Open Day at the Computer Vision Centre
Once a year, the Computer Vision Centre organises an Open Day, a day where everyone interested in computer vision and artificial intelligence is encouraged to come visit our facilities to find out more about what we do and how we contribute to society. This year, the event took place on Thursday, 26 May, and there were two time slots to choose from. A morning and an afternoon shift of 90 minutes each designed for the attendees to get acquainted with the work currently undertaken by CVC researchers.
Our call resounded upon students and gathered about 40 of them deeply interested in getting to know more about computer vision, the fields in which it is applied, and the main projects and lines of research directly by the hands of our researchers and technical staff. Attendees could as well discover the training and career opportunities we offer at the centre, which are, among others: TFGs, internships, and Master and PhD programmes.
The event opened with an overview of the centre. Núria Martínez, Head of Marketing and Communications, introduced the mission and the objectives that the CVC pursues so that those unfamiliar with the centre can recognise us as a leading non-profit organization dedicated to research and development within the field of computer vision. Afterwards, attendees visited the facilities while CVC's research and technical staff explained their research lines and projects illustrating their work with interactive demonstrations such as CARLA, the award-winning simulator to train autonomous vehicles. A demonstration that allows participants to engage on a race against the AI in a virtual city.
Dr Carles Sánchez, working in Interactive and Augmented Modelling, explained how AI contributes to medicine. He talked about virtual bronchoscopy and showed participants a software that allows the planning of biopsy interventions to reach pulmonary lesions.
Dr Javier Vázquez, working in Colour in Context, showed CVC's colour laboratory and explained some of the experiments and tests that can be performed in this room.
Richard Segovia and Edgar Gracia, both research engineers, explained projects such as Smart Recycling with its interactive demonstration to illustrate how research can be applied to industry. They also explained what has been their trajectory since they started their TFG at CVC until they ended up working as research engineers at the CVC's Innovation Unit.
Furthermore, several PhD students contributed to the Open Day explaining their research projects and giving tips to the students, which are likely to become future researchers.
Elias Yauri explained the benefits of applying cognitive computing to assist the decision-making process of the flight crew in unexpected or very complex circumstances. Attendees could see how stress and overload of information can be assessed by taking data in real time from an electroencephalogram while playing a serious game.
Andrés Mafla, who is working in Document Analysis, explained the Vision & Language research line and presented the Deep Archive demonstration, which illustrates how computer vision can be applied to enrich photographic archives.
Also working in Document Analysis, Asma Bensalah, gave participants an overview of her research on 3D kinematics for brain stroke rehabilitation. Furthermore, she spoke about her experience as a PhD student, and about what inspired her to develop her career in the field of computer vision.
Alex Gómez, who is working in Learning and Machine Perception, talked about optical illusions, perception and images that mislead our brain and threw an interesting question to participants: does AI get also confused by these types of images?
And, last but not least, also working in Learning and Machine Perception, Héctor Laria, talked about generative models and their applications based on various examples.
Sessions were packed with information that we hope can help students approach their studies with a boost of motivation of what awaits them when they finish and the wide arrange of opportunities they have, not just at CVC, but within the field of Computer Vision overall.