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Season 6 of the Online Seminar Series Machine Learning NeEDS Mathematical Optimization

Tentative Program

October 2, 2023

Prof Mike Baiocchi, Stanford University, USA

Title: Outcome Reasoning: the under-discussed engine powering black box development

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October 9, 2023


Caroline Spieckermann, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany

Title: A Graph Neural Network-based Reduce-then-Optimize Heuristic for the Fixed-Charge Transportation Problem

Miaolan Xie, Cornell University, USA

Title: Reliable Adaptive Stochastic Optimization with High Probability Guarantees

Quan Zhou, Imperial College London, UK

Title: Frontier Challenges in AI: The case of algorithmic bias in forecasting tools

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October 23, 2023

Prof Daniel Kuhn, EPFL, Switzerland
Title: Metrizing Fairness
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October 30, 2023

Prof Yael Grushka-Cockayne, University of Virginia, USA

Title: Challenges of Combining Forecasts from Correlated Sources

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November 6, 2023

Prof Adam Elmachtoub, Columbia University, USA

Title: Smart Predict-then Optimize for Contextual Linear Optimization: Theory and Computation

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November 13, 2023

Prof Martin Schmidt, Trier University, Germany

Title: The Minimum Sum-of-Squares Clustering Problem: Robustification and Global Optimization Techniques

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November 20, 2023

Prof Emilia Gomez, Joint Research Centre, European Commission & Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Title: Scientific challenges, practical methodologies and policy perspectives for trustworthy AI

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November 27, 2023

Prof Jordi Castro, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Title: An interior-point solver for large structured optimization and (data science and alternative) applications

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December 4, 2023

Prof Bilge Atasoy, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Title: To be announced

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Looking forward to e-seeing you there!

The organizers of the Online Seminar Series Machine Learning NeEDS Mathematical Optimization

Emilio Carrizosa, IMUS-Instituto de Matemáticas de la Universidad de Sevilla

Nuria Gómez-Vargas, IMUS-Instituto de Matemáticas de la Universidad de Sevilla

Thomas Halskov, Copenhagen Business School

Dolores Romero Morales, Copenhagen Business School

Generative AI Day at the Escuela Politécnica de Ingeniería de Gijón

Do you want to know more on Generative AI?

Since the launch of ChatGPT in March this year, just six months ago, the Artificial Intelligence landscape has changed on a global scale and has started a revolution in all sectors. Generative AI represents a new scenario of possibilities and capabilities in all areas.

At Inetum they are already working on different solutions based on this technology to experiment and create new use cases that can be applied on a day-to-day basis, always with the idea of putting technology at the service of people and society.

And with this same objective, the Inetum Chair and the University of Oviedo are organising this conference on Generative AI at the Polytechnic School of Gijón on October 4 2023,  where they invite you to participate.

Among the speakers the NeEDS partner Min Chen, Professor of Scietific Visualisation at the University of Oxford, will participate in the discussion.

Emilio Carrizosa gave a plenary speech at Optimization2023

Emilio Carrizosa gave a plenary speech at Optimization2023, to present the NeEDS work on counterfactual explanation for machine learning. The main objective of the Optimization 2023 conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners from different areas and backgrounds, but with common interests in Optimization.

This meeting has international recognition as an important forum of discussion and exchange of ideas. It is the 10th edition of a series of international conferences in optimization organized in Portugal under the auspices of APDIO (the Portuguese Operations Research Society).

The conference took place in the University of Aveiro, July 24-26, 2023. Read more here.

NeEDS contribution to IFORS2023, Santiago de Chile (Chile), July 10-14, 2023

 Dolores Romero Morales gave a keynote speech at the 23rd IFORS Triennial Conference in Santiago, Chile, July 10 – 14, 2023, to present the NeEDS work on explainability and fairness in Machine Learning. This is the flagship conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS), that is held every three years alternating with the EURO and the International INFORMS conferences. Read more here.





NeEDS organised also a stream of sessions on “Mathematical Optimization for XAI” at IFORS2023:


Emilio Carrizosa, IMUS-Instituto de Matemáticas de la Universidad de Sevilla

Jochen De Weerdt, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Thomas Halskov, Copenhagen Business School

Jasone Ramírez Ayerbe, IMUS-Instituto de Matemáticas de la Universidad de Sevilla

Dolores Romero Morales, Copenhagen Business School

Number of sessions in the stream: 4

Number of talks in the stream: 15

NeEDS speakers in the stream:

Nuria Gómez-Vargas (USE)

Rafael Jiménez-Llamas (USE)

Emilio Carrizosa (USE)

Jasone Ramírez-Ayerbe (USE)

Thomas Halskov (CBS)

Elena Tiukhova (KU Leuven)

Sergio Celis (Universidad de Chile)

Cecilia Saint-Pierre (Universidad de Chile)

Upcoming Seminar Series: Machine Learning NeEDS Mathematical Optimization

Starting January 2021, in collaboration with CBS and IMUS at Universidad de Sevilla, we have an Online Seminar Series on Machine Learning lined up.

To find out more about the upcoming talks and seminars, click here.  If you would like to receive weekly updates about the online seminars and uploaded recordings, please fill in this form.

The recordings of the talks are available on our You Tube channel here.


Dolores Romero Morales and Jimmy Martinez-Correa: Elected members of management committee of COST Action Fintech and AI in Finance

NeEDS Coordinator Dolores Romero Morales has been elected as a member of the management committee of the COST Action “Fintech and Artificial Intelligence in Finance – Towards a transparent financial industry” (CA19130, Jimmy Martínez-Correa, Associate Professor at the Economics Department, has also been elected as substitute member of this management committee. The COST Action will investigate AI and Fintech from three different angles: transparency in FinTech, transparent decision-making models vs black box in the financial industry, and transparency in the performance of investment products. Similar to NeEDS, the COST Action will also bridge the gap between academia, industry, the general public and governmental organizations working in interdisciplinary groups across Europe and focusing on innovation.

Emilio Carrizosa receives XIII Fama Award in Sciences

NeEDS Work Package leader Emilio Carrizosa from USE is being recognized for his excellent research trajectory with the FAMA-University of Seville Award for Research Career.

Since 2006, this annual award is given to USE researchers in each of the five major disciplines and thereby contributes to disseminating the merits of the most relevant and long-standing researchers at the University.

Other awarded researchers are Pablo Emilio Pérez-Mallaína in Arts and Humanities; Álvaro Pascual in Health Sciences, Josefina Cruz in Social and Legal Sciences and María Mercedes Valera in Engineering and Architecture.

Emilio has an extensive scientific trajectory in mathematical modeling and algorithm design for data-based decision making. In this field, he has published 130 articles in international journals and has directed multiple transfer contracts in health, logistics and sustainable mobility, energy, research projects and doctoral theses. He has been president of the Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research, as well as editor of the TOP journal. As director of the Institute of Mathematics at USE, his contributions to NeEDS are not only in the form of highly valuable research input, but also by facilitating the great team of NeEDS researchers who work with USE.  Find out more about the USE NeEDS Team here.

NeEDS Mid-Term Meeting successfully held online, September 14-15, 2020

Due to the continuous COVID-19 restrictions, the NeEDS consortium had moved its Mid-Term Meeting online, originally planned to take place at USE (BEN2) in Sevilla, July 2020.

Over the course of two days, work package leaders as well as previous secondees have presented their progress, reflected on challenges, and discussed future activities together with the rest of the team. The current unpredictability of travel opportunities and face-to-face exchange requires a fresh and innovative view on how to implement a project such as NeEDS. Members have shown great efforts by holding events online and keeping collaborations afloat over distance.

Long-term solutions regarding the responsible organisation of secondments in COVID-19 times is now the next big challenge on the agenda.