BFTA 2023

6th School on Belief Functions and their Applications, Oct. 27 - Nov 1, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Ishikawa, Japan.


The School

The BELIEF school is a biennial event organized by the Belief Functions and Applications Society (BFAS) that offers a unique opportunity for students and researchers to learn about fundamental and advanced aspects of the theory of belief functions (also referred to as Dempster-Shafer theory, or evidence theory), a formalism for reasoning with uncertainty.

The school will be organized around a set of lectures by prominent researchers. Lectures will gradually tackle basic to more advanced theoretical concepts. They will also highlight the links with other uncertainty theories such as random sets and possibility theory, and present applications of belief functions in various domains including machine learning, information fusion, statistical inference and materials science.

Important dates

  • May 1, 2023: Registration opens
  • July 15 July 31, 2023: Deadline for BFAS grant application


  • Students 190€ (early-bird - until July 31) / 240€ (after July 31)
  • Regular 290€ (early-bird - until July 31) / 340€ (after July 31)
  • Online 50€

Financial support

The Belief Functions and Applications Society (BFAS) is offering several grants that cover the school registration fees (which include the tuition fees, lunches, coffee breaks and the social event). An additional amount may also be granted to cover part of the travel or accommodation, depending on individual circumstances. Candidates must be PhD students or early career researchers (i.e., PhD obtained less than 3 years ago). Candidates can apply by sending the following information:

  • CV
  • Student proof (for PhD students)
  • Recommendation letter from supervisor (for PhD students) / from senior researcher (for early career researchers)

to:, with copy to the secretary of BFAS at and

Application deadline is July 15 July 31.


  • October 27 (Friday)
  • Registration


The school will take place in the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST)

1 Chome-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211, Japan

To reach JAIST, first fly to Osaka (Kansai airport) or Tokyo (Haneda/Narita airport), then please follow the guidelines from the following link.


Registration is open

Participants have two options to attend the school: either onsite or online.

The onsite event will take place at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST).

The registration fee for the onsite participants covers the following items:

  • Tuition,
  • Lunches,
  • Coffee breaks,
  • Social event,
  • Membership to BFAS.

Online participants will be able to join and participate live to the onsite event. In addition, to accommodate for time differences, lectures will be recorded and made available to the participants, who will be able to ask questions asynchronously. Online participants benefit from a discounted registration fee, which includes the following items:

  • Tuition,
  • Membership to BFAS.

Please download, fill and return the registration form [docx | pdf] with your proof of payment to

The registration procedure described here is the only one valid. Please, do not follow any other suggestion which does not come from the organising committee.

Students 190€ (until July 31) / 240€ (after July 31)
Regular 290€ (until July 31) / 340€ (after July 31)
Online 50€


BFAS school participants will have the opportunity to present their work during a poster session. Interested participants, please submit your poster title, author names together with an abstract of roughly 500 words through the above registration form.


A few rooms are available at the High-Tech Center (nearby JAIST):

These rooms are provided on a first come first served basis.

Other accommodation in Komatsu City is also available. These hotels are located near Komatsu Station, from where participants can take a free shuttle bus to JAIST.

HotelDistanceRoomPrice per person (JPY)
Hotel Granbinario Komatsu 1 min walk from Komatsu Station Single room 9900
Twin room 9200
Hyper Hotel Komatsu 30 sec walk from Komatsu Station Single room 6500
Twin room 9600
Hotel Airport Komatsu 2 min walk from Komatsu Station Single room 6000
Twin room 9300
APA Hotel Komatsu 5 min walk from Komatsu Station Single room 6300
Twin room 9000
APA Hotel Komatsu GRAND 5 min walk from Komatsu Station Single room 7200
Twin room 11000

Organizing committee

  • Van-Nam Huynh (Chair), JAIST, Japan
  • Thierry Denœux, Université de technologie de Compiègne, France
  • Anne-Laure Jousselme, CS Group Research Lab, France
  • Fréderic Pichon, Université d'Artois, France
  • David Mercier, Université d'Artois, France