CAp 2011 --- the French-Speaking Machine Learning Conference 2011, Chambéry, France, may 17 - 20, 2011
"Nunquam ponenda est pluralitas sin necesitate" --- Machine Learning studies the mechanisms by which an entity constructs and reuses knowledge, in the objective to improve its performances by experience. It is a broad research field. Unless one takes the risk to be mistaken by few centuries, it would be quite illusory to state an even probably approximately correct "birth-date" of the field. We can indeed trace its origins only few centuries after Al-Khawarizmi to find a principle for which it was rigorously shown in the eighties that it was abstracting a powerful families of learning algorithms: Ockham's razor (William of Ockham, c. 1288 - c. 1348).

Nevertheless, it was most certainly in the eighties that this field soared up, and drew progressively --- sometimes to fuel them later --- the sources and properties of its algorithms and models in numerous other research fields (including algorithmics, complexity, differential geometry, cryptography, logic, optimization, statistical physics, probabilities, statistics, evolution theory). It rapidly built up a strong scientific culture known far beyond its borders, with popular founding grounds : inductive logic programming, the PAC model of Valiant, the statistical learning theory of Vapnik, the boosting theory revolutionized by Schapire, graphical models, reinforcement learning, kernel methods, ensemble methods, geometrical methods, spectral methods, formal neural networks, on-line learning, ... Should we need a single example, its recognition as a formal field was undoubtedly established in 2003, with the nomination for the Gödel prize --- historically the exclusive preserve of works related to structural complexity theory --- of Yoav Freund and Rob Schapire for their algorithm AdaBoost.

Today, the machine learning researcher works in various laboratories --- not only in statistics, computer science or signal processing, but also in physics, biology, linguistics, economics, etc. --- . His/her activities can put emphasis on whichever of these domains --- just to point out how pervasive can be machine learning --- . The wide diversity of these topics certainly contributes to the success of machine learning, with works characterized by :
  • a particular care and creativity in crafting algorithms ;
  • a search for solid mathematical grounds to justify the methods ;
  • a particular attention to natural mechanisms of learning and generalization ;
  • a wide portfolio of application domains (including bioinformatics, physics, video games, finance, etc.).
The French-speaking machine learning conference (CAp) is the annual meeting of the French-speaking community of researchers in the field. CAp 2011 shall proceed with the same spirit as the former editions, with the peculiarity that it will be associated (like any odd year) to the AFIA conferences of the French association for artificial intelligence. CAp 2011 shall allow researchers to present and discuss their works with their peers ; its original publication policy shall also allow to discover results of the French-speaking community to be presented later on in the major English-spoken conferences of the field ; CAp also gives PhD students the opportunity to embrace a wide panorama in their research field, and benefit of a first contact both rigorous and benevolent, along with all the activities linked to the crafting of a scientific paper : writing the paper, receiving and taking into account peer reviews, oral presentation, etc. .

Welcome in Chambéry, and enjoy the conference(s) !
Richard Nock, general chair for CAp 2011
CEREGMIA, Martinique, France
  Past CAps
Below, you will find the references for the past editions of CAp :
  • CAp'2010 (Engelbert Mephu Nguifo, LIMOS) Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • CAp'2009 (Younès Bennani & Céline Rouveirol, LIPN) Hammamet, Tunisia --- AFIA conferences
  • CAp'2008 (Florence d'Alché-Buc, IBISC) Porquerolles, France
  • CAp'2007 (Jean-Daniel Zucker & Antoine Cornuéjols, IRD & AgroParisTech) Grenoble, France --- AFIA conferences
  • CAp'2006 (Laurent Miclet, INRIA) Trégastel, France
  • CAp'2005 (François Denis, LIF) Nice, France --- AFIA conferences
  • CAp'2004 (Michel Liquière & Marc Sebban, LIRMM & EURISE) Montpellier, France
  • CAp'2003 (Rémi Gilleron, GRAPPA) Laval, Québec, Canada --- AFIA conferences
  • CAp'2002 (Christelle Vrain, LIFO) Orléans, France
  • CAp'2001 (Gilles Bisson, LEIBNIZ) Grenoble, France --- AFIA conferences
  • CAp'2000 (Colin De La Higuera, EURISE) Saint Etienne, France
  • CAp'1999 (Michèle Sebag, LRI) Palaiseau, France --- AFIA conferences
  (Important) Dates
Warning : no deadline extension will be possible

Workshops and Tutorials:
  • Proposal submission : January 30, 2011
  • Full paper submission (no prior summary submission) : February 8, 2011 January 23, 2011
  • Notifications : March 27, 2011

  • Camera-ready submissions : April 2, 2011
    to upload here (paper source + pdf).zipped:
    (the tarball shall be named [number of the paper].(zip | gz))

  • Conference : May 17 - 20, 2011
Call for proposals (Papers, Workshops, Tutorials)

Workshops and Tutorials: Papers:

 New : proceedings of CAp 2011 will be published in the collection of the "Presses Universitaires des Antilles et de la Guyane" (PUAG) via the publisher Publibook --- without changes to the original publication policy of CAp. The templates available below take into account the (few) style changes compared to previous editions.

Templates and Styles : to ensure homogeneity of papers, only papers submitted in PDF are acceptable (maximum 16 pages, including figures, tables and references). Below, you will find LaTeX, Pages and Word templates to use. Please do not alter layouts as defined in the styles. Crafting "from scratch" : If you wish to write your paper using another text editor, the following document shall help you in getting all precisions that are not in the template files : mise-en-forme_CAp2011_publibook.pdf.

Website for the submission of camera-ready version of papers :
CAp 2011 welcomes papers dealing with any facet of meachine learning, such as (list being non exhaustive) :
  • Active Learning
  • Analysis of Biomedical Data
  • Analysis of Dynamic Data
  • Analysis of Environmental and Scientific Data
  • Analysis of Ontology-Based Data
  • Analysis of Semi-Structured Data
  • Analysis of Sensor Data
  • Analysis of Social Networks
  • Analysis of Spatial and Spatio-temporal Data
  • Analysis of Structured Data
  • Analysis of Temporal Data
  • Analysis of User Behavior and Feedback Data
  • Anomaly, Fraud, and Outlier Detection
  • Bagging and Boosting
  • Bayesian Learning
  • Bayesian Networks
  • Bioinformatics
  • Causality Analysis
  • Deep Learning
  • Distance and Similarity Learning
  • Document Analysis, Text Learning
  • Ensemble Learning
  • Feature Selection, Extraction, and Construction
  • Frequent-Pattern Learning and Mining
  • Game Theory
  • Grammatical Inference
  • Graph Learning
  • Image Mining
  • Imbalanced Data
  • Inductive Logic Programming
  • Kernel Methods
  • Latent Models
  • Learning in Distributed Environments
  • Learning on Data Streams
  • Learning to Rank
  • Matrix and Tensor Analysis
  • Multi-Arm Bandits
  • Multi-Relational Learning
  • Multi-Task and Transfer Learning
  • On-line Learning
  • Optimization
  • Partially Observable Systems
  • Privacy and Security
  • Recommender Systems
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Relational Learning
  • Robotics
  • ROC Learning and Alike
  • Semi-Supervised Learning
  • Sparse Learning
  • Statistical Methods
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Subspace Learning
  • Supervised Learning
  • Unsupervised Learning
  • User Interface and Interactive Systems
  • Visualization
  • Web Learning and Mining
CAp 2011 also welcomes papers that bring new bonds with other fields, and/or new theories to the table.
General chair :
  • Richard Nock (CEREGMIA, Martinique, France)
Program committee members :
CAp 2011 will be held in conjunction with the AFIA conferences, may 16 - 21, 2011, in Chambéry, France (website :, the Prefecture of Savoy. As part of the AFIA conferences, there will be half a day of detente with a visit of the Bourget lake. There will also be an evening party in the casino of Aix-Les-Bains. For more informations, we invite you to consult web references like :
  • Bourget lake : here
  • casino of Aix-Les-Bains : here
  • climate of Chambéry : here
  • gastronomy : in Savoy (here, or here), in Chambéry (here)
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