Barranquilla, Colombia

June 5th ‐ 7th, 2019

Keynote Speakers

Roman Neruda

Roman Neruda is with the Institute of Computer Science of the Czech Academy of Sciences, department of machine learning, where he is working in the areas of neurocomputing, evolutionary algorithms and meta-learning. He graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, and obtained his CSc degree in the ICS CAS. In 1995-1996 he was with the Los Alamos National Laboratory, he has been working on joint project with colleagues from   Carnegie-Mellon University, Koblenz Universitaet, University of California Chico, University of St. Etienne, and Universidad Distrital Bogota. He is the co-author of more than a hundred international publications. He teaches evolutionary algorithms and multi-agent systems at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University.


Plenary TalkMeta-Learning: Beyond Fitting a Model to Data

Machine learning algorithms build a mathematical model of training data describing a problem at hand. There are many approaches which model to choose and how to set its parameters. Because the range of machine learning techniques is very wide and heterogenous, it can be difficult to choose a suitable ona for a particular problem. The meta-learning approach utilizes previous experience with learning algorithms to improve the results of machine learning applications. By applying machine learning principles to machine learning process itself it is possible to automate tasks that have so far been dependent on human expertise and experience. In the talk we will present several examples of meta-learning techniques to optimize neural network models, and to propose complete data mining workflows.


German Hernandez

German Hernandez is an Associate Professor at the Department of Systems and Computing Engineering at the National University of Colombia, Bogota, Colombia. He leads there the Research Group in Algorithms and Combinatorics “Algos” and the Research Group in Algorithmic Trading, Computational Finance “Algotrade”. German is also a partner of Algocodex, an algorithmic trading company.  He has a PhD. in Math with Conc. in CS and an MSc. in CS form U of Memphis; an MSc, in  Math., an MSc. in Stat. and BSc in Computing and Systems Eng. form the National University of Colombia. He also has been an adjunct professor at the CS Dept at U of Memphis.


Plenary Talk:  The Automated Data Science and Automated Machine Learning Revolution  

Abstract. In recent years, the demand for Data Science (DS) and Machine Learning (ML) experts has outpaced the supply. To address this gap, there has been an increasing number of of automated user-friendly DS andML  tools that can be used by non-experts.In this talk we will give a quick review of DS and ML. We will examine IBM Watson Analytic, no longer available, but considered the first automated DS and ML tool which aim was to allow final users to explore insights and learn models form data by just asking questions in natural language. Then we overview three of the most popular available AutoDS and AutoML tools: DataRobot, TPOT.and H20 AutoML and conclude reflecting on the possible future this ongoing revolution.



Watson (computer)  

This is Jeopardy! on 12/05/2013 YouTube I

IBM’s Watson Supercomputer Destroys Humans in Jeopardy YouTube

IBM Watson is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data

TPOT: A Python Tool for Automating Data Science


Genetic Algorithm in Artificial Intelligence – The Math of Intelligence

Google launches an end-to-end AI platform 


Cayo Betancourt,

Ericsson Cluster North, Colombia.

Cayo Betancourt has more than 18 years of professional experience in the telecommunications sector. He obtained his degree at the Universidad del Cauca and an MBA from the University of Liverpool. He joined Ericsson in 2001, and is currently responsible for coordinating, directing and alienating an extensive digital transformation program. Cayo actively contributes to LinkledIn by sharing his knowledge and experiences in the development and implementation of new technologies, including also issues of leadership and organizational culture. Cayo has significant experience in operations in America, Asia and Oceania.

Plenary Talk: Autonomous Vehicles a Reality with 5G

Vehicle connectivity requires real-time data transmission, low latency and high effectiveness. This conference presents the benefits of 5G networks for autonomous vehicles, their interaction with other areas such as artificial intelligence and data analytics, integrating aspects of security and flexibility. The future of connected vehicles in Latin America and the opportunities for monetization for the different actors of the ecosystem will be discussed.






Tutorial: Evolutionary Computing

In the tutorial we will describe major techniques of evolutionary computing that represent nature-inspired robust optimization methods tailored to various problem domains. We will introduce traditional genetic algorithms working on discrete domains, evolutionary strategies as a powerful continuous optimization framework, and genetic programming evolving tree-like structures representing computer programs. Several applications of these techniques to solve problems from optimization and machine learning areas will be demonstrated. Throughout the tutorial we will show concrete practical examples utilizing the Python programming language with optimization and machine learning tools.

By: Roman Neruda


Tutorial: Deep Learning

This tutorial will deal with an introduction to artificial neural networks (ANN) and review the advantages of the current frameworks to design networks with multiple layers. Differences between sequential and functional of ANN models based on the keras API and its use for establishing multimodal networks. In addition, basic concepts related with architectures of ANN as batch normalization, dropout and transfer learning will be exposed. For this, different tools provided by Tensorflow will be analyzed for ANN training. Finally, examples with diverse architectures will be shown in applications for image, text and time series processing.


Julián D. Arias Londoño received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering and MEng. degree in engineering – industrial automation from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Manizales, Colombia, in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He also received a Ph.D degree in Computer Science and Automatics jointly between the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain and Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 2010. Julián is Associate Professor of the Department of Systems Engineering and Computer Science, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia and part of the Intelligence information Systems Lab at the same University. His fields of expertise are in the areas of computational intelligence, machine learning and signal processing, applied to the design and development of computer-aided diagnostic system and Machine Learning – based solutions. Julián is member of INSTICC and Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and its Signal Processing and Computational Intelligent societies. He has been leader of different research and development projects, which were funded by public and private institutions, and with participation of Colombian companies.


Tutorial: Valuation model for connected cities (4 hours)

The vehicular connectivity requires interaction of several areas, proposes an interactive theoretical-practical workshop where attendees will participate in the assessment of a city for its connectivity with vehicular emphasis. In the first part of the workshop, the case to be discussed, the tools and activities to be carried out will be presented. In the second section, we will work from an interdisciplinary perspective with role models, to show how it is possible to integrate the different actors generating a solution of end-to-end value for citizens.

By: Cayo Betancourt