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Jan. 24, 2011

Botond Cseke successfully defended his thesis "Variational Algorithms for Bayesian Inference in Latent Gaussian Models".

Defence Botond

Jan. 13, 2011 We have a new position available as Assistant or Associate Professor of Computer Science (1,0 fte). Deadline for application is 15 March, 2011.
Dec. 22, 2010
Botond and Tom's paper "Approximate marginals in latent Gaussian models" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Machine Learning Research.
Dec. 3, 2010
Daniel Kuehlwein will join or group in early 2011 to start working on his PhD in the 'Learning2Reason' project.
Nov. 2, 2010 Joris Mooij has been awarded a prestigious Veni grant as part of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme of the NWO. Early next year he will join our group to start working on his project "De causale structuur van biologische netwerken".

Sept. 24, 2010

On Friday September 24 Marcel gave a demonstration of an EEG-based Brain-Computer Interfacing during the Researcher's Night in Lux. The crowd was impressed by his demonstration of a mind-controlled robot-arm.

BCI at work

Sept. 22-24
Under the inspired leadership of both Elena and Tom, our group helped to organise this year's Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics conference.
We are happy to say that this edition of PRIB went very well! We had excellent invited and tutorial speakers, very high quality presentations, and a very nice poster session.
Sept. 13, 2010 Tom's project "Identification of synaptic gene networks in complex brain disorders using a Bayesian framework" (SYNCOBE) has been awarded a grant in the NWO research program on Complexity.
Sept. 10, 2010
Together with Bert Kappen's group at the Donders Centre for Neuroscience, we now form SNN Nijmegen. To celebrate the start of this merger, we held an informal meeting on Friday September 10.
Sept-Oct, 2010
Ali is visiting Zoubin Ghahramani's group in Cambridge until the end of October. He is working on using linear dynamic systems to decode the direction of covert attention.
August 29, 2010
TomC and TomH's paper "Causal discovery in multiple models from different experiments" has been accepted for publication at the NIPS 2010 conference.
August 15, 2010
Twan van Laarhoven started a PhD within the project "Graphs for Multi Task Learning" funded by NWO (PI: Elena).
Dimitrios Mavroeidis will start working in the same project as PostDoc from January 2011.
July 16, 2010
The paper "Predicting Preference Judgments of Individual Normal and Hearing-Impaired Listeners With Gaussian Processes", by Perry, Tom, Tjeerd and J.M. Kates has been accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, 2010
June 22, 2010 Our project proposal "Learning to Reason: a Machine Learning Approach for Computer-Assisted Reasoning", written by Evgeni and Tom in collaboration with Josef Urban and Herman Geuvers from the Foundation part of our section, has been granted by NWO in the Vrije Competitie. There is a new Ph.D position available in this project.
June 18, 2010

The 2009 impact factor for Neurocomputing (of which Tom is editor-in-chief since 2003) has been released: it is now 1.440.

Impact factor Neurocomputing, 2009

June 11, 2010
Our institute iCIS and our section Intelligent Systems received excellent scores from an international committee of experts during the recent national research evaluation. Here you can find the report (we are on page 54).
May 4, 2010

Marcel managed to get no less than three new papers accepted for publication:

  • A hierarchical generative model for percept reconstruction, with F.P. de Lange and Tom in Human Brain Mapping, 2010.
  • A Markovian model for carcinoid tumors, with F.J. Diez in ICAPS POMDP Practitioners Workshop, 2010.
  • Concept classification with Bayesian multi-task learning, with I. Simanov in NAACL-HLT workshop on Computational Neurolinguistics, 2010.
May 3, 2010
The paper Bayesian Monte Carlo for the Global Optimization of Expensive Functions by Perry, Adriana and Tom has been accepted for ECAI 2010.
April 28, 2010


One of Ali's figures from the paper Covert attention allows for continuous control of brain-computer interfaces was chosen as the cover image of the European Journal of Neuroscience (Volume 31, Issue 8; April 2010). Subjects were asked to covertly attend to a target disk that was moving on a circle while fixating at a cross in the center of that circle. The figure shows the distribution of alpha power with respect to 16 divisions. The arrangement of the figures reflects the direction of covert attention, which is clearly correlated with the spatial topography. The alpha power is averaged over all directions and the black dots situated at the back of the head show the locations of the selected sensors.
March 28, 2010 Elena was invited to join the editorial board of the IEEE/ACM Transaction on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.
March 22, 2010


Gianluigi Folino successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled High Performance Data Mining using Bio-inspired techniques.

March 15, 2010
Marcel gave an invited talk on Neural Decoding at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
March 10, 2010 Armaz Aschrafi and Gerard Martens (molecular neurobiology), Tom and Tjeerd were among the two (out of 12) lucky winners of a Donders Center for Neuroscience grant. Their project is entitled "How mitochondria fuel synaptic development and plasticity" and will fund a Ph.D. student for 4 years.
March 3, 2010 NWO and ZonMW have announced that they will fund with €13 M three Dutch Centres for Systems Biology, including the Centre for Systems Biology and Bioenergetics (CSBB) at the UMCN. The CSBB has received € 4.5 M million for the initial development of in silico models that will integrate the available knowledge about the energy metabolism of the human muscle. These models will be used to study hereditary muscle diseases, defects in energy homeostasis as well as the effects of medicine and nutrition interventions on energy processes. The machine learning group (Elena) participates to this project (one PostDoc position).
March 1, 2010 Adriana will visit AMIBIO for a three months internship (Frye scholarship).
March 1, 2010 The paper Covert attention allows for continuous control of brain-computer interfaces by Ali, Marcel, Tom and O. Jensen has been accepted for publication in the European Journal of Neuroscience.
February 16, 2010

The paper Improving posterior marginal approximations in latent Gaussian models by Botond and Tom has been accepted for poster presentation at AISTATS-2010.

January 11, 2010 The GMTaLe project (Graphs for Multi Task Learning) has been granted in the NWO open competition program (one PhD student and one postdoctoral research positions). The aim of this project is to develop a framework for analyzing task relatedness based on an approach that combines graphs and non-parametric machine learning techniques.

November 19, 2009

The paper Efficient Bayesian Multivariate fMRI Analysis using a Sparsifying Spatio-Tempoal Prior by Marcel, Botond, Floris de Lange and Tom has been accepted for publication in Neuroimage.
November 15, 2009 Adriana received a Frye scholarship for a research internship abroad.
November 13, 2009 Ali won the Braingain best poster award.
September 26, 2009


As part of the ceremony of being appointed professor, Tom gave an interesting inaugural speech.

September 16, 2009 The paper Selecting Features for BCI Control Cased on Covert Spatial Attention Paradigm by Marcel, Ali, Tom and O. Jensen has been accepted for publication in Neural Networks.
September 5, 2009 The paper Bayesian Source Localization with the Multivariate Laplace Prior by Marcel, Botond, Robert Oostenveld and Tom has been accepted for NIPS 2009.
August 28, 2009 The paper Class Conditional Nearest Neighbor for Large Margin Instance Selection by Elena has been accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence.
June 15, 2009

The RUMPHI project (Regulation Underlying Malaria Parasite Host Interactions) has been granted in the NWO-CLS program. Tjeerd, Tom and Clemens Kocken of the BPRC were among the 5 lucky ones to receive 460,000 Euros for their three-year research proposal.


June 12, 2009 During the ICIS day out we had a joyful day at the Africa Museum. Many thanks to the organizers Maria, Simone, and Irma.
June 05, 2009 Beatriz Pontes, PhD student from the School of Engineering, Pablo de Olavide University Seville, Spain, is visiting our group in June and July.
May 19, 2009 From June 1 to 4, Tom will give machine learning lectures at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Janos will teach at the Université François-Rabelais in Tours from June 4 to June 12.
April 6, 2009 The paper Gene regulation in the intraerythrocytic cycle of Plasmodium falciparum by Rasa, Tjeerd, C.H.M. Kocken and Tom has been accepted for publication in Bioinformatics.
March 30, 2009 Gianluigi Folino is visiting our group for a short period. He is working with Fabio and Elena.
March 29, 2009 The paper Interpreting Single Trial Data using Groupwise Regularization by Marcel, Tom and coauthors has been published in Neuroimage.
March 29, 2009 The paper Attention modulations of posterior alpha as a control signal for two-dimensional brain-computer interfaces by Marcel and Ole Jensen has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods.
March 29, 2009 The paper Iconic and Multi-Stroke Gesture Recognition by Marcel and coauthors has been published in Pattern Recognition.
January 19, 2009

Rasa Jurgelenaite successfully defended her thesis "Symmetric Causal Independence Models".


January 12, 2009

Evgeni Tsivtsivadze joined our group as a postdoc to work on the GeNeUSS (Genetic Networks Underlying Synaptic Signaling) project in collaboration with the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research at the VU in Amsterdam.

November 26, 2008

Tom gave an interesting radio interview.

November 10, 2008 Evgeni Tsivtsivadze will join our group as a postdoc to work on the GeNeUSS (Genetic Networks Underlying Synaptic Signaling) project.
October 1, 2008 Gianliugi Folino, from CNR-ICAR, Italy, is visiting us. He works with Elena on bioinformatics.
September 1, 2008 Beatriz Pontes, PhD student from the School of Engineering, Pablo de Olavide University Seville, Spain, visits our group in September.
August 28, 2008 Henriëtte Lo Fo Wong graduated in cognitive artificial intelligence at Utrecht University on her master thesis "Audiological preference elicitation: beyond dichotomous scaling methods", which is based on the work she did in our group.
August 22, 2008 Thomas Janssen graduated in computer science on his master thesis "Improving the fitting of hearing aids by using prior information from community audiograms", jointly supervised by Dr. Paul Ligthart (management science), Tjeerd (from GN ReSound), and Tom.
July 2, 2008 An interview with Tjeerd and Niels Cornelisse on the GENEUSS project appeared on the CNCR website.
June 20, 2008 Fabio Gori accepted a PhD position in our group. He will start in fall this year and will work on machine learning for metagenomics in collaboration with the group of Prof. Mike Jetten at the Department of Microbiology.
June 16, 2008 Dr. Federico Divina will stay with us from June to August to work on bioinformatics with Elena. Federico is an assistant professor at the School of Engineering, Pablo de Olavide University Seville, Spain.
May 23, 2008 Local BCI research (Braingain as well as from our STW project) featured on Nijmegen television.
May 2, 2008 Marcel gave a two-week course on artificial intelligence at the Catholic University College of Ghana.
April 23, 2008 The paper Bounds on the Bethe Free Energy for Gaussian Networks by Botond and Tom has been accepted for UAI'2008.
April 15, 2008 A new project, called GENEUSS (GEne NEtworks Underlying Synaptic Signaling), submitted to the Computational Life Sciences program of NWO, has been granted! It concerns a collaboration with Niels Cornelisse and Matthijs Verhage from the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research at the VU in Amsterdam. In the context of this project, we have an opening for a postdoc researcher.
April 11, 2008 Ali Bahramisharif started his work as a PhD student on the Braingain project.
March 31, 2008 Elena's paper Hit Miss Networks with Applications to Instance Selection has been accepted for publication in Journal of Machine Learning Research.