Showcasing Formal Concept Analysis (FCA)

Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School will be co-organising the 10th International Conference on Formal Concept Analysis (ICFCA). The event will be held from 6 to 10 May 2012 in Leuven and aims to bring together researchers and practitioners working on theoretical and applied aspects of Formal Concept Analysis (FCA).

FCA emerged in the 1980s and has developed into a research field with a rapidly expanding range of applications in information and knowledge processing, including visualisation, data analysis (mining) and knowledge management. “Analytics are extremely hot in business,” explains Professor Stijn Viaene, who sits on the ICFCA Organising Committee. “FCA is a technique that enables us to extract business patterns from large quantities of unstructured data. We’ve already applied FCA successfully in a number of cases within the Amsterdam-Amstelland police force with the help of colleagues at K.U.Leuven. We studied how the police could improve the way they classify certain cases as domestic or non-domestic violence, which included detecting any incorrect classifications made by individual police officers. Two PhDs have been produced in the last couple of years focusing on the applications of FCA in a business context. There’s still a lot of work to do to turn it into a truly versatile technique for practitioner self-service, but we’re working hard on this within the research community.”

READ MORE: In the book “Managing for Performance Excellence” (which will be in the book store beginning of May), Professor Stijn Viaene and Luc Lutin discuss the critical success factors and lessons learned from the Amsterdam-Amstelland police force case study.

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