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María de Maeztu DTIC-UPF Launch event

María de Maeztu (MdM) Strategic Research Program on Artificial and Natural Intelligence at DTIC-UPF. Launch event.

October 5th 2023. 10:00h - 12:30h. Auditorium, Poblenou Campus, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

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Imatge inicial

Preliminary schedule


10:00h - Welcome

- Cristina Pujades, UPF Vice-rector for Research

- Vladimir Estivil. Director of the Department for Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC-UPF)


Part 1: Transdisciplinary research and internal synergies


10:15h: Presentation


Angel Lozano, Scientific Director of the María de Maeztu Strategic Research Program at DTIC-UPF


The primary objective of DTIC-UPF’s second MdM programme is to launch and implement a strategic program which takes the unit’s interdisciplinary research to a new level and makes strides into transdisciplinary research. This reflects a concern for the complex nature of the challenges facing society: some of these challenges can only be tackled through transdisciplinary efforts. To this end, DTIC-UPF’s MdM programme aims at promoting i) synergies with the rest of UPF and associated entities, establishing both research collaborations and actions that can be sustained over time and ii) engaging with the Planetary Wellbeing initiative.


10:30h: Sign Language (internal DTIC cooperations and with the UPF Dept. of Language Sciences)


Natural Language Processing for Sign Languages

Forgetting how to see language

Visual signals in language technologies


10:45h: Polarisation (internal DTIC cooperations, with the UPF Dept. of Economics and the Barcelona School of Economics, and with IMIM - Hospital del Mar)


Is cognitive inflexibility a predictor of misinformation sharing on social media?

Understanding Engagement, Polarization and Misinformation in AI-Based Recommendation Systems


11:00h: Health (internal DTIC cooperations, with UPF Dept. of Life Sciences, ISGlobal, IMIM-Hospital del Mar, and local and international hospitals)


Quantum Machine Learning for Healthcare

Advanced visualization of craniofacial dysmorphology patterns

Computational models of blood flow circulation from the heart to the brain for a better understanding, treatment optimisation and prevention of neurodegenerative and congenital diseases

A complex syntony: driving chimera states networks with external stochastic signals

Music and Motion Sensing for Neurorehabilitation


11:25h: Planetary Wellbeing


Carla Lancelotti, Director of the Center of Studies UPF for Planetary Wellbeing.


Fostering Prosocial Behaviors in Children with Autism through Mixed Reality

Learning Opportunities for Connected Autonomy in Livable Spaces

Freesound’s coming of age

Artificial and Natural Intelligence to Support Responsibility and Wellbeing in Educational Planning

Mitigating harm in AI and data-driven applications


11:45h: CeSANI (Language, Economics, MELIS, Inter-DTIC)

The Center for Studies in Artificial and Natural Intelligence (CeSANI) aims to enhance research visibility in artificial and natural intelligence at UPF. Its goal is to foster innovative research by facilitating collaboration between various disciplines. The initial steps of CeSANI are supported by the Maria de Maeztu Strategic Research Program on Artificial and Natural Intelligence for ICT and beyond.


Reward-free decision-making, planning and learning

Emergence of phonological biases in large language models

Multiplayer eXtended Reality: Use-cases, Applications and Networking

Visual Motifs Identification and Comparative Image Learning 


Part 2: Innovation

- Vanesa Daza, UPF Vice-rector for Knowledge Transfer

A secondary strategic goal of the MdM programme is to intensify DTIC’s role as a player in the innovation ecosystem, driving internal actions to promote a culture of innovation, and supporting entrepreneurial initiatives.

FORESEE (European Innovation Council Transition Grant)

TransCOR: Translational computing solutions in cardiology

VIDAA: Virtual platform for Device Implantation in the Left Atrial Appendage

SimOSpine: Patient Modelling and Simulation System for the planning and prognosis of Adult Spine

DATALOG: Data for planetary wellbeing

Essentia API

PULL: Protecting User-Level Losses: A Novel Automated Market Maker for Decentralized Exchange



12:15h: Closure


12:30h_ Light lunch for attendants


The launch event of the María de Maeztu Strategic Research Program at DTIC-UPF will be followed by a TEDxUPF event on Engineering for Planetary Wellbeing at the same location, organised by Ariadna Quingles, Laura Triay and Ariadna Plans, students of the Biomedical Engineering studies at UPF.



SDG - Sustainable Development Goals:

Els ODS a la UPF