The Third Symposium on
Intelligent Data Analysis
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The symposium is a three-day event: August 9-10-11, 1999. It is organized by the Leiden Center for Natural Computation from Leiden University, in cooperation with AAAI, CEPIS and NVKI. It is the third symposium on Intelligent Data Analysis after the successful symposia Intelligent Data Analysis 97 in London and Intelligent Data Analysis 95 in Baden-Baden. The proceedings are published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series of Springer as LNCS 1642. The proceedings of Intelligent Data Analysis 97 appeared in this series as LNCS 1280. We plan to have a special issue of the Intelligent Data Analysis journal with extended versions of a number of papers presented during the symposium.

General Information

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IDA-99 will take place in Amsterdam from 9th to 11th August 1999. It will consist of a stimulating program of invited talks by leading international experts in intelligent data analysis, contributed papers, poster sessions, and an exciting social program. The invited speakers are The list of accepted papers is available, including detailed instructions for authors. You can have a look at the program.
Maximum size for posters (indication): 75 times 150 cm.


For many years the intersection of computing and data analysis contained menu-based statistics packages and not much else. Recently, statisticians have embraced computing, computer scientists are using statistical theories and methods, and researchers in all corners are inventing algorithms to find structure in vast online datasets. Data analysts now have access to tools for exploratory data analysis, decision tree induction, causal induction, function finding, constructing customised reference distributions, and visualisation, and there are intelligent assistants to advise on matters of design and analysis. There are tools for traditional, relatively small samples and also for enormous datasets. In all, the scope for probing data in new and penetrating ways has never been so exciting.

Our aim is for IDA-99 to bring together a wide variety of researchers concerned with extracting knowledge from data, including people from statistics, machine learning, neural networks, computer science, pattern recognition, database management, and other areas. The strategies adopted by people from these areas are often different, and a synergy results if this is recognised. IDA-99 is intended to stimulate interaction between these different areas, so that more powerful tools emerge for extracting knowledge from data and a better understanding is developed of the process of intelligent data analysis.

Contributed papers are invited on any relevant topic, including, but not restricted to




The Call for Papers is still available. However, the deadlines for submission have passed.

Registration and Hotel Reservation

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In order to register, please use the registration form. This form may also be used for a hotel reservation.

The registration form is also available in PostScript: a4 format and us-letter format.

Program Committee

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General Chair

Program Chair

Program Co-Chairs


Symposium Location

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The symposium will use the facilities of the CWI (Center for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam). There is an auditorium for more than 200 participants and several other rooms for parallel sessions. CWI is situated on the Wetenschappelijk Centrum Watergraafsmeer (WCW) campus in the eastern part of Amsterdam. On the campus there are several other research institutes and parts of the University of Amsterdam.

You can read some instructions about how to get to CWI; and more instructions on how to get to CWI by public transport and consult The Internet Guide to Amsterdam in order to obtain more information on finding your way in Amsterdam. Some information on one-day excursions is also available.

Local Chair


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We will organize several demonstrations and a small exhibition.

Social Event

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[CANALS] For the social event we are going to have a boat trip through the canals of Amsterdam, with a special dinner in an Indian restaurant in the centre of the city. Participants who want to obtain extra tickets for the social event can contact Mieke Brune (mieke.brune@cwi.nl). The price of an extra ticket is Hfl 125 and can be paid at the conference.

There are special boats and trams that circle along the touristic attractions of Amsterdam and hence it will be easy for the participants to find their way. Each participant will be provided with a ``social package'', including a list of restaurants and bars, maps of town, public transport information, timetables of trains, etc. Further information can be found in the The Internet Guide to Amsterdam. Some panoramic pictures are also available.

For more information please contact Joost N. Kok (joost@cs.leidenuniv.nl).

Last modified on August 3, 1999.