• The article KNN classifier with self adjusting memory for heterogeneous concept drift, co-authored by Viktor Losing, Barbara Hammer (both members of CITEC's Machine Learning group), and Heiko Wersing (Honda R&D) received the best paper award at IEEE ICDM 2016, one of the top tier conferences in data mining. The approach combines an intuitive memory architecture with fundamental machine learning algorithms to instantaneously react to drift while learning e.g. in the frame of model personalization.
  • Barbara has been elected as board member of the International Neural Network society, and she has been reappointed as chair of the Distinguished Lecturer Program of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.
  • CITEC's machine learning group proudly presents the paper acdc – Automated Contamination Detection and Confidence estimation for single-cell genome data, which appeared in BMC bioinformatics with Markus Lux as first author.
  • Barbara has been invited as plenary speaker to the NIPS workshop on Cognitive Computing where she presented work of CITEC's Machine Learning group on structure learning for intelligent tutoring systems.
  • Barbara has been elected as board member of the International Neural Networks Society (INNS) for 2017.
  • The paper KNN Classifier with Self Adjusting Memory for Heterogeneous Concept Drift by Viktor Losing, Barbara Hammer and Heiko Wersing has been accepted for IEEE ICDM as a regular paper, where acceptance rate for regular papers was 8.5% this year.
  • Benjamin Paaßen and Alexander Schulz were shortlisted for best paper award at ICNR 2016 for their paper Transfer Learning for Rapid Recalibration of a Myoelectric Prosthesis after Electrode Shift.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Fischer! Our colleague Lydia Fischer passed her PhD defense on 23.09.2016.
  • Benjamin Paaßen won the Best Presentation Award at NC² (New Challenges in Neural Computation) 2016 in Hanover, Germany for his paper Linear Supervised Transfer Learning for Generalized Matrix LVQ .
  • Congratulations, Dr. Bunte! Kerstin, who was a post-doc in our group, has started a tenure track position within the Rosalind Franklin Fellowships program at RU Groningen.
  • Congratulation, Professor Schleif! Frank-Michael, who was a post-doc in our group and received his habilitation from the Bielefeld Faculty of Technology, has accepted an offer as professor at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt.
  • Together with the group Computer Graphics & Geometry Processing, we formed the team Hammer Mario Bro's and Sisses and participated in the university's yearly running competition Finnbahnlauf. We came in 15th at 40:05 minutes.
  • Barbara has been asked to chair the IEEE CIS Distinguished Lecturers Program Committee in 2016.
  • Barbara has been elected as a member of the IEEE CIS Administrative Committee for the term 2016-2017.
  • Barbara has been invited as keynote speaker at AIAI 2016.
  • Barbara has been invited to give a tutorial at IK 2016 on the topic Machine Learning.
  • Together with Heli Koskimäki (Oulu Univ., Finland) and Yaochu Yin (Univ. Surrey, U.K.), Barbara is organizing a special session on Computational intelligent techniques related to big and streaming data analysis at SSCI 2016.
  • Together with Frank Hsu (Fordham Univ., USA) and Marios Polycarpou (KIOS Research Centre, Univ. Cyprus), Barbara is organizing a special session on Computational Intelligence Techniques For The Analysis Of Big And Streaming Data In Complex Systems at WCCI 2016.
  • We are co-organizing the workshop New Challenges in Neural Computation which will take place accompanying GCPR in Hanover.
  • Together with Alexander Gepperth (ENSTA ParisTech, France), Barbara is organizing a special session on Incremental Learning and Applications at ESANN 2016.
  • Barbara has been invited to participate in Dagstuhl seminars on Integration of Expert Knowledge for Interpretable Models in Biomedical Data Analysis and Foundations of Unsupervised Learning.
  • Barbara acted as external committee member in the PhD defense of Dr. Vilens Jumutc in the research group of Prof. Johan Suykens, KU Leuven.
  • Barbara visited Prof. Alessandro Sperduti, Univ. Padova, and presented our work on Discriminative Dimensionality Reduction and Model Visualization.
  • The article Self-Adjusting Reject Options in Prototype Based Classification by Thomas Villmann, Marika Kaden, Andrea Bohnsack, J.-M. Villmann, T. Drogies, S. Saralajew, Barbara Hammer received a best paper award at WSOM 2016.



  • Congratulations, Dr. Gisbrecht! Our colleague Andrej Gisbrecht passed his PhD defense on 11.09.2014.
  • Prof. Dr. Barbara Hammer organized a tutorial on prototype-based learning methods at IJCNN (Conference on Neural Networks) 2014 in Beijing, China. More details can be found here.
  • Bassam Mokbel won the Best Student Paper Award at ESANN (European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks) 2014 in Bruges, Belgium for his paper Adaptive distance measures for sequential data .
  • Dr. Frenay from Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, visited our group for research exchange from March to September 2014.