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Dr. Alicia Fornés, winner of the “Academic/Researcher” prize in the Dona TIC Awards 2021

The CVC researcher, Dr. Alicia Fornés received the Dona TIC award in the Academic/Researcher category. The awards ceremony, which is celebrated annually in commemoration of the Ada Lovelace Day, was held on October 13th at CosmoCaixa Barcelona and broadcasted on Youtube.

The Dona TIC awards, which are boosted by the Department of the Vice-Presidency, Digital Policies and Territory of the Government of Catalonia, have the dual purpose of recognizing and disseminating the role and talent of women and offering references to girls to encourage them to pursue STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and to assume leadership positions in the sector. The ceremony was chaired by the Vice President and Minister of Digital Policies and Territory, Jordi Puigneró, and organized with the collaboration of the Catalan Women’s Institute, the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce’s Women, Business and Economy Observatory the Tertúlia Digital association.

In this edition, out of 80 nominations submitted, 8 women and 2 initiatives were awarded in 10 different categories. In the case of Dr. Alicia Fornés, she received the prize in the category Academic/Researcher, which recognizes the trajectory of women devoted to training and / or research in the field of ICT.

Dr. Alicia Fornés is PhD in Computer Science and Senior Research Fellow at the Computer Vision Center and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has more than 100 publications in international conferences and journals and she has led numerous national and international research projects, with the aim of improving the automatic recognition of textual and graphic manuscripts, contributing to the preservation and dissemination of historical and cultural heritage. She is currently promoting the creation of the “Catalonia Time Machine” which aims to create a computer simulator to visualize thousands of years of Catalan history. On the other hand, her research activity also focuses on the application of ICT in the field of health. She also carries out activities to encourage STEM vocations among young people.

The Dona TIC Award recognizes Dr. Fornés’ outstanding contributions to the areas of computer vision and digital humanities. During her speech at the awards ceremony, Dr. Alicia Fornés encouraged girls who are interested in ICTs to choose this path and fight to increase the presence of women in this field. “The journey is difficult but the ICTs really deserve the effort”, concluded Dr. Fornés.

Congratulations Alicia for this well-deserved recognition!

More information about the Dona TIC Awards: https://politiquesdigitals.gencat.cat/ca/tic/premisdonatic/

Watch the awards ceremony again:

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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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UAB Argó program students visited our research center

On July 7th, a group of outstanding students visited our research center. They were part of the UAB Argó program, which supports the transition between high school and university.

First, our associate director Dr. Dimosthenis Karatzas gave an introduction to the CVC. After that, there was a guided tour where our researchers explained demos from different fields and exchanged thoughts with the participants.

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Conclusiones ciclo “Inteligencia Artificial, ética y participación ciudadana. CVC – Fundación “la Caixa”

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Las conclusiones de la segunda edición del ciclo de diálogos ciudadanos “Inteligencia Artificial, ética y participación ciudadana” un proyecto de ciencia ciudadana organizado por el Centro de Visión por Computador, con la colaboración de la Fundación ”la Caixa”, han sido recogidas en un reportaje a doble página por la Vanguardia.

Para realizar dicho reportaje, la Vanguardia entrevistó al subdirector del CVC, el Dr. Fernando Vilariño.

Puedes leer el artículo completo aquí: IA ética – La Vanguardia – La Vanguardia

 

El ciclo “Inteligencia Artificial, ética y participación ciudadana“ busca reflexionar sobre el futuro que queremos como sociedad en relación a la tecnología y la Inteligencia Artificial y fomentar el diálogo y la transformación social. Se trata de uno de los proyectos innovadores seleccionados en la última convocatoria del Palau Macaya, que se desarrolló en el mismo Palau Macaya desde el 11 de noviembre de 2020 hasta el 18 de mayo de 2021.

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The Computer Vision Center, one year more at the Mobile World Congress Barcelona

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After the cancellation in 2020 for the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the MWC is back from June 28th to July 1st at Fira Internacional de Barcelona. The Computer Vision Center  (CVC) will participate as exhibitor within the Digital Catalonia Pavillion, Hall 3, booth 2 thanks to the support of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

There, we will show our demos and technologies developed in the mobile field and discuss the potential role that computer vision may play in your products as well as in your market sector. This year’s novelty showcase will be a demo on plastic recycling, emphasizing how computer vision could help in the recycling industry. This demonstration is framed in the Activ 4.0 project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) under the FEDER Catalonia Operative Programme 2014-2020

In addition, we will set up one-to-one meetings with companies and institutions in order to explore possible partnership opportunities.

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