Seminar on Intelligent Systems

Algoritmit ja koneoppiminen
Syventävät opinnot
Vuosi Lukukausi Päivämäärä Periodi Kieli Vastuuhenkilö
2012 kevät 18.01-25.04. 3-4 Englanti Pekka Parviainen


Aika Huone Luennoija Päivämäärä
Ke 16-18 C220 Pekka Parviainen 18.01.2012-22.02.2012
Ke 16-18 C220 Pekka Parviainen 14.03.2012-25.04.2012

Information for international students

If there are any non-Finnish speaking students, the seminar will be held in English, otherwise the presenter can decide between English and Finnish.


The topic of the seminar is Challenges in Intelligent Systems

Recently, there have been numerous public challenges or competitions related to Intelligent Systems, and in this seminar we will explore some of them in more detail. For each challenge, the goal is to understand

  • What is this challenge about? Why is solving it important?
  • What are the main approaches used for solving the challenge?

There is no overlap with the previous seminars on Intelligent Systems, so you can take this seminar even if you attended one of the previous ones.

Kurssin suorittaminen

To earn the available credit points, you need to

  1. Browse the Internet for a suitable Challenge. In principle any challenge related to some area of Intelligent Systems or Artificial Intelligence is OK (most of the Challenges address Machine Learning or Data Mining problems), as long as there is sufficient public documentation available for the challenge itself, and the various approaches used for solving it. When you have have found a suitable challenge, send a suggestion to the seminar instructor. If there are two students suggesting the same challenge, or two challenges that are very similar to each other, only the first suggestion is accepted. The topics used in the 2011 seminar are not accepted.
  2. Give two talks at the seminar. The first talk (in Period III) is for presenting the Challenge. In the second talk (in Period IV) you need to describe the solutions used: give both a general overview of the solutions, and then focus in more detail on at least  three different approaches for solving the Challenge (if the three best solutions are using different approaches, you can focus on them, but if e.g. the first two are very similar, you need to take another solution for closer inspection).
  3. Attend the talks of the other students, familiriaze yourself with the material provided before the talk,  and participate in the discussion (one missed event is acceptable).
  4. Write a seminar paper describing the contents of your two talks.

Unlike in 2011, you do not have to write a seminar report about the other presentations, but remember item 3 above. Two days before your talk, you need to deliver copies of your slides, and the quality of the slides is one aspect in the grading of your performance. All in all, your grade will depend upon

  1. Quality of talk I (grade weight: 25%:  how  well did you manage to describe the Challenge and the necessary background.
  2. Quality of talk II (grade weight: 25%):  how well  did you manage to describe the solutions: a poor presentation only describes the minimum of three different approaches on a superficial level, while a good presentation incudes all the suggested solutions, organized into a logical hierarchy with similar approaches grouped together, and presents the methods used in an understandable manner, demonstrating good understanding of the methodologies used.
  3. Activity during the talk of the others (grade weight: 10%): how much did you contribute to the discussions?
  4. Quality of your seminar paper (grade weight: 40%).

 The talks are 25 minutes long each (not counting the discussion), and we will have a short break for discussion between the talks. In the second talks, you should not continue directly where you left off at the end of your first talk, but try to make the second talk also more or less independent: the introduction of the challenge should of course be relatively short (as the audience is already familiar with the the topic), but try to exploit the feedback received after the first talk, and focus on the main points of the problem, especially considering the methodological issues that are the main point of the second talk.


Participants and Topics

Adnan: TomTom Traffic Prediction for Intelligent  GPS Navigation

Juho: CHiME Speech separation and recognition challenge.

Klaus: IEEE VAST Challenge 2009


Schedule (tentative)

Wednesday 18.01.: First meeting, organization of the seminar.

Wednesday 25.01. No seminar

Wednesday 01.02. No seminar

Wednesday 08.02. First talks: Juho, Andreas

Wednesday 15.02. First talks: Adnan

Wednesday 22.02. First talks: Klaus

Wednesday 29.02.: No seminar (period break)

Wednesday 07.03.: No seminar (period break)

Wednesday 14.03.: Second talks: Juho

Wednesday 21.03.:   Second talks: Klaus

Wednesday 28.03.: Second talks: Adnan

Wednesday 04.04.:

Wednesday 11.04.: No seminar (Easter Holiday)

Wednesday 18.04.:

Wednesday 25.04.:

Friday 04.05.: Deadline for the seminar report at 23:59 (midnight), delivery by email to the seminar instructor.

Kirjallisuus ja materiaali

Finding a suitable Challenge is part of the seminar work, but the task is not too difficult - try e.g. googling "data analysis" or "machine learning" with "challenge" or "competition" - but here are some easy starting points for potential candidates:

N.B. The topics used in the 2011 Intelligent Systems seminar are not acceptable this year.