University of Economics in Prague, UEP

UEP (http://www.vse.cz) is the sixth largest Czech university, founded in 1953. It consists of six faculties. The Department of Information and Knowledge Engineering (DIKE) is organisational part of the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics, and was founded in 1990. DIKE has seven full-time members, several part-time members, and about 15 PhD students. Its main areas of research and education are knowledge engineering and knowledge discovery, with majority of applications in medicine and business. Funded partner in EC projects Medical Guideline Technology (4FP, 1998–2001), Enabling End-User Datawarehouse Mining (4FP, 2000-2003), Data Mining and Decision Support for Business Competitiveness (5FP, 2000–2002), Theory and Applications of Relational Structures as Knowledge Instruments (COST Action 274, 2001-2005) and Multilingual Content Aggregation System based on TRUST Search Engine (eContent, 2005-2006). Member of network projects such as MLnet (1994-1997), MLnet II (1999-2000), KDnet (2002–2004), EUNITE (2001–2004) OntoWeb (2001-2004), VISION (2002-2003) or Knowledge Web (2004-2006). DIKE developed its own approaches to association discovery (LISp-Miner http://lispminer.vse.cz), semantic document mark-up and transformation (Stepper, http://euromise.vse.cz/stepper-en), rule-based reasoning with uncertainty (NEST, http://lisp.vse.cz/NEST) or web information extraction (Rainbow, http://rainbow.vse.cz).

The group hosted several international events, such as the 9th European Conference on Machine Learning (ECML-97), the 3rd Conference on Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (PKDD-99), or the 1st Symposium on Computerized Guidelines and Protocols (CGP-04); it will host the 15th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW-06). It has leading role in the organisation of the annual Czecho-Slovak Knowledge Technology conference named “Znalosti” (Knowledge), which started in 2001. Group members participate in the program committees of numerous international conferences such as ECML/PKDD, ISMIS, Discovery Science, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Europe, Web Intelligence, Business Information Systems or Intelligent Information Processing and Web Mining.