Workshop: Getting your PhD but keeping your sanity

As part of the PhD seminars, and resulting in a demand from some students, we are hosting a first Workhop supporting "mental well-being" by students, as a complement to the activities during the 7th PhD workshop. This first workshop is offered by Scientists Dating Forum.
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New Science and Beers on March 15!

The next Science & Beers event will be held on Friday March 15th in 55.309 at 17:30.
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Open Science Workshop by the ORION project

In the context of the actions to promote Open Science at the department, the H2020 ORION project will offer a workshop for PhD students in the Department on April 10th. The workshop will be the second session offered at the Department this week, as on April 8th they will carry out another one targetting personnel at the different SOMMa (Alliance of Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu centers and...
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Teaching machines how to listen to the environment – Freesound Annotator

In this blog post, we explain the Freesound Annotator (our proposed framework for creating audio datasets), we describe the Freesound Dataset (FSD) (which is the main dataset we are building), and the applications that this dataset will be useful for.
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Launch of Sounds of Science and first Workshop

The project Sounds of Science promotes a community where international research labs and individuals can explain and share their research in an alternative way: though sounds! Sounds of Science is based on the platform Freesound (created and maintained by the Music Technology Group – MTG - in our department)
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Award for Technology Transfer Perspectives at the PhD Workshop - Adrià Arbués at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

Adrià Arbués – GPI research group - winner of the mVentures - The Collider Award for Technology Transfer Perspectives with his work “Identifying Basketball Plays from Sensor Data; Towards a Low-Cost Automatic Extraction of Advanced Statistics”, attended the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
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HUMAINT Winter School: A multidisciplinary workshop on AI and its ethical, legal, social and economic impact

Between February 4th and 8th Joint Research Centre hosted the HUMAINT Winter school on AI and its ethical, legal, social and economic (ELSE) impact. We had the chance to meet and discuss with more than 100 attendees from different countries and backgrounds: law and ethics, computer science, economics, robotics, social sciences. Policy makers, researchers, journalists, entrepreneurs had a chance...
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1st International workshop on (synchrotron-based) Cardiovascular X-ray Phase-Contrast Imaging

Bart Bijnens (Barcelona MedTech at DTIC-UPF), Maja Cikes (University of Zagreb), Anne Bonnin (Paul Sherrer Institute) and Patricia Garcia Cañadilla (UCL) are organising the 1st International workshop on (synchrotron-based) Cardiovascular X-ray Phase-Contrast Imaging taking place in Barcelona at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra on May 13th...
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ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (ACM FAT*) will be in Barcelona Jan 27th to 30th, 2020

A multi-disciplinary conference that brings together researchers and practitioners interested in fairness, accountability, and transparency in socio-technical systems.
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María de Maeztu DTIC-UPF Strategic Research Program: strategically funding excellence under open science principles

The 2 million euros María de Maeztu DTIC-UPF strategic research program has launched since 2016 several initiatives to accelerate the transition to sustainable research aligned with open science principles. It has included research, innovation and education projects linking the strategic excellence orientation of the department to openness
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DTIC contributes to Barcelona International Summer School. Courses on Big Data and AI, and computation for the arts

In addition to the organisation of the 4th Barcelona Virtual Physiological Human Summer School, DTIC members will take part in the 2019 Barcelona International Summer School organised by UPF with two courses: Big Data and Artificial, and The Artistic Brain: Biology and Computation behind Painting and Music Intelligence
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euCanShare, towards a centralised, secure and sustainable platform for enhanced cross-border data sharing in cardiology

The H2020 project euCanShare, coordinated by Karim Lekhadir, euCanShare, will develop a centralised, secure and sustainable platform for enhanced cross-border data sharing and multi-study personalised medicine research in cardiology. euCanSHare's legal framework will be built through detailed ethical and legal interoperability analysis, while investigating innovative solutions for promoting...
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25th anniversary of the Music Technology Group

In 1994 Xavier Serra joined the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and assembled a small team of researchers to work on music technology. Soon after we decided to name ourselves Music Technology Group. The origins and evolution of the MTG are linked to a number of institutions that have shaped what we are. Our seed was the Phonos Foundation and the trigger was its integration into the Audiovisual...
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Future Songwriting, a European project on music education involving the participation of the Music Technology research group

The project explores a music education concept created in Finland. The Music and Machine Learning Lab, led by Rafael Ramírez at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies, will provide some of the technology for the project and will examine the similarities and differences in the musical creative process of different countries.
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Ethical boundaries in social media research

Carlos Castillo, professor at our Department and coordinator of the Web Science and Social Computing Group, gave a seminar on ethics working with social media, as part of the PhD program. The talk was based on: Tutorial on Social Data Biases Alexandra Olteanu, Carlos Castillo, Fernando Diaz, and Emre Kiciman (2016). Social Data: Biases, Methodological Pitfalls, and Ethical Boundaries....
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First formal meeting between the Minister Pedro Duque and the alliance of Severo Ochoa centres and María de Maeztu units, SOMMa

On past Monday, February the 11th, took place a formal meeting at the highest level between representatives of the ministry and the Severo Ochoa – María de Maeztu alliance (SOMMa). The gathering, that took place in the context of the visit of the Minister to the ALBA synchrotron, certified the first formal meeting between the alliance and the Minister Mr Pedro Duque.
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Study finds if muscle tension has impact on stability of the standing posture

A study by Simone Tassani, Miguel Ángel González Ballester and Jérôme Noailly, members of BCN MedTech, with the participation of Josep M. Font-Llagunes, a researcher at the UPC, published in the journal Gait & Posture.
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Introducing AI to city administrators - Eurocities Knowledge Society Forum

The Eurocities Knowledge Society Forum meeting was held in Barcelona on 23-25 January 2019. The meeting focused on technological sovereignty and artificial intelligence and its potential application in city management and urban services.
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The 2018 GirlsTech summer course at the American Space

The main objective of this Summer Camp was to introduce students to the basic concepts of design thinking, augmented reality and digital fabrication. The participants were able to create their own digital narratives based on an imaginary world behind the books of the Library Ignasi Iglésias – Can Fabra. They co-created physical objects and audiovisual content using different tools (Scratch,...
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Open Science Award to Alp Öktem – the Heroes Corpus Dataset

I have used the 2018 MdM Open Science award for the collection of a prosodically annotated parallel speech audio dataset called Heroes Corpus.
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