Democratic innovation guided by simulated models

Video (in catalan) where Vicenç Gómez explains the approach used to model social activities in networks such as Decidim
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Launch of the “Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence”

The Secretary of State for R&D+i, Carmen Vela, chaired the kickoff meeting of the new Severo Ochoa and Maria Maeztu Alliance of Excellence. The alliance’s target is to internationally promote and strengthen the centres and units accredited with this distinction, to give their research a higher profile. On the session, Xavier Serra presented the objectives and next steps planned for Work...
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The 2nd María de Maeztu Biomage Analysis Workshop has been a success!

Driven by an array of new technologies (including high-throughput and high-content approaches in screening, sequencing and imaging), the life sciences are becoming increasingly quantitative. The demand for analysis of complex data sets has boosted the developments and advances of dedicated software tools to process and analyze such data quantitatively using computers. More than 25 attendees...
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Georgi Dzhambazov's María de Maeztu Reproducibility Award

Georgi Dzhambazov, winner of the María de Maeztu Reproducibility Award in the context of the ICT PhD Workshop, describes the uses he has given to the award
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GirlsTech Summer Camps 2017: Learning about STEM through playful hands-on activities in Digital Fabrication and Augmented Reality

Together with Laura Malinverni, I facilitated two GirlsTech Summer Camps during the month of July 2017. The general aim of both workshops was to introduce girls between 9 and 12 years through playful hands-on activities to the world of STEM and promote their interest in scientific vocations in this field. The first workshop was held at the American Space Barcelona and focused on technologies in...
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Towards Intelligible and Conversational Speech Synthesis Engines

With the funding from my MdM Award for reproducibility at the PhD workshop, I attended the 4th Speech Processing Course in Crete (SPCC2017) from 24th to 28th of July 2017. The title of this year was: "Towards Intelligible and Conversational Speech Synthesis Engines" and one of the topics was prosody generation, which is directly related to my PhD dissertation. I presented my demo on...
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Finalists for Falling Walls Lab Barcelona 2017 announced

The selection of participants at the Falling Walls Lab Barcelona 2017 has been done! 20 finalists will explain their projects to the jury and audience. Attendance to the event is free, but registration is needed. Find all details and registration at https://www.upf.edu/web/mdm-dtic/falling-walls-lab-barcelona-2017
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Presentations at 3rd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science

n my case, this edition was a perfect scenario to disseminate my current work supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under the Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence Programme (MDM-2015-0502) and the EU project D-CENT (FP7/CAPS 610349). First, I presented on Wednesday our recent analysis of how the release of conversation threading affected the structure of online...
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Freesound Explorer: Make Music While Discovering Freesound!

Freesound Explorer is a visual interface for exploring Freesound content in a two-dimensional space and creating music by linking content in that space. Freesound Explorer is implemented as a web application which takes advantage of modern web technologies including the Web Audio API and the Web MIDI API. This extended abstract describes Freesound Explorer’s features and provides some technical...
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Small robots for shop inventory

At the 5th ETIC Doctoral Student Workshop I was awarded with the Transfer Perspectives Award. I was presenting a poster where I showed, based on computer simulations, that a swarm of small robots was able to take inventory of a shop without the need of any prior knowledge and with the minimal set of resources. The algorithm developed for that purpose is based on the ants strategy to get food,...
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Training data for deep learning source separation methods

Marius Miron obtained one of the Open Science awards during the PhD workshop 2017 at DTIC (see the entry in his blog on it). With the funds, he took part in SMC Conference with a paper on training robust models for classical music source separation, departing from the score, and also visited Aalto University. Below his report on the experience.
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Freesurfer MRI course at UPF in September

The project Bio Image and Signal Analysis supports the celebration next September of a Freesurfer MRI course at UPF. Check details below, and register to the mailing list to receive the news related to this course!
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Falling Walls Lab Barcelona 2017

Every November, in the context of the celebrations of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the event Falling Walls takes place, including Falling Walls Lab (FWLab), a contest for Young scientific and entrepreneurial young and talented people. The format consists of 3-minute talks in english, where the participants from any área of knowledge and all around the world compete to get the “Young Innovator...
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10th International Workshop on Machine Learning and Music - Call for Papers

Machine learning holds great potential for enhancing music learning. For MML2017, in addition to general topics in music and machine learning, we warmly welcome contributions describing applications of machine learning for technology-enhanced music learning.
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Workshop “Multimodal Interactions Across Physical and Digital Spaces in Real World Learning Contexts“ - eC-TEL17, Tallin

The theme of the workshop is “Multimodal Interactions Across Physical and Digital Spaces in Real World Learning Contexts“. The workshop highlights the need for devising learning analytics innovations that can provide timely feedback and support to learners and teachers in real-world contexts.
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Talk and interview to Rafael Pous, Data Science & Strategy Lectures, Haas Business School, Berkeley

Rafael Pous gave a talk titled "the Internet of Things in the Retail Store" at the Data Science & Strategy Lecture Series of the Berkeley Haas Business School. Below you can also find an interview made with Prof. La Blanc.
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2nd NEUBIAS Training Schools and Taggathon on Biomage Analysis

NEUBIAS, the Network of European BioImage Analysts (www.neubias.org), is delighted to announce two new Training Schools on BioImage Analysis: Early Career Investigators (life scientists) Facility staff (imaging & analysis staff) These schools are the follow-up of the 1st training workshops and taggathon held at UPF last year. The focus of training will be on construction and...
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2nd International Workshop on Data Science for Internet of Things

The 2nd International Workshop on Data Science for Internet of Thinkgs will take place in Orlando, USA, on October 22nd. Check all details on content and paper submission at https://ds-iot.org . The workshop is sponsored by Semantix and the María de Maeztu Strategic Research Program, in the context of the project Wireless Networking through Learning: Searching for Optimality in Highly-dynamic...
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2nd Barcelona Virtual Physiological Human Summer School, May 22-26

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the Virtual Physiological Human Institute (VPHI) are pleased to announce the 2nd Barcelona VPH Summer School. The summer school is supported by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Cardiofuxion and officially endorsed by the European society of Biomechanics (ESB). It is intended for young (mainly technical) researchers in the field of computational modelling in...
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2017 European School of Information Theory, 08-11 May 2017

The European School of Information Theory (ESIT) is an annual educational event, organized by the IEEE Information Theory Society, for graduate students from institutes throughout Europe and beyond. The objective of the school is to provide the students with the opportunity (i) to learn from distinguished lecturers by attending long-format tutorials, (ii) to present their own work to obtain...
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