A tour of machine learning: classification

A tour of machine learning: classification

Target Audience:

Technologiepark, Ghent

13 January 2020
14 January 2020

General context

This two-day workshop aims at transforming your keen interest into the workings of machine learning algorithms into practical knowledge on how to build accurate predictive models, mainly focussed on classification models.


Machine learning has become ubiquitous in biotechnology (as in many other fields), fueled largely by the increasing availability and amount of data. Learning algorithms can figure out how to perform important tasks by generalizing examples. Typical applications are diagnoses/prognoses, gene/protein annotation, drug design, image recognition, text mining and many others. However, building successful machine learning models requires a substantial amount of “black art” that is hard to find in textbooks. This course is an interactive Jupyter Notebook (Python) that will teach you how to build successful machine learning models. No background in machine learning is assumed, just a keen interest.

Required skills

Models are build in the Python programming language​ so basic knowlegde of Python is a plus. You can register for the Python introduction course here.


Sven Degroeve

Sven Degroeve is a post-doctoral researcher in the Proteomics group of Prof. Dr. Kris Gevaert at the VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology.

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Practical info

13 January 2020 - 14 January 2020


Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 126
9052 Gent

13 January 2020 - 14 January 2020

Public transport

Several buses drive between Gent Sint-Pieters railway station and Technologiepark: Bus 70, 71 and 72 (‘Tramstraat’)

  • Get off at the stop marked 'Bollebergen' at Grote Steenweg Noord.

  • Technologiepark is straight in front of you on the other side of the soft verge.

  • Walk into the park to the roundabout. You can see the iGent Tower on your left.

Shuttle bus

  • The shuttle service between Gent Sint-Pieters and Technologiepark runs every 15 minutes during peak hours (7.30 - 9.30 am and 4.30 - 6.30 pm).

  • The site has four stops, including one nearly in front of the iGent Tower (4th stop).

  • More info on the Tech Lane Ghent Science Park site.

13 January 2020 - 14 January 2020


You can park your car on the Tech Lane Ghent Science park in the open car parks (no barriers), like the one in front of the iGent tower across the road. These car parks have Dutch signs which read "Parkeren uitsluitend met vignet! (overtreding = wielklem)”. This means you should only park there if you have a valid car park permit. You can request such a permit by sending an email to your contact person at iGent. The permit is only valid for a single day, and will need to be placed visibly behind the car's windscreen.

13 January 2020 - 14 January 2020



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