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The Computational Intelligence Chapter of IEEE France Section and the DAPA department of the LIP6 are proud to invite you to the following talk:
« Big Data Analytics using Deep Learning and Information Theoretical Learning: Applications to Astronomy »
given by Professeur Pablo A. Estévez, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Chile, and Millennium Institute of Astrophysics, Chile, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (2016-2017) President.
Date and time: 4 July 2017 at 10h
Venue: LIP6, salle 105 (1st floor), 25-26 corridor
4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris.
Abstract: Astronomy is facing a paradigm shift caused by the exponential growth of the sample size, data complexity and data generation rates of new sky surveys. To cope with a change of paradigm to data-driven science new computational intelligence, machine learning and statistical approaches are needed. In this talk I will present two main applications. The first is to discriminate periodic versus non-periodic light curves, and then estimate the period of the periodic ones. Light curves are one-dimensional time series of the brightness of a star versus time. We have developed several methods based on the correntropy function (generalized correlation using information theoretical learning concepts), which outperforms conventional approaches. Results using 32.8 million light curves will be presented. Interestingly, some of these techniques can be applied to other problems such as sleep EEG analysis, and I will present preliminary results on this topic too.
The second application is the automated real-time transient detection in astronomical images. The aim is to achieve real-time detection of supernovae and other transients with the Dark Energy Camera. A novel transient detection pipeline was developed. We have been applying convolutional neural nets (deep learning) to discriminate between true transients and bogus transients, among other techniques, e.g non-negative matrix factorization combined with random forests. Results using 1.5 million images will be presented. The new pipeline was successfully tested online in February 2015 finding more than 100 supernovae in a few days of telescope observation.
Short bio: Pablo A. Estévez received his professional title in electrical engineering (EE) from Universidad de Chile, in 1981, and the M.Sc. and Dr.Eng. degrees from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He is a Full Professor with the Electrical Engineering Department, University of Chile, and former Chairman of the EE Department in the period 2006-2010.
Prof. Estévez is one of the founders of the Millennium Institute of Astrophysics (MAS), Chile, which was created in January 2014. He is currently leading the Astroinformatics/Astrostatistics group at MAS. He has been an Invited Researcher with the NTT Communication Science Laboratory, Kyoto, Japan; the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, France, and a Visiting Professor with the University of Tokyo.
Prof. Estévez is an IEEE Fellow. He is currently the President of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) for the term 2016-2017. He has served as IEEE CIS President-elect (2015), CIS Vice-president of Members Activities (2011-2014), CIS ADCOM Member-at-Large (2008-2010), CIS Distinguished Lecturer (2006-2011) and as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks (2007-2012).
Prof. Estévez served as conference chair of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), held in July 2016, in Vancouver, Canada, and general chair of the Workshop on Self-Organizing Maps (WSOM), held in December 2012, in Santiago, Chile. Currently he is serving as general co-chair of the 2018 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, WCCI 2018, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2018.
His current research interests include big data, deep learning, neural networks, self-organizing maps, data visualization, feature selection, information theoretic-learning, time series analysis, and advanced signal and image processing. One of his main topics of research is the application of computational intelligence techniques to astronomical datasets, and EEG signals.
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Talk by Professor Ronald R. Yager
IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Distinguished Lecturer

Multi-Criteria Decision Making and Uncertainty
L’IEEE France Section et l’IEEE Computational Intelligence Society ont le plaisir de vous inviter à la présentation du professeur Ronald R. Yager, directeur du Machine Intelligence Institute, Iona College, USA, reçu en tant que distinguished lecturer. La présentation portera sur la décision multicritère dans l'incertain, son résumé est disponible ci-dessous.
Date et horaire : 4 mai 2017 à 10H00
Lieu : LIP6, salle 105 (1er étage), couloir 25-26
4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris.

Abstract: Multi-Criteria aggregation is a pervasive problem appearing in many technological domains. During this presentation, we shall discuss some issues related to this task. One issue is the modeling of multi-criteria decision functions and a related issue is the evaluation of these decision functions in the face of uncertain information. One case we shall consider is the evaluation of the OWA operator when the satisfaction to the individual criteria is expressed via a probability distribution. We shall also consider the case of interval criteria satisfactions. We shall look at the role of fuzzy measures in the modeling process. One issue that must be dealt with is the ordering of the complex uncertain criteria satisfactions that is required to use the Choquet integral in the criteria aggregation.
Bio: Ronald R. Yager is Director of the Machine Intelligence Institute and Professor of Information Systems at Iona College. He is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Intelligent Systems. He has published over 500 papers and edited over 30 books in areas related to fuzzy sets, human behavioral modeling, decision-making under uncertainty and the fusion of information. He is among the world’s most highly cited researchers with over 57,000 citations in Google Scholar. He was the 2016 recipient of the IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award, the most prestigious honor given out by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He was the recipient of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Pioneer award in Fuzzy Systems. He received the special honorary medal of the 50-th Anniversary of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He received the Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award from the International Fuzzy Systems Association. He received honorary doctorate degrees, honoris causa, from the Azerbaijan Technical University and the State University of Information Technologies, Sofia Bulgaria. Dr. Yager is a fellow of the IEEE, the New York Academy of Sciences and the Fuzzy Systems Association. He has served at the National Science Foundation as program director in the Information Sciences program. He was a NASA/Stanford visiting fellow and a research associate at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a lecturer at NATO Advanced Study Institutes. He was a visiting distinguished scientist at King Saud University, Riyadh Saudi Arabia. He was an honorary professor at Aalborg University in Denmark. He received his undergraduate degree from the City College of New York and his Ph. D. from the Polytechnic Institute New York University. He recently edited a volume entitled Intelligent Methods for Cyber Warfare.


I am pleased to announce that the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society President will visit us on Thursday, 22nd of October at 10h, in the LIP6, to give the following talk:

Ensemble Approaches in Learning
by Xin Yao, Professor at the University of Birmingham (UK), President of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society

Venue: room 105, corridor 25-26, 4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris

Designing a monolithic system for a large and complex learning task is hard. Divide-and-conquer is a common strategy in tackling such large and complex problems. Ensembles can be regarded an automatic approach towards automatic divide-and-conquer. Many ensemble methods, including boosting, bagging,
negative correlation, etc., have been used in machine learning and data mining for many years. This talk will describe three examples of ensemble methods,
i.e., multi-objective learning, online learning with concept drift, and multi-class imbalance learning. Given the important role of diversity in ensemble methods, some discussions and analyses will be given to gain a better understanding of how and when diversity may help ensemble learning.

Some materials used in the talk are based on the following papers:

A Chandra and X. Yao, ``Ensemble learning using multi-objective evolutionary
algorithms,'' Journal of Mathematical Modelling and Algorithms, 5(4):417-445,
December 2006.

L. L. Minku and X. Yao, "DDD: A New Ensemble Approach For Dealing With Concept
Drift,'' IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 24(4):619-633,
April 2012.

S. Wang and X. Yao, ``Multi-Class Imbalance Problems: Analysis and Potential
Solutions,'' IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part B,
42(4):1119-1130, August 2012.

Xin Yao is a Chair (Professor) of Computer Science and the Director of CERCIA (Centre of Excellence for Research in Computational Intelligence and
Applications) at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is an IEEE Fellow and the President (2014-15) of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS). His
work won the 2001 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award, 2010 and 2015 IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding Paper Awards, 2010 BT Gordon Radley Award for Best Author of Innovation (Finalist), 2011 IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks Outstanding Paper Award, and many other best
paper awards. He won the prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2012 and the 2013 IEEE CIS Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award.
His major research interests include evolutionary computation, ensemble learning, and their applications, especially in software engineering.

More information on Xin Yao:

Bernadette Bouchon-Meunier
IEEE France Section Computational Intelligence Chapter President


We are pleased to announce that, on the 28th of May 2015, Prof. Jim Keller, of the University of Missouri, USA, will give a talk entitled "Does it all add up? A study of fuzzy protoform linguistic summarization of time series", sponsored by the Computational Intelligence Society under its Distinguished Lecturer Program. The abstract for this talk is:

Producing linguistic summaries of large databases or temporal sequences of measurements is an endeavor that is receiving increased attention. These summaries can be used in a continuous monitoring situation, like eldercare, where it is important to ascertain if the current summaries represent an abnormal condition. Primarily a human, such as a care giver in the eldercare
example, is the recipient of the set of summaries describing a time range, for example, last night’s activities. However, as the number of sensors and monitored conditions grow, sorting through a fairly large number of summaries can be a burden for the person, i.e., the summaries stop being information and become yet one more pile of data. It is therefore necessary to automatically process sets of summaries to condense the data into more manageable chunks.
The first step towards automatically comparing sets of digests is to determine similarity. For fuzzy protoform based summaries, we developed a natural similarity and proved that the associated dissimilarity is a metric over the space of protoforms. Utilizing that distance measure, we defined and examined several fuzzy set methods to compute dissimilarity between sets of summaries, and most recently utilized these measures to define prototypical behavior over a large number of normal time periods.
In this talk, I will cover the definition of fuzzy protoforms, define our (dis)similarity, outline the proof that it is a metric, discuss the fuzzy aggregation methods for sets of summaries, and show how prototypes are formed and can used to detect abnormal nights. The talk will be loaded with actual examples from our eldercare research. There is much work to be done and hopefully, more questions than answers will result from the discussion.

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