Steering Committee

Chair (2015-2017): Karsten Borgwardt
Florence d'Alché-Buc Télécom ParisTech/Institut Mines-Télécom
Chloe-Agathe Azencott Mines ParisTech, Institut Curie and INSERM
Karsten Borgwardt ETH Zürich
Saso Dzeroski Jožef Stefan Institute
Pierre Geurts University of Liège
Yves Moreau University of Leuven
Uwe Ohler Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine & Humboldt University
Gunnar Rätsch ETH Zürich
Magnus Rattray University of Manchester
Dick de Ridder Wageningen University
Simon Rogers University of Glasgow
Juho Rousu Aalto University
Guido Sanguinetti University of Edinburgh
Jean-Philippe Vert Mines ParisTech


History of MLSB

Inspired by the workshop on Probabilistic Modeling and Machine Learning in Structural and Systems Biology organized in Helsinki, Finland in 2006, the first MLSB workshop (backup site) was organized in Evry, France in September 2007. Following its success, a series of annual MLSB workshops has taken place since then.

Each workshop has been attended by about 80 researchers interested in applying machine learning to systems biology, who gathered and exchanged experiences and research ideas in a very fruitful two-day single session event. The scientific programs are based on invited talks given by internationally renowned speakers, oral presentations of peer-reviewed original works, as well as poster sessions. Some years, revised versions of (selected) papers have been published in BMC Proceedings and JMLR Workshop and Conference proceedings.

The unanimous opinion of the attendees and organizers was that MLSB should become a recurrent annual event, keeping the same single session format. It should also alternate between co-location with Machine Learning and Systems Biology events.

MLSB07, MLSB09 and MLSB10 were PASCAL2 core events and the lectures were recorded and made available at

So far 10 MLSB workshops have taken place:

First workshop MLSB07
  • Evry, France in September 2007

Second workshop MLSB08
  • Brussels, Belgium in September 2008
  • Co-located with ECML/PKDD 2008

Third workshop MLSB09
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia in September 2009
  • Co-located with ECML/PKDD 2009

Forth workshop MLSB10
  • Edinburgh, Scotland in September 2010
  • Co-located with ICSB 2010

Fith workshop MLSB11
  • Vienna, Austria in July 2011
  • Co-located with ISMB/ECCB 2011

Sixth workshop MLSB12
  • Basel, Switzerland in September 2012
  • Co-located with ECCB 2012

Seventh workshop MLSB13
  • Berlin, Germany in July 2013
  • Organized as a Special Interest Group at ECCB/ISMB 2013

Eighth workshop MLSB14
  • Strasbourgh, France in September 2014
  • In conjunction with ECCB 2014

Ninth workshop MLSB15
  • Montreal, Canada in December 2015
  • Co-located with NIPS 2015

Tenth workshop MLSB16
  • The Hague, Netherlands in September 2016
  • Co-located with ECCB 2016