DEBS 2022

In June 2022, our research director Sabri Skhiri and the head of the data science department Madalina Ciortan travelled to Copenhagen to attend DEBS 2022, the leading conference focusing on distributed and event-based systems.

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Reinforcement Learning Course at ENSI

Reinforcement learning is one of the most active research areas in artificial intelligence and applies to a wide range of use cases in different sectors. To provide students with the skills needed in a transforming AI landscape, the ENSI school invited us to give a course on the subject.

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Our engineer Amine Ghrab presented his PhD public defense on the BI on Graph Project

Last Thursday, our engineer Amine Ghrab presented the BI on Graph project during his PhD public defense. Amine did an amazing job at the edge between Industry & Academia. Amine’s thesis was done in collaboration with the CODE/WIT Lab of the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, with the support of Prof. Oscar Romero & Prof. Esteban Zimanyi!

In his PhD thesis, Amine defined how BI environments can be enriched with Graph Data structures. Over the past decade, business and social environments have become increasingly complex and interconnected. As a result, graphs have emerged as a widespread abstraction tool at the core of the information infrastructure that supports these environments. In particular, the integration of graphs into data warehouse systems has appeared as a way to extend current information systems with graphs management and analysis capabilitiesGoing forward, Amine redefined the concepts of multidimensional cube on graph and showed how it can open new doors for data analysts. Finally, he showed how a graph data warehouse architecture can be defined.

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Thirty-Fourth AAAI Conference On Artificial Intelligence: A Summary

Two weeks ago, our young research engineers Hounaida Zemzem and Rania Saidi were in New York for the Thirty-Fourth AAAI Conference On Artificial Intelligence. The conference promotes research in artificial intelligence and fosters scientific exchange between researchers, practitioners, scientists, students, and engineers in AI and its affiliated disciplines. Rania and Hounaida attended dozens of technical paper presentations, workshops, and tutorials on their favourite research areas: reinforcement learning for Hounaida and graph theory for Rania. What were the big trends and their favourite talks? Let’s find out with them!

 

The Big Trends:

Rania says: “The conference focused mostly on advanced AI topics such as graph theory, NLP, Online Learning, Neural Nets Theory and Knowledge Representation. It also looked into real-world applications such as online advertising, email marketing, health care, recommender systems, etc.”

Hounaida adds: “I thought it was very successful given the large number of attendees as well as the quality of the accepted papers (7737 submissions were reviewed and 1,591 accepted). The talks showed the power of AI to tackle problems or improve situations in various domains.”

 

Favourite talks and tutorials

Hounaida explains: “Several of the sessions I attended were very insightful. My favourite talk was given by Mohammad Ghavamzadeh, an AI researcher at Facebook. He gave a tutorial on Exploration-Exploitation in Reinforcement Learning. The tutorial by William Yeoh, assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, was also amazing. He talked about Multi-Agent Distributed Constrained Optimization. Both their talks were clear and funny.”

 

Rania’s feedback? “One of my favourite talks was given by Yolanda Gil, the president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). She gave a personal perspective on AI and its watershed moments, demonstrated the utility of AI in addressing future challenges, and insisted on the fact that AI is now necessary to science. I also learned a lot about the state of the art in graph theory. The tutorial given by Yao Ma, Wei jin, Lingfu Wu and Tengfei Ma was really interesting. They explained Graph Neural Networks: Models and Application​s. Finally, the tutorial presented by Chengxi Zang and Fei Wang about Differential Deep Learning on Graphs and its Applications was excellent. Both were really inspiring and generated a lot of ideas about how to continue to expand my research in the field! ”

 

Favourite papers

A personal selection by Rania & Hounaida of interesting papers to check out :

For Hounaida:

 

For Rania:

 

Final thoughts

After attending their first conference as Euranovians, what will Rania & Hounaida remember? Hounaida concludes: “Going to New York for the AAAI-20 Conference as one of the ENX data scientists was an amazing experience. I met many brilliant and sharp international experts in various fields. I enjoyed the one-week talks with so many special events, offline discussions, and the night strolls!”