Call for Tutorials

In recent decades, the diversification of automated learning applications has led to new requirements inherent in the availability of large-scale data. Given the new scientific and technological challenges that are encountered, mathematical optimization has been established as the right approach for many machine learning problems. The specific requirements of machine learning raise new challenges for optimization. In turn, optimization takes advantage of machine learning insofar as concepts, formalisms, approximations and algorithms are revisited. The Second International Conference on Learning and Optimization Algorithms: Theory and Applications (LOPAL’2020) bridges the gap between these two areas of knowledge and serves as an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends and concerns together with the theoretical and practical challenges encountered, and their applications.

We invite experts in both areas and practitioners to submit their proposals for tutorial at LOPAL’2020. Each tutorial will take between 3 (half-day) and 6 (full-day) hours long, and we recommend including interactive activities and demos when possible. Given that slots for tutorials are limited, novel proposals covering relevant topics for the majority of the community will be priorized. We specially encourage hands-on-tutorials that allow attendees to learn a particular technique, suite or application that might be relevant to the community.

The tutorials are free of charge to the registrants of the conference. Fee compensation to at least one tutorial speaker will be provided.

Proposal submissions:

Proposals should be submitted as a PDF document containing the following information:

  1. A title and brief description of the tutorial content and its relevance to the LOPAL community. The description should clarify the objectives and target audience of the tutorial, as well as the background required to fully understand the tutorial.
  2. An abstract of the tutorial, that would be public if finally accepted (no more than 300 words).
  3. Name, affiliation, email and websites addresses of all the tutorial instructors, including a one-paragraph statement of their bio and research interests.
  4. Indicate whether the same or a similar tutorial has been given before, the event, a note specifying where previous versions of the tutorial were given and how many attendees attracted.
  5. Tentative duration of the tutorial, in addition to possible restrictions affecting the organization.

Tutorial proposals should be e-mailed to no later than November 30, 2019. Notifications of acceptance or rejection of proposed tutorials will be sent back on December 9, 2019.

Notice that tutorials should include some previous state-of-the-art and background. It is recommended that the instructors’ previous work should not occupy more than 50-60% of the tutorial coverage.

A PDF version of the slides or tutorial material should be provided before the conference for its inclusion in the conference website. The deadline for this material will be determined later.