CVC at MEMEnginy 2019

CVC was present at this year’s MEMEnginy that took place at the hall of UAB’s Engineering School.

We presented our training opportunities both for undergraduate as graduate students, as well as the Master in Computer Vision, coordinated by Dr. Maria Vanrell, UAB professor and CVC Researcher.

In addition, all the attendees who came to the CVC booth, were able to test different demonstration such as the apparent personality detector, the video game of racing against the Artificial Intelligence through the CARLA Simulator or the videogames used to validate the transcription of the old handwritten documents.

CVC at Mobile World Congress 2019

The Computer Vision Center presented some of its latest technology at this year’s edition of the Mobile World Congress at the Catalan Pavilion (CS20).

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the most important mobile event in the world that promotes the sector of the information and communication technologies. This year, this relevant event took place from the 25th to the 28th of February and 109.000 visitors and more than 2.400 companies all over the world attended to Fira de Barcelona in order to show and discover the latest innovations and leading-edge technology.

The Computer Vision Center was one of the 46 Catalan companies and institutions that presented their solutions in a stand within the Catalan Government pavilion, located in the central part of the Congress (Congress Square 20). The CVC had the opportunity to widen horizons presenting its research to a high number of professionals from different businesses worldwide and gaining reputation at a local scale with the visit of different personalities, journalists and politicians, such as the Right Honourable President of the Government of Catalonia, Quim Torra.

CVC presented its research focusing on three demonstrations: a software that predicts people’s personality traits in first-impressions, different tools for image retrieval using text or sketches and BronchoX, a service for lung cancer biopsy. Moreover, the last day of the congress, CVC team presented a demonstration on Autonomous Driving in the front part of the Catalan pavilion in which attendants had to race against the Artificial Intelligence inside our Carla Simulator.

Four days of intense work and networking in which hundreds of visitors came to our stand to discover the technologies and all aspects of CVC’s work.

In the media:

El Punt Avui, 27/02/2019, Innovació multidisciplinària

Vila Web, 25/02/2019: Un centenar d’empreses catalanes es fan un lloc al MWC amb solucions en mobilitat, logística i ciutats intel·ligents

Segre, 27/02/2019, Tecnologia lleidatana a la segona jornada de l’MWC

Regió 7, 25/02/2019: Un centenar d’empreses catalanes es fan un lloc al MWC

Aldia.cat, 25/02/2019: Un centenar d’empreses catalanes es fan un lloc al MWC amb solucions en mobilitat, logística i ciutats intel·ligents

 

 

Have a look at our Mobile World Congress 2019 Moment in Twitter: https://twitter.com/i/moments/1093800699673092097?s=13

CVC people at NeurIPS 2018

We had a good representation of CVC people at this year’s NeurIPS which took place on the first week of December in Montreal. The articles presented were the following:

‘Memory Replay GANs: learning to generate images from new categories without forgetting, by authors Chenshen Wu, Luis Herranz, Xialei Liu, Yaxing Wang, Dr. Joost van de Weijer and Dr. Bogdan Raducanu (all from CVC);

Image-to-image translation for cross-domain disentanglement, by authors Dr. Abel González, Dr. Joost van de Weijer and Dr. Yoshua Bengio;

‘TADAM: Task dependent adaptive metric for improved few-shot learning, by authors Boris N. Oreshkin, Pau Rodriguez (CVC member) and Dr. Alexandre Lacoste

At the Metalearning Workshop:

Cross-Modulation Networks for Few-Shot Learning, by authors Hugo Prol (CVC master student), Vicent Dumoulin and Luis Herranz.

Dr. Antonio López invited speaker at the First Forum on Autonomous Vehicles

Dr. Antonio Lopez took part of the First Forum on Autonomous Vehicles, organized by the Association of Industrial Engineers of Catalonia, that was held the 27th of November at Barcelona.

The event was celebrated in order to reflect on the changes that may arise from the implementation of the autonomous vehicle. In this first edition, called “between myth and reality”, it was discussed the issue of the autonomous car not only from the technological current but also from other areas such as Law, Sociology or Philosophy.

Dr. Antonio López was an invited speaker of the technological part, in which he talked about Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Driving and presented his current research and recent projects such as Carla or Synthia.

CVC at Smart City Expo 2018

CVC was present at this year’s Smart City Expo presenting its technology in Computer Vision to a high number of enterprises and companies who visited us in our stand. The Smart City Expo is a great opportunity to meet game changes all over the world, who gather in Barcelona for one week in order to exchange ideas and business opportunities. A day after the Expo, we had a visit of more than 50 delegates from over 10 countries invited by ACCIO in order to know our Research Center and explore possible sinergies and collaborations.

ExperimentAI kickoff session

On the 7th of November we had the official kick off to the ExperimentAI project, an initiative promoted and coordinated by the Computer Vision Center and funded by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) that brings Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision closer to society.

The session started with an inaugural address by Joana Barbany, General Director of Digital Society at the Government of Catalonia and councillor of Sant Cugat del Vallès. It continued with an introduction of the project and the aims and objectives of all following sessions.

The introduction was then followed by an open on how Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision are impacting our daily life, their uses and applications. The panel was composed by Dr. Fernando Vilariño, Associate CVC director, Alexandra Canet, CVC Communications Manager, CVC PhD students Laura López and Marc Masana, and last but not least, Sigrid Vila, Bruno Moya and Oriol Baeza. The last three are High School students who have spent a research stay at CVC as part of their Research School Projects.  In addition, all members of the public could contribute and thus detect the different challenges that this technology must face in their different areas of expertise.

ExperimentAI is a recurrent activity that will take place on a weekly basis from the 7th of November until the 20th of Februrary 2019 at the Library Living Lab. We will be presenting, every Wednesday, new experiences, prototypes and activities to understand the impact of AI and Computer Vision in our future and current society.

All information, calendar and registrations here: ExperimentAI website

ACMCV 2018

CVC celebrated this year’s Annual Catalan Meeting on Computer Vision (ACMCV2018) that took place on the 20th of September. This event is annually organized by the Master in Computer Vision coordinators of the Catalan universities UAB, UOC, UPC and UPF. The aims of this meeting are to strengthen the Catalan academic and industrial computer vision network, to disseminate the most relevant works and to allow students from the Master in Computer Vision meet with members of the Catalan CV community.

This year’s edition counted, as always, with the presentation of the final master thesis from the Master in Computer Vision, a poster session and two keynote lectures carried out by Guillem Alenyà, from the Institute of Robotics and Industrial Informatics (IRI), who talked about the project CLOTHILDE and Marco Pedersoli from the Superior Technology School of Montreal (ETS Montreal), whose talk was about the evolution of his research during the last ten years.

The program and more details about the event can all be found at its website: http://acmcv.cat/

 

 

AERFAI Summer Lectures & Colloquium on Deep Learning for Computer Vision

CVC has organised this year’s AERFAI Summer School that took place at UAB’s Casa Convalescència on the 17th and 18th of July. We had keynote lectures by Prof. Antonio Torralba (MIT – IBM), Prof. Joan Bruna (NY University), Dr. Eduard Vázquez (Cortexica), Dr. Marco Bressan (Satellogic) and Prof. Antonio M. López from UAB and C VC. The program and Summer School details can all be found at the event’s website: http://www.cvc.uab.es/aerfai/

Plenty of CVC members attended, with a number of colloquiums debating on Deep Learning and its use in Computer Vision. Dr. Dimosthenis Karatzas, from CVC, moderated an intense debate in which speakers were asked to reflect on the future of Computer Vision and the role of Deep Learning within this new paradigm.

Find the event’s Twitter moment here: https://twitter.com/i/moments/1019536110995861504

CARLA simulator and Crowd Counting at Maker Faire BCN 2018

CVC was present at this year’s Maker Faire Barcelona 2018 last weekend, 16th and 17th of June at the Italian Pavillion of the Fira de Barcelona.

More than 10.000 people visited this year’s Maker Faire in Barcelona, an expo dedicated to Open Source projects and makers that gathers a rapidly increasing community within the metropolitan area of Barcelona. CVC, along with other research centers, had a space in which it showcased its simulator for autonomous driving, CARLA, and its crowd counting technology, both technologies winning three Maker of Merit awards. PhD student Edgar Riba gave a talk on OpenCV, computer vision and deep learning, and how to embed computer vision in applications for all the maker community.

Have a look at our Maker Faire Twitter Moment

Our Communication manager was interviewed by La Hora Maker. See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03fZcHjwg8U&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop

CVC Open Day 2018

CVC celebrated its Open Day last Friday 25th of May in a three turn visit. More than 60 students from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona visited our center and had the opportunity to know, first hand, the research we are developing in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence.