WCCI 2014

This project is orgnized by, a non-profit dedicated to organizing challenges in Machine Learning. We would like to thank for hosting the submissions and for their support. We are grateful to the WCCI 2014 conference, the ECML 2014 conference who made us part of their official competition program. We would like to thank the Marie Curie Action Program of the EU framework FP7 for defraying the cost of the submission platform and Microsoft for their sponsorship of prizes. We would also like to thank the data mirror hosts: Joachim Buhmann (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Joshua Vogelstein (Duke University, North Carolina, USA), and Alexander Statnikov (NYU, New York, USA).

The verification of the winning challenge entries utilized computing resources at the High Performance Computing Facility of the Center for Health Informatics and Bioinformatics at the NYU Langone Medical Center.

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This project would not be possible without the contribution of many people:


Isabelle Guyon, ChaLearn, California, USA

Data Providers:

The following researchers are supplying the neural data, real and simulated and the baseline network reconstruction software:

Demian Battaglia, Aix Marseille Université, INSERM, Systems Neuroscience Institute, Marseille, France

Javier Orlandi, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Jordi Soriano Fradera, Neurophysics Laboratory, University of Barcelona, Spain

Olav Stetter, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Germany

Advisors and Beta-testers:

Gavin Cawley, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

Gideon Dror, Academic college of Tel-Aviv Yaffo, Israel and Yahoo! research Labs, Haifa, Israel

Hugo-Jair Escalante, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica, Coordinacion de Ciencias Computacionales, Puebla, Mexico

Alice Guyon, French National Center for Scientific Research, Institut de Pharmacologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Sophia Antipolis, France

Vincent Lemaire, Orange, France

Sisi Ma, New York University, Langone Medical Center, New-York, USA

Eric Peskin, New York University, NYU Center for Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, New-York, USA

Florin Popescu, Fraunhofer Institute, Berlin, Germany

Bisakha Ray, New York University, Langone Medical Center, New-York, USA

Mehreen Saeed, Department of Computer Science, FAST, National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences, Lahore Campus, Pakistan

Alexander Statnikov, New York University, Langone Medical Center, New-York, USA

Joshua Vogelstein, Duke University, North Carolina, USA


The website background is a photograph of Dr. Jan Schmoranzer. The logo is a picture of Alfred Pasieka.