06.11.2015 1st Financial Data Science Association Conference in Zurich

Having the goal to improve the synergies between data science and financial markets more than 30 international participants joined the first Financial Data Science Association Conference ( Beside several plenary sessions and panel discussions, Dr. Damian Borth spoke introduced the principles for Financial Data Science and discussed usage of Artificial Intelligence for Good.

06.10.2015 MADM presents at the press event covering Googles engagement with the DFKI

The DFKI announced that Google became a shareholder of the DFKI. The MADM group presented their Eye Tracking technology and Visual Sentiment Analysis (SentiBank) with Deep Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN), which was names as one of the key technologies by Google. In this context, MADM was also covered in an TechCrunch article.

15.09.2015: "Financial Data Science" a discipline combining Data Mining and Financial Statistics

A new discipline emerges - “Financial Data Science” - which combines approaches from data mining and financial statistics leveraging large-scale data processing, machine learning, statistics, and financial modeling more

07.09.2015: "Multimedia Opinion Mining for Social Good" presented at UN PRI Event

In the context of the BMBF sponsored project “Multimedia Opinion Mining”, Dr. Damian Borth, gave a guest lecture at the ICMA Center of the Henley Business School about how tools developed at MADM can be used for social good. The lecture presented novel way of mining social multimedia to gain insights about critical issues around environmental, social, and governance issues.

04.09.2015: Dr. Damian Borth part of assessment committee for the Investment Innovation Benchmark (IIB)

Dr. Damian Borth served as a member of the assessment committee at the Investment Innovation Benchmark (IIB) summit in London. Damian was appointed to the committee due to his background in machine learning and large-scale data processing and will serve as an expert to evaluate FinTech submissions. The assessment committee consists of member from academia and some of the largest pension fund worldwide.

03.08.2015: "YFCC100M: The New Data in Multimedia Research" got accepted at CACM

Our paper describing the 100 million images and videos Flickr dataset: “YFCC100M: The New Data in Multimedia Research” got accepted at “Communication of the ACM”. The paper describes the up-to-date largest dataset in the computer vision and multimedia research community. This work was a collaboration between Yahoo Inc., ICSI Berkeley, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. A pre-print is available on

26.07.2015: Interview with Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung about Computer Vision Research

Dr. Damian Borth gave an Interview to Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung about the success of deep learning in computer vision research, recent progress to recognize sentiment and emotions in visual content, and how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used for social good.

25.6.2015: Dr. Damian Borth moderates a Technology Panel at Bloomberg, New York, USA

With the advent of FinTech, disciplines like machine learning, natural language processing, and large-scale data mining are moving into the finance and investment industry. To discuss the potential of FinTech, Dr. Damian Borth was invited to moderate a Technology Panel at FinTech Bloomberg event. The panel was including CEOs and CTOs of leading startups in the area such as: eRevalue, TruValue and Bloomberg Labs.

02.06.2015: Dr. Damian Borth speaks at RI Europe about Financial Data Science, London, UK

Dr. Damian Borth speaks about Big Data and Environmental, Social and Governance research and introduces together with Prof. Andreas Hoepner the concept of “Financial Data Science” at the RI Europe - a major conference in the responsible investment community. Financial Data Science embraces the processing of large datasets with machine learning methods and welcomes approaches such as opinion mining from public available data on the web.

14.04.2015: Call for paper for Multimedia COMMONS Workshop is out

The CfP to the Multimedia COMMONS workshop (MMCommons) is out! We invite the community to attend MMCommons and explore the possibilities for novel research, future data challenges, and new benchmarks offered by this large-scale open dataset (YFCC100m dataset). The MMCommons will be held at the ACM Multimedia 2015, Brisbane, Australia around October 26-30.

01.04.2015: Dr. Damian Borth appointed new head of MADM group

By April 2015, Damian Borth became the new head of MADM. Before this position Damian was a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) with Dr. Gerald Friedland and at UC Berkeley with Prof. Trevor Darrell where he was involved in various project sponsored by DARPA, IARPA, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research focuses concept detection from social multimedia including trending topic detection, visual sentiment analysis, and multimedia opinion mining.

01.04.2015: Invited talk about "Data Science and Opinion Mining" at the London School of Economics, UK

The project Multimedia Opinion Mining (MOM) was presented in the context of Data Science during an UN PRI event at the London School of Economics. Dr. Damian Borth introduced data science and opinion mining and outlined how it can be used for social good. The event was later interrupted by an evacuation due to the Holborn Fire in London.

31.03.2015: Dr. Damian Borth gives an invited talk at the University of Reading, UK

Dr. Damian Borth speaks about “Mining Insights from Public Data” at an event of the University of Reading and outlines concepts and goals of the Multimedia Opinion Mining (MOM) project to the audience.

18.03.2015: Dr. Damian Borth invited to BMBF dinner with Dr. Georg Schütte in Berkeley, USA

During a visit of the Bundesministerium für Forschung und Entwicklung (BMBF) in the Bay Area, the BMBF invited DAAD scholarship researcher from ICSI to join an exclusive dinner with Deputy Secretary Dr. Georg Schütte. Dr. Damian Borth introduces the BMBF funded project Multimedia Opinion Mining (MOM) to the delegation during the dinner.

01.03.2015: BMBF funded project Multimedia Opinion Mining (MOM) starts

Multimedia Opinion Mining (MOM), a 2.5 years long project funded by the BMBF, aims to address the challenge of opinion mining in social multimedia content. The main goals of MOM are: (1) analyze social media data to detect and track trending topics. (2) understand multimedia content with respect to its sentiment and opinion. (3) discover individual persons or groups able to influence propagation of topics in social networks. And finally, (4) forecasting the progression of identified topics into the near future. The project will be coordinated within MADM and lead by Dr. Damian Borth.

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