The María de Maeztu program aimed at establishing transversal projects that contribute to an increased impact of the research activities conducted at the Department, both at international and at local level.
When creating a new program, a special focus has been put in 1) launching novel initiatives that cover an existing gap and/or supporting external pioneering projects when tey exist; 2) mobilizing novel sources of funds currently underexploited (third sector, public and private sources targeting social challenges) to promote their sustainability over time when the funds from the María de Maeztu project end.
In a series of blog posts we will cover the advance across three different segments:
Open scholarship: The approach towards Open Science has been evolving as part of the execution of the program and impacted all the research and educational actions. The post “Developing a department of open scholars” describes the status so far.
Networks: In addition to the regular scientific communities in their areas of research, where DTIC has already a consolidated presence, DTIC is committed to contribute to the advancement of the research and academic environment in Spain, an area where the department has not been traditionally very present. In this context, in addition to the participation in specific-field scientific networks such as V-Heart SN, the Spanish network to facilitate the use of virtual hearts in the daily clinical practice, it is to highlight the active participation of DTIC-UPF in the Alliance of Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu Centers and Units (SOMMA). DTIC-UPF is part of the members driving the workpackage on exchange of knowledge, initiated around three topics of direct work of the María de Maeztu program (Open Science, Gender, Transfer). SOMMA is composed by 41 centers in Spain, but with only 4 university departments. Therefore, our department is fully committed to support this program to guarantee that the perspectives and needs from university departments are also made visible and promoted. Another opportunity to interact with other spanish centers, in this case in the humanities, Other opportunities to promote the discussion with other disciplines, have been the participation by Xavier Serra at the ERC Conference "Frontier Research and Science Diplomacy" with CompMusic as one of the selected projects to showcase, or the participation 26th Spanish Conference of Deans in the Arts and Humanities for the discussion about the currents opportunities and threats to university departments, the perspective from an ICT department about employability and mobility and the opportunities for cooperation among ICT, social sciences and humanities.
Scientific events: A specific objective of the María de Maeztu program was to enhance the circulation of international experts in the department, to contribute to the training of researchers, promote discussion around topics of wide relevance across different research groups, enhance the visibility of our work and promote collaborations.
The program organised its first workshop on June 2016. The Data-driven knowledge extraction workshop provided an overview on the DTIC-UPF Strategic Program on Data-driven Knowledge Extraction, including the presentation of several ongoing projects carried out at the Department. In addition, the visit was organised to overlap with the visit of the External Advisory Board, in order to obtain useful recommendations about the current approach promoted by the María de Maeztu program and its initial steps. The Workshop included two keynote talks to contribute to the definition of department-wide discussions around two key transversal topics related to data-driven research:
For the next two years, the program decided not to organise a similar event for two main reasons:
The Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) is one of the largest conferences directly linked to a wide interest in our community of researchers. The edition for 2016 took place in Barcelona and brought to our town a large number of relevant researchers working in the core topics of relevance of the program. Two actions at UPF campus allowed to bring them to our facilities, share the research advances by members of the department to relevant targets of their research, and give the opportunity to younger researchers to both interact with top researchers in their field or get involved in an event from a related field but outside their typical activities:
External speakers: Emma Brunskill (Carnegie Mellon University), Mohammad Ghavamzadeh (Adobe Research and INRIA), Hector Geffner (Pompeu Fabra University), John Langford ( Microsoft Research), Alessandro Lazaric (INRIA), Sergey Levine (University of Washington and Google), Rémi Munos (Google DeepMind and INRIA), Gerhard Neumann (TU Darmstadt), Ronald Ortner (Montanuniversität Leoben), Doina Precup (McGill University), Bruno Scherrer (INRIA), Naftali Tishby (The Hebrew University)
External speakers included: Cédric Févotte (CNRS), Valentin Emiya (Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS), Katherine M. Kinnaird (Brown University), Tetsuro Kitahara (Nihon University), Oriol Nieto (Pandora), Sageev Oore (Saint Mary's University), Aäron Van den Oord (Google Deep Mind), Colin Raffel (Google Brain)
External speakers: Joan Serrà (Telefónica), Karina Vold (University of Cambridge), Ramón López de Mántaras (IIA - CSIC), Nicole Dewandre (Advisor in the European Commission), Lorena Jaume-Palasí (AlgorithWatch), Fabien Girardin (Near Future Lab and BBDA Data & Analytics), Verónica Dahl (Simon Fraser University), Alessandro Annoni (Head of Digital Economy Unit, Leader of Artificial Intelligence Project, European Commission), Martha Larson (Radboud University), Ansgar Koene (University of Nottingham.), Heike Schweitzer (Freie Universität Berlin), Fabien Gouyon (Pandora), Blagoj Delipetrev (Digital Economy Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission), Luc Steels (ICREA and CEXS-UPF), Benito Arruñada (DECON-UPF), Nuria Oliver (Vodafone Research and Data-Pop Alliance)
External invited speakers: Fang Liu (University of Reading), Paulo de Assis (Orpheus Institute), Atau Tanaka (Goldsmiths, University of London), Francois Pachet (Spotify Creator Technology Research Lab), Michael Ellison (University of Bristol), Anna Alberni and Stefano Maria Cingolani (Universitat de Barcelona), Annamaria Mesaros (Tampere University of Technology), Olivier Gouvert (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Balandino di Donato (Goldsmiths, University of London), Robert Lieck (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), Daniel Harasim (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), Karl Kügle (University of Oxford), Derek B Scott (University of Leeds), Álvaro Torrente (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, Owen Green, and Gerard Roma (University of Huddersfield), Margarita Díaz-Andreu (Universitat de Barcelona), Elaine Chew (Queen Mary University of London), Amanda Bayley (Bath Spa University), Jordan Smith (University of Paris-Saclay & Institut de recherche et coordination acoustique/musique), Vanessa Pope (Queen Mary University of London), Juan Parra Cancino (Orpheus Institute), Lucia D'Errico (Orpheus Institute), Michael Zbyszyński (Goldsmiths, University of London), Marco Liuni (Institut de recherche et coordination acoustique/musique), Tuomas Virtanen (Tampere University of Technology), Cédric Févotte (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Shihab Shamma and Sam Norman-Haignere (Ecole Normale Superieure), Martin Rohrmeier (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), Jean-Julien Aucouturier (Institut de recherche et coordination acoustique/musique), Anne-Madeleine Goulet (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Pablo Arias (Institut de recherche et coordination acoustique/musique), Michela Berti (École française de Rome), Marco Cavietti (École française de Rome), Élodie Oriol (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Aldo Roma (École française de Rome), Michael Clarke (University of Huddersfield), Frédéric Dufeu and Keitaro Takahashi (University of Huddersfield).
Scientific talks and seminars: The department has a consolidates series of seminars . From the perpective of the implementation of the program, it has contributed by:
Other events: The María de Maeztu program seeks the increase of the impact of the research conducted at the department on a very broad sense, not just limited to the traditional scientific and industrial communities. At the level of the department it has included collaboration with artists as the Artist-in-residence at the MUTEK festival within the Rapid-Mix project; the hosting of the Metadecidim Lab, an open and collaborative research space which revolves around the challenges that technology raise with respect to the transformation of politic participation; or the co-organisation with FECYT of Falling Walls Lab Barcelona 2017, an opportunity to excellent academics and professionals to present their innovative ideas, research projects and social initiatives and compete to take part in the international final in Berlin. The jury was composed by Oriol Alcoba (ESADECREAPOLIS), Esther Paniagua (Freelance Science Journalist), Ángel Sánchez (i-deals), Luca Venza(IESE) and Montserrat Vendrell (Alta Life Sciences), chaired by Xavier Serra, the scientific director of the program, and the session was chaired by Guillermo Orts-Gil from FECYT. In addition to the interesting contributions from the participants and the opportunity to DTIc researchers to take part in it, it allowed to introduce the program to he members of the jury, representatives of business schools, the entrepreneurial environment and from scientific communication.