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Gemma Geis, Consellera of Research and Universities of Catalonia , visits the CVC

The Computer Vision Center received an honouring visit from the Catalan Consellera of Research and Universities, with the opportunity to showcase its technology to a set of institutional actors and legislators, key to the government of Catalonia.

The Honourable Dr. Gemma Geis, Consellera of Research and Universities of the Catalan Government, has visited the Computer Vision Center, along with a set of distinguished stakeholders from the regional government today, 2nd of Sepetember. This institutional visit had the aim to know, first-hand, about our research and development activities and counted with the presence of Mr. Josep Ribas, General Secretary of the Catalonian University Council in the Catalan Government, Mr. Joan Gómez, Director of Research of Catalonia, and the Excellent and Magnificent Dr. Javier Lafuente, Rector of the UAB.

During the visit, the Consellera met with Dr. Josep Lladós, CVC Director, and Dr. Antonio López, ICREA Professor at the CVC. It started with an  institutional presentation by Dr. Lladós about what is Computer Vision, the way research and technology transfer is developed at CVC, as well as the importance of our research center on the Catalan ecosystem of Artificial Intelligence and computer vision.

Then, Dr. López spoke briefly about the autonomous mobility CVC projects and the key role of computer vision in the development of the automotive field.

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The CVC at the Artificial Intelligence & Big Data Congress 2021

AIBDC21 Notiweb

The AI & Big Data Congress, after its cancellation in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is back in Barcelona in 2021. The 14th and 15th of September will be held in AXA Auditorium Barcelona the 7th edition of this leading conference on AI & Big Data in the business sector, organized by CIDAI, Centre of Innovation for Data Tech and Artificial Intelligence. The first day will deliver live plus streaming sessions.  Second day sessions will be fully online.

The conference will present trends and best practices of pioneering research centers and companies, new technological developments and their application and success stories explained in detail in the field of the IA and the Big Data. Therefore, the CVC will play a key role in this meeting, presenting some of its most relevants results of its research projects. We detail the CVC participation hereafter:

September 14th

Dr. Petia Radeva, “Can Deep Learning help to individuals to eat healthier?“. Onsite (Auditorium) and streaming

September 15th (only streaming)

Dr. Ernest Valveny, “Multimodal deep learning technologies to unlock document intelligence

Dr. Antonio López, “The Deep Learning Era: Data is the Driver in Autonomous Driving

Hosted by Dr. Carlos Sierra

 

All the CVC researchers interested in attending can make her/his registration here

This congress, except the keynote talks, will be held in Spanish

 

 

 

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Large participation of CVC researchers in ICDAR2021 Conference

ICDAR 2021

The 16th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, (ICDAR 2021), will be held at Lausanne (Switzerland) with a hybrid format (onsite and online) from 5th  to 10th  September.

This year’s utter programme is composed of top-notch oral sessions, workshops and competitions, among others, in which a large number of CVC researchers are participating. It is worth noting that the main conference will take place from 8th to 10th September.  We detail CVC participation hereafter:

Organization committee:

  • Josep Lladós, Program Committee Chair
  • Alicia Fornés, Tutorials Chair

Oral Sessions:

Workshop’s papers:

  • GREC (Session 1: Handwritten Graphics. Sunday, September 5th, 11:20-11:30h)

Albert Suso, Pau Riba, Oriol Ramos and Josep Lladós. “A Self-Supervised Inverse Graphics Approach for Sketch Parametrization”

  • GREC (Session 3: Handwritten Text and Annotations. Sunday, September 5th, 16:10-16:20h)

Pau Torras, Mohamed Ali Souibgui, Jialuo Chen and Alicia Fornés. “A Transcription Is All You Need: Learning to Align through Attention”

  • GLESDO (Sunday, September 5th, 16:35-16:55h)

Sanket Biswas, Pau Riba, Josep Lladós and Umapada Pal. “Graph-based Deep Generative Modelling for Document Layout Generation

Competition:

  • Rubèn Tito, Minesh Mathew, C.V. Jawahar, Ernest Valveny and Dimosthenis Karatzas, “ICDAR 2021 Competition on Document Visual Question Answering”

Posters:

  • Session 1 (Thursday, September 9th, 8:30-10h). Track: NLP for document understanding

Rubèn Pérez Tito, Dimosthenis Karatzas, and Ernest Valveny. “Document Collection Visual Question Answering

  • Session 1 (Thursday, September 9th, 8:30-10h). Track: Document analysis for social good

Adrià Molina, Pau Riba, Lluis Gomez, Oriol Ramos-Terrades, and Josep Lladós. “Date Estimation in the Wild of Scanned Historical Photos: An Image Retrieval Approach”

  • Session 1 (Thursday, September 9th, 8:30-10h). Track: Indexing and retrieval of documents

Pau Riba, Adrià Molina Rodríguez, Lluis Gomez, Oriol Ramos-Terrades, and Josep Lladós. “Learning to Rank Words: Optimizing Ranking Metrics for Word Spotting”

  • Session 2 (Thursday, September 9th, 10:30-12h). Track: Document synthesis

Sanket Biswas, Pau Riba, Josep Lladós, and Umapada Pal. “DocSynth: A Layout Guided Approach for Controllable Document Image Synthesis”

Workshops (pre-conference September 5th -7th):

Sunday, September 5th CVC researcher Pau Riba will be the chair of the Keynote talk and session 1, and Alicia Fornes will be the chair of the General Discussion 2. In addition, two CVC papers will be presented in session 1, Handwritten Graphics and session 3, Handwritten Text and Annotations.

Sunday, September 5th (Half-Day)

CVC paper “Graph-based Deep Generative Modelling for Document Layout Generation” by Sanket Biswas, Pau Riba, Josep Lladós and Umapada Pal, will be presented at 16.35h.

Monday, September 6th (Half-Day)

CVC researchers Ruben Perez and Dimosthenis Karatzas participate as co-organizers.

Tuesday, September 7th

CVC researchers Alicia Fornés and Dimosthenis Karatzas participate as co-organizers.

 

In addition, several CVC researchers are taking part in the Doctoral Consortium, a satelite event to the ICDAR main conference, (Tuesday, September 7th, 14:00 – 17:30h) as mentors; Josep Lladós, Dimosthenis Karatzas and Oriol Ramos Terrades, and others as PhD participants; Sanket Biswas and Rubèn Pérez Tito.

Finally, it should be noted the participation of the CVC director Josep Lladós in the Editorial of this IJDAR special issue paper: “Advanced Topics in Document Analysis and Recognition”.

 

 

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The CVC, founder member of AIRA -Artificial Intelligence Research Alliance of Catalonia-

Noticia AIRA

The Catalan Government has recently created AIRA (Artificial Intelligence Research Alliance of Catalonia), an alliance to foster a coordinate its strategy in Artificial Intelligence, aimed to the promotion of scientific research, talent management and acceleration of the development of solutions based on artificial intelligence in Catalonia.

In its kick-off, AIRA is constituted by the Computer Vision Center (CVC); the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC); the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA); the Institute of Robotics and Industrial Informatics (IIRI) and the Intelligent Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Research Center (IDEAl-UPC).

AIRA is an initiative promoted by the Department of the Vice-Presidency and Digital and Territorial Policies, and the Department of Research and Universities within the framework of the Artificial Intelligence Strategy of Catalonia (CATALONIA.AI). It is configured as a cooperative workspace, in which the catalan’s leading institutes and research centers in artificial intelligence will developed a coordinated strategy.

 

 

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Three CVC papers selected for the ICCV2021 Conference

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CVC is more than happy to announce that three of its papers have been selected for the ICCV2021 Conference, the premier international computer vision event.
Two of them were from Joost van de Weijer’s group and the other one from Sergio Escalera’s. Hereafter you can find them with a summary.

TransferI2I: Transfer Learning for Image-to-Image Translation from Small Datasets
Yaxing Wang, Hector Laria Mantecon, Joost van de Weijer, Laura Lopez-Fuentes, Bogdan Raducanu
Learning image-to-image (I2I) translation requires large datasets. In this paper, the authors propose transfer learning theory for I2I and show that they can now train high-quality systems on very small datasets.

Generalized Source-free Domain Adaptation
Shiqi Yang, Yaxing Wang, Joost van de Weijer, Luis Herranz, Shangling Jui
The authors propose a new method that can adapt to new target domains while keeping performance on the source domain without the need for any labels on the target domain.

DeePSD: Automatic Deep Skinning And Pose Space Deformation For 3D Garment Animation
Hugo Bertiche, Meysam Madadi, Emilio Tylson, Sergio Escalera
The authors present a novel solution to the garment animation problem through deep learning. Their contribution allows animating any template outfit with arbitrary topology and geometric complexity. When giving a piece (or set) of clothes, our approach links it to a “human body skeleton” thus, both clothing and person move in unison. Additionally, small deformations to the outfit for a realistic and consistent result are added.

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