NeuroBiT team at the Iberian Conference on Perception 2019

CVC’s NeuroComputation and Biological Vision Team (NeuroBiT) gave three talks and presented one poster at the 8th Iberian Conference on Perception, which was held from the 20th to the 22nd of June in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain.

The conference is focused on Perception, emphasizing different aspects like: Motion Perception, Spatial Vision,Stereopsis, Colour Perception, Perception and Action, Attention and Cognition, Auditory Perception, Multisensory Integration and Reading/Speech Perception. Dr. Xavier Otazu was also the organizer of the conference’s symposium Computational Perception.

The papers presented in this Conference were the following:


C. Alejandro Parraga, Xavier Otazu, Arash Akbarinia: Modelling symmetry perception with banks of quadrature convolutional Gabor kernels.


D. Berga: Computational modeling of visual attention: What do we know from physiology and psychophysics?

D. Berga: Measuring bottom-up visual attention in eye tracking experimentation with synthetic images

Dr. X. Otazu: No chromatic-chromatic interaction in colour assimilation.

Computer Vision Catalan Alliance at CVPR2019

A total of 11 papers from Catalan universities and research centers have been accepted at this year’s Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), one of the most important conferences in the field of Computer Vision. This importante presence of researchers from Catalan Centers highlights the high standard and quality of research of Catalonia in Computer Vision making it an important hub in Southern Europe.  

Researchers from different Catalan universities have presented their latest results on Computer Vision at this year’s CVPR in Long Beach, California, during the month of June. A total of 11 papers and more than 7 research centers from the Catalan ecosystem in this discipline have had an opportunity to discuss their findings with a community of more than 9.000 colleagues from all around the world. An excellent opportunity to showcase their work in one of the best AI conferences worldwide which has seen an important increase in attendance in recent years.

The Catalan research institutions present this year at CVPR were the Computer Vision Center, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS), the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), the University of Barcelona (UB)  and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).

At a glance, the papers from Catalan institutions presented at this year’s CVPR are the following (catalan based researchers in bold):

A Dataset and Benchmark for Large-scale Multi-modal Face Anti-Spoofing, by authors Shifeng Zhang (LPR, CASIA, UCAS), Xiaobo Wang (JD AI Research), Ajian Liu (MUST), Chenxu Zhao (JD AI Research), Jun Wan (NLPR, CASIA, UCAS), Sergio Escalera (UB/CVC), Hailin Shi (JD AI Research), Zezheng Wang (JD Finance), Stan Z. Li (NLPR, CASIA, UCAS/MUST)

Convolutional Neural Networks Deceived by Visual Illusions, by authors Alexander Gomez-Villa (UPF), Adrián Martín (UPF), Javier Vazquez-Corral (UEA), Marcelo Bertalmío (UPF)

Deep single Image Camera Calibration with Radical Distortion, by authors Manuel López-Antequera (Mapillary), Roger Marí (CMLA), Pau Gargallo (Mapillary), Yubin Kuang (Mapillary), Javier Gonzalez-Jimenez (Universidad de Málaga), Gloria Haro (UPF)

Doodle to Search: Practical Zero-Shot Sketch-based Image Retrieval, by authors Sounak Dey (CVC), Pau Riba (CVC), Anjan Dutta (CVC), Josep Llados (CVC/UAB), Yi-Zhe Song (University of Surrey)

Good News, Everyone! Context driven entity-aware captioning for news images, by authors Ali Furkan Biten (CVC), Lluis Gomez (CVC), Marçal Rusiñol (CVC), Dimosthenis Karatzas (CVC/UAB).

Inverse Cooking: Recipe Generation from Food Images, by authors Amaia Salvador (UPC), Michal Drozdzal (Facebook AI Research), Xavier Giro-i-Nieto (UPC), Adriana Romero (Facebook AI Research)

Learning Metrics from Teachers: Compact Networks for Image Embedding, by authors Lu Yu (CVC), Vacit Oguz Yazici (CVC/Wide-Eyes Technologies), Xialei Liu (CVC), Joost van de Weijer (CVC), Yongmei Cheng (NPU), Arnau Ramisa (Wide-Eyes Technologies)

LSTA: Long Short-Term Attention for Egocentric Action Recognition, by authors Swathikiran Sudhakaran (Fondazione Bruno Kessler/University of Trento), Sergio Escalera (UB/CVC), Oswald Lanz (Fondazione Bruno Kessler).

RVOS: End-to-End Recurrent Net for Video Object Segmentation, by authors Carles Ventura (UOC), Miriam Bellver (BSC), Andreu Girbau (UPC), Amaia Salvador (UPC), Ferran Marques (UPC), Xavier Giro-i-Nieto (UPC).

Semantically Tied Paired Cycle Consistency for Zero-Shot Sketch-based Image Retrieval by authors Anjan Dutta (CVC), Zeynep Akata (University of Amsterdam)

What Does It Mean to Learn in Deep Networks? And, How Does One Detect Adversarial Attacks?, by authors Ciprian A. Corneanu (UB), Meysam Madadi (CVC/UB), Sergio Escalera (CVC/UB), Aleix M. Martinez (OSU).


5 CVPR’s from CVC this year

As every year, the CVC has been present at the most important gathering in the Computer Vision Science Community, the annual Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference (CVPR). In this edition, CVC researchers have presented a total of 5 papers. The conference was held from the 16th to the 20th of June in Long Beach, California.

The articles presented were the following:

Doodle to Search: Practical Zero-Shot Sketch-based Image Retrieval , by authors Sounak Dey, Pau Riba, Anjan Dutta, Josep Lladós and Yi-Zhe Song.

Learning Metrics from Teachers: Compact Networks for Image Embedding, by authors Lu Yu, Vacit Oguz Yazici, Xialei Liu, Joost van de Weijer, Yongmei Cheng and Arnau Ramisa

Semantically Tied Paired Cycle Consistency for Zero-Shot Sketch-based Image Retrieval, by authors Anjan Dutta and Zeynep Akata

What does it mean to learn in deep networks? And, how does on detect adversarial attacks?, by authors Ciprian A. Corneanu, Meysam Madadi, Sergio Escalera and Aleix M. Martinez.

Good News, Everyone! Context driven entity-aware captioning for news images, by authors Ali Furkan Biten, Lluis Gomez, Marçal Rusiñol and Dimosthenis Karatzas

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Dr. Debora Gil invited speaker at the conference “L’Estadística de les Coses”

CVC researcher, Dr. Debora Gil, took part in this year’s Spring Meeting “L’Estadística de les coses”, organized by Societat Catalana d’Estadística. In this edition, the conference focused on Data Science and the Internet of Things and was held on the 5th of June at ETSAB (Barcelona School of Architecture).

Dr. Debora Gil gave the talk “Iot4 Health: Uncertainty Prediction for Personalized Health”, on IoT (Internet of things) applied to personalized health and biomedical research. She also took part in final panel along with the other speakers.  Among them, we could find Dra. Carme Torras (IRI-CSIC), Dr. Ricard Gavaldà (UPC), Cristina Giner (Data CRM Consultant) and, as a moderator, Dr. Ernest Pons (University of Barcelona).

If you missed Dr. Debora Gil’s speech, you can watch it online in the following tweet (in Catalan):

CVC Open Day for students 2019

Last Friday 31st of May, CVC celebrated its Open Day in a two turn visit. Students from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and professionals from several local companies visited our institution in order to know, first hand, the research that is being developed in the area of Computer Vision, as well as the different job and training opportunities offered. Moreover, they were able to explore our facilities and test some of our latest demonstrations.