Extracting meaning from data


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

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.

Financial Prediction

Gaining wealth on the stock market based on statistical arbitrage is an area ripe for the application of machine learning and related methods. UCL's clients include large financial organisations that require state of the art prediction methods based on both low to high frequency trading. UCL has developed state of the art prediction methods that track market dynamics which translate into profitable portfolio allocations. Success in this area demands an understanding of the underlying dynamics of the statistics underlying markets, and also when these dynamics changes.

The Desktop Doctor

DoctorHundreds of years of medical experience. An infinite patience and the ability to take every symptom into account. Precise and logical, up-to-date, and never short on ideas. All just casually sitting on your doctor’s desk. It may not have much of a bedside manner, but then its job is not to meet patients.


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.).

Statistical Machine Translation

Half of the EU citizens are not able to hold a conversation in a language other than their mother tongue, let alone to conduct a negotiation, or interpret a law. In a time of wide availability of communication technologies, language barriers are a serious bottleneck to European integration and to economic and cultural exchanges in general. More effective tools to overcome such barriers, in the form of software for machine translation and other cross-lingual textual information access tasks, are in strong demand.

Text mining

Text mining, sometimes alternately referred to as text data mining, roughly equivalent to text analytics, refers to the process of deriving high-quality information from text. High-quality information is typically derived through the divining of patterns and trends through means such as statistical pattern learning. Text mining usually involves the process of structuring the input text (usually parsing, along with the addition of some derived linguistic features and the removal of others, and subsequent insertion into a database), deriving patterns within the structured data, and finally evaluation and interpretation of the output. 'High quality' in text mining usually refers to some combination of relevance, novelty, and interestingness. Typical text mining tasks include text categorization, text clustering, concept/entity extraction, production of granular taxonomies, sentiment analysis, document summarization, and entity relation modeling (i.e., learning relations between named entities).