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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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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.


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


The UPF Centre for Studies on Planetary Wellbeing was launched in 2022 with the aim of creating synergies between different stakeholders working on Planetary Wellbeing within Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The activities promoted by the Centre encompass the different levels of UPF involvement in, and foster its commitment to Planetary Wellbeing.


Presentation of current projects forming the core of the Strategic Research Program (speaker in brackets).


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


Natural Language Processing for Sign Languages (Euan McGill)

Forgetting how to see language (Nuria Sebastián)

Visual signals in language technologies (Josep Blat)


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? (Salvador Soto Faraco)

Understanding Engagement, Polarization and Misinformation in AI-Based Recommendation Systems (Vicenç Gómez)


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 (Miguel Ángel González Ballester)

Advanced visualization of craniofacial dysmorphology patterns (Gemma Piella)

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 (Óscar Cámara)

A complex syntony: driving chimera states networks with external stochastic signals (Jacopo Epifanio)

Music and Motion Sensing for Neurorehabilitation (Rafael Ramírez)


11:25h: Planetary Wellbeing


Fostering Prosocial Behaviors in Children with Autism through Mixed Reality (Sena Beste Ercan)

Learning Opportunities for Connected Autonomy in Livable Spaces (Miguel Calvo Fullana)

Freesound’s coming of age (Frederic Font)

Artificial and Natural Intelligence to Support Responsibility and Wellbeing in Educational Planning (Davinia Hernández Leo)

Mitigating harm in AI and data-driven applications (Ricardo Baeza Yates)


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 (Rubén Moreno Bote)

Emergence of phonological biases in large language models (Juan Manuel Toro)

Multiplayer eXtended Reality: Use-cases, Applications and Networking (Sergi Jordà)

Visual Motifs Identification and Comparative Image Learning (Gloria Haro, Manuel Garin)


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.



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.


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