Conferment of the BRCA Data Analysis Award to Corinna Ernst, M.Sc., University Hospital Cologne

Prize winner:  BRCA Data Analysis Award for Corinna Ernst

The BRCA Data Analysis Award has been created in Spring 2016 in order to honour innovative scientific work in the framework of statistics and data analysis that focuses on or can advance the prevention of inherited cancer associated with BRCA gene mutations. Tendering of the award was jointly conducted by the International Biometric Society (German Region, IBS-DR), the German Gesellschaft fuer Klassifikation – Data Science Society (GfKl), the International Federation of Classification Societies (IFCS), the non-profit research and development organization HeritX (Santa Monica, USA), and the Center for Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer (Cologne, Germany).

An international team of reviewers has evaluated the submitted applications and finally conferred the price to Corinna Ernst, a bioinformatician from Cologne at the early stage of her career who has submitted a paper on “A generalized additive model framework for CNV detection on multi gene panels”.  In this framework, Corinna Ernst developed an algorithm for identifying so-called Copy Number Variations (CNVs), i.e., genetic rearrangements that allow to find new risk genes beyond the well-known BRCA1/2 genes, and this directly from observed data obtained from Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and without additional experiments. This analysis was possible by using generalized additive models. Former work by Corinna Ernst was devoted to the optimization of various algorithms for analyzing NGS data, the development of a data structure for the storage of pan-genomes, and to a study on relapses of neuroblastomas.

The BRCA Data Analysis Award, combined with a prize sum of 1.000 Euro, has been conferred to Corinna Ernst by Prof. Dr. Hans Kestler (Ulm) on February 24, 2017, during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of GfKl in the Castle of Karlsruhe (Baden, Germany) and in cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT). Ms. Ernst will present her scientific results to an international audience during the 15th Conference of the IFCS in Tokyo (Japan) in August 2017. — We cordially congratulate her on this award and wish her plenty of success for her future research activities.

Hans-Hermann Bock


After the conferment of the BRCA Data Analysis Award on February 24, 2017 (from left to right): Prof. H. Kestler (GfKl), Prof. A. Geyer-Schulz (GfKl), Prof. T. Friede (IBS-DR), laureate Corinna Ernst, Prof. H.-H. Bock (Chair Evaluation Committee), Prof. A. Sokolowski (SKAD, IFCS), Prof. B. Lausen (GfKl)

After the conferment of the BRCA Data Analysis Award on February 24, 2017 (from left to right): Prof. H. Kestler (GfKl), Prof. A. Geyer-Schulz (GfKl), Prof. T. Friede (IBS-DR), laureate Corinna Ernst, Prof. H.-H. Bock (Chair Evaluation Committee), Prof. A. Sokolowski (SKAD, IFCS), Prof. B. Lausen (GfKl)


The BRCA Data Analysis Award was created in partnership between international biometrics and statistics societies, the global research and development nonprofit organization HeritX, and the Center of Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer in Cologne, Germany. It is intended to support innovative research in the field of data analysis that focuses on or is applicable to the prevention of inherited BRCA cancer, and to attract top talent to focus on this important medical need already in the early stages of their career. Millions of people have been born with an inherited mutation in the BRCA genes, and now face an up to 90% risk of not only one but several types of cancer, including breast, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic and melanoma – across entire families, generation for generation. These families urgently need a therapy that prevents these cancers and keeps people healthy and whole.

You can find a PDF-Version of this announcement here.

IFCS 2017 Awards Call for award nominations

The IFCS provides the following scientific awards in view of its next conference, IFCS-2017, Tokyo, August 8-10, 2017.

Conference website:



IFCS Research Medal for outstanding research achievements (age > 35 on 1 July 2017)

The International Medal for Outstanding research achievements in Classification, is an award to recognize the exceptional achievements of an individual scientist who has made fundamental contributions to the advancement of Classification, Clustering and related topics over a number of years, with at least 10 year from studies.

  •  Award : $1000, plus medal.

Chikio Hayashi Award for Young Researchers (age 30 -35 on 1 July 2017)

This award is given biannually to two young researchers working in the area of Classification, Clustering and related topics.

  • Award : $1000 each award, plus plaque

Helga and Wolfgang Gaul Stiftung AwardAward for Young Researchers (age <30 on 1 July 2017)

This award is given biannually to a young researcher with high potential working in the area of Classification, Clustering and related topics.

  • Award : €2000

Student/Postdoctoral Fellow Paper Competition and Travel Award (age 22–29 on 1

July 2017)

This award is given biannually to three graduate students working in the area of Classification, Clustering and related topics who submit, as first author, papers to this competition. The paper is meant to be largely the work of the student/Postdoctoral Fellow.

  • Award : $200 travel reimbursement for winners in the same continent of the IFCS conference and $600 otherwise, plus certificate

Deadline. Deadline for nomination is May 15, 2017. The Award Committee does not guarantee that nominations received thereafter would be considered. Nominations must be submitted to Shizuhiko Nishisato (chair) by email to

Guidelines for nominations and application forms are avalaible at

Awards Committee: Shizuhiko Nishisati (Japan, chair), Hans-Herrmann Bock (Germany), Jean Diatta (France), Stanley Sclove (USA), Iven Van Mechelen (Belgium), Donatella Vicari (Italy), Christian Hennig (UK, IFCS Secretary, ex-officio).

Celebration 40 Years Gesellschaft für Klassifikation (GfKl) Data Science Society

Celebration 40 Years Gesellschaft für Klassifikation (GfKl) Data Science Society

Friday, 24th February 2017, 15:00 (CET), Gartensaal Schloss Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

We invite you to celebrate with us 40 years of the GfKl Data Science Society. GfKl was founded  at a meeting in Frankfurt am Main on 12th February 1977.  The first scientific annual conference took place in Münster 4th June 1977. In 2013 the Annual conference of GfKl became the European Conference on Data Analysis (ECDA) which is organised as joint conference of classification and data science societies. In 2017 41st annual conference will be at the ECDA2017 ( ) 27-29 September 2017,  University of Economics, Wrocław, Poland.

Venue Celebration 40 Years Gesellschaft für Klassifikation (GfKl) Data Science Society: 

Gartensaal Schloss Karlsruhe, Schloßbezirk 10, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany. 



  • 15:00 Welcome and welcome addresses
  • 15:30 Professor Joachim Buhmann, ETH Zürich:
    Resilient algorithmics: How much information is extracted by an algorithm from my data?
  • 16:15 Professor Manfred Wilhelm, KIT, Institut für Technische und Polymerchemie:
    In Vino Veritas
  • 16:45 Refreshments
  • 17:30 Professor Tim Friede, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen:
    Combining evidence in clinical research: Applications in adaptive designs and meta-analyses
  • 18:15 Professor Hans-H. Bock, RWTH Aachen:
    40 years GfKl – from taxonomy to Big Data
  • 18:40 Announcement BRCA Data Analysis Award
    Afterwards from 19:00 onwards optional get together in the restaurant Besitos in the centre of Karlsruhe.


To help us planning the event, please, register by 12th February 2017 (Webservice Eventbrite).
Please use the first link below, if you plan to attend only the celebration at Schloss Karlsruhe and use the second link if you plan to attend the celebration and the optional get together afterwards (19:00 onwards):


See you at the celebration 40 years GfKl Data Science Society.


Restaurant for Get Together and Hotel suggestions


Besitos Karlsruhe

Karl-Friedrich-Str. 9
76133 Karlsruhe
(7 pm onwards)


Hotel suggestions

Hotel am Markt

Kaiserstraße 76,
76133 Karlsruhe


Hotel Kaiserhof

Karl-Friedrich-Straße 12,
76133 Karlsruhe


A&O Hostel und Hotel Karlsruhe

Bahnhofpl. 14,
76137 Karlsruhe


Hotel Erbprinzenhof

Erbprinzenstraße 26,
76133 Karlsruhe


ACHAT Plaza Karlsruhe

76131 Karlsruhe


Alfa Hotel

Bürgerstraße 4,
76133 Karlsruhe

Announcement of the DSSV 2017 Conference in Lisbon, Portugal (July 12 – 14, 2017)

The International Association for Statistical Computing (IASC) is leased to announce the first conference on Data Science, Statistics & Visualisation (DSSV 2017, July 12-14 in Lisbon, Portugal) that is a satellite conference of the 61st World Statistics Congress (WSC61, July 16-21 in Marrakesh, Morocco).

Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submission April 10, 2017
Notification of acceptance due May 2, 2017
Early registration due March 27, 2017
Standard registration due May 15, 2017

The conference Data Science, Statistics & Visualisation (DSSV 2017) is the first event of a new conference series. We aim to bring together researchers and professionals interested in the interplay of computer science, statistics and visualisation, hence building bridges between these fields. The conference will be hosted by Instituto Superior Técnico (­ University of Lisbon, Portugal).

Keynote Speakers

Trevor Hastie (Stanford University, USA)
Daniel Keim (University of Leuven, Belgium)

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Myra Spiliopoulou (University of Magdeburg, Germany)
Mário Figueiredo (Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal)
Peter Rousseeuw (University of Konstanz, Germany)

For further information you can visit the conference website, Facebook, Twitter or the website of the Instituto Superior Técnico.

European Conference on Data Analysis 2017 (ECDA 2017) on September the 27th in Wroclaw

The 41st anniversary of GfKl will be held in Wrocław, Poland, on 27-29 September 2017, as the 4th European Conference on Data Analysis 2017 (ECDA 2017).
Wrocław (until 1945 Breslau) is one of the oldest cities in Poland. With its varied history, numerous historical buildings, parks and squares, the city attracts many visitors from all over the world, as well as a lively student city on the water with charming cafes, picturesque alleys and one of the most beautiful and largest medieval marketplaces in Poland. “The Flower of Europe” was called in the course of its more than 1,000 years of history. In 2016 Wrocław was the “European Capital of Culture” and was therefore a popular travel destination. Today more than 630,000 people live in the fourth largest city in Poland, which has been prospering economically and culturally for years.
The conference will be held at the Wrocław University of Economics, one of the most highly developed economic universities in Poland and a major research center.

The Program Committee is headed by Józef Pociecha (SKAD), while other members of the program are Krzysztof Jajuga (SKAD), Marek Walesiak (SKAD), Andrzej Sokołowski (SKAD), Berthold Lausen (GfKl, BCS), Andreas Geyer- Adalbert Wilhelm (GfKl), Daniel Baier (GfKl), Claus Weihs (GfKl), Christian Hennig (BCS), Fionn Murtagh (BCS), Andrea Cerioli (CLADAG), Salvatore Ingrassia (CLADAG), Maurizio Vichi (CLADAG), Roberto Rocci (CLAD), Myra Spiliopoulou (EuADS), Jose Dias (CLAD), Paul McNicholas (CS), Giannoula Florou (GSDA), Sabine Krolak-Schwerdt (EuADS), Rozen Dahyot (IPRCS), Akinori Okada (JCS), Ahmed Moussa (MCS), Sugnet Lubbe (SASA-MDAG), Jose Vera (SEIO-AMyC), Mohammed Nadif (SFC), Carlos Cuevas Covarrubias (SoCCAD), Anuska Ferligoj (SSS) and Jorgen Vermunt (VOC).

The conference is organized by:

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

The registration and submission of abstracts is possible from 1.3.-10.6.2017 via the conference website Further information can be found on the conferences Call for Papers.The acceptance of the abstracts will be communicated until 10.7.2017. Registration to the conference is also possible via the website (Early Registration until 31.7.2017, Registration until 10.9.2017). The submission of a full paper is possible until 20.11.2017.

First Announcement of the 40th anniversary of the GfKl on February the 24th in Karlsruhe

The Gfkl is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a festive event on February, 24th, beginning at 3:00 pm in the “Gartensaal” of Karlsruhe Palace. The registration procedure will be communicated to you in the membership letter, the preliminary program of the event is as follows:

  • 3:00 pm: Welcome and Greetings
  • 3:30 pm: Professor Joachim Buhmann, ETH Zürich (title to be confirmed)
  • 4:15 pm: Professor Tim Friede, University of Göttingen:  (title to be confirmed)
  • 5:00 pm: Professor Hans-H. Bock, RWTH Aachen : (40 years of GfKl – title to be confirmed)
  • 5:20 pm: Announcement BRCA Data Analysis Award
  • 5:30 pm: Professor Manfred Wilhelm, KIT, Institut for Technical and Polymer Chemistry: “In Vino Veritas”.
  • 6:00 pm: Poster exhibition, reception and cosy get together
  • 10:00 pm: Ending

IFCS 2017 – First Announcement and Call for Papers

Ladies and Gentleman,
the 2017 conference of the International Federation of Classification Societies (IFCS) will be held at the Takanawa Campus of Tokai University, Tokyo from August 8 to 10, 2017. The conference theme will be ‘The Challenge of Data Science in the Era of Big Data’. On August 7, pre-conference workshops will be held. The conference itself will start on August 8 in the morning, and will close on August 10 with a full day conference program and a conference dinner. The conference will include a President’s invited session and a Presidential address, invited presentations, invited and contributed sessions, and poster sessions. The following awards and medals ceremony will be scheduled at the conference.

  • IFCS Research Medal for outstanding research achievements
  • Chikio Hayashi Award for Young Researchers
  • Student/Postdoctoral Fellow Paper Competition and Travel Award
  • Student Poster Session Competition Award on innovative research including applications
  • the BRCA Data Analysis Award

Conference Venue
The Takanawa Campus of Tokai University offers excellent facilities andstate-of-the-art digital equipment for scientific meetings. The campus is located in the commercial heart of Tokyo. In Takanawa, there is the well-known Soto Zen Buddhist temple Sengaku-ji, where the famous Forty-seven Samurai and their lord are enshrined. Takanawa is also located near Shinagawa, one of the public transport hubs in Tokyo. It is very easy to come to downtown in Tokyo by train

and subway from Shinagawa, as well as to Osaka and Kyoto by
Shinkansen (high speed train). There are direct connections from both Narita and Haneda International Airports to

Conference Topics

Contributed papers from scholars and practitioners are invited on any of the topics below as well as on related issues:
Data Analysis and Classification in the Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Biology /Banking and Finance / Bioinformatics and Biostatistics / Biomedical Data Analysis and Imaging / Business and Industry / Classification, Discriminant Analysis, and Supervised Learning / Clustering and Unsupervised Learning / Complex Event Processing / Data Analysis in Archaeology / Databionics / Exploratory Data Mining / Formal Concept Analysis / Functional Data Analysis / Geospatial Planning / Graphics and Vision / High-Dimensional Data and Dimension Reduction / Image Analysis and Computer Vision / Information Retrieval and Library Science / Impact of Technical Revolution, Globalization on Statistical Process / Knowledge Discovery / Linguistics and Musicology / Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition / Marketing and Management / Medical and Health Sciences / Neural Networks and Deep Learning / Psychology and Educational Sciences / Social Network Analysis / Sparse Modeling / Statistical Data Analysis, Statistical Models and Model Selection / Swarm Systems / Symbolic Data Analysis / Text Mining, Web Mining, and Ontology Learning / Visualization

Submission of Abstracts

Titles and abstracts should be submitted and uploaded via the conference website by April 18, 2017. All abstracts will be subject to a peer review process.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent by May 15, 2017.

Important Dates

  • November 1, 2016 Start early bird registration
  • April 18, 2017: Deadline for abstract submission
  • April 18, 2017: Deadline for early bird registration
  • May 15, 2017: Notification of acceptance for abstract submission
  • May 31, 2017: Deadline for standard registration
  • June 30, 2017: Deadline for late registration
  • August 7, 2017: Pre-conference workshops
  • August 8-10, 2017: IFCS-2017 conference

Publications Related to the Conference

We are planning to publish a post-conference proceedings. The tentative schedule is as follows:

  • October 15, 2017: Deadline manuscript submission
  • December 15, 2017: Notification of acceptance
  • February 15, 2018: Deadline revised manuscript submission
  • June 15, 2018: Publication and shipment

Conference Fees

Early Bird Standard Late On Site
IFCS Societies Member* 35,000 Yen 40,000 Yen 45,000 Yen 50,000 Yen
Non-Member 45,000 Yen 50,000 Yen 55,000 Yen 60,000 Yen
Student 15,000 Yen 15,000 Yen 15,000 Yen 15,000 Yen

* IASC members are entitled to IFCS societies members fees

Contact Adress

Yoshiro Yamamoto, Tokai University, Takanawa 2-3-23, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 108-8619 Japan

Further Information can be found on the conference website and the conference flyer.

German Polish Seminar on Data Analysis and Applications 2017: First Announcement and Call for Papers

Ladies and Gentleman,

we invite you to the Fourth German Polish Seminar on Data Analysis and Applications (following Aachen, Krakow and Dresden seminars) that will take place in Wroclaw, on September 26, 2017 (Tuesday). The seminar will precede European Classification and Data Analysis Conference 2017 (ECDA2017), which will take place in Wroclaw, on September 27-29, 2017.

More information about the seminar can be found on the seminars leaflet and website.