Machine Learning in Psychiatry for Dummies

two-day workshop
18 & 19 November 2021, UZ Leuven

Many clinical psychiatrists have probably heard of Machine Learning, read about its possibilities to advance our knowledge and capabilities to predict diagnoses or treatment success. Yet, machine learning remains a daunting and mysterious technique. This workshop plans to change that!

During this two-day workshop you will be guided through the basics and fundamentals of Machine Learning, learn about its many applications, its inherent limitations, and finally learn to apply this to your own research as well. The goal of our workshop is that you walk away with the basic information and curiosity to start to apply Machine Learning to your own research.

To this end the organizers have invited several renowned international speakers and researchers from Belgian universities specializing in this topic, such as Nikolaous Koutsouleris, Tim Hahn, Giovanni Briganti and many more. Topics include the basics, possibilities of Machine Learning and practical applications, learning how to do the analysis, setting up a Machine Learning study, limitations of the technique and more.

They also provide the opportunity for researchers in psychiatry of the Belgian universities to get to know each other and each other’s research. They will organize a poster session where everyone can present their own research. It doesn’t matter if this research utilises Machine Learning or not. We see it as an opportunity to learn, network and possibly set up future collaborations. We’ll also organize an after-hours drink and diner on the first evening to continue in a more informal atmosphere. 


  • Victor Mazereel, Klinische Psychiatrie, KU Leuven
  • Nicolas Leenaerts, Mind-bodyonderzoeker, KU Leuven
  • Maarten Laroy, Neuropsychatrie, KU Leuven
  • Thomas Vande Casteele, Neuropsychiatrie, KU Leuven
  • Kaat Hebbrecht, Onderzoeksgroepen Sinaps – CAPRI, UAntwerp
  • Mitchel Kappen, UGent
  • Gert Vanhollebeke, UGent


  • 18 & 19 November 2021
  • Locatie: UZ Leuven
    Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven
    • Thursday: Auditorium Gaudi
    • Friday: Auditorium Van de Walle Gaudi
  • Contact:
  • Language: English
  • Target audience: researchers in psychiatry


  • Price: free, but please registration is requested
    No-show: €25

Ready to get started?

All practical information can be found in the KU Leuven agenda