ECML PKDD 2006 Workshop on
Practical Data Mining: Applications, Experiences and Challenges

Recent News (01-09-2006):

The workshop proceedings are now available online!

The workshop schedule is online now.

Recent News (02-08-2006):

The list of accepted papers is now online!
Separate registration for the workshop only is possible, see below!
A Call for Participation leaflet is available as PDF

The Workshop on Practical Data Mining: Applications, Experiences and Challenges will be held on September 22, 2006 in conjunction with the 17th European Conference on Machine Learning and the 10th European Conference on Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases in Berlin, Germany.

Workshop Chairs:

Markus Ackermann, University of Leipzig
Carlos Soares, University of Porto
Bettina Guidemann, SAS Deutschland
SAS - The Power to Know

In Partnership with:

SAS Deutschland, Heidelberg


Business, government and science organizations are increasingly moving towards decision-making processes that are based on information. In parallel, the amount of data representing the activities of organizations that is stored in databases is also growing. Therefore, the pressure to extract as much useful information as possible from this data is very strong.

Data and text mining (DTM) is essentially a technological field enabling the improvement of the aforementioned processes. DTM research is, thus, essentially geared towards practical problems and requires permanent feedback from practical applications. Feedback from people with a business-oriented perspective on DTM is therefore useful to assess current research work and directions, to assess how theoretical results and methods developed in the lab stand the test of real world problems. And not the least to provide researchers with new challenges to work on.

On the other hand, research on this field is very active, so DTM practitioners as well as decision makers in general need to be in in touch with state-of-the-art research. Otherwise, they will not be able to provide the best solutions to their problems or to the problems of their clients. However, contact between these two communities is not as frequent as would be desirable. Although data mining, knowledge discovery and machine learning conferences provide an important contribution, they mostly attract an audience with a more technical and research background.

Invited Speakers

Stefan Wrobel (Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Autonomous Intelligent Systems)
Geo Intelligence — New Business Opportunities and Research Challenges in Spatial Mining and Business Intelligence (Abstract)

Ulrich Reincke (Executive Expert Analytics, SAS Institute)
Directions of Analytics, Data and Text Mining — a Software Vendor's View (Abstract)

Related Events

The Workshop on Practical Data Mining is a follow-up event to the First Workshop on Data Mining for Business, which was held on October 3rd, 2005 in conjunction with the ECML-PKDD 2005 in Porto, Portugal.

Another related and successful event was the Workshop on Data Mining Case Studies held in November 2005 in conjunction with the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining in Houston, Texas, USA.

Carlos Soares is also Co-Chair of the upcoming KDD 2006 Workshop on Data Mining for Business Applications.

Workshop only registration

Registration for the ECML/PKDD conferences includes participation in the workshop.

Registration for the workshop only is possible until August 5 for EUR 290 and includes:

  • workshop participation
  • printed proceedings of DMBiz workshop
  • online access to all workshop and tutorial materials
  • conference banquet at Zitadelle Spandau on Thursday evening
  • coffee breaks on Friday
To register for the workshop only, please contact Prof. Tobias Scheffer (scheffer at informatik dot hu-berlin dot de). Project Site-o-Matic


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