The 3rd International Conference on Machine learning, Optimization & big Data – MOD 2017

An Interdisciplinary Conference: Machine Learning, Optimization & Data Science without Borders

SIAF Learning Village Tuscany – Volterra (Pisa), Italy, September 14-17, 2017


MOD uses the formula of 30 minutes presentations for fruitful exchanges between authors and participants.


The registration desk will be located close to the Main Conference Room and will be open during the following hours:

September 14, 08:30 – 17:30

September 15, 08:30 – 17:30

Upon registration at the desk, you will receive your badge, vouchers, and conference materials. To facilitate the process please bring with you your registration confirmation. You are kindly requested to wear your name badge during all events of the conference.

Industrial Session – 2nd Edition, September 15th, 8:45-12:40

Industrial Session on Machine Learning, Optimization and Data Science for Real-World Applications

Moderator: Aris Anagnostopoulos, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy


  • A tale of Beauty and Happiness”, Luca Maria Aiello, Nokia Bell Labs, UK
  • Question Answering for a Language Game and Customer Support”, Pierpaolo Basile, University of Bari, Italy
  • Detecting Algorithmic Bias”, Carlos Castillo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain

Conference Venue:

SIAF – The Learning Village in Tuscany

SP del monte Volterrano, Località – Il Cipresso,

56048 Volterra (Pisa) Tuscany, Italy

Phone: (+39) 0588 81266 or (+39) 0588 86855

Fax: (+39) 0588 86414


Contact: Giada Ragoni,


Plenary Speakers

  • Assimilated Learning: A Framework for Co-analysis of  Big Data and Smart Data“, Yi-Ke Guo, Department of Computing, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London, UK. Founding Director of Data Science Institute.
  • “Quantification of Network Dissimilarities and its Practical Implications”,  Panos Pardalos, Department of Systems Engineering, University of Florida, USA.  Director of the Center for Applied Optimization.
  • “Recent Advances in Deep Learning”,  Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Machine Learning Department, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Director of AI Research at Apple.
  • “Socialize Strategies for Bots: when incomplete topology meets efficiency” , My ThaiDepartment of Computer & Information Science & Engineering, University of Florida, USA.
  • “Optimization and Management in Manufacturing Engineering” ,  Jun Pei, Hefei University of Technology, China
  • “The Cloud and Cognitive Industrial Revolution”, Vincenzo Sciacca, Cloud and Cognitive Division – IBM Rome, Italy

Special Sessions

Metaheuristics and Multi-Objective Optimization for Big Data
Clarisse Dhaenens, University of Lille, France  –
Laetitia Jourdan, University of Lille, France –

“Machine Learning, Optimization and Data Science for Real-World Applications”
Ilaria Bordino, Marco Firrincieli, Fabio Fumarola, and Francesco Gullo, UniCredit R&D, Italy

“Deep Learning: Theory, Architectures, Algorithms and Applications”

“Data-driven Algorithmics” 

“Multi-Objective Optimization Algorithms”

“Data Science for Smart Cities, Communities, Energy & Building”

“Algorithmics for Biology and Medicine”

Tutorial Speakers

Scalable Data Mining on Cloud Computing Systems
Domenico Talia, University of Calabria, Italy

Mathematical Analysis of Nature-Inspired Algorithms
Xin-She Yang, Middlesex University London, UK

Poster Presentation

  • Keep text to a minimum;
  • Ensure text is in large font;
  • Use graphs, charts, and/or tables;
  • Ensure contents have a logical flow;
  • Use the push pins provided to affix your poster to the display board;
  • Make it colourful;
  • Removal and collection of posters at the end of the display period remains the responsibility of the author(s). Posters not removed by the indicated take down time will be removed and disposed of by meeting staff.


Internet WI-FI

Internet WI-FI connection is available everywhere inside the SIAF Campus. During the check in, we will assign you a personal passphrase that can be used on every device you have. The network is “SIAF Guests” and the password is …  Internet WI-FI connection is free for the MOD 2017 Participants.

Social Tour and Dinner  in  San Gimignano – UNESCO World Heritage Site on September 16, 2017


Departure from SIAF at 02.30pm. Arrival at San Gimignano (UNESCO World Heritage Site), meeting with the guide, guided tour of the town (Approximately 2 hours of tour).

Free time in town.Transfer from the town to the restaurant (Approximately 10 minutes by bus).

Dinner with live music.

Return at SIAF after dinner.