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Open Day and Interns 2020/2021 Farewell

On June 10th, the CVC hosted two events. In the morning, the Open Day, and in the afternoon, the Farewell ceremony for the 2020/2021 interns was celebrated for the first time.

More than a year later since this COVID-19 special situation has started, we were able to hold the Open Day in person again. As health guidelines dictated, the capacity was reduced to separate groups of six visitors maximum and all health measures were followed.

Students and professionals from different areas visited the CVC. Thus, not only did they learn first-hand about the research being carried out at CVC but also the training, collaboration, and development opportunities that can be performed in partnership with the CVC.

In addition, participants explored the facilities and discovered several demos that show CVC’s applied research. These demos were exhibited in the CVC tour: the self-driving car and CARLA, exposed by our researcher Diego Porres, the Deep Archive project, explained by our researcher Rubén Pérez, the BronchoX project undertaken by our researcher Carles Sanchez, Xarxes by Jialuo Chen, Age and Smart farming by Coen Antens, and Optical Illusions by Javier Vázquez.

Following the Open Day, we celebrated the interns 2020/2021 Farewell, in which the interns shared their experiences in this atypical academic course. As many of them had hardly worked at the CVC in person due to the pandemic, we allowed them to take a tour with demos and understand, in a more applied way, what is being done at the CVC in the different fields. In addition, a series of videos were recorded for all those interns who wanted to share their CVC episodes and be part of the interns’ program ambassadors.

The event continued with a short speech by our director Josep Lladós and associate director Fernando Vilariño. They highlighted the fact that the CVC is more than proud to have such a talented team of interns. Our management team has peace of mind when thinking about the future, it seems promising for all of them. The discourse was followed by the awarding of diplomas and some gifts, the photoshoot, and the toast.

 

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Biennal Ciutat i Ciència 2021

(Most of the pictures by Pep Herrero)

 

Two and a half years later, the second edition of Biennal Ciutat i Ciència is back. From June 8th to 13th, Barcelona hosted a new edition of this festival that seeks to bring science closer to citizens and invite them to be the protagonist.

With a program full of activities of all kinds (more than 250 activities and nearly 300 speakers from different branches of science) that took place all over the city, the CVC had two workshops in a privileged location, El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria.

The CVC session, which was framed in La Nit de la Ciència, was called “Patrons biomètrics: saber l’edat amb intel-ligència artificial”. It was presented by the CVC researcher Jordi Gonzalez and organized by the CVC communication and marketing team, with the help of the Tech-Transfer Support Unit.

The session consisted of an introduction to the technology and how facial recognition occurs, as well as an explanation on how age prediction is performed based on biometric patterns and artificial intelligence. This was followed by a contest in which attendees, divided by groups, and the demo of the computer competed to figure out the age of photos of different characters. “The humans” won and were consequently awarded prizes. Therefore, one of the messages to be conveyed was exposed. Machines are not perfect, there is still a long way to go for the development of this technology and humans will always be necessary.

Following the contest, people who wanted to had the opportunity to test the demo and see if it could guess their own age.

 

 

 

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Debate de clausura de la segunda edición del ciclo “Inteligencia Artificial, ética y participación ciudadana”

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La segunda edición del ciclo de diálogos ciudadanos “Inteligencia Artificial, ética y participación ciudadana” llega a su fin. Durante los cinco ejes de los que constó (videovigilancia y seguridad; sesgos en los algoritmos; Industria inteligente y medio ambiente; fake news y deepfakes; y Big Data) se buscó proporcionar a la ciudadanía las herramientas para entender el estado de desarrollo actual de la Inteligencia Artificial (IA) en diferentes ámbitos, sus potenciales aplicaciones y posibles problemáticas asociadas a su mal uso, a la vez que se les proporcionó un espacio para que pudiesen reflexionar sobre su ética y su regulación, y transmitir sus inquietudes a todos los actores involucrados: comunidad científica, clase política y mundo empresarial.

Pese a que cada eje versó sobre una temática diferente, se identificaron inquietudes transversales a todos ellos: cómo educar y formar a la ciudadanía en IA, el impacto medioambiental del análisis masivo de datos, cómo afectará la IA al mercado laboral, cómo salvar la brecha entre el desarrollo tecnológico y la regulación de la IA, el impacto de la IA en los derechos humanos, el uso de la IA para desinformar, etc. Por ello, en este debate de clausura discutiremos sobre todos estos puntos para conocer de primera mano las medidas y actuaciones que se están llevando y se pueden llevar a cabo por parte de las Administraciones Públicas, la Academia y el sector Industrial para dar respuestas a la ciudadanía sobre estos aspectos.

Para ello, el CVC, en colaboración con el Observatorio Social de la Fundación “la Caixa” organiza el martes 18 de mayo a las 18h en el Palau Macaya el debate  “¿Qué hemos aprendido y cómo hemos llegado hasta aquí?“, que contará con la presencia de:

  • Dr. Fernando Vilariño, subdirector del Centro de Visión por Computador (CVC) y profesor de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • Dra. Núria Oliver, cofundadora y vicepresidenta del European Lab for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS)
  • Sr. Michael Donaldson, comisionado de Innovación Digital, Administración Electrónica i Buen Gobierno del Ajuntament de Barcelona
  • Dra. Karina Gibert, directora del Centro de Investigación en Intelligent Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDEAI-UPC)
  • Dra. Nerea Luis, ingeniera en Sngular y miembro de los 100 de COTEC

Moderado por:

Dr. Carlos Sierra Sánchez, director de Comunicación y Marketing del Centro de Visión por Computador (CVC)

Este debate podrá seguirse presencialmente en el Palau Macaya (aforo limitado debido a la Covid-19) y será también retransmitido en directo a través de los canales de Facebook, Twitter/Periscope y YouTube del CVC.

Este debate forma parte de la 2ª edición del ciclo “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”, que 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 desarrolla en el mismo Palau Macaya desde el 11 de noviembre de 2020 hasta el 18 de mayo de 2021.

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CVC at the AI for Industry International Congress

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The Computer Vision Center will participate in the AI for Industry International Congress, a virtual event organized by Secpho to discover the latest solutions in Artificial Intelligence applied to the industrial sector. The event will be held on April 28-29th through the Secpholand platform, an innovative online business tool that simulates an interactive virtual environment.

The CVC will have its own virtual booth in the event’s showroom in which Dr. Fátima López, CVC’s Knowledge and Technology Transfer manager, and Laia Grañena, Tech-Transfer Administrative Assistant, will be presenting our computer vision solutions for industry.

Furthermore, on April 28th at 11:05h, Dr. Josep Lladós, CVC Director, will participate as a speaker in the round table “Vision and future of AI” together with Dr. Núria Oliver (ELLIS), Natalia Mira and Daniel Martínez (Grupo Álava), Alejandro Rosales (Iris Technology group) and Dr. Álex Turpin (Secpho).

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CVC at MEMEnginy 2021

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The Computer Vision Center will participate at MEMEnginy 2021, organized by the UAB’s Engineering School, that this year will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

The 29th of April, from 10am to 2pm, we will present our training opportunities, both for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a talk given by Dr. Dimosthenis Karatzas, CVC deputy director and UAB professor, who will explain who we are and what we do.

In addition, all the attendees who will visit the virtual CVC stand could discover the CVC facilities in the 3D tour designed by our researcher Dr. Agnés Borràs

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