Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


The Power of Graphs in Machine Learning and Sequential Decision-Making

03 June 2019–04 June 2019, 12:00 pm–6:00 pm

Graph style network superimposed over street scene.

Dr Laura Toni, ICCS member, leads the organisation of this workshop which will see Academic and Industrial experts from across Europe come together to discuss the power of Graphs within Machine Learning Algorithms.

Event Information

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Bloomsbury Campus
Hong Kong S.A.R., China

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This workshop is aimed at researchers and research students.


We are surrounded by large-scale interconnected systems, from the Internet to the power grid and social networks. While essential, the management of such networked systems is exceedingly hard mainly because of their intrinsic and constantly growing complexity. To overcome this challenge, data-efficient online decision strategies under uncertainty for high-dimensional and dynamic networks need to be designed. This workshop will bring together researchers from UCL and France research centres/universities aimed at answering this need from a common perspective: applying the tenets of graph signal processing to online sequential decision strategies (and machine learning at large).


  • Understand the potential of graphs in ML algorithms: exploiting the structure of ML problems can be of great impact on the efficiency of the learning mechanisms. During the workshop we will investigate graph signal processing tools (e.g., spectral or sparse representation, graph denoising) applied to ML strategies (e.g., bandit problems, reinforcement learning, and
    neural networks).
  • Identify key open problems on graph-based ML: discussions on the topic will lead to identifying key challenges that are still unsolved in our community and yet vital for the development of efficient sequential strategies.
  • Identify key applications: the strength of the envisioned collaboration among the attendees is the background complementarity (expertise of the participants in both fundamental or applied ML research). Hence, it will be key to identify applicative scenarios for fundamental research on graph-based ML.

Invited speakers

Aurélien Bellet, Magnet, Inria, France
Csaba Szepesvári, Foundations, DeepMind, UK
Massimiliano Pontil, CS,UCL, UK
Mark Herbster, DCS,UCL, UK
Marc Lelarge, DYOGENE, Inria, France
Michael Bronstein, Imperial, UK
Mirco Musolesi, DG, UCL, UK
Olga Klopp, IDS, ESSEC, France
Peter Battaglia, Neuroscience, DeepMind, UK
Pierre Borgnat, Sysiphe, CNRS, France
Quentin Berthet, StatsLab, U Cambridge
Sofia Charlotta Olhede, UCL, UK
Ricardo Da Silva, CS, UC, UK
Richards Combes, Telecomunication, Centrale-Supelec, France
Varun Kanade, CS, University of Oxford
Vincent Viallat Cohen-Addad, LIP6, CNRS, France

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