Cross Domain Conference for Machine Learning & Knowledge Extraction

Cross Domain Conference for Machine Learning & Knowledge Extraction

This summer, one of our research team members attended the CD-MAKE 2017 (, which took place from August 29 to September 1 2017 at the Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, (Italy). It was held in conjunction with the International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2017).

Research Focus of CD-MAKE

CD stands for Cross-Domain and means the integration and appraisal of different fields and application domains (e.g. Health, Industry 4.0, etc.) to provide an atmosphere to foster different perspectives and opinions. The conference is dedicated to offer an international platform for novel ideas and a fresh look on the methodologies to put crazy ideas into business for the benefit of the human. Serendipity is a desired effect, and shall cross-fertilize methodologies and transfer of algorithmic developments.

MAKE stands for MAchine Learning & Knowledge Extraction. Machine learning deals with understanding intelligence for the design and development of algorithms that can learn from data and improve over time. The challenge is to discover relevant structural patterns and/or temporal patterns (“knowledge”) in such data, which are often hidden and not accessible to a human. Whether in social networks, recommender systems, health or Industry 4.0 applications, the increasingly complex data sets require efficient, useful and useable solutions for knowledge discovery and knowledge extraction.

Research Topics of the Conference

As a cross-domain conference, CD-MAKE covered different areas. Overall, 25 research papers were presented on the following topics (sessions):

  • Topology
  • Smart Factory
  • Privacy
  • Visualization
  • Ambient Assisted Living
  • Semantics

In the session “Semantics” Werner Wetzlinger presented the paper “Improving Language-Dependent Named Entity Detection”, which he wrote together with Gerald Petz and Dietmar Nedbal. The paper discusses results from the project “Named Entity Linking” which is conducted in collaboration with the industry partner HC Solutions. It lays out how detecting named entities in a text depends on specifics of German grammar, discusses ways to improve existing approaches for German texts and evaluates the taken measures.

Apart from these research papers, two keynotes were presented providing deeper insights into state-of-the-art methods and algorithms.

  • Neil D. LAWRENCE (Amazon), also a Professor for Machine Learning and Computational Biology at the University of Sheffield, talked about the processing of personally sensitive information using cloaking functions to make Gaussian process (GP) predictions differentially private.
  • Marta MILO, University of Sheffield (UK), Lecturer in Computational Biology at the Department of Biomedical Science presented examples for the use of machine learning techniques for a variety of datasets from medical and biological problems and the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches.


More conference impressions & source of picture: ARES Conference flickr page

Social Events

The Welcome Reception took place in the historical building Palazzo Foti, located in the heart of Reggio Calabria and home of the provincial administration. The participants were welcomed by Enza Bruno Bossio, Deputy of the Italian Republic, who emphasized the importance of the conference and the discussed topics for Calabria and Italy.

In an excursion to Chianalea and Scilla participants could get to know the region and its history. Scilla is a stunningly-located fishing village. A rocky spur topped with an ancient fortress separates two narrow strips of seashore hemmed in by steep hillsides. Scilla is squeezed into this restricted and picturesque landscape and it is an unforgettable sight. Chianalea, nestled into a narrow strip of land to the east of the headland, is an ancient fishermen’s settlement with an atmosphere all of its own. After the excursion, the conference dinner took place in front of the Strait of Messina (Altafiumara Castle).

Further information on the topic and the conference can be obtained from and pictures can be found here:, Next year’s conference is already scheduled and will take place from August 27 to September 30 2018 in Hamburg (Germany).


Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
ARES ’17 International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
Reggio Calabria, Italy — August 29 – September 01, 2017
Available on the ACM Digital Library


Experts for Knowledge Extraction at the Department of Digital Business

Werner Wetzlinger

Mag. Werner Wetzlinger

Mag. Werner Wetzlinger is a research associate at the department of „Digital Business“ at the factulty in Steyr.

More details on his academic career, digital business projects and publications can be found here:  Knowledge Documentation of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

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