Industrial day:
Achieving competitive advantages
with data mining and decision support
29 June 1999, Bled, Slovenia
report by Nada Lavrac

The industrial day ``Achieving competitive advantages with data mining and decision support'' was held at the Convention Centre Festival Hall in Bled, Slovenia on 29 June 1999. It was co-located with the 16th International Conference on Machine Learning ICML-99, organized in Bled on 27-30 June 1999. As one of the activities of the Solomon European Network, the industrial day was aimed at enhancing awareness and spreading the use of the technologies of Data Mining and Decision Support in European industry, business and public services.

The industrial day was organized by Nada Lavrac (program chair), Tanja Urbancic and Milan Stepanovic (local chairs), and the Solomon European Network, in collaboration with and sponsorship of MLNet2, CompulogNet3 and ILPNet2. The general sponsor of the industrial day was the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia. Other Slovenian sponsors included DROGA Portoroz, Radio Glas Ljubljane, Termo Skofja Loka, and Gospodarski vestnik.

The programme consisted of the following sessions:

9:00 - 10:00
ICML-99 invited talk
William Cohen (Shannon Laboratory, AT&T Labs-Research, Florham Park, NJ, USA)
What can we learn from the Web?
10:30 - 10:50
Opening of the industrial day
Nada Lavrac, Tanja Urbancic, Dunja Mladenic (J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia), Milan Stepanovic (Studio Phi, Ljubljana): Data mining and decision support for business competitiveness: The Solomon European virtual enterprise
10:50 - 12:30
Invited talks: Case studies, methods and tasks
Tom Mitchell (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, USA):
Mining the World Wide Web
Saso Dzeroski (J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia):
Applications of Data Mining
Donald Michie (Human-Computer Learning Foundation, Edinburgh, UK): Early ML successes in industry: Lessons for Data Mining's next move
Marko Bohanec (J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia):
Applications of qualitative multi-attribute methods for decision support
14:00 - 15:40
Invited talks: Industrial case studies
Ronny Kohavi (Data Mining Applications, Blue Martini, USA):
Embedding data mining technology in e-commerce applications
Guido Lindner (DaimlerChrysler, Ulm, Germany):
Applications of Data Mining at DaimlerChrysler
Bogdan Filipic (J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia):
Production process optimization with evolutionary algorithms:
Case studies from Slovenian industry
Pieter Adriaans (Syllogic, Amersfoort, The Netherlands):
Learning systems in the IT industry
16:00 - 18:30
Invited case study presentations
Bojan Cestnik (Temida, Ljubljana, Slovenia):
Decision support in housing loan allocation: Case studies from the
Housing Fund of the Republic of Slovenia
Dunja Mladenic, Marko Grobelnik (J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana):
Exploiting text mining in publishing and education
Ivan Bratko (Faculty of Information and Computer Science, University of Ljubljana and J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia), Miha Junkar (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia):
Applications of machine learning in mechanical engineering
Dusan Mramor (Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana),
Neza Mramor Kosta (Faculty of computer and information science, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia):
Enterprize profitability and solvency prediction: A banking application using a combined econometric and data mining approach
Ashwin Srinivasan (Oxford University, UK):
Inductive Logic Programming and its application to problems in drug design
Dietrich Wettschereck (Dialogis Software & Services GmbH, Sankt Augustin, Germany):
Efficient data mining with KEPLER and DialoGIS

Abstracts of all talks can be found at the Solomon European Network web site at The talks were attended by 14 registred participants from Slovenian industry, businesses and public services, one non-Slovenian industrial participant, the invited speakers of the industrial day, as well as a various number of ICML-99 participants who were able to attend the industrial day free of charge. Access was restricted to eighty participants, due to space constraints. The lectures (20 minutes each) were accompanied by interesting discussions (that had to be limited to 5 minutes).

Joint with ICML-99, the social program of the industrial day included a concert held at the Bled castle.

We are grateful to the sponsors for having supported this event.

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