CVC at Mobile World Congress 2023 

The Computer Vision Center at Mobile World Congress (MWC)

The Computer Vision Center was present at this year’s MWC, thanks to the support of Generalitat de Catalunya, highlighting the applicability of Computer Vision technologies for artistic expression.

The world's most influential mobile technology event, the Mobile World Congress (MWC), took place this year from February 27 to March 02 at Fira de Barcelona. The Computer Vision Center (CVC) participated in this relevant event as one of the Catalan institutions that exhibited their solutions within the Catalan Government Pavilion.

At the stand, we presented all aspects of CVC's work focusing on a cutting-edge demonstration developed by our research engineers. The demo uses advanced Computer Vision and Stable Diffusion generative AI models to generate unique pieces of art that are inspired by facial emotion recognition. This time our visitors could adopt six basic facial expressions of emotion in front of our camera, whether disgust, sadness, happiness, fear, anger or surprise and discover how art and technology came together in our ExpressArt.AI demonstration redefining the possibilities of artistic expression. This is a collaborative and pioneer experiment at the intersection of humans and artificial intelligence.

Take a look at the MWC23 ExpressArt.AI art portfolio

The applicability of this technology attracted the attention of the media and was featured in an article published by MetaData, the first online media in Catalan specialized in technology issues.

➡ At the venue, many companies, institutions and professionals approached the stand during the congress showing interest in CVC's work, among them, representatives from the Catalan Audiovisual Cluster, and different personalities and politicians, such as the Right Honourable President of the Government of Catalonia, Pere Aragonès, and the Secretary General of the Department of Business and Labor, Oriol Sagrera i Saula.

➡ Our Head of Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Fátima Itzel López, participated as a speaker at a session on AI in the audiovisual sector and conflicts with intellectual property, organized by the Catalan Audiovisual Cluster of which CVC is a member. During the session, she highlighted the transversality of Computer Vision and the multiple applications it has in this sector.

CVC as an active member of participated in a roundtable together with IDEAI-UPC Research Center, Eurecat and CIDAI – the Centre of Innovation for Data tech and Artificial Intelligence. is the Catalan Artificial Intelligence strategy. A strategy that establishes the priorities and lines of action to turn Catalonia into a pole of innovation, leadership and attraction of talent and companies in the field of artificial intelligence.

➡ Our Director and Director of AIRA – the Artificial Intelligence Research Alliance of Catalonia, Josep Lladós, participated as a speaker. And, our Strategic Projects Head and AIRA's coordinator, Meritxell Bassolas, moderated the roundtable. The debate aimed to analyse the Catalan AI ecosystem as a driver to boost the competitiveness of the region.

All in all, CVC had the opportunity to present its research to a high number of professionals. After four days of intense work and networking, the CVC team came back with a good impression and plenty of new contacts to be worked on from now on.

See you next year at the MWC 2024 with new Computer Vision technologies!