Attending of KES2010 conference, Cardiff, UK

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From 10th-12th September I attended the 14th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems (KES 2010). The conference took place in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Cardiff is well established as ‘Europe’s Youngest Capital’ but its history dates back more than 2000 years to the Romans. The conference consisted of keynote talks, oral and poster presentations, invited sessions and workshops, on the applications and theory of intelligent systems and related areas. It provided excellent opportunities for the presentation of interesting new research results and discussion on knowledge-based and intelligent information system. This year’s KES conference has attracted more than 220 participants from 40 countries.

During three-day conference, six keynote talks are presented, which covered the topics of not only the latest theoretical progress of machine intelligence, bio-computational intelligence and Social Structures and Social Networks, but also the engineered systems and applications, as well as the knowledge transforming to real applications. Among these keynote talks, the first titled “Embracing Uncertainty: the New Machine Intelligence” which was given by Prof. Christopher Bishop from Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK and the third named “Exploiting Social Structures and Social Networks” given by Prof. Roger Whitaker from Cardiff University, UK are most impressive and interesting. The former systematically reviewed the concepts and algorithms of uncertainty in machine intelligence, the recent research progresses and outcomes carried out in Microsoft Research Cambridge. The talk also reported a number of application studies in this domain. Another reason I like the plenary talk is the speaker who is a world renowned scientist in machine intelligence with a well known text book authored - “machine learning and pattern recognition”, which was widely adapted as a text book in many top universities. The latter is in fact close to my research interest but with different focus, which was about some of the key characteristics of social networks and how they can potentially be exploited to provide intelligent content sharing in the pervasive and mobile computing domain. This talk covered the research issues of social network and social media from the perspective of mobile and wireless computing.

KES 2010 is a multi-track conference consisting of 11 general track and 29 invited sessions and workshops. The Conference proceedings was published via LNCS series book of Springer Press. My talk named “Co-Clustering Analysis of Weblogs using Bipartite Spectral Projection Approach” was allocated in the track of "Advanced Knowledge based Systems" and was given on the second day of the conference This paper is an application study of co-clustering analysis in weblog analysis via bipartite spectral graph approach. The versatile and powerful capability of spectral clustering analysis with a broad application potential increases the attention and interest from participants and public audience. Two questions arising from audience are the use of appropriate preprocessing of dataset on clustering results and the scalability and limitation of spectral clustering in a real setting. The questions triggered the close and interactive discussions in algorithmic aspects, which brought me more suggestive and valuable comments and ideas on future work. Besides my presentations, this track also includes other seven papers focusing on various aspects of knowledge-based information systems and database systems, such as frequent sequence mining, access control rule, ontology and semantics and so on. Another advantageous issue worth noting  of this distinctive track is that a few best papers presented on the conference will be invited for extension for a special issue of Data and Knowledge Engineering (Elsevier).Of course, apart from the conference presentations and discussions, KES 2010 also provided an excellent platform for all participants for social networking and collaboration establishing.

Next year's KES2011 conference will be held in Kaiserslautern, Germany on 12th-14th September 2011.


Guandong Xu