Warm weather, kind people, mesmerising heritage: DSRS Research Group is in Andalusia, Spain, a pay back visit to where our founder was born

DSRS group is on the move again, since our last participation to DMRS workshop recently, we prepared for another visit to Spain in its most beautiful south coast and ancient city Granada. We started our trip with a convenient 3 hours flight from Bristol to Malaga following another trip from Malaga to Granada. We didn’t just trespass Malaga, but had some time to enjoy the sun and local cuisine, e.g. paella and fried fish, in “Costa del Sol“.

We firstly visited the University of Granada, where Professor Francisco Herrera – director of the DASCI Andalusian Institute for Data Science and Computational Intelligence – and his team warmly welcomed us. It is noteworthy that Prof. Herrera, a worldwide renowned expert in Data Science, AI and Fuzzy Decision Making research, has been collaborating and publishing research results with DSRS’s Ivan Palomares, during his PhD studies on Large Group Decision Making and Consensus Processes a few years ago. After networking with our host, we participated in a Seminar on Decision Making and Recommender Systems (yes, almost namesake with our group name!) organised by the host institution, with the following speakers and talks:

  • Ivan Palomares: Decision Support and Recommender Systems Lab in Bristol: our projects
  • Ercan Ezin: Intro to recommender systems and context-aware recommendation in Smart Cities
  • James Neve: Reciprocal User-to-User Recommender Systems
  • Xiaoli Tian: Phd project -The consensus models under bounded rationality with hybrid information. Application in venture capital
  • Tong Wu: Phd project – Interval type -2 fuzzy large scale group decision  making models and their applications on social  commerce recommendation
  • Cristina Zuheros (Tentative): Phd project – Computing with Words in large Scale group decision making and  Social Networks.

Some pictures of the seminar (courtesy of DaSCI twitter account):

It was great to see experts and former colleagues in these areas of research, such as Javier Cabrerizo, Juan Antonio Morente-Molinera, Rosana Montes, etc.

Left to right: Binyamin Yusoff, James neve, Ivan Palomares, Francisco Herrera (UGR), Ercan Ezin and Javier Cabrerizo (UGR)

It was an intense yet very exciting day of work abroad, so we had to end it with a majestic dinner in the Albayzin heritage area, in front of the Alhambra! (for those interested, the restaurant is called Carmen El Agua: thanks Dr Montes for the recommendation!)

Group dinner in front of the Alhambra Palace

On Tuesday 18th December, we headed to the neighbouring province and city of Jaén (Ivan’s birthplace province), where we visited Dr Macarena Espinilla, former colleague of Ivan during their PhD studies. Dr Espinilla has founded and currently leads in Jaén the Ambient Intelligent Lab (UJAMI), with researchers and collaborations with universities and organisations across Europe. We had a good glimpse of the smart home Lab and the research activities and challenges being currently investigated by UJAMI team members. We look forward for a future collaboration between UJAMI-DSRS!

Delightful re-encounter between old friends 🙂 meeting with Dr Macarena Espinilla, leader of the Ambient Intelligence Lab, at the University of Jaén

 

After the series of activities in Granada, we still had some time towards the end of the week to enjoy the Andalusian culture and scenery: attending a live flamenco show in a gipsy cave, touring around the city for tapas and local specialities in the St Agustin’s Market, hiking in the impressive “Cahorros de Monachil” and, of course, paying a half day visit to the Alhambra! It was a great wrap-up of 2018 for us in DSRS, and a nice prelude to Christmas break celebrations.

DSRS Research Group Members participated 3rd international workshop on DMRS in Italy, Bolzano

International Workshop on Decision Making and Recommender Systems

It is really exciting to share some info about our recent participation to an event that gathers many pioneers together in a lovely, authentic university campus for two days.
The 3rd International Workshop on Decision Making and Recommender Systems (DMRS 2018) is an event organized by four members of Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and attracted more than 40 people around the world for two days of full of seminars and discussions on Decision Making and Recommender Systems. Three members of the DSRS research group traveled through lovely Alpine landscape to the authentic city of Bolzano where a blend of two cultures gave the place a unique atmosphere.

First Day of the workshop was very insightful and had witnessed strong debates on some presentations. First day presenters were;

Natali Helberger, the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Talk Title: Diversity: a concept with a mission, and what that means for diverse recommender design 


Aristides Gionis, Aalto University, Finland

Talk Title: Diversity maximization in social networks


Allison Stanger, Middlebury College, USA

Talk Title: Is Algorithmic Justice an Oxymoron?


Paul Resnick, University of Michigan, USA

Talk Title: Platform Health Metrics

Following the first day presentations, we joined dinner at a warm and friendly Austrian style bar to meet other attendees.

The Second day of the workshop was also remarkable as we listened to two very fascinating presentations covering research areas of all members of our research groups.

First Presenter was,

Daniele Quercia, Bell Labs, Cambridge, UK

Talk Title: Good City Life


Second presenter was,

 Ariel Rosenfeld, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Talk Title: Predicting Human Decision-Making: From Prediction to Recommendation

 

We must note that the studies done by Dr. Quercia about most pleasant city routes in London show the power of open data and crowdsourcing methods. Additionally, Dr. Rosenfeld’s acting skills were remarkable and made his talk enjoyable.

Last but not least, we had an opportunity to showcase our latest research development platform during the coffee breaks to get some feedback.

Our extended abstract titled as “Group decision making with recommendations ‘in the loop’: application to trip planning through video watching” has received funding from Bristol University Alumni Foundation to be shown in this event.

Finally,  two days of full of amazing debates and information exchange along with delicious Italian-Austrian cuisine following a nice dinner in a local Toscana-styled restaurant have left good memories in Bolzano and we moved to Venice to see a floating city before our flight next day.

 

Some pictures taken during our Bolzano trip are here:

 

New Book From DSRS Founder- Large Group Decision Making:Creating Decision Support Approaches at Scale

We would like to finally announce that new book from our research group founder has been published and can be reached from publisher’s website.

The book takes a pionerring appproach to be a reference for important trends such as consensus support, fusion and weighting of relevant decision information, subgroup clustering, behavior management, and implementation of decision support systems, among others.

Nevertheless, a review and principles of the classical approach to challenges and difficulties in large decision groups, families of techniques, and newly related disciplines to Large-Group Decision Making are discussed.

Finally, existing and future works have been highlighted in this novel topic.

Please click the cover below to find the book on Springer:

I hope you enjoy it and please do not to hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Palomares Carrascosa for a feedback or update about the book.

Best Regards

Ercan

Great News: The Founder of DSRS research group Dr. Ivan Palomares joins the Alan Turing Institute!

We are glad to announce that our DSRS founder Dr Ivan Palomares is joining the Alan Turing Institute (ATI) as a Turing Fellow. Dr Palomares has recently showed his gratitude to the Institute by saying “Very delighted and honoured to have this wonderful opportunity: I’ll make the most of it together with my team“.

By receiving this prestigious Fellowship to become a member of the Turing – the UK’s leading Institute on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence comprising experts across a number of member universities – Ivan and his team will actively work on personalisation and data-driven decision support approaches to address core institute challenges and global societal challenges, joining forces with academics, industrial partners and practitioners across disciplines. We will likewise bet on a highly international research pathway, and expect to work hand in hand with University of Bristol’s Jean Golding Institute of data-intensive research, led by Prof. Kate Robson Brown who also serves as Turing Lead for our university!

DSRS members are immensely fascinated with these exciting good news which came to us so much shortly after our “birth” as a research group. We could not imagine a better way to kick-start our journey!!

Congratulations, and time to do our best for the scientific community and society!

Ercan 🙂