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11-13 June, 2018

Maastricht, The Netherlands

Co-organised by: Royal Holloway, University of London (UK) and Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Symposium Theme

Conformal prediction was developed originally at the end of the 1990s and summarized in the monograph “Algorithmic Learning in a Random World”, Springer, New York, 2005. The main purpose of this method is to complement predictions delivered by various algorithms of Machine Learning with provably valid measures of their accuracy and reliability under the assumption that the observations are independent and identically distributed. Conformal prediction is a universal tool in several senses; in particular, it can be used in combination with any known machine learning algorithm, such as SVM, Neural Networks, Ridge Regression, etc. It has been applied to a variety of problems from diagnostics of depression to the behaviour of bots.

A sister method of Venn prediction was developed at the same time as conformal prediction and is used for probabilistic prediction. The COPA series of workshops/symposia is a home for work in both conformal and Venn prediction, as reflected in its full name “Conformal and Probabilistic Prediction with Applications”. The aim of this symposium is to serve as a forum for the presentation of new and ongoing work and the exchange of ideas between researchers on any aspect of Conformal and Probabilistic Prediction and their applications to interesting problems of any field.

Invited Talks

Prof. V. Vapnik Prof. Vladimir Vapnik, AI Research Facebook, Columbia University USA and Royal Holloway, University of London, UK


Topics of the symposium include, but are not limited to:

Special Sessions

Paper Submission

Authors are invited to submit original, English-language research contributions or experience reports. Papers should be no longer than 20 pages formatted according to the well-known JMLR (Journal of Machine Learning Research) style. The LaTeX package for the style is available here. All aspects of the submission and notification process will be handled online via the EasyChair Conference System.

Submitted papers will be refereed for quality, correctness, originality, and relevance. Notification and reviews will be communicated via email.


All accepted papers will be presented at the conference and published by PMLR (Proceedings of Machine Learning Research).

Poster Submission

Authors are invited to submit abstracts for the poster sessions. The poster abstract submission deadline is 4th May, 2018 and the submission will be handled online via the EasyChair Conference System.

Only registered delegates can present the poster at the conference. The poster abstracts will be published on the conference website.

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