Boxing day comes early this year: ML2R invites you to the 2021 autumn school!
Join the ML2R autumn school on October 4th to 8th, 2021. Postage has already been paid – participation is free!
Learn about the industry-relevant problem of bin packing and work together with like-minded researchers to find an intelligent solution.
Learn from experts about a relevant industry problem
Meet like-minded people
Create an intelligent solution together
What is behind the bin packing problem?
We all enjoy the occasional game of Tetris. But unfortunately or luckily, the world offers more than just seven shapes and a single rectangle to put them on. One of the simplest definitions of the bin packing problem can be stated thus: Given a set of items (each associated with a volume) and a set of containers (each associated with a finite capacity), decide if there exists a configuration where all items fit into the containers.
Bin packing is a member of the NP-complete set of problems. As it is with NP-complete problems, assessing the quality of a solution is not the problem, obtaining a provably good solution is the hard part.
Bin packing has been studied thoroughly from both theoretical and practical perspectives under numerous sets of constraints. Bins need not be of a standardized size, their number can be severely limited, packages may not only be described by a volume but also by a weight or monetary value … the list is endless. But often these constraints are dictated by a real practical application.
A combination of theory, practice, and a friendly competition
During the autumn school, you will gain a deeper understanding of the bin packing problem itself and get to know a variety of approaches to tackle it. But not only that: Sitting through a week of lectures without practice is no fun, even less in an online setting. Therefore, the event will be a mix of theory and practice. Lectures and keynotes provide the necessary basis, but you will spend a large portion of the time working together in small groups, applying what you learned to a well-defined version of the bin packing problem. Ultimately, the autumn school will be about learning together and connecting with others. On top of that, bin packing also lends itself very well to a friendly competition.
Participation is free but the number of slots is limited. If you are a Master student or a PhD student knowledgeable in Machine Learning and Data Science and want to participate, please apply via the form below until August 29th, 2021. We will review applications and notify you on the outcome in the first week of September.
Details will be unpacked soon.
Autumn School Team
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The KI Lernlabor (Artificial Intelligence Learning Lab) supports small and medium-sized enterprises in getting started with Artificial Intelligence, learning about practical applications and qualifying employees.