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Second edition of the symposium that will highlight Barcelona as a key player of Artificial Intelligence in Europe

The Deep Learning Symposium (DLBCN) 2019 is expected to display the potential of Barcelona in the field of Artificial Intelligence. The symposium will have the presence of global experts in Deep Learning that will meet once again in Barcelona on December 19-20th.


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Barcelona will host this December the second edition of the Deep Learning Barcelona Symposium (DLBCN). Deep Learning has greatly revolutionised Artificial Intelligence, boosting this technology across the globe. According to Forbes magazine, the business value created by AI will reach $3.9T in 2022 in the USA. What’s more, it estimates an increase of 20% of Europe’s economy within 10 years due to the implementation of AI. The Deep Learning Barcelona Symposium has the aim to highlight the research developed in Barcelona, bringing together top-level researchers who are either currently developing their research in the city, or have pursued part of their academic career here.   

Alphastar project leader Oriol Vinyals will be one of the main speakers. He is currently a researcher at Google DeepMind (London), from where he developed the Alphastar algorithm. This project made the front page of Nature magazine, and was considered a major milestone for the development of Artificial Intelligence. DeepMind’s algorithm won 10-1 against two top professional players of the Starcraft II video game. This technology tested new types of AI. In order to beat the Starcraft players, it had to combine long term planning with real-time decision making, along with the ability to acquire and make use of abstract information in a setting with no fixed rules.

The symposium will also have the presence of Facebook AI’s research leader, Cristian Canton, or Marta Ruiz, UPC researcher, who has actively worked within the field of data biases in language, a hot topic impacting gender diversity in AI. 

This unique meeting gathers multidisciplinary researchers in the field of Deep Learning and highlights the potential of Barcelona to become the hub of AI in the South of Europe. The symposium is organised by leading universities and local research centres in the field of Machine Learning: the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), the Computer Vision Centre, the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC), the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the Universitat de Barcelona (UB).



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