Preliminary information on ECDA2019 (18.03 to 20.03.2019) in Bayreuth

By | 11. January 2019

Following previous editions in Luxembourg (2013), Bremen (2014), Colchester (2015), Wroclaw (2017) and Paderborn (2018) the European Conference on Data Analysis (ECDA) -together with the 43. Annual Conference of GfKl – will take place in Bayreuth, Germany, 18th – 20th of March, 2019. It will be located and hosted by the University of Bayreuth. (see

Margravial Opera House of the City of Bayreuth ©Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung,-Heiko Oehme

Joint organizer of ECDA 2019 are:

  • Gesellschaft für Klassifikation (GfKl),
  • Section on Classification and Data Analysis of the Polish Statistical Association (SKAD),
  • die Classification and Data Analysis Group of the Italian Statistical Society (CLADAG),
  • Japanese Classification Society (JCS),
  • British Classification Society (BCS) und
  • European Association for Data Science (EuADS).

Inner city of Bayreuth ©Bayreuth Marketing & Tourismus GmbH

We are looking forward to an exciting conference: There are already 160 submitted abstracts, including 11 plenaries and semi-plenaries by invited speakers:

  • Jan Baumbach, TU Munich, „Big Data Science in Systems Medicine: A Disruptive View on Current Medicine“,
  • Hans-Herrmann Bock, RWTH Aachen, „Co-clustering: A Survey on Models, Algorithms and Applications“,
  • Harald Hruschka, University of Regensburg, „Analyzing Retail Market Basket Data by Unsupervised Machine Learning Methods“,
  • Sadaaki Miyamoto,University of Tsukuba, „Relations Among K-means, Mixture of Distributions, and Fuzzy Clustering“,
  • Masahiro Mizuta, Hokkaido University, „Meta-Analysis and Symbolic Data Analysis“,
  • Francesco Palumbo, University of Naples Federico II, „Archetypes, Prototypes and Other Types: The Current State and Prospects for Future Research“,
  • Marko Sarstedt, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, „CB-SEM or PLS-SEM? Five Perspectives and Five Recommendations“,
  • Matthias Schmid, University Bonn, „Discrete Time-to-Event Analysis: Methods& Recent Developments“,
  • Andrzej Sokolowski, University Krakow, „Composite Indicators and Rankings“,
  • Rainer Spang, University of Regensburg, „Zero Sum Regression“,
  • Dirk Van den Poel, University of Ghent, „Using Microblogging to Predict IPO Success by Means of Apache Spark Big Data Analytics“


In addition to numerous sessions and lectures on the well-known ECDA topics (amongst others: Clustering, Classification, Data Science, Image Analysis and Computer Vision, Social Network Analysis, Symbolic Data Analysis, Biostatistics, Marketing, Medicine and Health Care, Social Sciences), there will be once again a number of special sessions that will be held by dedicated colleagues. Amongst others:

The venue is the University of Bayreuth, a “young” campus university close to the city center with 240 professors, 2,406 employees and 13,300 students. Approximately € 45 million in annual third-party funding (of which about half are from the DFG), a DFG Cluster of Excellence (for African research) and three DFG Collaborative Research Centers (on microplastics and its risks for ecosystems, biofabrication and particulate nanosystems) and 30th place in the Times Higher Education Ranking of universities under 50 years of age and top rankings in the CHE ranking (e.g. in business administration) speaks for themselves.

Campus of the University of Bayreuth ©University of Bayreuth

The conference will be held in the new building (RW I) of the Faculty of Law, Business & Economics. There are two large lecture halls with 266 and 199 seats, eight seminar rooms each with 50 to 80 seats and a large foyer available.

Mensa building “Frischraum” and various places in the Faculty of Law, Business and Economics Faculty ©University of Bayreuth

But also for the social programme is taken care of: There will be – for those interested – a city tour with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage listed opera house. A visit to the Wagner Museum and the residence of Richard Wagner (Villa Wahnfried) is also planned. After a brewery tour (for those interested), the conference dinner will take place in the modernized historic center of the Maisel’s brewery from 1887 near the city center.

Floor plan of the Faculty of Law, Business and Economics ©University of Bayreuth

Important Dates & Deadlines for ECDA2019

  • Deadline for Early Registration: January 31, 2019
  • Deadline for Regular Registration: February 15, 2019
  • Conference: March 18 until 20, 2019
  • Deadline for Full Paper submission: May 15, 2019


We look forward to your visit in Bayreuth! Further information can be found on the conference website and on