Section: Other Grants and Activities
A-M. Vercoustre collaborates with RMIT, Computer Science department, Melbourne, Australia, on analysing and improving XML search from the point of view of the user  ,  ,  . This work is mostly done in the context of the Initiative for the Evaluation of XML Retrieval ( INEX-2004 ), DELOS network of Excellence.
We continue our collaboration on clustering and web usage mining with F.A.T. de Carvalho from Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife) and his team. We welcomed F.A.T. de Carvalho, during 3 months, September to November. During this year some analysis of Recife Log files are carried out by students from Recife University, Napoly University and by AxIS members. Common papers have been proposed at EGC and IFCS. Moreover, we have finished the submission of an article for Computational Statistics Journal (Springer). A poster was presented during the meeting (October 13 to 14) on information technologies of Brazil. We have proposed a joint research projet in the framework of the cooperation between INRIA and FACEPE. We also welcomed Thesera Ludemir, during 15 days which has worked with Fabrice Rossi on neural methods.
Two internships were done on this project:
A. Da Silva, Clustering in Web Usage Mining with Recife Log files and workbench of PKDD (cf. section 6.4.2 )  ,  .
N. Lopes Calvacanti Junior has started an internship in October 2005 (planned ending date: march 2006). He is working on the implementation of the Self Organizing Map on dissimilarity matrices (see section 6.3.1 ).
Y. Lechevallier pursued his collaboration with A. Ciampi (Univ of McGill, Montréal).
Osmar Zaiane, Professor at the university of Alberta (Canada), visited us during five days at Inria Sophia Antipolis. He participated in Doru Tanasa's Ph.D. committee on 3rd June.
Marc Csernel collaborated with the Bhandrakar Institute (India) and the Mahendra Sanskrit University (Nepal) via the CNRS action ``History of Knowledge'' (cf. section 8.2.2 ) and also via the consortium members of EuropeAid projet of Asia-Information Technology and Communications ( 6.2.2 , 8.3.1 ).
AxIS is involved in a France-Morocco thematic network in software engineering. In this context, B. Trousse co-supervises with Abdelaziz Marzark (University of Casablanca) a Ph.D. student: H. Behja (ENSAM, Meknès, Morocco). H. Behja visited us for his thesis work during the summer period and also for our annual AxIS workshop (october 24-26). Mr. Marzark visited us in November (10-13).
We maintained our contacts with the Computer Science department of the West University of Timisoara (Prof Viorel Negru), in particular via the SYNASC conference every year.
Y. Lechevallier was invited in January by ENIT (professor Ben Ahmed) at Tunis for a tutorial on ``Data Mining and Neural Methods''. Possible cooperations were studied via a co-supervision of future doctoral students.