Bernoulli Best PhD Thesis Award for her thesis Lifestyle understanding through the analysis of egocentric photo-streams.
PhD student Ahmad Alsahaf defended his thesis Feature selection and intelligent livestock management. Prof. N. Petkov, Dr. G. Azzopardi and Prof. R.F. Veerkamp were promotors and external supervisor, respectively.
Dr. Kerstin Bunte was awarded a prestigious NWO VIDI grant for her project 'Transparent AI.'
Brief description: Experts want to know how measurement data could provide information on natural processes that they are researching. Computer scientists can link the predictive power of artificial intelligence to the assertive power of models to create more transparency and insight. The new methods could lead to personally tailored medication and innovations in the smart industry.
The RUG Online Magazine published an article by Rene Fransen about our long standing collaboration with the Medical School at the University of Birmingham/UK: Smart algorithm improves diagnosis of adrenal tumours.
External PhD student David Nebel defended his thesis Median Variants of Prototype Based Learning Vector Quantization: Methods for Classification of General Proximity Data. Prof. M. Biehl and Prof. T. Villmann (Hochschule Mittweida) were promotor and daily supervisor, respectively.
Dr. Godliver Owomugisha received a DSA Research Award from Data Science Africa for the project 'Early detection and diagnosis of crop diseases in asymptomatic plants: acquisition and machine learning analysis of spectral data'. This will enable us to continue our collaboration with Makerere University Kampala and the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) of Uganda.
PhD student Godliver Owomugisha defended her thesis Computational Intelligence and modeling crop disease data in Africa. Prof. M. Biehl, Prof. N. Petkov, Dr. E. Mwebaze and Dr. J. Quinn (both Makerere University, Kampala) were promotors and daily supervisors, respectively.
Several group members attended the (online) Mittweida Workshop on Computational Intelligence MIWOCI 2020. The following presentations were given:
Sreejita Ghosh: Visualization and Knowledge Discovery from Interpretable Models
AbolfazlTaghribi: From Tiny Ants to Mighty Cosmic-Web
Rick van Veen: An Application of GMLVQ in Neuroimaging
Michiel Straat: Online learning in the presence of concept drift
Michael Biehl: Evidence for Tissue Specific Ribosomes in Normal and Cancer Cells
Elisa Oostwal: Phase Transitions in Layered Neural Networks: the Role of the Activation Function
PhD student Estefania Talavera Martinez defended her thesis Lifestyle understanding through the analysis of egocentric photo-streams. Prof. N. Petkov and Prof. P. Radeva (Universitat Barcelona) were promotors.
Prof. Michael Biehl gave an invited talk and a ESN Data Science Colloquium
at the Ecole Normale Superieur in Paris/France:
Prototype-Based Classifiers and Their Application in the Life Science
Phase transitions in layered neural networks: ReLU vs. sigmoidal activation
We organised the 3rd International Conference on Applications of Intelligent Systems APPIS 2020, 7-12 January 2020, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. As a part of APPIS 2020, we organised a Winter School on Machine Learning WISMAL 2020. Tutorials were given by members of the group: Michael Biehl, Kerstin Bunte, Maria Leyva, Nicolai Petkov, Nicola Strisciuglio, as well as by Danilo Mandic (Imperial College, London), Xiaoyi Jiang (Univ. of Muenster), Willem Waegeman (Univ. Gent) and Markus van Almsick (Wolfram Research).
Prof. Nicolai Petkov gave an invited plenary talk at CAIP2019 in Salerno. Further presentations were given by Prof. Michael Biehl, Dr. Nicola Strisciuglio and Maria Leyva.
Our work for on applying machine learning to the prediction of pig growth within the NWO SmartBreed project was covered on the site Pigprogress.
Dr. Andreas Neocleous from Cyprus visited our group and gave two talks in the CS colloquium.
Several members of the group participated in BrainComp 2019 and gave presentations: Prof. M. Biehl, M. Leyva, Prof. N. Petkov, Dr. N. Strisciuglio. The conference was co-chaired by Prof. Nicolai Petkov.
Prof. Katrin Amunts from the Univ. of Duesseldorf and Prof. Thomas Lippert from Forschungszentrum Juelich visited Prof. Nicolai Petkov for the organisation of BrainComp 2019.
Prof. Joao Tavares from the Univ. of Porto visited our group and gave a talk in the CS department colloquium.
Prof. Nicolai Petkov co-organised the workshop Top Quantum Computing in Cetraro, Italy.
Our work for on applying machine learning to the prediction of pig growth within the NWO SmartBreed project was covered on The pig site.
Prof. Costas Christophides from the Univ. of Cyprus visited Prof. Nicolai Petkov.
Prof. Raymond Veldhuis from the Univ. of Enschede visited our group and gave a talk in the CS department colloquium.
Prof. Julia Yamnenko from the National Technical University of Ukraine and Kiev Polytechnic Institute visited our group and gave a talk in the CS department colloquium.
Dr. Nicola Strisciuglio, Dr. Michael Wilkinson, Maria Leyva Vallina, David Fernandez Chaves and Prof. Nicolai Petkov participated in a meeting of the EU H2020 project Trimbot2020 in Wageningen.
Dr. Kerstin Bunte, Dr. Michael Wilkinson and Prof. Nicolai Petkov visited the Center for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) of the Univ. of Agder, Norway and gave talks in the CS department.
Prof. Christos Schizas from the Univ. of Cyprus visited our group and gave a talk in the CS department colloquium.
Dr. Benjamin Paassen from the Univ. of Bielefeld visited our group and gave lectures in two graduate courses.
We organised the 2nd International Conference on Applications of Intelligent Systems APPIS 2019, 7-12 January 2019, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. As a part of APPIS 2019, we organised a Winter School on Machine Learning WISMAL 2019. Tutorials were given by members of the group: Ahmad Alsahaf, Michael Biehl, Kerstin Bunte, Maria Leyva, Nicolai Petkov, Nicola Strisciuglio, as well as by Prof. Danilo Mandic (Imperial College, London) and Dr. Markus van Almsick (Wolfram).
Prof. Nicolai Petkov gave an invited keynote lecture at the 19th International Workshop on Combinatorial Image Analysis IWCIA 2018 in Porto, Portugal.
Prof. Nicolai Petkov gave an invited keynote lecture at the 13th International Joint Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing iSAI-NLP 2018 and the 13th International Conference on Knowledge, Information and Creativity Support Systems KICSS 2018 in Pattaya, Thailand.
Michael Biehl gave an invited talk on Applications of Machine Learning in Medicine at the 25th Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference IWKM at the University of Applied Sciences, Mittweida Germany.
Prof. Ole-Christoffer Granmo and Pål Grandal from the University of Agder, Norway, visited our group. Ole-Christoffer gave two talks in the colloquium of the Computer Science department.
Aleke Nolte has received the Best Poster Award at the NWO Symposium on Applied Computational Sciences (ACOS), in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, for the contribution Galaxy classification: a machine learning analysis of GAMA catalogue data.
Prof. Nicolai Petkov gave an invited plenary lecture at the International Conference on Computer Vision and Graphics ICCVG 2018 in Warsaw, Poland.
Our alumna Laura Fernandez Robles received the first prize for the best PhD thesis in the area of Computer Vision in Spain. Laura defended her thesis at the RUG in December 2016 and at the University in Leon in February 2017 and obtained the PhD degree from both universities. Congratulations with the first prize, Laura!
At the 30th IAC Winter School of Astrophysics, Tenerife/Spain, November 2018, Prof. Michael Biehl will give lectures and tutorials on 'Supervised Learning: Classification and Regression'.
At the European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks (ESANN) in Bruges/Belgium, April 2019, a Special Session on Statistical Physics of Learning and Inference will be organized by Michael Biehl, Nestor Caticha, Manfred Opper and Thomas Villmann.
Eirini Schiza defended her PhD thesis on June 22. Prof. N. Petkov and Prof. C. Pattichis (Univ Cyprus) were promotors.
On May 4 we organised The 13th Int Workshop on Intelligent Systems in Allersmaborg. Our guests were Prof. Mario Cannataro (Univ Magna Grecia, Catanzaro) and Dr. Stiliyan Kalitzin (Netherlands Institute on Epilepsy).
We organised the 1st International Conference on Applications of Intelligent Systems APPIS 2018, 10-12 January 2018, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Conference chairs were Prof. N. Petkov, Dr. N. Strisciuglio and Prof. C. Travieso (ULPGC), supported by M. Leyva and E. Talavera. Prof. M. Biehl gave an invited plenary lecture and a tutorial. Further presentations were given by Ahmad Alsahaf and Mohammad Mohammadi.
We organised a meeting of the EU H2020 project Trimbot, 8-9 January 2018, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
On December 8 Prof. N. Petkov gave lectures at the Eindhoven Univ. of Technology in the graduate course 'Front-End Vision' of the national graduate school ASCI.
Jiapan Guo defended her PhD thesis on December 4. Prof. N. Petkov and Dr. G. Azzopardi were promotor and co-promotor, respectively.
On September 11 Prof. N. Petkov gave an invited lectures at WBICV2017, part of ICIAP2017, in Catania.
Members of the group (Azzopardi, Petkov, Strisciuglio) participated in CAIP2017 in Ystad, Sweden, 22-24 August, where Prof. N. Petkov handed over the chair of the steering committee of the CAIP series to Prof. M. Felsberg.
On July 8, Prof. Nicolai Petkov gave an invited lecture at "DASC 2017: The 1st IEEE International COMPSAC Workshop on Data Science Challenges in Algorithm and Complexity" in Torino.
On June 26, Prof. Nicolai Petkov was an external examiner at the PhD thesis defence of Guillermo Barcena at the Univ. of Cadiz.
Prof. Nicolai Petkov organised, together with Profs. K. Amunds, T. Lippert and L. Grandinetti, the 3rd International Workshop BrainComp 2017, in Cetraro, Italy, 12-16 June, 2017
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.