The ICTA – CVC App Plant*tes wins a Research Prize from the Generalitat de Catalunya

The app Plant*tes, developed by the Aerobiological information point (PIA-UAB), the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) and the Computer Vision Center, has won a prize dedicated to Research, development and innovation from the Generalitat de Catalunya. The app is a citizen science project which intends to inform about the existing allergic plants within cities … Read more

Defined by the looks: when text meets visual information

The CVC project ‘Beyond Word spotting: visual context in support of open vocabulary scene text recognition’ led by Dr Dimosthenis Karatzas and Dr Andrew Bagdanov has won a Google Research Award 2016. The project aims to give computers improved reading abilities by teaching them how to read text in images by taking into account the … Read more

XARXES: connecting the lives of our ancestors

Teaching computers to understand handwritten documents can help bring our past to life, giving value to billions of documents currently stored in thousands of archives and libraries all over Europe. These document collections are not only composed of text documents but also drawings, pictures, scientific cards, maps, or music scores. In every single historical building … Read more

Payment terminals: chronicle of a death foretold

Post Author: Orain Team. Originally published in Spanish here. Nowadays, in a highly connected, sensorised and technological world, it is surprising to see how certain technologies of past times are still in vogue. Traditional payment terminals are one of them. Mantaining these old systems within the market is sign of an immobile and non-agile economy, … Read more

A lab at the library: triggering innovation in bottom up processes

In a clear example of RRI, the Library Living Lab gives citizens the opportunity to experiment and interact with technology that is normally inaccessible to all publics. A quadruple helix model that is integrating business, public administrations, university and neighbours in a pioneer experience of living labs. The Library Living lab is located at the … Read more

Facial expression classification for deep pain analysis

Pain is a subjective emotion. It is by all understood that pain won’t be suffered or expressed in the same way by people from different backgrounds, professions or nationalities. How to measure pain is still today a question in full discussion among doctors and sanitary professionals. Methods can be invasive, as is brain screening, or … Read more

Soft skills and videogames: love at first sight

Dr. Sergio Escalera, CVC researcher has been involved in the project Xbadges. It is a research Project in ‘reverse gamification’ to validate and certify the development of soft skills with the use of telemetry elements inserted in commercial videogames. Furthermore, it allows us to capture and identify the user’s facial expressions in order to determine the … Read more

Developing the bronchoscope of tomorrow

A combined group of computer scientists and pulmonologists have created the bronchoscope of the future combining computer vision and videogame technology in Barcelona. Incorporating cutting edge technology to regular bronchoscopes, they have given doctors a tool for improved and more precise diagnosis; and patients a quicker, easier medical intervention. The project, led by Dr. Debora … Read more