Extracting meaning from data

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Extracting meaning from data is the central business of the information era. ML Market is a European consortium of leading researchers that span a range of areas in information processing, data analysis, statistics and machine learning.

ML Market groups are formed from world-leading research groups within the Pascal European network that also actively engage to find business solutions to challenging real-world problems. ML Market exists to promote the academic and industrial expertise of its researchers and provides a platform to engage and broker industrial contacts.

Case Studies

Winestein, the computer with taste for wine

Doctor A common problem when you organize a dinner or when you are in a restaurant and you get the wine list: what wine goes best with your dish?

Winewinewine.com is a web-portal for wine. One of its distinguishing features is Winestein, the on-line sommelier. You can enter any dish of your choice by entering ingredients and cooking method. Then winestein will advise matching wines.

The mind reading wizard

Telepathy was once nothing more than a parlour trick played by illusionists to entertain us. Now something resembling telepathy is becoming a reliable reality. Even if you control every movement of your muscles or flicker of your eyes, you will never hide your brain activity. The magic word is not abracadabra, but Hex-o-Spell!

Letting stones go unturned

Wéiqí, Baduk or simply, Go. Over two thousand years old, this challenging game of strategy and tactics has taught warriors, monks and intellectuals to focus, concentrate and plan. But a program is beginning to change our views of what is possible. In computer competitions this multi-armed bandit has stolen first prize more often than any other. It’s MoGo, or Monte Carlo Go.

Topics

Handwritten Text Recognition

Many documents used every day are handwritten documents, as for example, postal addresses, bank cheques, medical prescriptions, a big quantity of historical documents, an important part of the information gathered by forms, etc. In many cases it would be interesting to have these documents in digital form rather than paper based, in order to provide new ways to indexing, consulting and working with these documents.

Handwriting text recognition (HTR) can be defined as the ability of a computer to transform handwritten input represented in its spatial form of graphical marks into equivalent symbolic representation as ASCII text. Usually, this handwritten input comes from sources such as paper documents, photographs or electronic pens and touch-screens.

Multimodal Interaction and Adaptive Learning

Traditional Pattern Recognition (PR) and Machine Learning (ML) have generally focused on full automation; that is, in developing technologies ultimately aiming at fully replacing human beings in tasks that require complex perceptive and/or cognitive skills. However, full automation often proves elusive or unnatural in many applications where technology is expected to assist rather than replace the human agents. This asks for a paradigm shift which should place PR/ML within the framework of human interaction.

Multimodal Interaction and Adaptive Learning deals with the fundamental work needed to address the research challenges and opportunities entailed by this paradigm shift. These include: interaction analysis and modelling, multimodal processing and fusion, interactive performance estimation and measurement, and several emerging forms of machine learning that look especially promising in the interactive framework (online, adaptive, active, semi-supervised, limited feedback, reinforcement, etc.).

Time Series Analysis

Timeseries appear in a variety of disciples, from finance to physics, computer science to biology. The origins of the subject and diverse applications in the engineering and physics literature at times obscure the commonalities in the underlying models and techniques. Modern timeseries applications include financial timeseries prediction, video-tracking, music analysis, control theory and genetic sequence analysis.