July 7-11, 2008, Porto, Portugal email:
The Summer School will be held at Porto, Portugal, jointly organized by the Polytechnic School of Engineering of Porto (ISEP) and the Faculty of Engineering, Porto University (FEUP).
Following last year experience, this year’s edition also includes a POSTER/WORKSHOP SESSION providing a discussion forum where the participants can obtain peer guidance for their projects.
* Alexander Zien (Research Scientist at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, Germany)
* Carlos Soares (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economy, University of Porto, Portugal)
* Christopher Bishop (Deputy Managing Director at Microsoft Research Laboratory in Cambridge and Chair of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, UK)
* Joaquim Marques de Sá (Full Professor, Dept. Electr. and Comp. Engineering, Fac. of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal)
* Jorge Santos(Assistant Professor, Engineering Polythecnic Institute, Porto, Portugal)
* Mark Embrecht (Associate Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, RPI Troy, New York, U.S.A.)
* Noelia Sánchez Maroño (Assistant Professor, Coruna University, Spain)
* Paulo Cortez (Assistant Professor, University of Minho, Portugal)
* Petia Georgieva (Assistant Professor, University of Aveiro, Portugal)
* Yann Guermeur ((Scientific Director of the Laboratoire Lorrain de Recherche en Informatique et ses Applications, France)
Neural networks (NN) have become a very important tool in classification and regression tasks. The applications are nowadays abundant, e.g. in the engineering, economy and biology areas. The Summer School on NN is dedicated to explain relevant NN paradigms, namely multilayer perceptrons (MLP), radial basis function networks (RBF) and support vector machines (SVM) used for classification and regression tasks, illustrated with applications to real data. Specific topics are also presented, namely Multi-Valued and UB Neurons , Functional Networks , MLP’s with Entropic Criteria and Data Mining using NN.
Classes include practical sessions with appropriate software tools. The trainee has, therefore, the opportunity to apply the taught concepts and become conversant with a broad range of NN topics and applications. A special workshop session will provide a discussion forum where the participants can obtain peer guidance for their projects.
A preliminary programme and further information about the classes are available at the school webpage (
Early Registration: 18 May 2008
Poster Submission: 15 June 2008
Hotel booking : 15 June 2008
Summer School: 7-11 July 2008
All participants are required to register prior to the start of the School – until the June 15 – even if you choose to pay the late registration fee at the registration desk.
Please note that only a LIMITED number of participants can be accepted.
In order to attend the School you must fill in the registration form, available at the School web page. Please note that if you have any guests who would like to take part in the social programme, you must register them as well, by filling in the corresponding field in the registration form.
The registration fee for participants amounts to:
- Early registration fee (paid before the 18th of May)
* 350 Euro (students, ISEP and FEUP staff)
* 400 Euro (all other participants)
- Late registration fee (paid after the 18th of May)
* 400 Euro (students, ISEP and FEUP staff)
* 450 Euro (all other participants)
The registration fee includes:
* school package (manuscripts, lecture’s notes, CD)
* coffee breaks
* daily lunch
* welcome reception
* school banquet
NOTE: The registration fee for those who attended previous editions amounts to 25/30 euro per lecture and includes the school package and coffee-breaks. Please, contact the LOC for further detail
- Helena Brás Silva – Assistant Professor, Dept. Mathematics, ISEP, Portugal
- Jorge M. Santos – Assistant Professor, Dept. Mathematics, ISEP, Portugal
- Rui Chibante – Assistant Professor, Dept. Mathematics, ISEP, Portugal
Local Organizing Committee (LOC) – Summer School NN2008
A/C Jorge M. Santos
Departamento de Matemática
Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Port
Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida 431
NN2008 Secretariat
Ms. Gabriela Afonso
Programme Chair:
Prof. Joaquim Marques de Sá
Tel. +351 225081828 – Email:

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