Desde el pasado 27 de enero hasta el 3 de marzo (todos los jueves de 18.30-20h), investigadores e investigadoras del CVC impartieron de forma online el curso “Inteligencia Artificial: aplicaciones, retos y oportunidades” (“Intel·ligència Artificial: aplicacions, reptes i oportunitats”) en Casa Elizalde.
Con 23 personas de formación diversa y con muchas ganas de aprender, las sesiones se centraron en distintos aspectos de la inteligencia artificial (IA), presente y futuro. Pues esta tecnología está cada vez más presente en nuestras vidas, impacta y transforma nuestro día a día, la forma en que nos relacionamos y cómo interactuamos con el mundo. El curso tenía como objetivo conocer los principales conceptos de la IA mientras indagábamos en sus usos y aplicaciones, explorábamos las oportunidades y limitaciones, y reflexionábamos sobre las cuestiones éticas que giran a su alrededor.
Introducción a la Inteligencia Artificial (Jordi Gonzàlez)
Algoritmos sesgados: sin dejar a nadie atrás (Maria Vanrell)
Inteligencia Artificial aplicada a la salud (Jorge Bernal)
Inteligencia Artificial aplicada a la industria y la preservación del medio ambiente (Coen Antens)
Inteligencia Artificial, comunicación y redes sociales (Jordi Gonzàlez)
Inteligencia Artificial y movilidad autónoma (Aura Hernàndez)
La Casa Elizalde es un centro cultural abierto y dinámico del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona – Distrito del Eixample que ofrece un amplio abanico de actividades para satisfacer inquietudes culturales. Con más de 30 años de trayectoria como centro de proximidad, Casa Elizalde sigue siendo un centro cultural de referencia en la ciudad.
The world’s most influential mobile technology event, the Mobile World Congress (MWC), took place this year from February 28 to March 3 at Fira de Barcelona. Four days in which over 61000 visitors and companies from almost 200 countries and territories gathered together to show and discover the latest innovations and leading-edge technologies on the field.
The Computer Vision Center (CVC) participated in this relevant event as one of the Catalan institutions that exhibited their solutions within the Digital Catalonia Pavilion. At booth 28, CVC presented all aspects of their work focusing on a Virtual Dressing Room demonstration. The software identifies the different parts of the body to place a garment in the appropriate point and position. To showcase a technology based on the recognition of human body parts and automatic segmentation that has applications far beyond the retail industry allowed to illustrate the role that computer vision may play as a front-line service in different fields.
On the first day of the exhibition, the CVC stand received the visit of different personalities and politicians, such as the Right Honourable President of the Government of Catalonia, Pere Aragonès, the Government Vice-President, Jordi Puigneró, the President of the Parliament of Catalonia, Laura Borràs, and the Health Minister, Josep Maria Argimon. Besides, the presence of the Computer Vision Center at the MWC attracted the attention of the media. Josep Lladós, Director of the Center, and Coen Antens, Head of CVC’s Technological Innovation Unit, were interviewed by different broadcasting companies.
At the venue, many visitors and companies approached the stand during the congress showing interest in CVC’s work, among them, representatives from the Government of the Principality of Asturias, XaFIR’s network and ‘Clúster Audiovisual de Catalunya’. Moreover, Gemma Geis, Minister for Research and Universities of the Government of Catalonia, brought a group of students who performed the best at last year’s Selectivity exam to learn about computer vision and the career options and opportunities that this field offers.
All in all, CVC had the opportunity to present its research to a high number of professionals. Four days of intense work and networking from which the CVC team came back with a good impression and plenty of new contacts to be worked on from now on.
The Computer Vision Center (CVC) stepped up to celebrate the “Women and Girls in Science Day” on February 11, initiated by UNESCO as a distinguished day for the international science community since 2015. This day is dedicated towards recognizing the contributions of women scientists in the scientific and technological revolution.
Several fun and intellectual activities were organized by CVC for all its staff and research personnel. It all started with a co-creative mural asking how many women in science and technology they are aware about. Posters and infographics were exhibited, featuring women scientists from NASA, women in tech from the UN or other beautiful compendium of illustrations of diverse women in science. In addition, the situations of gender inequality in science were also under display, as the CVC joined the CREAF campaign (also a CERCA centre) “En ciencia también pasa” #insciencetoo. The Javier Royo satirical cartoons were showcased at CVC corridors in order to illustrate some real stories of prejudices, impostor syndromes and mansplaining situations faced by women in research. In addition, we broadcasted our women researchers through some videos recorded in the last year in which they share experiences about their driving force towards research, advices for girls and views on gender discrimination. Finally, a table was presented in the dining hall with resources and games related to gender inequality, the recognition of women scientists and the featuring of role models in different domains of science and technology.
Other notable activities featured our researcher Aura Hernandez Sabaté in the exhibition of the UAB science library for the campaign #fetXdonaTIC #11F2022 of DonesCOEINF (Gender Commission of the College of Computer Engineering of Catalonia) and also presiding a talk session at the L’Escala l’Avet School. In addition, the inauguration of the Women@INF project was celebrated in which our researcher Alicia Fornés participated. The project aimed to “finger on the pulse” of the situation of women in computer science research in Spain and promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) vocations.
We would also like to mention CVC’s participation on February 8 in the Viquimarató organized by Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona (PRBB) and Espai Viquidones of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). CVC joined forces with 20 other scientific entities to create, edit or translate pages of women scientists in Wikipedia.
If you still want to come and visit us we will keep the exhibition open for some more weeks. Do not hesitate to ask us for resources. Sharing is living and more on occasions like this one!
These were some of the materials that were shared:
Dr. Gemma Rotger, CVC Alumni, has been granted the CERCA Pioneer Award 2021 for her doctoral thesis. The prize is a recognition for researchers who have presented a doctoral thesis with results that are clearly aimed at commercial exploitation.
The Pioner Awards aim to recognise those researchers working in one of the CERCA centres who have presented a doctoral thesis through which they propose to initiate or improve the development of a technology or product that may have an industrial or commercial application or might even make a significant specific contribution to the development of public policy.
The jury considered that her thesis, which develops novel techniques to achieve the automatic generation of detailed and realistic faces of synthetic human characters through low-cost setups, has a direct application in the current and the future of the entertainment industry.
The work incorporates a new method to automatically describe realistic details to the characters, such as wrinkles, facial expressions or micro-expressions, without user interaction or learning data, looking for their robustness and simplicity of configuration. The proposal offers a pioneering approach, which reduces modelling costs and could revolutionize the industry by easily adapting to existing solutions currently on the market.
The Pioner Awards ceremony took place on 20 December in a virtual format on the CERCA YouTube channel.