History of AMBN

In 2001, a domestic meeting called "Bayes Net Seminor", organized by Taisuke Sato (Tokyo Institute of Technology), Youichi Motomura, (Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), and Joe Suzuki (Osaka University) was held at National Institute of Informatics, in Tokyo, and more than 100 attended the conference. That was the first academic conference of probablistic networks in Japan. Since then, the BN Seminor conference series had been held every year, by virtue of Youichi Motomura and Maomi Ueno (University of Electro-Communications) until 2011 for ten years as domestic conferences (language: Japanese).

Proceedings BN Seminors

In particular, in 2010, Maomi organized an international conference called Advanced Methodologies for Bayesian Networks. For the meeting, more than twenty talks including the invited talks by Professors Adnan Darwiche and Petri Myllymaki and contributed talks from outside Japan were given for two days.The topics included

  • Probabilistic Reasoning using Bayesian Networks
  • Combination of Probabilistic Reasoning and Logic in Bayesian Networks
  • Learning Bayesian Networks
  • Causal Discovery
  • Causal Inference
  • Advanced Application of Bayesian Networks

Professor Petri Myllymaki Banquet
Although three years have passed since the last BN Seminor, in 2015 March, a (domestic) meeting on probablistic graphical models was held at University of Electro-Communications, and discussed for the five areas:
  • Learning
  • Causality
  • Discrete and Logics
  • Relation to Statisitical Physics
  • Applications
After the success of the meeting this year, we consider that the second international conference (AMBN) should be held for discussing those topics among the international community.

The AMBN 2015 was held in Yokohama and organized (PC co-chaired) by Joe Suzuki (Osaka Univ) and Maomi Ueno (University of Electric Communications) AMBN 2015 invited six speakers such as Russell Almond (Florida State University, USA) , Aapo Hyvarinen (University of Helsinki, Finland), Brandon Malone (Max Planck Institute, Germany), Changhe Yuan (Queens College/CUNY, USA), Cassio P. de Campos (Queens University, UK), Shohei Shimizu (Osaka university, Japan), and organized seven sessions including three special sessions: Finding an optimal Bayesian network structure from data, Genome analysis based on Bayesian networks, Causal Discovery. Twenty six contributed talks were presented and discussed.

In particular, for three invited talks and fifteen contributed talks, the papers were published as the Lecture Notes on Lecture Notes on Artificial Intelligence (LNAI, volume number 9505), from Sprnger. The PC consists of twenty six members (nine and seventeen from within Japan and from outside Japan, respectively), and for each submitted paper, at least three PC members reviewed. Besides the scores, they commented about novelty, technical quality, potential impact and significance, and quality of writing.

On the first evening (November 16), Welcome Party was held in Faculty Lounge in the campus, and thirty participated it.