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Montefiore News n°48


Merci de communiquer à Sophie la liste des nouveaux chercheurs de l’institut afin que leur arrivée puisse être annoncée dans le Montef News. Pour rappel, le vade-mecum du nouveau chercheur est disponible sur l’intranet.


QiMing Fu, PhD student at the Department of Computer Science and Technology of Soochow University, has joined our department in Januray for a period of one year. He will work with Damien Ernst on the analysis of Exploration/Exploitation algorithms for Reinforcement Learning.

Défenses de thèse

Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 2:30pm (room R3, Institut Montefiore B28)
Samuel Hiard
Trimming the complexity of Ranking by Pairwise Comparison
It has been carried out in the Systems & Modeling research unit, under the supervision of Prof. Louis Wehenkel.

Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 5:30pm (Amphi Stainier, CHU)
Guillaume Drion
Regulation of Excitability, Pacemaking, and Bursting: Insights from Dopamine Neuron Electrophysiology
It has been carried out in the Systems & Modeling research unit and in GIGA Neuroscience, under the joint supervision of Rodolphe Sepulchre and Vincent Seutin.


Friday 08/02/2013 – 11 a.m – Room R7, Montefiore Institute (B28)
Yannick Phulpin (EDF R & D)
Economic assessment of distribution network planning: a practical approach

Friday 15/02/2013 – 11 a.m – Room R7, Montefiore Institute (B28)
Pierluigi Mancarella (University of Manchester, UK)

Vous pouvez retrouver la liste complète des séminaires Systmod sur

Workshop « nonsmooth optimization for machine learning »

Le 4 mars prochain se tiendra un workshop à la salle académique de l’Université de Liège. Les orateurs invités sont : Michael Jordan (UC Berkeley), Francis Bach (INRIA – ENS Paris), et Johan Suykens (KUL). Invitation cordiale à tous. Détails sur le site web de l’unité de recherche systmod.


75 nouvelles publications déposées sur ORBI depuis le 15 novembre 2012, ce qui porte à 2545 le nombre de publications du département sur ORBI, dont 1871 sont peer-reviewed.

Si vous souhaitez qu’une publication déposée sur ORBI apparaisse dans le Montef-News, il suffit de faire suivre le mail de notification d’ORBI à Sophie Cimino.

Pour rappel, il est très important que chaque chercheur encode régulièrement ses publications sur ORBI. Cette base de données devient petit à petit la source centrale de l’institution pour toute une série d’évaluations et rapports. La politique du département est d’y déposer toute publication qui doit figurer dans de tels rapports, en particulier les publications dans les revues internationales, les chapitres de livres publiés avec comité de sélection, les articles de proceedings de conférences internationales, et les thèses de doctorat.

PRoNTo workshop program

PRoNTo (Pattern Recognition for Neuroimaging Toolbox) is a software toolbox based on pattern recognition techniques for the analysis of neuroimaging data. It is freely downloadable from and an introductory paper is available from . Statistical pattern recognition is a field within the area of machine learning which is concerned with automatic discovery of regularities in data through the use of computer algorithms, and with the use of these regularities to take actions such as classifying the data into different categories. In PRoNTo, brain scans are treated as spatial patterns and statistical learning models are used to identify statistical properties of the data that can be used to discriminate between experimental conditions or groups of subjects, or to predict a continuous measure/score. The workshop will therefore focus on neuroimaging data and machine. Learning techniques and show how these can be combined to address new neuroscientific questions. The program includes theoretical lectures, a demonstration and a practical ‘hands on’ session.

For more details:

A few annoucenements by Kristel Van Steen


  1. Kristel Van Steen is a newly elected member of the IGES Board of Directors (2013-2015)

    The IGES, short for International Genetic Epidemiology Society, was formed in September 1991 as the only international genetics society devoted to the promotion of the study of genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics. Genetic epidemiology focuses on both genetics and environment in order to explain exactly how genes express in the presence of different environmental contexts, to come to a more complete understanding of the etiology of complex traits. The IGES society welcomes bioinformaticians, geneticists, epidemiologists, statisticians, mathematicians, biologists, and related biomedical researchers and students interested in the research of the genetic basis of the diseases, complex traits and their risk factors.

  2. A new network is being created within the context of a recently accepted COST Action Project, within Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences, entitled « An integrated European platform for pancreas cancer research: from basic science to clinical and public health interventions for a rare disease« , and running from 2013-2016.

    Within this Action, we propose the creation of a unique European platform to facilitate the collaboration of a broad range of European and international Pancreas Cancer multidisciplinary research groups to integrate knowledge and experience in a multidisciplinary way “from cell to society”. We promote the application of uniform study tools and protocols, foster their optimal use by early-stage researchers, enhance the mobility and training of researchers, and permeate the society with the results originated by this Action.

    As a member of the Management Committee and WP leader on “Integration of OMICS data”, Kristel Van Steen invites the Montefiore Researchers to contact her when you or a colleague would be interested in participating.

  3. Early Stage Researcher Fellowships (PhD positions) are available in the Marie Curie Initial Training Network for “Machine Learning for Personalized Medicine”.

    In total 13 PhD positions are available, that are hosted by several partners of a Marie Curie FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN grant to investigate “Machine Learning for Personalized Medicine”. One of these positions is hosted by the Montefiore Institute (K Van Steen group), and another is hosted by the bioinformatics company Crosslinks B.V., Rotterdam, in close collaboration with the Systems and Modeling Research Unit at Montefiore [the latter position will also give rise to a PhD thesis at ULg; K Van Steen group].

    Candidates will benefit from the mobility opportunities between highly interdisciplinary teams across bioinformatics, statistics, and clinical informatics within the network.

    The two aforementioned positions involve the topics “Omics Integration in Epistasis Studies” and “Patient Subtype Discovery with Heterogeneous Data”. For detailed information, please refer to the URL below