4th Advanced Online & Onsite Course on Data Science & Machine Learning
An Interdisciplinary Course: Big Data, Deep Learning & Artificial intelligence without Borders
July 19-23, 2021 – Certosa di Pontignano, Siena – Tuscany, Italy
4th Advanced Online & Onsite Course on Data Science & Machine Learning
An Interdisciplinary Course: Big Data, Deep Learning & Artificial intelligence without Borders
July 19-23, 2021 – Certosa di Pontignano, Siena – Tuscany, Italy
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ACDL 2021 an Online and Onsite Advanced Course

ACDL 2021: an Online & Onsite Course

After numerous discussions, we have concluded that holding the event this year in hybrid  form, both onsite and virtual (as was done for ACDL 2020) as this is most beneficial for the ACDL community rather than postponing the course to 2022.

The organizing committee of ACDL 2021 has decided to run the conference on the originally scheduled dates (July 19-23, 2021), and to run it as a hybrid course:

  • onsite (in person) for those who can come to Tuscany, Italy and
  • online for those who cannot.

The Certosa di Pontignano (our conference venue) has enough space to obey the safety rules (put in place due to COVID-19). To accommodate a large number of participants, we are offering the option for either physical presence (onsite) or virtual participation (online). We would be delighted if all authors and participants manage to attend; however, we are aware that in the current special circumstances, it is best to hold the event in hybrid mode.

The Conference, will be held in person with virtual rooms  for participants using a remote connection (Zoom). The lectures  (e.g., live presentations or recorded ones) will also be made available online. We will make sure that the sessions also run live, such that the presenters can show and explain their results, and the attendees can ask questions and interact with the presenters. The sessions will be held one at a time which will allow participants from overseas to attend as many sessions as possible.

The keynote lectures (of the Lecturers who will give their consent to the recording of the lessons) will be recorded such that online participants can follow them either live or at any time they like to.

If the situation does not allow the event to take place in person, the event will instead be converted to a fully online mode.

Obviously, if ACDL 2021 will be converted into a fully online event, participants who paid the onsite registration fee will be refunded the difference, and will thus only pay the online registration fee.

Moreover, it is important to note that it is possible to change the mode of participation (the Registration):

from Onsite Registration → to Online Registration and similarly

from Online Registration → to Onsite Registration

We are offering the possibility to change the mode of participation to ACDL 2021. Those who register in one mode can easily change it by 19 June (one month before the course starts).

  • It is possible to take Onsite Registration and then change it to Online Registration and get a corresponding refund, but this decision must be made by 19 June.
  • Similarly, you can do Online Registration and then upgrade to Onsite Registration and pay the difference (via PayPal); this decision must also be made by 19 June.

Finally, in this edition of ACDL, the registration fee includes online participation to two additional Events:

  1. LOD 2021 – The 7th International Online & Onsite Conference on Machine Learning, Optimization, and Data Science – October 5 – 8, 2021, and
  2. ACAIN 2021 – Advanced Course and Symposium  on Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience (co-located event to LOD 2021).

One registration for participation in three events: ACDL, LOD & ACAIN!

If you have any questions please write to the organising committee: acdl@icas.cc

See you (in-person or virtually – in 3D or in 2D 🙂 ) in Siena – Tuscany  in July (and again in virtual mode in October)!

The ACDL 2021 Organizing Committee.

The 4th Advanced Course on Data Science & Machine Learning (ACDL) is a full-immersion five-day residential Course at the Certosa di Pontignano (Siena – Tuscany, Italy) on cutting-edge advances in Data Science and Machine Learning with lectures delivered by world-renowned experts. The Course provides a stimulating environment for academics, early career researches, Post-Docs, PhD students and industry leaders. Participants will also have the chance to present their results with oral talks or posters, and to interact with their peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.

MSc students, PhD students, PostDocs, junior/senior academics, and industry practitioners will be typical profiles of the ACDL attendants. The Course will involve a total of 36-40 hours of lectures, according to the academic system the final achievement will be equivalent to 8 ECTS points for the PhD Students and the Master Students attending the Course.


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Cognitive Computing
  • Computational Cognitive Science
  • Constraint-Based Approaches to Machine Learning
  • Data Science
  • Deep Learning
  • Explainable Artificial Intelligence

  • General Reinforcement Learning Algorithms
  • Generative Adversarial Networks
  • Machine Learning
  • Probabilistic Generative Models
  • Probabilistic Programming
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Robotics
  • Theory of Deep Learning

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    • Early Registration: by Saturday July 10, 2021 (GMT+01)
    • Oral/Poster Presentation Submission Deadline: Saturday July 10, 2021 (GMT+01)
    • Late Registration: from Sunday July 11, 2021
    • Accommodation Reservation at Reservation at the Certosa di Pontignano: by Saturday July 10, 2021
    • Notification of Decision for Oral/Poster Presentation: by Thursday July 15, 2021
    • Course: July 19-23, 2021

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    Giuseppe Nicosia
    Panos Pardalos


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    Pontignano / Siena – Tuscany / Italy


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