4-8 March 2019
University of Leuven - ICTS
Europe/Brussels timezone

Machine learning is increasingly being used as a tool to explore, understand, and analyze the data that is generated in a wide variety of scientific domains. Classic approaches to data processing  start to break under the avalanche of data produced by modern measurement and diagnostic techniques. In the first part of this school researchers will get an overview and a solid understanding of machine learning algorithms. This will show these methods can be used to solve various research questions and remain on the cutting edge of the research domain. The second part will build on this knowledge, and bring applications to the next level by introducing the technology to perform machine learning analysis at scale.

The PRACE Winter School targets at (40) industrial users, researchers and students.

During the hand on sessions attendees will be using the KU Leuven HPC infrastructure (Genius), which is part of the Flemish Computer Center (VSC). The Genius cluster has a total 116 nodes with 2 Intel Gold 6140 (Skylake) processors  and 192 GB of memory. The hands-on will use the GPU section of this cluster, consisting of 20 nodes with 4 NVidia Pascal P100 each.

At the software level students will use a separate conda environment. The advantage of using this kind of environment is that provides trainees with the same software stack both on their laptop and on the HPC cluster.

The program is free of charge (not including travel and accommodation). For the hands-on sessions, participants are expected to bring their own laptops.

Applications are open to researchers, academics and industrial researchers residing in PRACE member countries, and European Union Member States and Associated Countries. All lectures and training sessions will be in English.

University of Leuven - ICTS
Opleidingcentrum C
KU Leuven ICTS Willem de Croylaan 52 A 3001 LEUVEN Belgium


A total of 40 rooms are reserved in 2 hotels until February, 18. After this date we cannot guarantee room availability:

To make a reservation contact the hotel directly by e-mail (H1457-RE@accor.com) mentioning the reservation code  PRACE seasonal schools 174415

  • Hotel Ibis BUDGET Leuven (15 rooms) (https://www.accorhotels.com/es/hotel-6682-ibis-budget-leuven-centrum/index.shtml )
    • Reservations for 5 nights (from March, 3 until March., 8):
      • Single room, including breakfast and city tax: 352,25€
      • Double room, including breakfast and city tax: 389,75€
    • Reservations for 4 nights (from March, 4 until March., 8):
      • Single room, including breakfast and city tax 294,80 €
      • Double room, including breakfast and city tax: 324,80 €

To make a reservation contact the hotel directly by e-mail (h6682-bo@accor.com) mentioning the reservation code 681050 PRACE Seasonal Schools

Other hotels in Leuven:


Leuven is located in the centre of Belgium. Whether you land at Brussels Airport, arrive by train in Brussels-Midi or enter Belgium from any direction by car you are always within reach of Leuven.

How to get in Leuven

By airplane

Nearest airport is Brussels International Airport (BRU) (28 Km from Leuven). All main airline companies fly from Brussels to many European and International destinations. The easiest and fastest way to reach Leuven from Brussels Airport is by train. A direct train will have you in Leuven in just 15 minutes.

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The Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL) (90 KM from Leuven) has flights from a number of low cost companies. The journey to Leuven from Charleroi Airport will take approximately one and a half hours.

You travel by bus from the airport to the train station Charleroi Sud. You can buy a ticket at Charleroi Airport which combines the bus to Charleroi Sud which the train to Leuven.

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By train


Leuven is easy to reach by train from all Belgian and European cities. The station is very close to the town centre.

Leuven is a 20-minute train ride from Brussels, 50 minutes from Antwerp, 30 minutes from Liège and 1.5 hours from the Belgian coast.

Your train journey from Brussels South Station where Eurostar and Thalys arrive to Leuven takes just half an hour.

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By car

The attractive historical centre of Leuven is traffic-free. The rest of the city centre is subdivided into 5 districts. In each district a loop directs traffic from the ring road to a city centre parking garage and back to the ring road. That means that moving around Leuven by car is difficult and it’s definitely not the easiest mode of transport. Parking is expensive, parking spaces are scarce and there are many one-way roads

We advise you to park your car in one of the more advantageous ring road car parks. The 2 event hotels have paying parking in the neighborhood. Free parking is available at the Seasonal School venue area.

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How to move in Leuven


That’s definitely the best way to move around in Leuven. The 2 conference hotels are at walking distance from the city center. The Ibis Leuven Centrum is located 3,5 km from the Seasonal School Venue and the Ibis budget Leuven Centrun 4,3km.

By public transport


Leuven has a very good bus service. The central departure point for the local buses is at the railway station. The buses that leave from here serve all the outlying areas and surrounding communes of Leuven.

A single ticket valid for 60 min cost 3 EUR. Buying the ticket in advance can save you up to 50% of the price.

If you plan to use the bus regularly during your stay the best option is to buy a 10 tickets pass. It can be shared by more than one person.

The Seasonal School venue can be easily reach by bus from the two event’s hotels using bus line number 2:

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How to reach the Seasonal School venue from the Station


At the Leuven railway station one or several taxis are available at the fixed taxi stands. There are also fixed taxi stands at other places in the city, but it is possible that no taxis are available there.


Tuesday evening a guided walking tour in the city center will be organized. 

Information about sightseeing and activities in Leuven can be found in the Visit Leuven website: https://www.visitleuven.be/en/see-do