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Esteban Zimanyi and Alejandro Vaisman have published a new textbook entitled "Data Warehouse Systems: Design and Implementation".
This textbook provides an overall coverage of data warehousing and business intelligence technologies ranging from the most basic principles to recent findings and applications. The book is structured into three parts. Part I describes “Fundamental Concepts” including multi-dimensional models; conceptual and logical data warehouse design; and MDX and SQL/OLAP. Subsequently, Part II details “Implementation and Deployment,” which includes physical data warehouse design; data extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL); and data analytics. Lastly, Part III covers “Advanced Topics” such as spatial data warehouses; trajectory data warehouses; semantic technologies in data warehouses; and novel technologies like MapReduce, column-store databases, and in-memory databases.
As a key characteristic of the book, most of the topics are presented and illustrated using application tools, specifically, Microsoft Analysis Services and Pentaho Business Analytics. All chapters are summarized using review questions and exercises to support comprehensive student learning. Supplemental material to assist instructors using this book as a course text is available at, including electronic versions of the figures, solutions to all exercises, and a set of slides accompanying each chapter.

The CoDE-SMG unit will be co-organizing with the VUB the 2nd International MCDA Workshop on PROMETHEE.

This one-day workshop will be held on the January 23rd, 2015.

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IRIDIA has been instrumental in the creation of CluePoints, a new company that determines the quality, accuracy and integrity of clinical trials using data-mining algorithms. Data quality is assessed centrally, by comparing the results of the different centers (e.g. hospitals) that participate in the study. This project was at first financed by a FIRST Entreprise Doctor (Region Wallonne) and is still financed by the Region Wallonne, through a BioWin grant in collaboration with IDDI, GSK Pharma and the UCL.

The CoDE-SMG unit will be co-organizing with the VUB the 1st International Workshop on Multi Criteria Decision Aid (MCDA) with focus on PROMETHEE: Research and Case Studies.

This one-day workshop will be held on the January 22nd, 2014.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together scheduling researchers and practitioners from all the disciplines that engage with the PROMETHEE methods.

The PROMETHEE methods have effectively been functional in many areas of research and several case studies. Globally, in thirty years, several hundreds of scientific papers related to PROMETHEE have been published in scientific journals.

The number of practitioners who are applying the PROMETHEE method to operational multiple criteria decision problems, and researchers who are interested in studying in-depth the PROMETHEE method, increases constantly.

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The CoDE-SMG unit will be organizing the 3rd International Conference on Algorithmic and Decision Theory on November 13-15, 2013.

ADT seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners coming from diverse areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Database Systems, Operations Research, Decision Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Game Theory, Multiagent systems, Computational Social Choice, and Theoretical Computer Science in order to improve the theory and practice of modern decision support and automation systems. The contemporary theory and practice of decision theory and decision analysis must account for the presence of massive databases containing data extracted from the web or via data mining, combinatorial structures, partial and/or uncertain information, and distributed, possibly interoperating decision makers, and the existence of masses of potential users on the web. Such problems arise in various real-world decision making problems such as electronic commerce, and recommender systems, network optimization (communication, transport, energy), risk assessment and management, e-government.

ADT provides a multi-disciplinary forum for sharing knowledge in this area with a special focus on algorithmic issues in Decision Theory. The two first International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory (ADT 2009, 2011) brought together researchers and practitioners from diverse areas of computer science, economics, and operations research from around the globe. ADT 2013 seeks to continue this tradition.

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IRIDIA is a partner in the EU FP7 project COLOMBO, which focuses on the usage of swarm intelligence techniques and automatic configuration and tuning processes in traffic control. Current traffic control systems cope with the ever increasing road traffic by determining the situation on the road network and by controlling traffic flows. Emerging cooperative techniques like vehicle-to-infrastructure communication increase the knowledge about road traffic participants and open new channels for delivering information to those. However, most cooperative systems require large penetration rates in order to assure their functionality, making the first steps towards their deployment unattractive. COLOMBO works on overcoming this hurdle by delivering a set of modern, self-organizing traffic management algorithms designed for being applicable even at low penetration rates, asserting their usability from the very first deployment days on. COLOMBO will focus on two traffic management topics: traffic surveillance and advanced traffic light control algorithms. Cost-efficiency and the reduction of vehicular emissions are the project’s key targets.
Le manuel indispensable à tout étudiant en informatique (IUT, écoles spécialisées, écoles d'ingénieurs) sur la programmation orientée objet ! Cette sixième édition de l'ouvrage « L'orienté objet » décortique l'ensemble des mécanismes de la programmation objet (classes et objets, interactions entre classes, envois de messages, encapsulation, héritage, polymorphisme, interface, multithreading, sauvegarde des objets, programmation distribuée, modélisation...) en les illustrant d'exemples empruntant aux technologies les plus populaires : Java et C#, C++, Python, PHP 5, UML 2, LINQ mais aussi les services web, Corba, les bases de données objet, différentes manières de résoudre la mise en correspondance relationnel/objet dont le langage innovant de requête objet LINQ et enfin les design patterns. Chaque chapitre est introduit par un dialogue vivant, à la manière du maître et de l'élève, et se complète de nombreux exercices en UML 2, java, Python, PHP 5, C# et C++.
INNOVIRIS (the Brussels institute for research and innovation) has launched in 2011 the "Jeunes Entreprises Innovantes" initiative in order to stimulate innovation of young technological companies within the Brussels-Capital Region. To take part of this competition, the candidates had to develop and submit a triennial strategic plan of innovation.
Twenty companies have applied in 2012. A jury of experts (including scientists and economists) have elected two laureates; D-Sight and Be Park. The funding - about 300.000 euros for each laureate - will help the winners to realize their vision for research and innovation.
D-Sight is a spin-off company from the CoDE-SMG unit of the École polytechnique de Bruxelles (ULB). It develops and distributes decision aid solutions. D-Sight is the ideal software to support decision makers facing decisions characterized by multiple conflicting criteria (financial, technical, environmental, etc.). It helps decision makers to structure, motivate and justify they choices. It is based visual interactive tools and a user-friendly interface that facilitate the decision process. The solutions developed by D-Sight are already used in more than 25 countries.

Updated: 2014-09-14 15:07:36 GMT