Conference programme

Monday, 11th June

Tutorials: Aula, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University
Kolmogorov lecture: Aula Minderbroedersberg of Maastricht University

9:30 - 10:00



10:00 - 10:10

Symposium Opening


10:10 - 11:25

Tutorial 1

Confidence Prediction: Introduction to Conformal Prediction, by Lars Carlsson, Stena Line, Sweden & Henrik Linusson, University of Borås, Sweden

11:25 - 11:45

Coffee Break


11:45 - 13:00

Tutorial 2

Probabilistic Prediction: Venn-ABERS Prediction, by Paolo Toccaceli, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

13:00 - 14:00



14:00 - 15:15

Tutorial 3

Conformal Instance Transfer, by Shuang Zhou, Chengdu University of Information Technology, China

15:15 - 15:45

Coffee Break


16:00 - 16:15

Introduction to the Kolmogorov Lecture

Prof. Alex Gammerman

16:15 - 17:15

Prof. Vladimir Vapnik

"Rethinking Statistical Learning Theory: Learning Using Statistical Invariants"

In the talk, I will considers Teacher-Student interaction in learning processes. I will introduce a new learning paradigm, called Learning Using Statistical Invariants (LUSI), which is different from the classical one.

In the classical paradigm, learning machine constructs, using data, a classification or regression function that minimizes the expected loss; it is thus data-driven learning. In the LUSI paradigm, in order to construct the desired classification or regression function using both data and Teacher's input, learning machine computes statistical invariants that are specific for the problem, and then minimizes the expected loss in a way that preserves these invariants; so it is both data- and intelligence-driven learning.

From a mathematical point of view, methods of the classical paradigm employ mechanisms of strong convergence of approximations to the desired function, whereas methods of the new paradigm employ both strong and weak convergence mechanisms. This can significantly increase the rate of convergence.

17:15 - 17:25

Award Ceremony


17:30 - 18:30

Reception Grand Café Soiron

(100 meters to the main venue)

18:30 - 20:00

City-guided walk


Tuesday, 12th June

Aula, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University

9:00 - 10:30

Plenary Session 1: Predictive Distribution

Chair: Ralf Peeters

"Cross conformal predictive distributions".
Vladimir Vovk, Ilia Nouretdinov, Valery Manokhin and Alexander Gammerman
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"Conformal predictive decision making".
Vladimir Vovk and Claus Bendtsen
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"Inductive Venn-Abers Predictive Distribution".
Ilia Nouretdinov, Denis Volkhonskiy, Pitt Lim, Paolo Toccaceli and Alexander Gammerman
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10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break


11:00 - 12:30

Plenary Session 2: Drug Discovery

Chair: Lars Carlsson

"Using Venn-ABERS Predictors to assess Cardio-Vascular Risk".
Ernst Ahlberg, Ruben Buendia and Lars Carlsson
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"Conformal Prediction in Learning Under Privileged Information Paradigm with Applications in Drug Discovery".
Niharika Gauraha, Lars Carlsson and Ola Spjuth
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"Venn-Abers Predictors for Improved Compound Iterative Screening in Drug Discovery".
Ruben Buendia, Ola Engkvist, Lars Carlsson, Thierry Kogej and Ernst Ahlberg
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12:30 - 14:00



14:00 - 15:00

Prof. Peter Grünwald

"Safe Testing"

In recent years, standard p-value based hypothesis testing has come under intense scrutiny. One of its many problems is the following: if our test result is promising but nonconclusive (say, p = 0.07) we cannot simply decide to gather a new batch of data. While this practice is ubiquitous in science, it invalidates p-values and error guarantees.

Here we propose an alternative hypothesis testing methodology that allows us to do so after all. For simple null hypotheses, our proposal coincides with earlier work by Vovk and collaborators, and amounts to using Bayes factors and/or general test martingales. Here, we work out the composite null case, which allows us to formulate safe, nonasymptotic versions of the most popular tests such as the t-test and the chi square tests. Safe tests for composite H0 are not always Bayesian or test martingale-based but rather based on the Barron-Li 'reverse information projection'. A central innovation is to distinguish between 'optional stopping' and 'optional continuation' which may have repercussions in the conformal prediction world as well.

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break


15:30 - 17:00

Plenary Session 3: Posters

18:45 - 22:00

Symposium Dinner

(ship on Maas; under negotiation)

Wednesday, 13th June

Aula, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University

9:00 - 10:30

Plenary Session 4: Other Applications of Conformal Prediction

Chair: Harris Papadopoulos

"Detecting seizures in EEG recordings using Conformal Prediction".
Charalambos Eliades and Harris Papadopoulos
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"Cover Your Cough: Detection of Respiratory Events with Confidence Using a Smartwatch".
Khuong An Nguyen and Zhiyuan Luo
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"Conformal Stacked Weather Forecasting".
Jelmer Neeven and Evgueni Smirnov
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10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break


11:00 - 12:30

Plenary Session 5: Transfer Learning, Feature Selection

Chair: Evgueni Smirnov

"Conformal Feature-Selection Wrappers for Instance Transfer".
Shuang Zhou, Evgueni Smirnov, Gijs Schoenmakers, Ralf Peeters and Tao Jiang
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"Exchangeability Martingales for Selecting Features in Anomaly Detection".
Giovanni Cherubin, Adrian Baldwin and Jonathan Griffin
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"Transfer learning for the Probabilistic Classification Vector Machine".
Christoph Raab and Frank-Michael Schleif
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12:30 - 14:00



14:00 - 16:00

Plenary Session 6: Conformal Prediction and Other Methods

Chair: Volodya Vovk

"Conformal Prediction in Manifold Learning".
Alexander Kuleshov, Alexander Berstein and Evgeny Burnaev
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"Venn Predictors for Well-Calibrated Probability Estimation Trees".
Ulf Johansson, Henrik Bostrom, Henrik Linusson, Tuwe Lofstrom, Haken Sundell and Anders Gidenstam
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"Aggregating Strategies for Long-term Forecasting".
Alexander Korotin, Vladimir V'Yugin and Evgeny Burnaev
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"Interpolation error of Gaussian process regression for misspecified case".
Alexey Zaytsev, Evgenya Romanenkova and Dmitry Ermilov
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16:00 - 16:15

Coffee Break


16:15 - 17:00

Discussions & Closing Ceremony