Report about the 13th ADMA conference (ADMA 2018)

I have recently attended the 13th International Conference on Advanced Data Mining and Applications (ADMA 2018) in Nanjing, China from the 16th to 18th October 2018. In this blog post, I will give a brief report about this conference.

ADMA 2018 conference

What is the ADMA conference?

ADMA is a conference on data mining, which is generally held in China, and sometimes in other parts of Asia. It is a overall a decent conference. In particular, the proceedings are published by Springer in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, which ensures a good visibility of the accepted papers, and all papers are indexed in EI and DBLP. One of the particularity of this conference is that it has a focus on applications of data mining.

The ADMA conference has started in 2005 and was held every year until 2014. I have attended ADMA 2011ADMA 2013 and ADMA 2014and also had a paper in ADMA 2012. In recent years, I had submitted papers to the ADMA 2015 which was cancelled. Then, since ADMA 2016, the conference has been held every year, with quality papers, and this year, I am glad to be back at attending ADMA.


The 13th ADMA conference was held at the Mariott hotel in Nanjing. Nanjing is the capital of the Jiangsu province in China. Nanjing has a long history and has been the capital of several Chinese dynasties. There are many things to see, and it is close to some other popular cities like Suzhou.

adma conference location


The main conference was held on two days, while a third day was used for some doctoral student forums. For the main conference, there was two keynote speakers in the morning of each day. Then, in the afternoon, there was paper presentations. Due to this tight schedule, all papers were either selected to be presented in 10 or 15 minutes (including the questions). In the evening, there was a reception and a banquet on the first and second day, respectively.

Acceptance rate

It was announced that 104 research papers have been submitted this year from 20 countries and 5 continents. A total of 46 papers were accepted.  From these papers, 24 were selected for a long presentations, while 22 for short presentations. Both types of papers had the same number of pages in the proceedings. Thus, the overall acceptance rate is 44.2%. Here is some slide about the review process, from the opening ceremony:

adma review process


adma conference registration

On the first day, it was conference registration. We received the conference program, badge, pen, notebook and a laser pointer as gift. The conference proceedings was on the USB of the laser pointer.

Welcome speech

Then, there was a brief introduction by some high ranking representative (dean?) of the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, which organized the conference. Then, the local organizers gave some information about the conference.

adma conference opening

And we took a group picture.

adma 2018 conference attendance

Day 1 – Keynote by Xuemin Lin on Graph Data Mining

The first keynote was done by Xuemin Lin, the editor-in-chief of TKDE, one of the top data mining journals. The talk was about graph analysis. In the first part of the talk, some applications of graph analysis were introduced such as:

  • detection of fraud in a social graph (people collaborating to commit fraud). These can be found for example, by mining rings or bi-cohesive subgraphs,
  • product recommendation, where customers, preferences and purchase products and locations are put in a graph model (a multidimensional graph).
  • planning the delivery of food and products to homes in an efficient way.

Then, some key challenges for graph analysis have been presented: define a new computing platform, analytic models, processing algorithms, indexing techniques, and processing systems (primitive operators, query language, distributed techniques, storage, etc.) for graphs. In other words, we need to define new models and software specialized for analyzing graphs.

graph analysis challenges

Finally, several problems related to graph analysis were briefly discussed.

subgraph analysis problems

Overall, this was a good keynote talk as it gave a good and up-to-date overview of several graph analysis problems.

Day 1 – Keynote by Ekram Hossain on Deep Learning for Resource Allocation in Wireless Networks

The talk was about using stacked auto-encoders for resource allocation in wireless network. The main resources are channel, transmission power of a radio station (power allocation) and antennas (shared by many users – how we allocate to many users).  The speaker was some specialist from the field of communication.

In theory, this should have been a very interesting talk. But a problem with this talk was that the speaker spent most of the time explaining basic concepts of machine learning, and ran out of time before talking about how he was actually using deep learning for resource allocation (which was supposed to be the key part of the talk).

Day 1 – paper presentations

There was several paper presentations about various topics related to data mining such as clustering, outlier detection and pattern mining. I also presented a paper about the project of my student, which is to discover change points of high utility patterns in a temporal database of customer transactions:

adma paper presentation

Fournier-Viger, P., Zhang, Y., Lin, J. C.-W., Koh, Y.-S. (2018). Discovering High utility Change Points in Transactional Data. Proc. 13th Intern. Conference on Advanced Data Mining and Applications (ADMA 2018) Springer LNAI, 10 pages.

Day 1 – Reception

Then, in the evening a buffet diner was offered at the Mariott Hotel, which was a good opportunity for discussing with other researchers.

Day 2

On the second day, there was more keynote and paper presentations.

Day 2 – banquet

Then, there was a banquet at the hotel of the conference.

Next year: the ADMA 2019 conference

It was announced that the ADMA 2019 conference will be held in Dalian, China from the 21st to 23rd November 2018.  The planned dates for ADMA 2019 are as follows:

  • Paper submission: 10th May 2019
  • Demo: 10th June 2019
  • Tutorial: 1st August 2019
  • Competition: 15th August 2019
  • Research student forum: 10th September 2019


It was an interesting conference. Although it is not a very big conference, there was some good keynote speakers, and I had some very good discussions with other researchers. Looking forward to the 14th ADMA conference (ADMA 2019 conference) , next year.

Philippe Fournier-Viger is a professor of Computer Science and also the founder of the open-source data mining software SPMF, offering more than 150 data mining algorithms.

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