A the start of February, KIN member Martijn van Otterlo, expert in artificial intelligence and working on data-related (innovation) projects, participated in the bi-annual, invitation-only workshop on machine learning and datamining (SMiLe: spring workshop on mining and learning, to be precise). This workshop featured state-of-the-art machine learning approaches needed to cope with the vast amounts of data in our world, the so-called “big data”. Martijn also presented his recently started project BLIIPS (http://martijnvanotterlo.nl/bliips.html) project, which deals with two main aspects i) data-driven innovations for the physical, public library and ii) artificially intelligent activity recognition and support for data-driven projects in physical, knowledge-intensive environments. And while being in Titisee in South-Germany, two days of heavy snowing turned the surrounding Black Forest into a white one, which created a fairytale atmosphere during the well-deserved walk after two days of formulas, algorithms and talks about them.
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