The 2017-2018 promotion of the Master in Computer Vision organised by CVC-UAB, UOC, UPC and UPF celebrated its kick off on Friday 29th of September at the Computer Vision Center. The students had the opportunity to present themselves and were given an overview of the Master, as well as a brief presentation of all the institutions involved in the master’s organisation. More information at the master’s official website: http://pagines.uab.cat/mcv/
CVC is having monthly informal gatherings called CVC tea talks, in which we discuss diferent ideas, topics or share insights and news. CVC tea talks started in September 2017, and this is the relation of events and topics we have covered:
February 22nd 2018 – programme not yet defined.
September 21st 2017 – Chenshen Wu introduced himself, Claire Pérez-Mangado explained her work in TedXGracia and Pau Rodríguez proposed a debate on ethics in AI.
October 26th 2017 – Idoia Ruiz, Guillem Cucurull and Wai Kang introduced themselves, and we had a mini- debate on AI bots in social networks and how to regulate them.
January 25th 2018 – Anguelos Nicolau explained his international internship experience and we also discussed other CVC Tea Talk formats.
Find all the CVC tea talks pictures here: Tea talks flickr
Dr. Sergio Escalera and Pau Rodríguez where interviewed about the new Iphone X facial ID in a central, double page feature of one of the leading Spanish Newspaper, La Vanguardia:
La Vanguardia (27/09/17): El teléfono se queda con tu cara
The Vision Zero partnership is a crowdsourcing platform dedicated to help the video analytics system learn to detect road conflicts. The ADAS team at CVC, along with researchers from the UAB’s Engineering school, have joined the platform in order to generate realistic synthetic images with pixel-level annotation to help generalize and improve the training processes by deep learning algorithms.
More specifically, they will be using Synthia in order to enhance the accuracy of the machine learning systems under development in classifying objects into relevant categories – people walking, bicycling, or driving cars. As put by the partnership, “since the launch of the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero crowdsourcing initiative over 500 people have volunteered to annotate existing traffic footage via the platform. The crowdsourcing initiative has enhanced the object classification accuracy of the machine learning system under development. People walking and bicycling are now accurately recognized 90% of the time when grouped together into a non-motorized object category”.
The partnership is coordinated by the Bellevue town Council and counts with different partners worldwide such as Microsoft, Unity, Lund University or ITS America. According to Jose Antonio Guitian, Cofund researcher at CVC and member of the ADAS team, “it’s an excellent opportunity to participate in a global consortium with shared interests and advancing in the improvement of ADAS research”.
The final aim of the partnership is to allow automatic systems and simulation to help prevent traffic crashes and save lives. The partnerships estimates that worldwide, 1.25 million people are killed annually in traffic accidents and that, with this new technology, “cities will be able to rapidly detect road conflicts and traffic engineers can then take preventative action to avoid crashes”.
Know more at the partnership’s website at: http://www.ite.org/visionzero/videoanalytics/
CVC was present this year at the Campus Gutenberg, an annual event dedicated to Science Communication organised by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra which aims at exploring new ways of promoting and communicating Science. The Press team at CVC was present at a workshop and a talk. The Workshop, that took place on the 18th of September during the morning, was organised and conducted by several press offices of research centers: CRAG, ICP, ICN2, ICMAB, ICIQ, PRUAB, IFAE and CVC. It explored different real scenarios that Communication offices have to face in their day to day work and that are not normally included in Science Education programmes.
The other session was a talk dedicated to the Library Living Lab, explaining its work and mission. Find all the pictures of the event here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/146823557@N08/albums/72157689275411975