WSOM+ 2017

12th International Workshop on Self-Organizing Maps and Learning Vector Quantization, Clustering and Data Visualization (WSOM+) 2017
dimanche 28 août 2016

WSOM+ 2017

12th International Workshop on Self-Organizing Maps and Learning Vector Quantization,

Clustering and Data Visualization (WSOM+) 2017

Nancy, France - 28-30 June 2017


More information can be found on the LORIA WEB site

Call for papers

We invite contributions related to the theoretical and methodological aspects of Self-Organizing Maps, Learning Vector Quantization, Clustering and Data Visualization approaches and closely related topics including :

• Data analysis and data visualization

• Temporal and incremental data mining

• Various mathematical approaches including information theory and mathematical statistics

• Software and hardware implementations

• Architectural solutions including hierarchical and growing networks, ensemble models and special metrics

• Neuro-cognitive studies that compare modeling and empirical results at different levels

• Models, experimental investigations and applications of autonomous mental development.

We also call for scientific and practice-oriented papers that demonstrate the use of Self-Organizing Maps, Learning Vector Quantization, Clustering and Data Visualization approaches in different application areas including but not limited to :

• Data mining

• Pattern recognition

• Signal processing

• Knowledge management

• Time series processing

• Modeling dynamic phenomena

• Anomalies and fault detection

• Industrial applications

• Bioinformatics

• Biomedical applications

• Telecommunications

• Financial analysis

• Applications for transport optimization

• Cognitive modeling

• Language modeling

• Robotics and intelligent systems

• Image processing and vision

• Speech processing

• Text and document analysis

Confirmed invited speakers

Etienne Côme, IFSTTAR

Generative models for urban mobility analysis

Abstract : The development of smart technologies and the advent of new observation capabilities have increased the availability of massive urban datasets that can greatly benefit urban studies. For example, a large amount of urban data is collected by various sensors, such as smart meters, or provided by GSM, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth records, ticketing data, geo-tagged posts on social networks, etc. Analysis of such digital records can help to build decision-making tools (for analytical, forecasting and display purposes) with a view to better understanding the operating of urban systems, to enable urban stakeholders to plan better when extending infrastructures and to provide better services to citizens. Although some of the devices used to record these datasets were not initially designed for the analysis of urban mobility, their usefulness is obvious. We will detail several analyses of such massive datasets using generative modeling tools which are particularly well suited to encode prior knowledge available on the task at hand. Our presentation will focus on the analysis of Bike-Sharing data and ticketing logs with cases study in Rennes and Paris.

Jean-Daniel Fekete, INRIA, Université Paris Sud

Visualization of Complex Networks

Abstract : Network visualization is progressing at a fast pace, allowing large,
complex, dynamic networks to be visualized and explored interactively.
However, outside of the visualization field, the old-fashioned network
visual representation is still dominant. I will show how research, from
my group at Inria and others, have tackled the problem and provided new
solutions. These solutions are built on several grounds : HCI,
visualization, graph theory, and more recently image processing and
machine-learning to evaluate the effectiveness of the visual
representations for different tasks. I will show examples of
applications from various fields such as social network analysis and
brain functional network analysis.

Yann Guermeur, LORIA

Rademacher Complexity of Margin Multi-category Classifiers

Abstract : In the framework of agnostic learning, one of the
main open problems of the theory of multi-category pattern
classification is the characterization of the way the confidence
interval of a guaranteed risk should vary as a function of
the fundamental parameters which are the sample size m and
the number C of categories. This is especially the case when
working under minimal learnability hypotheses. We consider
margin classifiers based on classes of vector-valued functions with
one component function per category. The classes of component
functions are uniform Glivenko-Cantelli and the vector-valued
functions take their values in a hypercube of R^C. For these
classifiers, a well-known guaranteed risk based on a Rademacher
complexity applies. Several studies have dealt with the derivation
of an upper bound on this complexity. This article establishes a
bound which is based on a new generalized Sauer-Shelah lemma.
Under the additional assumption that the \gamma-dimensions of the
classes of component functions grow no faster than polynomially
with \gamma^-1, its growth rate with C is a O(\sqrt (C) \ln (C). This behaviour holds true irrespective of the degree of the polynomial.

Pascal Massart, Université Paris Sud

Estimator selection : the calibration issue

Abstract:Estimator selection has become a crucial issue in non parametric estimation. Two widely used methods are penalized empirical risk minimization (such as penalized log-likelihood estimation) or pairwise comparison (such as Lepski’s method). Our aim in this talk is twofold. We shall first give some general ideas about the calibration issue of estimator selection methods. We shall review some known results, putting the emphasis on the concepts of minimal and optimal penalties which are helpful to design data-driven selection criteria. Secondly we shall present a new method for bandwidth selection within the framework of kernel density density estimation which is in some sense intermediate between these two main methods mentioned above. We shall provide some theoretical results which lead to some fully data-driven selection strategy.

Alfredo Vellido, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña

The eye of the beholder : visualization and interpretability in practical applications

Abstract : Modern data science has knowledge discovery processes at its core. The road from raw data to manageable information and, from there, to knowledge extraction is by no means straightforward. In many practical applications of data analysis, knowledge extraction may not even be enough by itself, unless such knowledge is shown to be actionable. Machine Learning, hand in hand with Statistics, is playing an increasingly important role in these applications. Such role is likely to be curtailed, though, unless we guarantee the interpretability of models and results. At a moment in time in which society at large and the natural sciences have become data-rich, interpretability becomes key, as legislation at the European Union level is about to be passed that will grant subjects a "right to explanation", guaranteeing individuals the right to ask for an explanation of any algorithmic decision made about them. This brief talk will focus on unsupervised learning and visualization to illustrate the problem of model interpretability. It will draw examples mostly from the field of biomedicine, in which interpretability can be a hard constraint on the applicability of Machine Learning methods.

Nathalie Villa, INRA

Stochastic Self-Organizing Map variants with the R package SOMbrero

Abstract : Self-Organizing Maps (SOM) are a popular clustering and
visualization algorithm. Several implementations of the SOM algorithm
exist in different mathematical/statistical softwares, the main one
being probably the SOM Toolbox [Kohonen, 2014]. In this presentation, we
will introduce an R package, SOMbrero, which implements
several variants of the stochastic SOM algorithm. The package includes
several diagnosis tools and graphics for interpretation of the results
and is provided with a complete documentation and examples.

Important dates

Paper submission deadline : February 3rd, 2017 February 28th, 2017

Notification of provisional acceptance : March 30th, 2017

Final/Camera-ready papers : April 30th, 2017

Final acceptance : May 15th, 2017

Conference : June 28-30, 2017

An Easychair website is open for submission and review process.


The proceedings of WSOM+ 2017 will be published with IEEE Xplore. The Latex and the Word templates are available for the authors. Manuscripts should be no longer than eight pages.

More specific information about IEEE PDF eXpress will be available soon. It will concern accepted papers only.

Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the journal
Neural Computing & Applications.

Conference steering committee

• Teuvo Kohonen (Finland)

• Marie Cottrell (France)

• Pablo Estevez (Chili)

• Timo Honkela (Finland)

• Thomas Martinetz (Germany)

• Erzsebet Merenyi (USA)

• Michel Verleysen (Belgium)

• Thomas Villmann (Germany)

• Takeshi Yamakawa (Japan)

• Hujun Yin (UK)

Program committee

Guilherme Barreto (Brazil ),
Abdel Belaid (France),
Michael Biehl (The Netherlands),
Nicolas Bonneel (France),
Guenael Cabanes (France),
Hubert Cecotti (UK),
Marie Cottrell (France),
Franck Dufrenois (France),
Pablo Estevez (Chile),
Jan Faigl (Czech Republic),
Jérémy Fix (France),
Hervé Frezza-Buet (France),
Barbara Hammer (Germany),
Marwan Hassani (The Netherlands),
Gonzalo Joya (Spain),
Marika Kaden (Germany),
Markus Koskela (Finland),
Jean-Charles Lamirel (France),
Pierre Latouche (France),
Mustapha Lebbah (France),
John Lee (Belgium),
Bruno Levy (France),
Victor Lobo (Portugal),
Raghvandra Mall (Qatar ),
Erzsébet Merényi (USA),
Madalina Olteanu (France),
Jaakko Peltonen (Finland),
Gilbert Peterson (USA),
Andreas Rauber (Austria),
Fabrice Rossi (France),
Nicolas Rougier (France),
Frank-Michael Schleif (Germany),
Udo Seiffert (Germany),
Peter Tino (UK),
Alfred Ultsch (Germany),
Marc Van Hulle (Belgium),
Michel Verleysen (Belgium),
Nathalie Villa-Vialaneix (France),
Thomas Villmann (Germany),
Axel Wismueller (USA),
Hujun Yin (UK).


Conference fees / pricing :

• Author registration before May 20th, 2017 : 400 EUR

• Author registration after May 20th, 2017 : 450 EUR

• PHD students : 300 EUR

The payment information can be found at

In French

In English

Local organizing committee

• Marie Cottrell : SAMM, Panthéon Sorbonne University, Paris

• Jean-Charles Lamirel : Synalp Project, LORIA - University of Strasbourg

• Bruno Levy : ALICE INRIA Project, LORIA, Nancy

• Madalina Olteanu : SAMM, Panthéon Sorbonne University, Paris


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