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[visionlist] EvAAL call for competition 2014 – Only few days left

Only few days left!


Fourth EvAAL Competition
(Evaluating AAL Systems through Competitive Benchmarking)

7-10 July 2014 — Madrid, ES

organized by the EVARILOS project
June 2014 — Ghent, BE

organized by the EVARILOS project
May – July 2014 — online remote competition

Final EvAAL workshop
11 July 2014 — Madrid, ES


An initiative organised by the AALOA community (http://www.aaloa.org)
and partially supported by universAAL (http://universaal.org)
and EVARILOS (http://www.evarilos.eu)

We are pleased to announce the 4th EvAAL Competition. EvAAL aims at
bringing together academic and industrial research communities to work
together on challenging open problems in Ambient Assisted Living (AAL),
with the purpose of evaluating different approaches to AAL and
envisioning new research opportunities. EvAAL is an opportunity to find
good solutions to a number of challenges in the AAL domain.

During the competition, we will collect data sets in realistic
environments (the living labs), which we offer as benchmarks to
researcher communities for the simulation and test of their solutions.

The competition is composed of three tracks and a final workshop:

– Track 1 on Localization and activity recognition for AAL, to be held
on 7-11 July, 2014 at the Smart House Living Lab of the Universidad
Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

– Track 2 on RF-based indoor localization solutions in public spaces,
organized by the EVARILOS consortium, to be held in June, 2014, at the
test facilities of iMinds, Belgium

– Track 3 on RF-based indoor localization algorithms, organized by the
EVARILOS consortium, to be held online in May/June/July, 2014, with
remote access to test facilities at Technische Universität Berlin,
Germany and iMinds, Belgium

– EvAAL workshop to be held on the 11 July, 2014 at the Universidad
Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, and accompanying online session for the
competitors in Track 2 and Track 3

Track 1 – Localization and Activity Recognition for AAL

The automatic and unobtrusive identification of user’s activities is one
of the challenging goals of AAL. Real-time monitoring of human daily
activities (e.g. sleeping, cooking, watching TV, etc.) could be a useful
tool for many future AAL applications such as behavioural pattern
recognition, detection of diseases or entertainment. Recognition of
daily activities can make use of several sources of information
including real-time position, usage of electronic appliances and
recognition of movements.

The aim of this competition is to award the best system in terms of
activity recognition, localization and gesture/posture recognition from
the point of view of AAL applications. We will welcome competitors to
install their systems at the Smart House Living Lab and integrate their
data with the ones provided by our installations for the best
accuracy. The final score will be based on the accuracy of the
recognized activities, localization and gestures/postures and other
AAL-related criteria including user acceptance, integrability and
installation complexity.

Track 2 – RF-based Indoor Localization Solutions in Public Spaces
Organized by the EVARILOS project

Localization in urban environments and buildings, where people spend
most of their time, is a key component for achieving
context-awareness. Due to the poor performance of established outdoor
solutions like the GPS service, a number of alternative indoor
localization solutions have been recently proposed, many of them
leveraging radio frequency (RF).

This track, organized by the EVARILOS consortium (see
), focuses on benchmarking
complete localization solutions. The contestants will have opportunity
to install additional hardware and software at the iMinds test facility
in Ghent, Belgium. Available contexts include an office environment and
an enclosed open space. All competing systems have to be either
RF-based, or in case of multimodal systems, they have to possess a
strong RF-based component. Hybrid systems where other technologies are
used such as infrared, ultrasound, RFID, or other are also allowed. The
track especially targets industry participation but also welcomes

The performance of the competing localization solutions will be
evaluated in several different application categories, like AAL and
healthcare, and scores will be published on EVARILOS website. Scores
based on an AAL scenario including metrics such as accuracy,
installation complexity and user acceptance will be considered for EvAAL

Track 3 – RF-based Indoor Localization Algorithms
Organized by the EVARILOS project

The track, organized by the EVARILOS consortium (see
), is an online competition for
RF-based indoor localization algorithms in which participating teams
compete in precise localization under the influence of different
RF-interference scenarios. The competing localization algorithms will
have to be implemented through remote access on top of the existing
hardware resources available at the EVARILOS experimental facilities at
TU Berlin and iMinds, described at ,
including large number of IEEE 802.11g/n access points and IEEE 802.15.4
sensor nodes, deployed in a typical multi-floor office space context. As
in Track 2, the competing localization algorithms in Track 3 will be
evaluated following the EVARILOS benchmarking methodology, aligned with
the upcoming ISO/IEC 18305 standard “Test and evaluation of localization
and tracking systems”.

This online track will provide contestants with unique opportunity to:
test and compare the performance of their RF-based indoor localization
algorithms following a standardized evaluation methodology; test the
sensitivity of their algorithms to radio interference under controlled
conditions; disseminate information about their localization solution as
part of the competition workshop, website and the published proceedings
and contribute towards the establishment of a public repository of
experimental traces from indoor localization solutions.


Candidate competitors are invited to submit a paper describing their
system to the appropriate track. A “competitor” can be any individual or
group of individuals working as a single team, associated to a single or
a number of organisations. The papers will undergo a peer review by the
technical program committee members. The papers must include a
description of the hardware, deployment, and algorithms and protocols
used, and the description of the internal data produced and processed by
the system.

Papers in the form of extended abstracts, not exceeding 4 pages in the
LNCS/CCIS one-column page format, must be submitted by the deadline
indicated below.

The evaluation criteria for the competition, constraints on the accepted
technologies, and a description of the benchmarks are detailed in the
technical annexes of this call, available at .
Possible refinements of the annexes, also based on participating
competitors comments, will be timely distributed to all participants.

Depending on the number and quality of submissions, it may be necessary
to restrict the number of participants admitted to the competition to
the best ranked papers, due to space/logistic constraints at the living

Selected competitors are admitted to the competition under the two
following conditions:

1. participate in the competition at the hosting facilities (tracks 1
and 2) or remotely (track 3); the organizers will set individual
appointments for each competing team;
2. provide the organizers with the internal data produced by their
systems during the competition as will be specified by the reviewers;
provide the documentation describing the deployment of their system,
as requested by the organizers: the data will be published on the
EvAAL website.

After the competition, competitors will be requested a complete version
(10 to 15 pages in the LNCS/CCIS one-column page format) of their
papers, which will be subjected to further peer review. Papers that
pass the second peer review will be included in the EvAAL Proceedings,
which will be published in Communications in Computer and Information
Science (CCIS) with Springer. For track 1 and track 2, publication on
the EvAAL proceedings and official ranking on EvAAL’s web site are
subject to participants attending the final workshop in person. This
condition is not required of participants admitted to track 3, given the
online nature of this track, though they are warmly invited to attend
the workshop.

Papers that are not published on the EvAAL proceedings per the above
criteria will be published on EvAAL’s web site.

A participation fee to the workshop of maximum 300€ will be asked to
participants of track 1 for covering organizational costs, though its
amount be reduced depending on the results of negotiations with our
sponsors. Costs relative to tracks 2 and 3 are covered by EVARILOS.
EVARILOS will organize remote attendance to the workshop.

The winners will be announced during the workshop, prizes will be
awarded by our sponsors to the highest-ranking competitors.

We encourage submissions from both academia and industry (there are no
restrictions on the composition of competing teams) with the aim of
seeking innovative solutions for AAL applications. Please check the
EvAAL web site at for more information and
regular updates on the progress of the competition.

Contact: info@evaal.aaloa.org

Important Dates

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7th of September 2014, Zurich, Switzerland


[visionlist] Interneuron Summer School

Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
*Interneuron Summer School*
Amsterdam, June 29 – July 3, 2014

During this Summer School, in the old center of Amsterdam, The
Netherlands, international experts will lecture on the role of
inhibitory interneurons in cerebral cortex, hippocampus, retina,
thalamus and cerebellum. The first four days focus on the development,
anatomy, physiology, circuitry, in vivo function, and information
processing of inhibitory neurons. The final day is devoted to
interneurons in brain disease and disorder.

*Target audience*
PhD students, post-docs and faculty

*Registration deadline*
May 31st, 2014

*Registration fee*
Full program, student (PhD, MSc) 300 euro, non-student 500 euro.
Individual days 125 euro. The fee includes lunches, boat tour, meeting
dinner and party.

*Conference website*

*Confirmed speakers*
Gene Blatt (Baltimore)
Yuri Bozzi (Trento)
György Buzsáki (New York)
Matteo Carandini (London)
Chris de Zeeuw (A’dam/Rotterdam)
Jeffrey Diamond (Bethesda)
Guillermo González-Burgos (P’burgh)
Gord Fishell (New York)
Judith Hirsch (Los Angeles)
Denis Jabaudon (Geneva)
Maarten Kamermans (Amsterdam)
Adam Kepecs (Cold Spring Harbor)
Thomas Klausberger (Oxford)
Kevan Martin (Zurich)
Chris McBain (Bethesda)
Hannah Monyer (Heidelberg)
Carl Petersen (Lausanne)
Wade Regehr (Boston)
Bernardo Rudy (New York)

Alexander Heimel and Christiaan Levelt (Amsterdam)

[visionlist] Machine Learning Research experience for undergraduates

If you know a good undergraduate who has interest in Machine
learning and eventually going to graduate school, please pass this
Some of these will work with me, but this is an REU site with 5
faculty across multiple areas.
I realize this is a bit late but were waiting for official NSF
notification which we just received.  We will accept applications
until slots are filled but students will need to move quickly.
The project descriptions, faculty and application process can be
found at  http://ift.tt/1mXFjzD
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS)
has received funding from the National Science Foundation for an
REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) for Machine Learning:
Theory and Practice. The notification for the funding came in
early April 2014.

UCCS is a predominantly undergraduate institution with
selected graduate programs. As of Fall 2013, UCCS enrolled 10,600
students of which 8,900 were undergraduates. UCCS has been ranked
as a top Western university every year since 2002 by US News and
World Report. US News and World Report has nationally ranked the
College of Engineering at UCCS as one of the best Masters level
engineering colleges in the country. UCCS also has the reputation
of being a leading institution in enrolling women students in STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) majors.  The CS
department, which is hosting this REU, has multiple Career (and
PYI) winners and multiple ongoing NSF and DOD contracts. 

Colorado Springs is a beautiful city, only miles from
the famed Pikes Peak sitting atop the Front Range of the Rocky
Mountains. There are many things to do outdoors as well as it has
a decent city life. It’s a city with about 500,000 people in the
metropolitan area.

The objective of the REU site is to expose bright and
motivated undergraduates who want to pursue advanced careers in
Computer Science related fields to work on hands-on research
projects in theory and practical applications of Machine Learning.
Students will work with five professors who specialize in specific
research areas, but each with a great deal of interest in machine

2014 REU

The 2014 REU program will be held between the 2nd of
June and the 8th of August. Students are requested to arrive on
the Thursday (5/29) or Friday (5/30) prior to the start date. This
will enable you to do the paper work at Student Employment,
necessary to start working on these two days. This paper work is
required to get paid and sometimes it takes a while! If you arrive
on May 30th, make sure you have time for paper work in the
afternoon. We will make arrangement to pick you up at the airport
in Colorado Springs if you want. The students can leave during the
weekend following the finish date. Our department’s Grants
Administrator Patricia Rea will be in tourch with as soon as
possible after you have been selected, for travel arrangements.

[visionlist] CoSMo 214: extended deadline! – May 5, 2014

Due to continues interest, we have decided to extend the application
deadline for CoSMo 2014! This is a tremendous opportunity for
students and postdocs to get hands-on training in computational
neuroscience.Extended deadline: May 5, 2014http://www.compneurosci.com/CoSMo/
Gunnar Blohm, Konrad Körding, Paul Schrater (organizers)