Open Day at the Computer Vision Centre
Once a year, the Computer Vision Centre organises an Open Day. On this day, everyone interested in computer vision and artificial intelligence is encouraged to 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, May 25, 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 50 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 also discover the training and career opportunities we offer at the centre, which are, among others: TFGs, internships, Master's 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 in a race against the AI in a virtual city.
Dr Debora Gil and Dr Carles Sánchez, working in Interactive and Augmented Modelling, explained how AI contributes to medicine. They talked about virtual bronchoscopy and showed participants a software that allows the planning of biopsy interventions to reach pulmonary lesions.
Dr Ramón Baldrich and Dr Carlos Alejandro Parraga, working in Colour in Context and Neuro Computation and Biological Vision, showed CVC's colour laboratory and explained some of the experiments and tests that can be performed in this lab.
And, Richard Segovia explained several projects to illustrate how research can be applied to industry, among them, a Smart Recycling project with its interactive demonstration. He also explained what has been his trajectory since he started his TFG at CVC until he ended up working as a research engineer at 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. They were:
👉 Alex Gómez-Villa
👉 Danna Xue
👉 Adrià Molina
👉 Beatriz Martínez
👉 Sergi Garcia
👉 Diego Porres
Finally, Dr Antonio M. López, Principal Investigator of the group on Autonomous Driving, explained to the attendees the last project he's been working on with his team. Besides, three of our visitors had the opportunity of getting into CVC's pilot autonomous vehicle to get a ride around the UAB Campus in autonomous mode!
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.