Industrial Applied Data Science
October 18 and 19, 2018, Lugano Convention Center
Hosted by SUPSI
University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
Department of Innovative Technologies
In order to address the growing influence of Data Science on many aspects of our lives, FTAL, the Association of Swiss Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Life Sciences, organises a scientific conference on applied research activities of their member schools in this field. The first joint research event will focus on industrial applied research outcomes in this highly topical subject, especially in view of the enhanced offer in the following joint Master programs: Since autumn 2017 the MSc Life Sciences offers the new option “Applied Computational Life Sciences“ and starting in autumn 2018 the MSc Engineering will propose the new option “Data Science”.
The research event is designed for Master students, scientists and professors as well as industrial partners.
The goal of FTAL2018 is to show UAS’s research and applied activities in Data Science, is to increase knowledge transfer within the FTAL «Research Community» and to act as a networking event between researchers, MSE / MLS students, industrial and international institutions.
Participating Universities of Applied Sciences
BFH - Bern Universitiy of Applied Sciences
FHO - University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland
FHNW - University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
HES-SO - University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland
HSLU - Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
SUPSI - University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
ZHAW - Zurich University of Applied Sciences
- Industry, Production and Logistics
- Energy and Environment
- Life Science and Healthcare
- Finance, E-Commerce and Block-chain
Emanuele Carpanzano (chair) – FTAL Committee - SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
Olivier Naef - FTAL President – HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland
Viktor Sigrist - FTAL Committee - HSLU Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Falko Schlottig - FTAL Committee - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Dominique Brodbeck - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Marcel Burkhard - ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
André Csillaghy - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Roger Filliger - BFH Bern University of Applied Sciences
Luca Gambardella (chair) - SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
Geiger Melanie - ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Martin Melchior - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Andres Perez-Uribe - HEIG-VD School of Management and Engineering Vaud
Philippe Passeraub - HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland
Michael Schreiner - NTB The Interstate University of Applied Sciences of Technology Buchs
Philipp Schütz - HSLU Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Thilo Stadelmann - ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Andrea Degiorgi - SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
Christine Menghini – FTAL Association of Swiss Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Life Sciences
Giorgia Mosimann – SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
- Two international plenary speakers from ICT and Life Science
- Poster section and oral paper presentations
- Best Poster Award: The best poster will be voted on by the conference participants.
- DataScience@UAS Section and a panel about foundation of a FTAL research community in Data Science
First Day, 18 October
|Plenary session, Alessandro Curioni – Director IBM Research Zurich
"Making the Impossible Possible with AI"
|14.00-15.00||Data Science @FTAL
Presentation of 3 UAS (3x 15 min+ 5 min questions)
|15.00-16.30||Poster sessions and coffee break on:
|16.30-18.00||Data Science @FTAL
Presentation of 4 UAS (4x 15 min+ 5 min questions)
|18.00-18.30||Panel: Foundation of a FTAL Research Community in Data Science|
|18.30-20.00||Aperitif, networking and posters|
Second Day, 19 October
Plenary session, Christian Lovis - Professor and chairman Division of Medical Information Sciences, University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG)
"Big Data in Health: Hopes and Challenges"
|10.30-12.30||Parallel Applied Projects presentations on:
|12.30||Best student Poster Award and closure|
The Conference will take place at the Lugano Convention Center (Piazza Indipendenza 4, 6900 Lugano), from the 18th of October 2018 to the 19th of Obtober 2018.
You can check the train schedule and make the booking at www.sbb.ch. Lugano has direct train connections departing from:
Zurich HB: Very frequent, travel time approximately 2 hours.
Luzern: Travel time approximately 2 hours.
Basel SBB: Travel time less than 3,5 hours.
Coming from Zurich: You can take the A2 motorway in the direction of San Gottardo-Chiasso-Italy. Advised exit: Lugano Nord.
Lugano is a small, liveable city that offers all necessary services in a restricted space. The majority of hotels available to participants are situated within a range of 2 km from the conference centre. Many structures are walking distance from the Congress Centre (Palazzo dei Congressi).
You will find some hotels near Lugano center and Lugano train station designated/suggested for the conference participants.
In order to book one of these hotels, please contact (by phone or e-mail) Amiconi consulting, at the following e-mail address:
Please note that the hotel reservation has to be arranged directly by the participant and that the price of accommodation is not included in the registration fee.
Formal requirements for paper and posters submissions:
- Papers and posters must be electronically submitted via the conference website (button below). Papers and posters can be submitted only by students and researchers from a Swiss University of Applied Sciences and should not be longer than 2 pages (font: Arial 12), including references and author’s picture (min. 300 DPI).
- In the case of multiple authors, at least one of the authors should register and attend the conference to present the work.
Posters will be presented in the Conference Poster Session while papers will be delivered orally. Accepted papers and posters will be printed in hardcopy in the conference booklet and also published online. A post-conference book will be published with selected peer-reviewed articles.
Paper and abstract Submission:
31 May 2018
Early bird registration:
31 July 2018
15 July 2018
Call for Papers and Posters
Registration for the FTAL Conference 2018 includes the aperitif, coffee breaks and a lunch.
|Early-bird (by 31 July)||Late|
|Student||CHF 150||CHF 180|
|Non-student||CHF 250||CHF 280|
Registration fees: payment by bank transfer upon paper invoice.
For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!