Benelearn 2017:
The annual machine learning conference of the Benelux
Eindhoven (the Netherlands), 9-10 June 2017




BeNeLearn is the annual machine learning conference of the Benelux. It serves as a forum for researchers to exchange ideas, present recent work, and foster collaboration in the broad field of Machine Learning and its applications. The 26th edition is hosted by the Data Mining group of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) under the auspices of the Dutch Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS) and Data Science Center Eindhoven (DSC/e). Benelearn 2017 is organised as a two-day event on 9-10 June 2017 at TU/e campus.



  • Prof. Dr. Toon Calders - Professor in the Advanced Database Research and Modelling Group at Universiteit Antwerpen.
  • Prof. Dr. Max Welling - research chair in Machine Learning at Universiteit van Amsterdam. He has secondary appointments at University of California Irvine and at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).
  • Dr. Jean-Charles Delvenne - Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics at Université catholique de Louvain.
  • Prof. Dr. Holger Hoos - Professor of Machine Learning at Universiteit Leiden.


If you have a poster presentation but no oral presentation in the conference, you are entitled to give a 2-minute spotlight presentation. If you want to display slides during your spotlight presentation, please send them strictly before June 10 via email to, in PDF format.


The full programme of Benelearn 2017 can be downloaded as PDF via this link.


The Benelearn 2017 Proceedings can be downloaded as a single PDF file via this link.


The conference booklet, with abstract and all kinds of practical information, can be downloaded as PDF via this link.


The call for papers can be downloaded via this link. The call for participation can be found here, for distribution purposed.


The program will feature original, unpublished work, early work in progress as well as recently published work. This way we want to provide an attractive program and make it easy to attend the conference by both senior and junior researchers.

Besides regular sessions consisting of presentations of selected peer-reviewed papers, the programme will feature invited talks, a poster session and a panel discussion in the closing session. We will lead an open discussion, in a workshop spirit, aimed to foresee the future of Machine Learning and data mining in general and to identify immediate opportunities for collaboration for researchers in Belgium and the Netherlands.

A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

  • Neural Networks
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Representation learning
  • Statistical Learning
  • Bayesian Learning
  • Causal Learning
  • Structured Output Learning
  • Online Learning
  • ML in non-stationary environments
  • Transfer Learning
  • Learning in Multi-Agent Systems
  • Robot Learning
  • Computational Learning Theory
  • ML and information theory
  • ML with expert-in-the-loop
  • Visual analytics and ML
  • Computational models of Human Learning
  • Evaluation frameworks
  • ML for scientific discovery
  • Social network (see also Special track on Complex Networks)
  • Deep learning (see also Special track on Deep Learning)
  • Data Mining
  • Predictive modeling
  • Ensemble Methods
  • Kernel Methods
  • Case-based Learning
  • Evolutionary Computation
  • Inductive Logic Programming
  • Knowledge Discovery in Databases
  • Pattern mining
  • Clustering
  • Feature Selection and Dimensionality Reduction
  • Ranking / Preference Learning / Information Retrieval
  • Learning for Language and Speech
  • Media Mining and Text Analytics
  • Learning and Ubiquitous Computing
  • Learning from Big Data
  • ML applications in industry
  • (see also Industry Track)


As part of the main program, we organize three special tracks:


March 27, 2017 Submission due (for both full and short papers)
April 25, 2017 Notification of acceptance
May 15, 2017 Camera-ready versions due
June 9-10, 2017 Conference days


The conference solicits regular contributions (5-10 pages) of original work and extended abstracts (2 pages max.) of original work or work that was recently accepted or published in a peer-reviewed machine-learning, data mining or other relevant journal or high level international conference. In the latter case, the publication reference should be clearly mentioned, and the abstracts should be checked mainly for relevance, rather than receive a full review.

We explicitly invite different kinds of contributions, including technical contributions, visionary papers, case studies, demos, benchmark real and synthetic datasets.

The program committee will decide which contributions are selected for an oral presentation, and which ones are presented during a poster session (with spotlight presentations). Preference of authors will be taken into account as well. If your submission falls under one of the special tracks, we encourage you to submit it there.

All submissions must be in English and must be submitted as PDF files through the EasyChair submission page.

Submissions should be formatted using the Benelearn 2017 LaTeX template. For detailed formatting instructions, please refer to the template files. The maximum abstract length is 2 pages (references not included).

All accepted contributions will be published in the conference proceedings and publicly available on the Benelearn website, but no copyright will be claimed.

At least one author of each accepted submission will be expected to attend and present their findings at the conference. The deadline for paper submission is March 27, 2017.


Conference ChairsWouter Duivesteijn and Mykola Pechenizkiy
Deep Learning Track ChairsVlado Menkovski and Eric Postma
Complex Networks Track ChairGeorge Fletcher
Industry Track ChairsJoaquin Vanschoren and Peter van der Putten


being invited


Riet van Buul


The Benelearn 2017 conference is held at the Eindhoven University of Technology, De Zwarte Doos Building on Friday and the Auditorium Building on Saturday (you can check campus map for the details).
Eindhoven is easy to reach from Benelux and Europe. Basic directions and the map of the campus can be found here.

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In order to get acquainted with Eindhoven you can visit the city's website, or the tourist office website.


Prospective attendees are advised to arrange the accommodation on their own. There are differently priced hotels located within a walking distance from the conference venue including e.g. Holiday Inn Eindhoven, Crown Hotel, Park Plaza Mandarin Eindhoven, Sofitel Cocagne Eindhoven, Queen and others.
N.B.: during Benelearn, the locally very popular artist Guus Meeuwis is giving evening concerts in Eindhoven. Therefore, hotels might be fully booked rather soonish! Don't wait too long with booking your accomodation.

Conference Dinner:

The conference dinner will take place in the DAF Museum restaurant (20 minutes walk from the Conference Venue).


If you want to increase the visibility of your company during the Benelearn 2017 conference, have a look at our sponsorship opportunities.


  • 25th, Benelearn 2016: Leuven, Belgium
  • 24th, Benelearn 2015: Delft, the Netherlands
  • 23rd, Benelearn 2014: Brussel, Belgium
  • 22nd, Benelearn 2013: Nijmegen, the Netherlands
  • 21st, Benelearn 2012: Gent, Belgium
  • 20th, Benelearn 2011: Den Haag, the Netherlands
  • 19th, Benelearn 2010: Leuven, Belgium
  • 18th, Benelearn 2009: Tilburg, the Netherlands
  • 17th, Benelearn 2008: Spa, Belgium
  • 16th, Benelearn 2007: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 15th, Benelearn 2006: Gent, Belgium
  • 14th, Benelearn 2005: Enschede, the Netherlands
  • 13th, Benelearn 2004: Brussel, Belgium
  • 12th, Benelearn 2002: Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • 11th, Benelearn 2001: Antwerpen, Belgium
  • 10th, Benelearn 2000: Tilburg, the Netherlands
  • 9th, Benelearn 1999: Maastricht (organized by Leuven), the Netherlands
  • 8th, Benelearn 1998: Wageningen, the Netherlands
  • 7th, Benelearn 1997: Tilburg, the Netherlands
  • 6th, Benelearn 1996: Maastricht, the Netherlands
  • 5th, Benelearn 1995: Brussel, Belgium
  • 4th, Benelearn 1994: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • 3rd, Benelearn 1993: Brussel, Belgium
  • 2nd, Benelearn 1991: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 1st, Benelearn 1990: Leuven, Belgium

For further questions, please contact the organizers at
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