AG DANK Herbsttagung 2017

The 2017 edition of the Autumn Conference of the GfKl-Working Group Data Analysis and Numerical Classification (AG Dank Herbsttagung) takes place on November 17 and November 18, 2017 at Jacobs University Bremen.

Focus themes:

Data Science

Semi-supervised Clustering

Invited Talks:

Claudio Conversano/Luca Frigau, Università degli Studi di Cagliari: TBA

Johann Kraus, Universität Ulm: Semi-supervised hierarchical clustering


Please register by wiring the registration fee of 25 € to

IBAN: DE41 2904 0090 0155 5747 00,
Account holder: Adalbert Wilhelm,
Reference: AG Dank 2017, <<your name>>

by  November 15, 2017.

Registration fee comprises access to the conference, coffee breaks, joint dinner and the opportunity to have lunch on Friday, from 13:00-14:00 at one of Jacobs University’s serveries.

Cluster competition:

Again this year, there will be a data analysis competition. This year the goal is to present a clustering of the OkCupid Profile Data.  Please send your results – an ascii-file containing the clustering for all cases and a short description of your approach, including the list of variables you have used for clustering, the clustering procedure, and the score you obtained for your final clustering in your preferred quality measure – by November 15, 2017 to

You can download the csv-file with the data set here.



Friday, 17.11.2017
14:00 Opening
14:15 – 15:00 Berthold Lausen Data Science Education at School and at University in UK – Key skills and industry expectations
15:00 – 15:45 Claus Weihs Data Science: The Impact of Statistics
15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 – 16:45 Katrin Grimm Choosing graphics for exploring data: Scagnostics and interaction
16:45 – 17:15 Rafal Kulakowski Classification of Microorganism based on 16S rRNA sequencing data
17:30 – 18:30 Clustering Competition
19:30 Joint Dinner at Gläserne Werft
Saturday, 18.11.2017
09:00 – 09:45 Claudio Conversano TBA
09:45 – 10:30 Johann Kraus Semi-supervised hierarchical clustering
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:30 Achim Mucha Hierarchical clustering of big data using a special bootstrapping version
11:30 – 12:00 Christian Hennig Clustering for prediction of a response variable – an evaluation of the IFCS Cluster Benchmarking Data Analysis Challenge

Tagungsraum: Conference Hall, Campus Center

You find a campus map here.


Atlantic Hotel Vegesack  (please ask for Jacobs University’s special rates)

Sagerstr. 20, 28757 Bremen

Telephone: +49 (0)421 66050
2.3 km far from Jacobs University (7 minutes by car or 17 minutes by bus)

Hotel Strandlust Vegesack (please ask for Jacobs University’s special rates)

Rohrstrasse 11, 28757 Bremen

Telephone: +49 (0)421 66090
2.3 km far from Jacobs University (7 minutes by car or 17 minutes by bus)

Strandlust Boarding House (please ask for Jacobs University’s special rates)

Rohrstraße 4, 28757 Bremen
Telephone: +49 (0)421 652 05 70
2.3 km far from Jacobs University (7 minutes by car or 17 minutes by bus)

Pension Weserblick

Rohrstraße 5, 28757 Bremen

Telephone: +49 (0)421 6593725
2,3 km far from Jacobs University (7 minutes by car or 17 minutes by bus)

Hotel Havenhaus

Rohrstrasse 11 28757 Bremen

Telephone: +49 (0)421 66 40 93
2,3 km far from Jacobs University (8 minutes by car or 17 minutes by bus)


If you prefer to stay in Bremen downtown there is a train connection from the city center (HBF main station) to Jacobs University (station name: Bahnhof Schönebeck). Trains run every 30 minutes (every 15 minutes during peak time) and take 20 minutes from Bremen main station to Schönebeck. There is then a 7 minutes walk from the train station to Jacobs University. You can find directions and a campus map here.