IEEE SIG in learning technology data standards chaired by Davinia Hernández-Leo

The Special Interest Group on Learning Technologies Data Standards, chaired by Davinia Hernández-Leo, is focused on reflecting about the needs for learning technology standards and data standards to support learning engineering. The reflection is done through conversation about areas where there are barriers to the successful deployment of existing standards.
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Facial features, illnesses and computer vision

In this article, we will review work by Federico Sukno and others in the context of the correlation between specific facial features and various illnesses. We will review a few examples for such correlations, show Face3D project's model for detailed analysis of facial morphology, and discuss their proposed measurement methods and their efficiency. Finally, we will outline the potential social...
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Finalists at CHI Student Design Competition - good luck!

A new project from the Full Body Interaction Lab has advanced to the second round of judging in an international competition held by the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).
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Making digital fabrication accessible to all

Two recent projects, Makers for inclusion and Àgora 4.0, will fight the emerging gap created by the possibilities offered by digital fabrication technologies
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Seminars by Pablo Aragón at Univ of Oxford on Characterizing participation in online discussion platform - Oxford Internet Inst Visiting Fellowship

As part of Pablo Aragón's stay in Oxford following the Oxford Internet Institute Visiting Fellowship started in January 2018, he has given a couple of introductory seminars which summarise his progress so far on his PhD thesis
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Deep learning architectures for music audio classification: a personal (re)view - Talk by Jordi Pons at UPC DL Winter Seminar

Jordi Pons was invited to participate at the Deep Learning for Speech and Language Winter Seminar at the UPC. The talk was centered in his recent work on music audio tagging, which is available on arXiv and is summarized in these previous posts: deep learning architectures for music audio classification, and deep end-to-end learning for music audio tagging at Pandora.
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Dorcas Muthoni, doctor honoris causa - summary of the award ceremony

Soon it will be available the seminar "The power of giving, my career and impacting the communities I serve"   in this link . In this speech, Dorcas Muthoni summarised her past achievements and future plans. It was very inspirational for the community to learn about her achievements, started 15 years ago , in topics which we have been much more recently designing strategic lines,...
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Talk by Horacio Saggion at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence on NLP for the scientific domain

Horacio Saggion was invited at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) to give the talk "Mining and Enriching Scientific Text Collections" on September 15 2017
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Open call for collaborations with UPF Dept. of Experimental and Health Sciences

The second call for projects in cooperation with the Department of Health and Life Sciences (CEXS) at UPF, also recognised as a María de Maeztu Unit, was launched this month and is open until 30/11.
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Open PhD positions - INPhINIT, “la Caixa” Doctoral Fellowship Programme

The INPhINIT programme has launched its second call. INPhINIT recruits per call 57 Early-Stage Researchers of any nationality, who enjoy a 3-year employment contract at the Research Centre of their choice among those selected and awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness ("Severo Ochoa" centres of excellence and "Maria de Maeztu" units of excellence) and the Spanish...
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#MyEcoMob Datathon for high-school students

How can we use data to improve the mobility of our cities? This is the challenge posed to high-school student by #myEcoMob datathon. Details and registration here
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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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