Call for papers Mini Euro Conference DA2PL'2016

Posted by: Marc PIRLOT

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DA2PL'2016: From Multiple Criteria Decision Aid to Preference Learning
Paderborn, Germany, November 7-8, 2016

The DA2PL workshop has been launched with the goal of bringing together researchers from operations
research and the decision sciences with scholars from machine learning. It aims at providing a forum
for discussing recent advances and identifying new research challenges in the intersection of both
fields, which is marked by the growing field of preference learning, thereby supporting a cross-fertilisation
of these disciplines.

Following the two previous editions of this workshop, which took place in Mons in 2012
and Paris in 2014, DA2PL'2016 will be held at the University of Paderborn, Germany. Supported by the
Association of European Operational Research Societies, it will this time be organized in the form of a
EURO Mini Conference.

DA2PL'2016 solicits contributions to the usage of theoretically supported preference
models and formalisms in preference learning as well as communications devoted to innovative preference
learning methods in decision analysis and multicriteria decision aiding. Specific topics of interest
include, but are not limited to

-- quantitative and qualitative approaches to modelling preferences, user feedback and training data;
-- preference representation in terms of graphical models, logical formalisms, and soft constraints;
-- dealing with incomplete and uncertain preferences;
-- preference aggregation and disaggregation;
-- learning utility functions using regression-based approaches;
-- preference elicitation and active learning;
-- preference learning in combinatorial domains;
-- learning relational preference models and related regression problems;
-- classification problems, such as ordinal and hierarchical classification;
-- inducing monotonic decision models for preference representation;
-- comparison of different preference learning paradigms (e.g., monolithic vs. decomposition);
-- ranking problems, such as object ranking, instance ranking and label ranking;
-- complementarity of preference models and hybrid methods;
-- explanation of recommendations;
-- applications of preference learning, such as web search, information retrieval, electronic
   commerce, games, personalization, recommender systems, ...

We solicit full research papers as well as extended abstracts reporting on more preliminary results. Submissions must be written in English and formatted according to the electronic template that is available through the conference website. The page limit is 6 for full papers and 2 for extended abstracts. Submissions must be submitted through EasyChair ( and will be reviewed by at least two referees.

This year, DA2PL will provide a special opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests. A special session at the conference will be devoted for PhD students to present and discuss their ongoing research work. Therefore, we specifically encourage young researchers to submit their work (as full paper or extended abstract, depending on the maturity of the PhD project); the submission site will offer a possibility to mark a submission as a student paper.

Important dates
Submission site opens: April 1, 2016
Paper submission deadline: August 22, 2016
Author notification: September 30, 2016
Camera-ready version: October 21, 2016

Organization and Contact
Conference Chair: Eyke Hüllermeier, Paderborn University (
Program Chairs: Robert Busa-Fekete, Paderborn University (
                Vincent Mousseau, CentraleSupélec, Paris (
Local Chair: Karlson Pfannschmidt, Paderborn University (