Special Sessions

Federated Learning and (pre) Aggregation in Machine Learning


Federated Learning, a rapidly evolving field in Machine Learning, revolutionizes the way models are trained by fostering collaboration without the need for data transfer between devices. This innovative approach empowers machine learning models to be trained on decentralized data sources, eliminating the requirement for centralized data storage. 

Moreover, a current trend gaining significant attention pertains to (pre) aggregation functions and their versatile applications. This domain encompasses the study of aggregation operators and explores how their strategic implementation can enhance system quality and performance.

In light of these compelling advancements, the primary objective of this special session is to establish a dynamic platform for esteemed researchers to showcase their cutting-edge research in Federated Learning and (pre) aggregation functions. The session specifically aims to explore their theory and practical applications in the domains of classification problems.

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This special session on Federated Learning will cover a broad range of topics, including but

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Intelligent Techniques for real-world applications of Renewable Energy and Green Transport


CO2 emissions have been identified as one of the significant causes of climate change. These emissions are mainly produced by non-renewable energy production systems and non-sustainable transport means, still widely used nowadays. As a result, there is a widespread consensus that renewable energy sources such as wind, marine, hydro and solar as well as green transport systems must be considered to mitigate climate change and reduce air pollution. Consequently, research on renewable energies and green transport, particularly, on control and efficiency is encouraged to contribute to this sustainable trend. 

Expert systems, fuzzy control, neural networks, genetic algorithms, artificial immune networks, swarming particle techniques, ACO, reinforcement learning, and other intelligent techniques have been shown to be effective in many different fields. They can be applied to tackle complex problems where conventional methods are less efficient or unsuccessful.

The goal of this special session is to provide a platform for researchers, engineers, and industrial practitioners from different fields to share and exchange their ideas, research results, and experiences in the field of intelligent techniques applied to renewable energy and green transport. Contributions to this special session are welcome to present and discuss novel methods, algorithms,  frameworks, architectures, platforms, and applications.

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Data Selection in Machine Learning (5th Edition)

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Data selection focuses on reducing the training time and, at the same time, taking advantage to do better predictions. Too much information is not handy at all since uninformative samples or features may be learnt and consequently the ability to generalize could be hindered. Addressing any problem may mean not having prior knowledge and even to become able, through data selection and even transformation measure, to learn the important data for the forthcoming prediction on unseen data. Depending on the followed methodology to conduct the process model for data mining, the data selection may be named with different names although the core is the same. Tools based on graphical user interfaces are of particular interest in the sense that may make easier the procedure to refine the raw data and eventually to get the ready data to face the mining phase. Data pre-processing deals with many tasks such as data cleansing, attribute selection, instance selection, noise reduction and detecting wrong or distorted labels. Visual data analytics is on the rise especially in multi-dimensional business applications. It is not uncommon to require any data imputation task prior to the application of the data selection stage. We encourage to submit very recent applications and if possible unprecedented. Additionally, new theoretical or empirical approaches are welcome. 

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