Creating Opportunities for Children’s Critical Reflections on AI, Robotics and Other Intelligent Technologies at ICDC2020

This workshop will be running at the ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) conference 2020. We aim to create a space to discuss the current practices and the near future opportunities for the support of children’s reflections related to robotics, automated systems, and AI implied in educational environments.
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Davinia Hernández-Leo and Xavier Serra, recipients of ICREA Acadèmia awards

The ICREA Acadèmia awards recognise top researchers employed by universities in Catalonia, and provides funds to support an intensification of their research activities. This year, 6 researchers at UPF obtained the recognition, two of them Davinia Hernández-Leo and Xavier Serra, full professors of our department.
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Public engagement activities in early 2020

Summary of public engagement activities in early 2020
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Wikipedia, a source of information on natural disasters biased towards rich countries

This is the result of a study led by Valerio Lorini, a PhD student on the ICT programme, led by Carlos Castillo, coordinator of the Web Science and Social Computing group, with Javier Rando, a student at UPF doing the bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Engineering in Data Science, focusing on flooding as a case study. Their work will be presented at ISCRAM 2020, from 24 to 27 May in Virginia (USA).
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Dorcas Muthoni PhD Fellowship: Call 2020 for talented African female candidates

The Dorcas Muthoni PhD Fellowship is a tribute to our Doctor Honoris Causa Dorcas Muthoni. This scholarship is aligned with our university institutional commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), it aims to contribute to quality education and gender equality for African Women.
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Interactive Policy Explorer for Planetary Wellbeing - project led by Mario Ceresa and Miguel Ángel González with the participation of ISGlobal

Interactive Policy Explorer for Planetary Wellbeing which aims to simulate the consequences of political decision-making on planetary wellbeing. A project led by the researchers Mario Ceresa and Miguel Ángel González Ballester (ICREA) from the SiMBioSys research group at the DTIC’s BCNMedTech unit, with the participation of the researchers Cathryn Tonne and Josep Maria Antó from ISGlobal.
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Freesound in numbers 2019

The Freesound team has published the main indicators of the platform for 2019, which includes over ver 20 million downloads and 41.450 new sounds (772 hours of audio)
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New project: BLENDI, Blended Learning for Inclusion

On January 16 and 17, the project start-up meeting was held on the Poblenou campus. Laia Albó, Patricia Santos and Davinia Hernández-Leo are involved with the aim of empowering educators to address the social and educational exclusion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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Two RIS3CAT projects aimed at measuring the impact of mobility on pollution and on the validation of the IoT in industrial environments

Collaborating are the teams of Boris Bellalta and Vanesa Daza of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies, together with the I2CAT and the UPC. They have just started and will be carried out over the next three years.
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“Lands of Fog” is presented at the CCCB within the framework of “GAMEPLAY”, as an example of “serious gaming” designed to improve our society

An interactive experience for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, designed in the FuBIntLab led by Narcís Parés. The exhibition “GAMEPLAY: Video game culture” involves Óliver Pérez, a lecturer with the Department of Communication as curator and opens today, 18 December, at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona contemporary culture centre. It will be open until 3 May, 2020.
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Gamut mapping for the film industry: software that mimics the neural processes of the human visual system

Presented in an article published on 14 November in the journal IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence by Syed Waqas Zamir, a researcher at the Inception Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Abu Dhabi (UAE); along with Javier Vázquez-Corral and Marcelo-Bertalmío, researchers at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies.
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Hospitals Sant Joan de Déu and Clínic together with UPF create a worldwide pioneering surgical navigation system for fetal surgery

A team of professionals from BCNatal, a consortium formed by Hospital Sant Joan de Déu and Hospital Clínic, in collaboration with the team of Miguel A. González Ballester, ICREA research professor of the DTIC, has developed for the first time in the world, a three-dimensional system for surgical planning and navigation for fetal surgery. The new surgical GPS provides greater precision, shortens...
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Seminar Global democracy, CrowdLaw, and the role of digital technologies

On 21/11 we will have the seminar "Global democracy, CrowdLaw, and the role of digital technologies" by José Luis Martí, Vice-rector of innovation and Associate Professor of law and political philosophy at UPF.
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Presentation at the first SOMMA Gender event in CNIO

On October 29th we had the first gender event of the network of Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu centers at the National Center on Cancer Research (CNIO), as part of the working groups we are pushing in this context (together with BCAM around Open Science, where we had the first SOMMA Open Science Day in April, and together with ICTA-UAB and CNIO on gender).
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Gergely Neu awarded with the first Bosch Young Researcher Award for his excellent achievements in Reinforcement Learning

Gergely Neu awarded with the first Bosch Young Researcher Award or his excellent achievements in Reinforcement Learning
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“D-TIPS”, Design Thinking in Primary Schools, new project coordinated by the TIDE research group

D-TIPS aims to equip primary school teachers with the appropriate tools and methods to impart the design thinking approach to children in Europe.
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MiWEndo Solutions, a spin-off to improve the endoscopy outcomes for the early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer using microwave imaging

Supported by UPF, the UPC, Hospital Clínic and ICREA, it will use microwave technology to automate the detection of polyps during colonoscopies.
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PhD Student Jordina Torrents Barrena is awarded for her Doctoral Thesis at the 5th Edition of the Big Data & AI Talent Awards 2019

The "Big Data & AI Talent Awards 2019" are given in the framework of the Big Data & AI Congress, a reference event in the field of big data analytics and artificial intelligence. It is organized by Big Data CoE and takes place every year in Barcelona.
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Examination of conscience on the role of engineering in sustainable development

A professional engineer becomes aware that their profession involves two dimensions: a technical one (knowledge and skills), and a social one (values, goals and principles). A study conducted by three engineers, Josep Maria Basart (UAB), Mireia Farrús (UPF) and Montse Serra (UOC) presented in an article published in September in the journal IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
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Children engage in designing full-body interactive experiences through the FUBImethod

Narcís Pares, a member of the Cognitive Media Technologies research group of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) at UPF, is working on a research line known as "full-body interaction". At his laboratory, he designs different applications based on such interaction in order to study the mediation of experiences. In these contexts, FUBImethod represents a new...
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