[Comp-neuro] Neural Processing Letters: CFP - Special Issue on "Off the mainstream: advances in neural networks and machine learning for pattern recognition"

Friedhelm Schwenker friedhelm.schwenker at uni-ulm.de
Fri Sep 9 21:31:03 CEST 2016

Call for Papers

Special issue on

Off the mainstream: advances in neural networks and machine
learning for pattern recognition

to be published in  Neural Processing Letters

*** Submission deadline: January 31, 2017 ***

Guest editors:
Edmondo Trentin, University of Siena, Italy  (trentin at dii.unisi.it)
Friedhelm Schwenker, University of Ulm, Germany
(friedhelm.schwenker at uni-ulm.de)
Nemat El Gayar, Cairo University, Egypt (elgayar.neamat at gmail.com)
Hazem M. Abbas, Ain Shams University, Egypt (as at eng.asu.edu.eg)

Aims and scope of the special issue:

"Mainstream science is about publishing what everyone else is publishing
with very small changes. You'd better at least start off that way if you
want to get tenure," the sociologist Rodney Stark said. But "big ideas
don't come to those who avoid risk",  as John Bohannon added.  The area of
artificial neural networks (ANN) and machine learning (ML) makes no
exception to these ends: Mainstream topics, originally stemming from
exciting breakthroughs (the "big ideas") that gradually become trends and
end-up being mostly over-beaten publishing tracks, have characterized the
scientific literature throughout the whole history of these research
fields. A few, widely known instances of such (more or less recent)
mainstream trends are:
- Supervised support vector machine training (in both primal and dual)
- Supervised multilayer perceptron training via regular backpropagation
- Radial basis functions networks
- Bayesian networks (either shallow or deep)
- Deep feed-forward and convolutional neural networks
- Countless applications of the aforementioned machineries
- The “approximation capabilities” of such machineries
Based on these premises, this special issue invites paper submissions on
real novel research developments in the areas of neural networks and
learning machines that (1) are rooted in (or, aimed at) pattern
recognition (PR), and that, above all, (2) do not follow in the footsteps
of nowadays established trends. Preference (over applications, theoretical
analysis, and variants of established techniques) will thus be given to
submissions that hand out fresh and innovative
ideas/architectures/algorithms, even if they are in their infancy (e.g.,
possibly lacking of a complete investigation of their theoretical
properties). A detailed list of topics of interest would contradict the
very perspective of the present special issue. Nonetheless, some general,
topical research directions are (to name a few):

- New ANN or ML architectures
- New ANN, ML, or PR algorithms
- New estimation/optimization/assessment techniques for ANNs, ML, or PR
- New and sound combination/hybridization of machines
- Solutions to new, relevant PR-related problems
- New and sound solutions to established PR-related problems

If you are not sure on whether your manuscripts matches the aims and scope
of this special issue or not, do not hesitate to get in touch with the
guest editors at any time.

The special issue will comprise (a) papers submitted in response to this
call, and (b) extended versions of selected papers from the ANNPR 2016
Workshop (https://neuro.informatik.uni-ulm.de/ANNPR2016/), sponsored by
the International Association for Pattern Recognition.

Paper submission:
Papers must be submitted online via the Neural Processing Letters website
(https://www.editorialmanager.com/nepl/default.aspx), selecting the choice
that indicates this special issue (identifier: S.I.:Off_mainstream).
Prepare your paper following the Journal guidelines for Authors
All submitted papers will undergo a regular peer-review process.

Important dates:
Opening of electronic submission:  September 1, 2016
Submission deadline: January 31, 2017
Completion of 1st round of review process: March 31, 2017
Re-submission of revised manuscripts: May 15, 2017
Final decision: June 30, 2017
Tentative publication of the Special Issue: Fall 2017

PD Dr. Friedhelm Schwenker
University of Ulm
Institute of Neural Information Processing
D-89069 Ulm, Germany
phone:  +49-731-50-24159
fax:    +49-731-50-24156
email:  friedhelm.schwenker at uni-ulm.de
www:    http://www.uni-ulm.de/in/neuroinformatik/mitarbeiter/f-schwenker.html

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