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Assessment of the first year

This month we had the open presentation and assessment of progress of several of the projects taking part in the program. Below the links for all projects (their page description include at the bottom of the page a link to associated results) and the slides used.
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Launch of the Metadecidim Lab seminar series to promote participatory democracy

The researchers involved in the project Understanding and Improving Social Interactions in Online Participation Platforms in cooperation with Tecnopolítica (IN3-UOC), take part in the seminar series Metadecidim Lab, launched by the Barcelona City Council in the context of the development and deployment of the Decidim platform.
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Challenge: Focused Musical NE Recognition and Linking in next European Semantic Web Conference - Open Knowledge Extraction Challenge

In the context of the project Music Meets Natural Language Processing, Sergio Oramas and Luis Espinosa are launching a challenge at the Open Knowledge Extraction Challenge 2017 organised in the context of the 17th European Semantic Web Conference (ESW17, May 28th-June 1st, Portoroz, Slovenia). Extended deadline until March 17th. Check all details here, some excerpts copied below.
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Opening Science to Open Innovation

The María de Maeztu Strategic Research Program aims at contributing to bidirectional transfer models aligned with the Open Science and Open Innovation movements. If we want to facilitate the conversion of research results into economic value, innovation ecosystems should be created by integrating all relevant stakeholders. A call to identify additional potential candidates and work on their...
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How are decisions taken on decidim.barcelona?, is the project that has received one of the awards for Democratic Quality 2017

The project, led by Vicenç Gómez Cerdà, a Marie Curie researcher of the research group on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) at UPF, aims to develop computational and statistical methods to extract knowledge and model the volume of data collected on the platform during this first period.
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Celebrating the International Day of Girls and Women in Science with Wisibilízalas

Saturday 11th was the celebration of the international day of girls and women in science, with around 300 events in Spain. We joined with a celebration that included workshops and the award ceremony of the Wisibilízalas contest.
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The Educator Experience - FutureLearn Workshop

In the context of the Education Data Science project, UPF hosted the FutureLearn Academic Network meeting, themed “The Educator Experience”, here at UPF successfully on 27th, January,2017.
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CfP, Special issue on “Connecting Learning Design and Learning Analytics”

Special issue on “Connecting Learning Design and Learning Analytics” to be published at the Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A)
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Freesound, the 2016 year in numbers

Freesound has consolidated as a leading sound sharing site since its creation in 2005 by the Music Technology Group. With over 6.2 millions registered users worldwide and over 150 million page views during the year, it ranks among the top 5000 webs in the USA on any topic.
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The María de Maeztu Strategic Research Program - report of the first year

The María de Maeztu Strategic Research Program on data-driven knowledge extraction at DTIC-UPF contributes to the overall strategic plan of boosting synergistic research initiatives across our different research areas. The program executes four actions aimed at strengthening the excellence and impact of our research, with a potential transformative effect at the level of the department that...
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New Degree in Mathematical Engineering in Data Science

The new degree on Mathematical Engineering in Data Science from the Pompeu Fabra University is designed for talented mathematicians who are interested in pursuing sophisticated theory relevant to modern application domains requiring large-scale data analysis, and represents the educational side of the data-driven strategic research program.
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Filling the gender gap in Wikipedia on #WikipediaDay

Wikipedia shows worrying gender biases, as shown by a number of studies. On January 17th, we will join the celebration of the #WikipediaDay with a Gender & Wikipedia event, where participants will get to know further results in research and will have the chance to take direct action to contribute to fill this gender gap with a wikimarathon organised by ViquidonesUPF (no previous knowledge is...
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Technology and Music: collaboration with Radio Clasica

Since October 2016 Emilia Gómez has started a collaboration with Radio Clásica, the channel in the national public radio devoted to classic music. Emilia will take part in the program Longitud de Onda monthly (every first wednesday), to explain current advances in different topics associated to music and technology. Longitud de Onda merges music, science and technology in a rather unique and...
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How can Natural Language Processing improve access to scientific literature? Tutorial at COLING 2016

The tutorial "Natural Language Processing for Intelligent Access to Scientific Information", presented at the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2016), provides an overview of the main approaches to mine a broad variety of structured, semantic information from scientific articles.
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CfPs: Cross-LAK 2017: 2nd International Workshop on Learning Analytics Across Physical and Digital Spaces

The Education Data Science project includes as one of its objectives the establishment of a series of reputed workshops for teachers centered on modelling learning activities that tackle proposed educational challenges. In conjunction with LAK 2017, the workshop Cross-LAK 2017: 2nd International Workshop on Learning Analytics Across Physical and Digital Spaces will consolidate the links and...
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Workshop on music knowledge extraction using machine learning on December 4th

The last Sunday (December 4th 2016), a day before the NIPS conference, the UPF hosted a workshop on music knowledge extraction using machine learning. The workshop took place at the Ciutadella campus and attracted researchers visiting NIPS and working on sound and music analysis.
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New research award for a DTIC student

Laura Palacio, recent graduate in Biomedical Engineering, has obtained the award to the best scientific contribution by students at the recent Annual Congress of the Spanish Society of Biomedical Engineering (CASEIB 2016). The work was supervised by Ralph Andrzejak and made in cooperation with the company Mint Labs.
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Freesound Labs: the impact of Freesound

Freesound is a sound sharing site (under Creative Commons) started in 2005 and nowadays with over 300k sounds, 14k contributors and 20k downloads/day. Freesound Labs was launched in order to try to keep track of the activities that take advantage of Freesound, as a directory of projects, hacks, apps or research that use Freesound or the Freesound API.
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First Workshop on Data Science for Internet of Things

he First Workshop on Data Science for Internet of Things happened on October 10th, 2016 in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad Hoc and Sensor Systems (IEEE MASS 2016). The workshop was organized by Gabriel Martins Dias and Boris Bellalta (DTIC, Pompeu Fabra University) and Pedro Luiz Pizzigatti Corrêa (University of São Paulo).
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Promoting the role of academia in empowering participatory and collaborative action

This symposium, organised at the Social Impact of Science 2016 Conference, aims at discussing and exploring the existing opportunities and challenges to overcome and unlock this potential with the discussion of several examples where scholarly expectations can be aligned with social transformation driven by communities formed mostly by people outside academia.
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