Dr. Fernando Vilariño elected as the new ENOLL President

Associate CVC Director and UAB Professor has been elected as the new Chairman of the European Network of Living Labs (ENOLL) at the Network’s annual Conference in Geneva.  

Dr. Vilariño takes on the lead of a European Network that is working towards inclusive, responsible and Open Science and Innovation. With more than 150 active members around Europe and abroad, the network connects projects which are actively fostering user centric research and innovation.   In this way, Living Labs actively involve universities, research centers, industry, public administration and citizens with the aim of solving global challenges in different key areas such as Health, Education, Mobility, Technology and Artificial Intelligence, or culture.

Founded in November 2006, the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) was created within the European Union’s Digital Agenda and has become one of its most active communities, as well as the main benchmark in Europe concerning user-centric innovation. Dr. Fernando Vilariño is an ENOLL member with the Library Living Lab project, which he helped develop: a space within the public library in Sant Cugat del Vallés (Barcelona). This project explores how technology transforms people’s cultural experience in an accessible location for citizens. The project has been promoted by several actors: the Computer Vision Center, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Sant Cugat’s Town Hall, the Volpelleres neighbourhood Association and Barcelona’s provincial council. Furthermore, it has contributed to the creation of the BiblioLab program, driven by the Provincial Council’s Library Network.

Dr. Vilariño reasserted in Geneva the clear vocation of Living Labs in order to work for the completion of the Sustainable Goals promoted by the UN, declaring that “the challenges we are living in our different societies can not be effectively solved by one institution by its own. We need to comprehend how to manage collaboration between all societal actors of knowledge and economic growth, with citizens in the center of processes. Living labs are tools of democratization of the access to innovation and knowledge”.


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Dena Bazazian, organiser of the Women in Computer Vision ECCV 2018 Workshop

CVC PhD student Dena Bazazian is one of the organisers of the WiCV Workshop at 2018’s ECCV Conference, which will take place in Munich on September with over 4000 expected attendees in the biggest Computer Vision gathering in Europe.

Putting the focus of Women in Computer Vision is the main aim of the WiCV Workshop in order to foster and promote women’s work within Computer Vision in academia and industry. This year’s meeting is organised by the aforementioned Dena Bazazian (CVC), Zeynep Akata (University of Amsterdam), Yana Hasson (Inria), Angjoo Kanazawa (U. C. Berkeley),  and Hildegard Kuehne (University of Bonn), and Gul Varol (INRIA).

According to the organisers, the goal of the Workshop is to “raise visibility of female computer vision researchers by presenting invited research talks by women who are role models in this field.” To “give opportunities to junior female students or researchers to present their work via a poster session and travel awards” and, finally, to “share experience and career advice for female students and professionals”.

I believe an event such as WiCV will act as a strong motivator for all the women in computer vision, especially young researchers who are taking their first steps in a field mostly populated by men. Therefore, I greatly believe in what WiCV stands for and the benefits it brings at every edition: raising every year the self-reliance of women working in computer vision and helping to include each other in a broader community is an aspect of primary importance and can be achieved only by sharing career advices and encouraging each other as female researchers. A workshop like WiCV is the perfect venue to spread this kind of attitude, rising at the same time awareness in the whole scientific community,” Dena explains.

Dena Bazazian is a PhD student at CVC since 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Dimosthenis Karatzas (Computer Vision Center) and Dr. Andrew Bagdanov (Florence University). She is working on text localization and recognition in unconstrained conditions. Her research focuses on the combination of visual and textual data to mutually improve text extraction and scene understanding.

The workshop will take place on the 9th of September. Dena and her colleagues expect a high attendance and paper rate and hope these type of actions help close the gap in female representation within the Computer Vision Community.

CVC researchers at this year’s ICPR2018

Several CVC researchers attended this year’s International Conference on Pattern Recognition in Beijing during August. CVC presented 5 papers in total: two oral presentations and three posters.

Xialei Liu presented an oral presentation of his paper ‘Rotate your Networks: Better Weight Consolidation and Less Catastrophic Forgetting‘; Pau Riba presented an oral presentation of his paperLearning Graph Distances with Message Passing Neural Networks‘, wining the Best student Scientific Paper Award of Track 5 on Document Analysis and Recognition. 

On the other hand, Lu Yu presented her poster ‘Weakly Supervised Domain-Specific Color Naming Based on Attention‘, Gemma Rotger presented hers: ‘2D-to-3D Facial Expression Transfer, and Sounak Dey presented ‘Learning Cross-Modal Deep Embeddings for Multi-Object Image Retrieval using Text and Sketch



Pau Riba: ICPR2018 Best Scientific Paper Award

CVC PhD Student Pau Riba has won the ICPR2018 Best student Scientific Paper Award of Track 5 on Document Analysis and Recognition for his paper ‘Learning Graph Distances with Message Passing Neural Networks‘at this year’s International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR) which took place this past week in Beijing. Pau Riba presented his paper as an oral presentation, along with four other CVC participants.



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