Vlerick is partner of the 10th International Conference on Formal Concept Analysis

Vlerick Business School will be co-organising the 10th International Conference on Formal Concept Analysis (ICFCA 2012), which will be held from 6 until 10 May 2012 in Leuven.

Prof Stijn Viaene (Vlerick), member of the Organising Committee: “Analytics are extremely hot in business. Formal Concept Analysis is a technique that allows to extract business patterns from large quantities of unstructured data. The conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners working on theoretical or applied aspects of Formal Concept Analysis.

Formal Concept Analysis emerged in the 1980's from attempts to restructure lattice theory in order to promote better communication between lattice theorists and potential users of lattice theory. Since its early years, Formal Concept Analysis has developed into a research field in its own right with a thriving theoretical community and a rapidly expanding range of applications in information and knowledge processing including visualisation, data analysis (mining) and knowledge management.

Prof Stijn Viaene (Vlerick): “We've already applied Formal Concept Analysis successfully in a number of cases at the Amsterdam-Amstelland Police Department with the help of colleagues at the KU Leuven. We studied how the police department could better classify certain cases as domestic violence or non-domestic violence, including the detection of incorrect classifications performed by police officers. Two PhDs have been produced in the last two years focusing on the applications of Formal Concept Analysis in a business context. There is still a lot of work to be done to turn it into a truly versatile technique for practitioner self-service but we are eagerly working on this within the research community.

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