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2015 IEEE CIS Outstanding TFS Paper Award
The long-standing cooperation between members of KERMIT and members of the Department of Information Technology and the Turku Centre for Computer Science (University of Turku, Finland) has resulted in the 2015 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Outstanding TFS Paper Award for their contribution "A kernel-based framework for learning graded relations from data" (W. Waegeman, T. Pahikkala, A. Airola, T. Salakoski, M. Stock and B. De Baets) which has appeared in the December 2012 issue of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems.

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 last updated Mon 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00  
Interdisciplinary Doctoral Studies in Mathematical Modeling at the University of Gdansk: Recruitment Started
The new Interdisciplinary Doctoral Studies in Mathematical Modelling initiated by the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics of the University of Gdansk offer a unique chance to work on the topics where mathematics meets other sciences (like biology, physics, chemistry, etc.). Here you can test how abstract ideas may be applied to model real-life problems. The model of the studies is developed in cooperation with the KERMIT research unit at Ghent University (Belgium) sharing its huge scientific experience in applied mathematics. The studies offer 10 different topics to choose from that are supposed to turn into 10 PhD theses promoted by the specialists in applied mathematics. Studies are realized in their entirety in the English language. In the academic year 2014-15 the studies will be supported by the NCBiR grant allowing our students to focus on the science and build their own scientific contacts.

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Recruitment (10 PhD positions) for the academic year 2014-2015 is open

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 last updated Thu 3 Jul 2014 00:00:00  
Five most recent KERMIT publications in Web of Science
(339) A. De Coninck, J. Fostier, S. Maenhout and B. De Baets, DAIRRy-BLUP: A high performance computing approach for genomic prediction, Genetics 197 (2014), 813-822.

(338) M. Reggente, J. Peters, J. Theunis, M. Van Poppel, M. Rademaker, P. Kumar and B. De Baets, Prediction of ultrafine particle number concentrations in urban environments by means of Gaussian process regression based on measurements of nitrogen oxides, Environmental Modelling and Software 61 (2014), 135-150.

(337) T. Jwaid, B. De Baets and H. De Meyer, Ortholinear and paralinear semi-copulas, Fuzzy Sets and Systems 252 (2014), 76-98.

(336) J. Van doninck, B. De Baets J. Peters, G. Hendrickx, E. Ducheyne, N.E.C. Verhoest, Modelling the spatial distribution of Culicoides imicola: climatic versus remote sensing data, Remote Sensing 6 (2014), 6604-6419.

(335) L. Loosvelt, B. De Baets, V.R.N. Pauwels and N.E.C. Verhoest, Assessing hydrologic prediction uncertainty resulting from soft land cover classification, Journal of Hydrology 517 (2014), 411-424.
 last updated Mon 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00  
Doctoral degree for Pieter Van der WeeŽn
On September 10, 2014, Pieter Van der WeeŽn successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "Meso-scale modelling of reaction-diffusion processes using cellular automata" and was awarded the title of Doctor of Applied Biological Sciences.
 last updated Wed 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00  
Doctoral degree for Tarad Jwaid
On September 8, 2014, Tarad Jwaid successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "Semi-linear and semi-quadratic conjunctive aggregation functions" and was awarded the title of Doctor of Mathematics.
 last updated Mon 8 Sep 2014 00:00:00  
Doctoral degree for Davide Martinetti
On July 24, 2014, Davide Martinetti successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "Fuzzy and probabilistic approaches to individual choice and preference: rationality conditions and their relationships" and was awarded the title of Doctor of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Oviedo, Spain.
 last updated Thu 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00  
Doctoral degree for Jan Verwaeren
On June 23, 2014, Jan Verwaeren successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "Mathematical optimization methods for the analysis of compositional data: subset selection, unmixing and prediction" and was awarded the title of Doctor of Applied Biological Sciences.
 last updated Mon 23 Jun 2014 00:00:00  
International Workshop on Multi-Target Prediction

We are organizing the first international workshop on "Multi-target prediction" at the 2014 European Conference on Machine Learning in Nancy, France, September 15^th . The workshop is a follow-up of the tutorial that we organized at ICML 2013 and it aims at bringing together different subfields of machine learning, such as multi-label classification (prediction of multiple binary targets), multivariate regression (prediction of multiple numerical targets), structured output prediction (targets with inherent structure), preference learning (prediction of a preference relation between multiple targets, as in label ranking), multi-task learning (prediction of multiple targets in different but related domains), recommender systems (e.g. collaborative filtering), sequence learning (ordered targets of varying length) and collective learning (prediction for dependent observations), etc. All info about the workshop can be found at:

 last updated Fri 4 Apr 2014 00:00:00  
Best Communication Award for Arne De Coninck

The Best Communication Award in the session "Genomics and Genetic Evaluation" was awarded to Arne De Coninck for the contribution "A high performance computing approach for genomic prediction" (A. De Coninck, J. Fostier, S. Maenhout and B. De Baets) at the Nineteenth National Symposium on Applied Biological Sciences (Gembloux, Belgium, Feb 2014).

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 last updated Fri 7 Feb 2014 00:00:00  
Doctoral Degree for Joaquin Miguel Castro Montoya
On January 29, 2014, Joaquin Castro Montoya successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "The potential of batch in vitro simulations and milk fatty acids to assess rumen methane mitigation" and was awarded the title of Doctor of Applied Biological Sciences.
 last updated Wed 29 Jan 2014 00:00:00  
Oral Presentation Prize for Giulia Gonnelli

The Oral Presentation Award was awarded to Giulia Gonnelli for the contribution "Logistic regression for the classification of PSMs: a simple algorithm for a complex problem" (G. Gonnelli, M. Stock, J. Verwaeren, S. Degroeve, B. De Baets and L. Martens) at the Benelex Bioinformatics Conference 2013 (Brussels, Belgium, Dec 2013).

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 last updated Sat 21 Dec 2013 00:00:00  
Doctoral Degree for Steven Freson
On December 19, 2013, Steven Freson successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "Transitive closures and openings of reciprocal relations" and was awarded the title of Doctor of Science: Mathematics.
 last updated Thu 19 Dec 2013 00:00:00  
Doctoral Degree for Wim De Smet
On November 25, 2013, Wim De Smet successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "Explicit sequence-culture-strain-taxon links in StrainInfo and their role in quality assessment and assurance" and was awarded the title of Doctor of Computer Science.
 last updated Mon 25 Nov 2013 00:00:00  
MIMOS Prestigious Award 2013 for Muhammad Zaini Ahmad

On October 31, 2013, Muhammad Zaini Ahmad received the MIMOS Prestigious Award 2013 for his PhD thesis "Numerical method for computing fuzzy-valued functions and its applications to differential equations".


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 last updated Thu 31 Oct 2013 00:00:00  
Former post-doc Willem Waegeman appointed Professor
On Oct 1, 2013, Willem Waegeman joined the Department of Mathematical Modelling, Statistics and Bioinformatics as a lecturer in applied mathematics, specialized in machine learning. This way, KERMIT is finally home to a second professor. Willem will further expand the activities in our predictive modelling research line. Good luck!
 last updated Tue 1 Oct 2013 00:00:00  
Bernard De Baets nominated for the 2012 Ghent University Prometheus Award for Research

At the UGent Award Ceremony 2012 on Dec 19 in the University Aula, Prof. Bernard De Baets was nominated for the Prometheus Award for Research for his capacity to apply new and advanced mathematical techniques in a very broad spectrum of research domains.

Prometheus Award for Research

He expresses his gratitude to all colleagues who nominated him and congratulates all nominees and winners.

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http://www.ugent.be/nl/actueel/nieuws/laureaten-onderscheidingen-2012.htm http://www.beeldbank.ugent.be/fotoalbums/505

 last updated Wed 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00  
Mission Statement
KERMIT (acronym for Knowledge Extraction, Representation and Management by means of Intelligent Techniques) is a young interdisciplinary team of mathematicians, engineers and computer scientists initiated by Bernard De Baets in 2000. KERMIT is a partner of the iKnow consortium.

KERMIT draws upon intelligent techniques resulting from the cross-fertilization between the fields of computational intelligence and operations research. The main focus is on mathematical and computational aspects of relational structures as knowledge instruments, with emphasis on the fields of fuzzy set theory and machine learning. Particular attention goes to the modelling of imprecision and uncertainty.

KERMIT serves as an attraction pole for applications in the applied biological sciences, and serves colleagues in hydrology, ecology, bacterial taxonomy, genome analysis, integrated water management, geographical information systems, forest management, metabolic engineering, soil science, bioinformatics, plant systems biology, etc.
 last updated Wed 14 Mar 2007 14:00:00