Bridging the Gap

Bridging The Gap: Away-Day 2

Multi-Disciplinary Research in Data Mining

Birmingham BTG Research Away Day, 20th-21st September 2010

This Research Away Day is generously supported and funded by the EPSRC Bridging The Gap (BTG) grant on "Multi-disciplinary Optimisation and Data Mining at Birmingham" ( Its primary aim is to bring researchers from different disciplines together to identify research challenges, which can be in any discipline where data mining techniques can play a useful role. To enable the follow-up of the discussions at the Away Day, £10,000 have been set aside to enable people to continue the discussion afterwards. In the short term, the expected outcome of this Research Away Day would be multi-disciplinary grant proposals going to external bodies, either within the UK or EU. In the long term, the expected outcome would be new or further strengthened multi-disciplinary collaborations. Everyone within Birmingham is welcome to participate in the Away Day.

Location: The Arden Hotel at Stratford upon Avon. We will be providing transport for those who require it but this will be limited to the morning journey to the hotel (20th) and the afternoon journey back to the University (21st). The hotel is not far from the railway station (0.7 miles) and the hotel has a private car park.

The Research Away Days are open to all teaching and research staff within the University. The cost of participating in the two-day event will be fully covered by the EPSRC BTG project. A key feature of the event will be the organisation of the activities around problems and challenges, not by academic disciplines. The activities will include presentations of research challenges (from problem owners), brief overviews of existing methods and techniques (from tool developers), idea generation in the wild and ample time for networking and discussions.

Post-Event Info:

Preliminary Schedule

Monday, 20 September

 8.30 - 9.30 Bus Pickup, to arrive at Stratford around 9.30 (Farady Sculpture near Computer Science/University Station - if required)
9.30 - 10.00 Welcome tea
10.00 - 10.20 Introduction (Yao) (Schnier) Prof. Xin Yao and Dr. Thorsten Schnier School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham
10.20 - 11.20 Invited Keynote Talk: On Mining Graph Patterns (abstract) Prof. Philip S. Yu Professor and Wexler Chair in Information Technology, Department of Computer Science University of Illinois at Chicago
11.20 - 11.40 Computational Intelligence for Biological Problems (abstract) (talk) Dr. Shan He School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham
11.40 - 12.00 Multivariate Rank Based Methods in Classification and Clustering (talk) Biman Chakraborty School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham
12.00 - 12.15 Data mining in Education Peter Davies
12.15 - 12.30 Data Mining for Public Health (talk) Iris Fermin, Public Health Information Team, Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Partnership
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 - 14.30 Mining gene expression data (talk) Dr. Francesco Falciani, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham
14.30 - 15.00 Decoding neural computations from brain imaging data (talk) Prof. Zoe Kourtzi Chair of Brain Imaging, University of Birmingham Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab
15.00 - 15.30 Online ensemble learning in changing environments (abstract) (talk) Leandro Minku School of Computer Science University of Birmingham
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 - 17.00 Discussion Session Shail Patel Independent Advisor and Consultant (fomerly Research Director Digital Consumers & Markets, Unilever)
18.00 - 19.30 Evening break, pre-dinner meeting at the bar
19.30 Dinner

Tuesday, 21 September

9.00 - 9.20 Text mining (talk) Dr. Ata Kaban School of Computer Science University of Birmingham
9.20 - 9.40 Regularized Negative Correlation Learning and its application to Cheminformatics (abstract) Dr. Huanhuan Chen School of Computing, University of Leeds, and Honorary Research Fellow, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham
9.50 - 10.10 Process Mining and its application to Telecommunication (talk) Behzad Bordbar School of Computer Science University of Birmingham
10.10 - 10.30 Data Mining in BAE David Nicholson (BAE Systems)
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 12.30 Market of Ideas: Open session for people to "sell" their ideas in order to attract BTG funding and on-going support to develop proposals All (coordinated by Shail Patel)
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 - 14.15 Challenges in data driven modelling Peter Lee Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham
14.15 - 14.30 Approaches for Personalized text Summarization (talk) Mourad Oussalah, Electrical, Electronical and Computer Engineering, University of Birmingham
14.30 - 15.30 Open Discussion: The Way Forward Initial discussions on research project ideas and potential funding allocation (up to £10,000)
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee and conclude


We can accommodate up to 20 participants. Until we get close to this number, we will register on a first-come, first-serve base. To register, please email Laura ( Pelease register by the morning of 10th September 2010

. For more information, contact Dr. Thorsten Schnier ( or one of Profs. Andrew Chan (, Michal Kocvara (, Xin Yao (