17 February 2020
10:00 Gym IC Auditorium-2 (IC-3 Building)

michalis vazirgiannis

LIX, Ecole Polytechnique - France

Graph kernels have developed a lot of attention during the last decade, and have evolved into a rapidly developing branch of learning on structured data. During the past 20 years, the considerable research activity that occurred in the field in the development of dozens of graph kernels, each focusing on specific structural properties of graphs. Graph kernels have proven successful in a wide range of domains, ranging from social networks to bioinformatics. The goal of this presentation is to provide a unifying view of the literature on graph kernels. In particular, we present a comprehensive overview of a wide range of graph kernels. Furthermore, we perform an experimental evaluation of several of those kernels on publicly available datasets, and provide a comparative study. Finally, we discuss key applications of graph kernels, and outline some challenges that remain to be addressed. The experimental comparison was based on an open source python library (Grakel) we designed implementing all the known so far graph kernels. There is a large scale survey corresponding to this talk available at: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1904.12218.pdf
(Dr. Vazirgiannis will present to the audience possibilities for faculty and student exchanges.)

Dr Vazirgiannis is a Distinguished Professor at LIX, Ecole Polytechnique in France. He has conducted research in Frauenhofer and Max Planck-MPI (Germany), in INRIA / FUTURS (Paris). He has been a teaching in AUEB (Greece), Ecole Polytechnique, Telecom-Paristech, ENS (France), Tsinghua, Jiaotong Shanghai (China) and in Deusto University (Spain). His current research interests are on deep and machine learning for Graph analysis (including community detection, graph classification, clustering and embeddings, influence maximization), Text mining including Graph of Words, deep learning for word embeddings with applications to web advertising and marketing, event detection and summarization. He has active cooperation with industrial partners in the area of ​​data analytics and machine learning for large scale data repositories in different application domains. He has supervised twenty completed PhD theses. He has published three books and more than 200 papers in international refereed journals and conferences and received best paper awards in ACM CIKM2013 and IJCAI2018. He has organized large scale conferences in the area of ​​Data Mining and Machine Learning (such as ECML / PKDD) while he participates in the senior PC of AI and ML conferences - such as AAAI and IJCAI. He has received the ERCIM and the Marie Curie EU fellowships, the Rhino-Bird International Academic Expert Award by Tencent and between 2015 and 2018 he lead the AXA Data Science chair.

The video of the talk should be available on the IC channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCraCE6iWUcFCJSp-vmO1D3A