On July 24, 2017, I gave a research talk at the Computational Intelligence Group of the Faculty of Applied Computer‐ and Bio­sciences, University of Applied Sciences Mittweida (HSMW, Hochschule Mittweida). During these days, the group hosts the 9th Mittweida Workshop on Computational Intelligence (MiWoCI) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Villmann, the group head and one of the two workshop organizer, kindly provided me a time slot at the workshop for my presentation*.

The workshop itself had a very international line up of both research and industry talks with researchers from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands), the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) of the Bielefeld University (Germany), Porsche, the Honda Research Institute (Germany), the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS, Germany), the  Dresden (HTW, Germany) and of course the Computational Intelligence Group itself. I really regret that I could only attend the workshop at its first day. The talks that I could attend were all very interesting and underlined the excellent contributions that Computational Intelligence and Operations Research can make to the industry.

Visiting Mittweida also allowed me to get to know the Computational Intelligence Group and their research, which is mainly focused on secure classification of high-dimensional data and BigData with machine learning methods. They work on self-organizing maps, semi-supervised learning, fuzzy classification and clustering, information theoretic learning, non-standard metrics in vector quantization, prototype-based classification learning vector quantization (LVQ), Evolutionary Algorithms, and high-dimensional data analysis for, e.g., mass spectrometry data analysis in medicine as well as class visualization and projection. Like our institute, they work both on theoretical questions and practical applications.

Presenting and discussing our work in this environment of a workshop and an application-oriented research group, both on exactly our topic area, was a very pleasant experience and I want to than Prof. Villmann again for making this possible.

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*My presentation is not part of the workshop proceedings.