Last Monday, January 16, Natalia Diaz (DaSCI researcher) participated in the program Conciencia of Canal Sur to talk about explainable, reliable and responsible Artificial Intelligence.
(Minute 13.30 of video. In Spanish)
#Media #Awards #January 2023
The rector of the University of Granada, Pilar Aranda, presided last January 11 the award ceremony of the first edition of the awards and runner-up prizes for the best bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral theses in the field of equality and inclusion. In total, 12 awards have been granted: 4 for TFG, 4 for TFM and 4 for doctoral thesis.
The inclusion prize for a doctoral thesis was awarded to Liliana Beatriz Herrera Nieves for the research entitled ‘Evaluation of Moodle Usability. Ambientes Educativos Virtuales Inclusivos a partir del Diseño Universal de Aprendizaje’ and directed by the directors Emilio Crisol and Rosana Montes, secretary of DaSCI.
Photo gallery of the awards ceremony: http://sl.ugr.es/0d1w
Post in GranadaHoy Press: https://www.granadahoy.com/granada/Entrega-fin-doctorales-inclusion-UGR_3_1756054397.html
In the special supplement of the newspaper El Mundo of Monday, December 26, 2022, Artificial Intelligence is presented as the idea of the year. With the title “The great leap forward of Artificial Intelligence” and the support of the Dall.E image generator that illustrates the 8 pages of this special, three questions are covered, which will be answered by specialists and also by the OpenAI chatbot.
For this issue, journalist Angel Diaz interviewed three DaSCI researchers: Natalia Diaz, Rosana Montes and Sergio Damas.
Downloadable supplement: https://dasci.es/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/2022-12-26_especial_IA_ElMundo.pdf
“Artificial Intelligence products will come with a prospectus, like medicines”
After 11 years between Paris, California and the Netherlands, Natalia Diaz joins the group of experts in AI at the University of Granada.
IDEAL de Granada (In Spanish)
Six DaSCI researchers share their projects in IDEAL newspaper
These tools show how Science leaves the laboratories to have a direct impact on companies and administrations by providing solutions.
IDEAL de Granada (In Spanish)
The work that has been prefaced by the Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence, Carme Artigas.
The text collects the different editions of the course on Law and Artificial Intelligence in which participate, among others, the director of the Institute Francisco Herrera and the researchers Óscar Cordón and María José del Jesus.
IDEAL de Granada (In Spanish)
In a joint interview with EFE, Rosana Montes and Siham Tabik, full professors in the departments of Languages and Computer Systems, and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Granada, respectively, give good proof that AI and sustainability already go hand in hand.
In a world increasingly concerned about the consequences of climate change, artificial intelligence (AI) puts all its potential at the service of sustainable development, with algorithms that “jump” from computers and cell phones to nature to contribute to environmental improvement.
These two experts, concerned about issues related to the environment and in favor of promoting interdisciplinarity in science, agree that the revolution represented by AI, must be compatible and is also necessary for sustainable development in general, and for the fight against climate change in particular.
Complete News. EFE COMUNICACIÓN (In Spanish)
#In press #Nov24
During his visit to the DaSCI Institute facilities in the Health Technology Park, the mayor was able to see the use of the 3D scanner of our forensic laboratory. Professor Sergio Damas, gave a demonstration and explained the uses and applications of this line of research, one of the 33 lines in total that our institute has.
In statements to the press, Mayor Paco Cuenca said: “Granada’s candidacy is not a one-time occurrence, but a definite ambition thanks to the opportunity generated by the University to take advantage of the talent that is developed in the different research frameworks for the transformation and improvement of the productive model in our city” #AESIAgr
Access to the news in the press:
- Granada Hoy https://www.granadahoy.com/granada/alcalde-Granada-justicia-AESIA_0_1741627035.html
- Granada Digital https://www.granadadigital.es/resumen-semanal-una-estrella-para-granada-y-un-borron-mundial-para-la-humanidad/
- Andalucía Europa Press https://www.europapress.es/andalucia/noticia-alcalde-afirma-justicia-granada-albergue-agencia-estatal-inteligencia-artificial-20221124145753.html
DaSCI researcher Eugenio Martínez and UGR researcher Zoraida Callejas are interviewed by the EFE news agency and introduce us to natural language processing and its need to humanize technology.
Natural language processing is the set of computational and informatics techniques that enable machines to understand and generate human language, whether spoken or written, in any language. Its potential applications go beyond machine translators or virtual assistants such as “Alexa” and encompass almost all areas of life.
Complete News, EFE COMUNICA (In Spanish)
#TG7 Granada #LaGuinda #Monday November 7, 2022
Panel discussion with representatives of the team work on the preparation of the proposal presented by the City of Granada to be a candidate for the headquarters of the State Agency for the Supervision of Artificial Intelligence. The program La Guinda of the local television of Granada TG7, brought together representatives of the City Council of Granada, the University of Granada, the Technological Park of Health, the Technological Circle and the Chamber of Commerce of Granada.
A few days ago, the researcher of the Coral del Val Institute, participated in the program Conciencia on Canal Sur to talk about how artificial intelligence has changed what we know about the history of man based on his genetics.
(Minute 12 of video. In Spanish)
NATALIA DÍAZ: AN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE THAT WE CAN UNDERSTAND
Artificial intelligence will be increasingly present in our lives thanks to recent advances in machine learning techniques, which allow machines to confront immense data sets and find patterns that a human would be unable to see.
The problem is that these kinds of algorithms work like what experts call a black box, that is, it is not possible to look inside them to understand what they have done and why.
Full article in the newspaper EL MUNDO (In Spanish)
The researcher of the University of Jaén (UJA) Macarena Espinilla Estévez has been recognized in the II Margaritas Salas Awards for her scientific career, in the framework of Talent Woman Spain 2022, event that has celebrated its fifth edition in the Palace of Fairs and Congresses of Malaga.
All the information in the DIARIO DIGITAL (In Spanish)
It ends a week of recognition for our researchers that began on Monday 24 with the publication of the “Ranking of the World Scientists: World’s Top 2% Scientists”, prepared by Stanford University, which places 127 UGR researchers among the most influential in the world.
Of that number, a large group of 18 researchers in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing, are researchers of the DaSCI Institute, which comes to recognize the quality of the research done from our institution.
This ranking, considered one of the most prestigious worldwide, was created by a group of experts from Stanford University, Elsevier and SciTech Strategies. The ranking uses information on the publications of researchers, contained in the Scopus database. To produce it, Scopus data on the number of articles published (1996-2021), the number of times each research has been cited and the length of time researchers have been active were analyzed.
Three days later, the U.S. magazine U.S. News & World Report published the Ranking “2022/2023 Best Global Universities” in which the University of Granada was recognized as the third most important in Europe in Artificial Intelligence (AI).
This ranking evaluates the quality of universities in more than 90 countries, based on 13 indicators that measure their academic performance in research and their global and regional reputation. For this purpose, data from the Clarivate database are used. The result is the 2,000 best universities in the world. Globally, the data place our University in 313th place worldwide and sixth out of 53 nationally.
And all this at a time when Granada left ready the document to be submitted for the candidacy as the headquarters of the Spanish Agency for Supervision of Artificial Intelligence and we can only hope that the great results in both rankings are the necessary impetus to achieve it.
More information: (in Spanish)
On October 22nd, the signing of a general protocol of action between the Rey Juan Carlos University (Research Center for Intelligent Information Technologies and their Applications of the Rey Juan Carlos University) and the University of Granada (Andalusian Interuniversity Institute in Data Science and Computational Intelligence), for the realization of joint research and transfer activities, was closed.
These collaborations will be articulated through the signing of more specific agreements that will manage future projects; cooperation in training programs or exchange of research and technical staff; cooperation in technology diffusion and innovation programs; reciprocal sponsorship in conferences, cycles, seminars or events organized by either institution.
In the morning of Wednesday, July 7, the UGR Research Awards were presented. The ceremony was led, Pilar Aranda, accompanied at the presidential table by the secretary general, María Asunción Torres, and by Francisco Javier O’Valle, director of Research Centers and Institutes and president of the jury
The University of Granada firmly believes that an effort must be made to transfer to society all the research, teaching and management that is done on a daily basis in the different institutions that make up our university. These awards recognize the value of people and institutions that “help society to understand what we do, how, where and why”.
Our institute has been awarded 4 times in the following modalities:
- UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA AWARD FOR SCIENTIFIC DISCLOSURE, for BARBER’S SCIENCE, of which our colleague Fco. Javier Martínez Murcia.
- UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA AWARD FOR EXCELLENT RESEARCH WORK in the area of Technical Sciences to Enrique Herrera Viedma, Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, UGR. For the work referred to below: “Consensus Building for the Heterogeneous Large-Scale GDM with the Individual Concerns and Satifactions” Zhang, HJ, Dong, YC, Herrera Viedma, E. IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, 26,2, 884-898. 2018
- UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA AWARD FOR COMMUNICATION AND INNOVATION IN DIGITAL MEDIA, in its collective modality to the Andalusian Interuniversity Institute in Data Science and Computational Intelligence (DaSCI), Rocio Celeste Romero Zaliz.
- UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA AWARD FOR KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER, to Francisco Herrera Triguero
More information (In Spanish):
CANAL SUR TV
A few days ago Canal Sur dedicated a program to the figure of our director Francisco Herrera. Analyzed by those who know him best, Enrique Herrera, Óscar Cordón, Rosana Montes and Nuria Rodríguez, in about half an hour we can get an idea of who is Francisco Herrera.
Natalia Díaz, has been awarded in the category of Science of the “XIV Andalusian Future Awards”
Natalia Díaz, DaSCI researcher, has received in Malaga the recognition of her research career. The XIV Andalusian Future Awards, organized by Grupo Joly and Caixabank, have awarded her in the category of Science. More than 200 people attended the Automobile Museum in Malaga to recognize the talent of young Andalusians like Natalia, who are called to be the present and the future of the Andalusian community.
The Spanish Army organizes in Granada a conference on decision-making processes in the digital era.
On the morning of May 18, DaSCI has been present at the conference on digitization in the armed forces organized by the Army. DaSCI researchers attended the event, in the Auditorium of the Campus de las Salud, where Francisco Herrera (Director of the Institute) participated in a round table on Artificial Intelligence and employment.
The event was inaugurated by the Chief of Staff of the Army, Amador Enseñat, and Pilar Aranda, rector of the University of Granada.
The day was divided into three moments, a first conference by the Director of the Center for Information Systems and Technology and Communications of the Ministry of Defense, José María Millán. A round table on Artificial Intelligence and employment moderated by the journalist Marisa Rodríguez and in the afternoon session “Ethical and legal challenges of AI” have been addressed with a panel of experts moderated by Quico Chirino (deputy director of the IDEAL).
All the information about the conference in the following links (In Spanish):
On YouTuve the video that shows us how was the exhibition PIONERAS INFORMÁTICAS. Recognizing the contributions of women in computer engineering.
This is a Cultural Project coordinated by Lina García Cabrera, José Mª Serrano Chica (University of Jaén) and Irene Pedrosa García (IES Auringis) and that has been carried out in the exhibition hall of the Zabaleta building of the University of Jaén between March 3 and April 7, 2022.
On the morning of May 4, Francisco Herrera, director of the Institute, was interviewed on Cadena Ser in Granada. He has talked about digital transformation, cybersecurity, digital twins and the commitment of companies like Ghenova for Granada. Also about #aiMPULSA and our desire that Granada becomes the new headquarters of the Spanish Agency for Artificial Intelligence Supervision.
You can listen to the complete program in this link (In Spanish)
A multidisciplinary scientific team at the University of Granada (UGR) has designed the MVPAlab application, which thanks to programming and artificial intelligence (AI) offers an intuitive and easy-to-use tool for the analysis of brain electroencephalograms, key explorations in human neuroscience. This work exemplifies the existing collaboration between university institutes of the UGR that unite AI with the study of the human brain.
The group of researchers leading this advance is formed by David López and José M.G. Peñalver, from the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC), Juan Manuel Górriz Sáez, from the Andalusian Research Institute in Data Science and Computational Intelligence (DaSCI), and María Ruz Cámara, director of CIMCYC.
More information in the following links (In Spanish):
Until April 7, the exhibition ‘Pioneras informáticas: reconociendo las aportaciones de la mujer en la Ingeniería Informática’ can be visited at the University of Jaén in the Exhibition Hall of the Zabaleta building (D 1) of the Campus Las Lagunillas of the UJA.
The exhibition is coordinated by the professors of the Department of Computer Science of the University of Jaén Lina García Cabrera (DaSCI Researcher) and José Mª Serrano Chica, and the teacher of the IES Auringis Irene Pedrosa García, the exhibition arises as a result of the Call for Cultural Projects of the Vice-rectorate of Projection of Culture and Sport, and has been coordinated by Lina García Cabrera and José María Serrano Chica, and Irene Pedrosa García.
All information in AULA MAGNA, El Periódico Universitario (In Spanish)
The city of Granada is gaining momentum to host the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Centre and Agency, which would turn the historic city into the most important technological and scientific reference point in Spain. Granada already has the Ifmif-Dones particle accelerator and a quantum supercomputer.
We analyse the relevance of this initiative and the immediate future of AI with Javier Martínez, head of the Google Cloud pre-sales team; José Luis Florez, director of Plaiground, the business unit of Minsait (Indra) specialising in AI, and Enrique Herrera Viezma, vice-rector for research and transfer at the University of Granada.
Enjoy the programe (In Spanish)
During the 14th, 15th and 16th of February, a delegation of representatives from different sectors of our city, including Enrique Herrera (Vice Chancellor and member of DaSCI) and Francisco Herrera (Director of the Institute) traveled to the Dubai Expo where they presented the programs and strategic projects of the UGR. Among others, AIRAndalusia and the DaSCI Institute.
The Vice Chancellor for Research and Transfer of the UGR, Enrique Herrera, has valued the visits and meetings developed as “very rewarding”, since they have dealt with relevant aspects such as “the regulation of artificial intelligence at international level, in which the UGR can make great contributions, especially in Dubai, where the full potential of this technology has not been implemented yet.
All information in CANAL UGR
Local Media (in spanish):
The University of Jaén brings computer science to schools through the ‘Hour of Code’ initiative.
“Programming is easy, fun and creative and has a very important future” says DaSCI researcher Lina García.
In the following video they encourage us to also be part of the Hour of Code initiative.
The following image shows how the Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit of the Vice-Rectorate for Communication and Institutional Projection and the Department of Computer Science of the University of Jaén are offering a one-hour introduction to Computer Science, designed to show that everyone can learn to program and thus understand the basic fundamentals of the discipline.
The activity in figures:
– Participating researchers: 1
– Participating students UJA: 12
– Number of code hours: 88
– Participating educational centres: 13
#podcast #EL PLACER DE ADMIRAR
Paleontologist Juan Luis Arsuaga talks on Radio Nacional de España with Francisco Herrera, in a conversation in which he discusses how he sees the future of society in a highly technological world in which Artificial Intelligence (machines, robots, intelligent systems) plays a fundamental role. For example, repetitive tasks are likely to be done by machines.
Part II – January 15th https://www.rtve.es/play/audios/el-placer-de-admirar/francisco-herrera-trigueros-ii/6251858/
Enrique Árbol has talked to Francisco Herrera, director of the DaSCI Institute and councillor of the Granada City Council about the news published these days in different media of the province about the intention of making Granada the next host of the National Centre and the State Agency for the supervision of Artificial Intelligence.
You can listen to the hole interwiew, at the following link (in Spanish)
News #Press Release
The rector of the University of Granada, Pilar Aranda; the Minister of Economic Transformation, Industry, Knowledge and Universities of the Junta de Andalucía, Rogelio Velasco; the mayor of Granada, Francisco Cuenca, and the president of the Spanish Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises (CEPYME), Gerardo Cuerva, have presented this morning the Andalusian Digital Innovation Center AIR-Andalusia, together with representatives of all the entities that make up the consortium.
AIR-Andalusia is a center specialized in artificial intelligence and applied robotics. This organization was created as a support tool for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and public administrations to improve their efficiency and competitiveness, providing them with access to different digitization services focused on the optimization of business/production processes, products or services using digital technologies.
- Its objective is to be a support tool for SMEs and public administrations in the field of technology and innovation.
- This consortium is constituted as a representation of the entire Andalusian ecosystem: from universities or research centers, to business associations, chambers of commerce, parks, European Business and Innovation Centers (CEEIs/BICS), companies and technology clusters.
AIR-Andalusia official website: https://www.airandalusia.es/
Photo gallery of the presentation: https://www.flickr.com/photos/canalugr/sets/72157720226324531/
Video of the presentation
Thursday 25th of November of 2021, Macarena Espinilla Estevez, DaSCI researcher, passed the exams for the access to Professors at the University of Jaén. She defended this position with a research project “Recognition of activities in intelligent environments” and a teaching project “Computer architecture in the Degree of Computer Engineering“.
The main strength of our institute lies in our researchers and this recognition of Macarena’s career is a source of joy for all of us, our most sincere congratulations!
AIRANDALUSIA is the Andalusian eDIH in which DaSCI collaborates so that SMEs and freelancers can find services that facilitate innovation. An innovation based on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and associated Disruptive Digital Technologies, innovating and transferring technology to society and industry.
Artificial Intelligence has established itself as one of the technologies with the greatest transformative power in society and business. Therefore, it is essential to know the latest trends around it and the fundamental role played by the European Union to promote it as a differential element in the digital transformation of companies.
That is why Javier Melero, Deputy Director of Strategic Area of DaSCI, presented the following talk:
HOW SMES CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE / EDIH AIRANDALUSIA.
#InTheMedia #UCO Wednesday, November 10, 2021
A post in the Diario de Córdoba comments on the results of the Stanford University ranking associated with the impact of research in various areas, based on metrics of impact of researchers’ publications worldwide. This list identifies the top of the world’s research in their respective areas, and is prepared annually.
In this particular case, DaSCI’s Deputy Director, Sebastian Ventura appears in the ranking prepared by Professors Baas, Boyack and Ioannidis, from Elsevier B.V., SciTechStrategies Inc. and Stanford University, respectively.
See which other DaSCI researchers are in world rankings.
Source: Diario de Córdoba
The Andalucía Conectada platform offers a virtual training space associated with emerging technologies. Thanks to its catalog, you can locate the best training offer according to the level or competence that the content covers. Focused on the ICT sector, we know from the Ministry of Economic Transformation, that Andalusian companies are betting on AI as a differential value.
For this reason, the webinnar held on October 19 at 10 am was attended by the deputy director of DaSCI, Pedro Garcia, who had the opportunity to talk about the level of development of Artificial Intelligence in Andalusia.
In his words, predictive analytics, machine learning and data science are the areas of Artificial Intelligence with the highest level of implementation in companies.
This city council sees in the word Effort a more than necessary value in the educational world. Therefore, it has created the Rosa Rodríguez Extraordinary Award for Compulsory Education at provincial level to the best academic record of the course. In this way it wants to recognize the most diligent secondary school student in the province during the year.
The award, whose rules were approved in the plenary last September 2021, bears the name of the researcher from Guarromanense of the University of Jaén, Rosa María Rodríguez Domínguez, an example of personal and academic improvement. “It represents tenacity, perseverance and dedication to a dream. It is our small tribute to a great woman and neighbor,” says the mayor, Alberto Rubio.
More information: El Observador – At the center of the news.
The professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence of the UJA, and DaSCI researcher M.ª José del Jesus Díaz, gave in her institution the master lecture entitled ‘Artificial Intelligence and data for society’. The event could be followed live on YouTube.
This lecture presented a reflection on the benefits that Artificial Intelligence, through machine learning and the ethical use of data, brings to society. To do this, it briefly reviewed its history and milestones, analyzed some of its applications, especially in the field of health. It also identified the challenges to be addressed to continue advancing in the development of a reliable and human-centered artificial intelligence.
More information about the event and its content, in the Digital Journal of the UJA: Artificial Intelligence and data for society.
DaSCI Researchers participate in the XIX Conference of the Spanish Association of Artificial Intelligence (CAEPIA).This year CAEPIA is being held in the context of the 6th Spanish Congress on Computer Science (CEDI 2020), which includes many events and activities related to Computer Science, with greater visibility and social impact.
The Conference of the Spanish Association of Artificial Intelligence (CAEPIA) is a biennial forum open to researchers from all over the world to present and discuss their latest scientific and technological advances in Artificial Intelligence (A.I.).
On this occasion, one of the two Plenary Lectures at CAEPIA 2021 was given by Óscar Cordón, (researcher of the DaSCI institute) titled “Artificial Intelligence for Forensic Anthropology and Human Identification”. Prof. Oscar Cordón was also awarded by the Spanish Association of A.I. (AEPIA) for his activities and his promotion of A.I.
More information (In Spanish)
#TV #Granada #Science
Participating in this debate are three leading figures. The director of the DaSCI institute, Francisco Herrera, the director of the Fundación Descubre, Teresa Cruz and the director of the Participation and Social Innovation unit, MediaLab, of the Vice-rectorate of Institutional Policy and Planning of the University of Granada, Esteban Romero.
You can watch the full content of the program (50 minutes)
The creation of “AI Lab Granada” is the result of the efforts of the University of Granada, Indra and Google Cloud to make Granada and the PTS Foundation – Parque Tecnológico de la Salud a leading space in research and knowledge transfer.
The agreement signed by Pilar Aranda, rector of the University of Granada (UGR), Isaac Hernández, Google Cloud’s country manager, and Cristina Ruiz, Indra’s CEO, marks the beginning of this great project. This public-private collaboration, which in the words of Rogelio Velasco, Minister of Economic Transformation of the Regional Government, is essential in order to have the necessary resources for digitalisation to reach everyone.
The Centre will have more than 100 PhDs in AI and 165 consultants, developers and researchers and an ecosystem of startups and entrepreneurs. It will develop artificial intelligence solutions that will increase the efficiency and sustainability of businesses, public administrations and society. Promoting an inclusive, sustainable and focused AI to improve people’s quality of life.
You can find all the information by clicking on the following links (in spanish)
At the proposal of the Pfizer Foundation in its latest meeting with the evolution that does not cease, a session was organised to analyse the transition “from Big Data to Medicine on Demand”.
In this session, moderated by Sergio Rodríguez, President of the Pfizer Foundation, different experts, including our director Francisco Herrera, analysed from different perspectives how AI will be an essential tool for Preventive and Predictive Medicine in the next 10 years.
You can read the full article at the following LINK
On Friday the 2nd of July, the IDEAL newspaper dedicated its Gourmet space to talk to Francisco Herrera, our director, about digitalisation in the hotel and catering industry and what Artificial Intelligence can do for gastronomy and restaurants. A fundamental sector for the economy of our region.
All the information in the IDEAL newspaper (In Spanish)
The Hojjat Adeli Award for Outstanding Contribution in Neural Systems, established by World Scientific in 2010, is awarded annually to the most innovative article published in the previous volume/year of the International Journal of Neural Systems.
The award, which is endowed with a plaque and a cash prize of $5000 this year, goes to the following publication:
M. Leming, J.M. Gorriz, and J. Suckling, Ensemble Deep Learning on Large, Mixed-Site fMRI Datasets in Autism and Other Tasks, International Journal of Neural Systems, 30:7, 2020, 2050012 (16 pages).
The author is Juanma Górriz, a researcher at the DaSCI Institute with an extensive research career in the field of biomedical signal processing and the diagnosis of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. In 2015 his work was recognised with the medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the category of Young Researcher and since the birth of the Institute in 2018 his research group Signal Processing and Biomedicak Application is part of it.
Last Friday, 18 June 2021 and coinciding with the Institute’s Council Celebration, a large number of DaSCI researchers gathered in a virtual meeting to celebrate the DaSCI Day.
This year we have been working intensively on improving communication and dissemination aspects in the Institute. In this process we have been advised by the “Fundación Descubre” and one of their proposals was to find a space and a time for all members of the Institute to celebrate and take the pulse of our activities. Over the last few years, the number of researchers and students at DaSCI has not stopped growing and there are now more than 140 of us who have never had the opportunity to meet together before.
This year, since we were not all vaccinated yet, it didn’t seem sensible to have a physical meeting, so we had a virtual meeting in which we shared an “aperitif”. We had a very pleasant time with a lot of laughs, a contest and even a raffle with two brand new winners.
We are determined that this will be the first of many physical meetings that will take place every June 14th, the date on which the Institute is officially born and on which we hope to continue celebrating the growth of our project.
The podcast sheds light into the technologies used in the processing and analysis of information. Hosted by Rocío Romero and Francisco Jesús Martínez, both researchers at the DaSCI institute, the podcast deals with the latest advances in these technologies and their future prospects in simple language and for all audiences. The podcast is a biweekly series and each episode deals with a different area of the field, including short news items, radio fiction and interviews with experts.
SintonIA – Artificial Intelligence (AI) on air. This is the title of the new podcast of the Andalusian Research Institute in Data Science and Computational Intelligence (DaSCI), launched on 15 March, 2021. The programme is part of the institute’s communication and dissemination strategy and, according to its authors, aims to bring to the general public what lies behind the technologies that are shaping the present.
Hosted by computer scientists Rocío Romero and Francisco Jesús Martínez, SintonIA talks about statistics, neural networks, data science, practical applications and the latest advances at the institute in a friendly and light-hearted way. Each episode includes references to short news items, an in-depth topic and interviews with experts in the field.
The first episode was dedicated to women in computer science, and featured several guests at different stages: a female undergraduate student, a PhD student and an engineer from a large IT company.
The “World Scientist: World’s Top 2% Scientists” is a list created by a group of researchers coordinated from Stanford University, which has been recently published in the prestigious journal Plos Biology, and in which the world’s elite in the world of scientific research is included.
Among the authors recognized in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing are Francisco Herrera, Director of the Institute (among the 300 best in the world in this area) and other members of the Institute such as Enrique Herrera-Viedma, Luis Martínez, Salva García, Cristóbal Romero, Rosa M. Rodríguez, Óscar Cordón, Sebastián Ventura, Francisco J. Cabrerizo, Jesús Alcalá, Julián Luengo and Javier Ramírez.
The research was carried out by a group of experts formed by John Loannidis (Stanford University), Jeroen Baas (Elsevier B.V.), Kevin W. Boyack (SciTech Strategies), and Richard Klavans (SciTech Strategies).
From Scopus data, they have created a database that collects more than 100,000 scientists with standardized information on their citations, the h-index (an index to measure an individual’s scientific research output), the co-authorship-adjusted hm-index, citations of articles in different authorship positions, and a composite indicator (with metrics with and without self-citations).
The database collects 22 scientific fields and 176 subfields, in addition to allowing to know the results of researchers throughout their career or in the year 2019.
For us, this list represents the enhancement of the work done every day by DaSCI researchers and we are happy to have 12 of the greatest among “ours”.
The program Conciencia of CanalSur has dedicated its space this week to Artificial Intelligence and has done so with two members of DaSCI who are world leaders in this area: Francisco Herrera (director of our Institute) and Enrique Herrera-Viedma (Vice-rector of Research and Transfer of the UGR)
Ferrovial has partnered with Spain’s Royal Academy of Engineering (RAI) and the University of Granada (UGR), through the DaSCI Research Institute, to examine the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a view to understanding how engineering and the technology solutions strongly anchored in Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help attain the goals.
The UN established the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. The goals signal a paradigm shift in the way companies and governments design new business models and public policies based on sustainability. Governments, the private sector and civil society all have an important role to play in this regard.
The project, entitled “Engineering as a Path to the SDGs: Artificial Intelligence and Disruptive Digital Technologies” was launched in March 2020 and focused on studying artificial intelligence and digital technologies and their application to the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda. The result is a 465-page book, with original illustrations by Pablo García-Moral, written by a team of 16 people coordinated by Rosana Montes (UGR), Francisco Herrera (UGR and RAI), Javier Pérez de Vargas (RAI) and Rosario Marchena (Ferrovial).
The book, entitled “Inteligencia Artificial y Tecnologías Digitales para los ODS” (Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies for the SDGs), by Rosana Montes and co-authors, published by Real Academia de Ingeniería, is organized into three parts: an introduction to artificial intelligence and digital technologies, an analysis of their application in achieving the SDGs, and a set of recommendations on actions that may lead to the execution of projects and contribute to the attainment of the associated targets. In this connection, specialist scientific literature was reviewed, including more than a thousand bibliographic references on the 169 targets that are proposed in order to achieve the SDGs.
The book concludes with a brief discussion revolving around five key lessons learned, which are outlined in the graphic below:
The study can be consulted and downloaded through the following link:
In September we are launching a cycle of seminars especially designed for those PhD students who are just starting out their research career. This series of seminars will take place every Monday at 16.30 and will last approximately 1 hour. The first speaker will be Francisco Herrera, director of the Institute. His first three seminars will be focused on:
- What is a doctoral thesis?
- Research and Creativity
- Communicating the Research
If you are interested in participating in these events, please contact Nuria Rodríguez Barroso who will provide access details.
Professor Oscar Cordón, member of the Andalusian Research Institute in Data Science and Computational Intelligence, has made a dissertation at the request of the Mexican Government’s Directorate-General for Public Policy on Human Rights.
The online talk, entitled ‘Artificial intelligence applied to forensic science’, was given as part of the seminar ‘Forensic science from a human rights perspective’.
More info in IDEAL de Granada (In Spanish)
Ivan Palomares presented a tutorial in the SIGIR 2020 ACM Congress on Information Retrieval.
“Reciprocal Recommendation: matching Users with the Right Users” aims to bring the youngest scientific community closer, the so-called reciprocal SRs that are characterized by recommending users to each other in a personalized way to connect or establish some kind of relationship (either personal, professional or academic).
Their range of real applications is currently increasing: from online dating apps to job search platforms, online learning, shared economy and social networks.
If you are interested in the topic click here to download all the slides of the presentation
Formed by outstanding personalities from the scientific, economic and educational fields, it is an advisory body for analysis, advice and support to the Government in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
Francisco Herrera, Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Granada and Director of the Andalusian Research Institute in Data Science and Computational Intelligence, has been selected as one of the members of the new Advisory Board on Artificial Intelligence of the Spanish Government.
More Information in Canal UGR, El Independiente de Granada and Ministerio de Asuntos Económicos y Transformación Digital (In Spanish)
Cultural activity within the framework of the virtual conference cycle “After Covid-19, what?” organized by La Madraza. Centre of Contemporary Culture. University of Granada.
The director of DaSCI defends that science will be the one to allow us to get out of the health crisis and that should be used in the economic field “as an engine of development”. He also urges the “digital transformation” of the city councils
The Digital Transformation of the city councils and the commitment to make cities and their metropolitan areas an Intelligent Territory can give us a boost in the Digital Economy Era, its penetration in society will accelerate in the coming times.
“Thanks to science we will get out of the crisis”
More information in LARAZON.ES (In Spanish)
The Andalusian Research Institute on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence of the University of Granada (UGR) and the Radiodiagnostic Service of the San Cecilio Clinical University Hospital have developed an automatic system that allows the detection of Covid-19 through patients’ chest X-rays.
The Andalusian Research Institute on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence of the University of Granada (UGR) and the Radiodiagnosis Service of the San Cecilio University Hospital are working on the development of an automatic system to detect the pulmonary affectation produced by Covid-19 through the patients’ chest X-rays.
With a reliability of 80% we are currently working to further increase this percentage in the coming weeks.
Ideal de Granada (in Spanish)
A group of researchers including Manuel Chica, a researcher at the Institute, has published “Nature Scientific Reports” an article in which they develop their research by applying artificial intelligence techniques to collaborative economy platforms such as Airbnb or Blablacar in order to understand the mechanisms that govern them.
Researchers from the University of Newcastle (Australia) and the Technischen Universität Berlin (Germany) have also participated in this work.
In recent years the number of collaborative economy platforms such as Airbnb or BlaBlacar has increased enormously, changing the way we travel, go on holiday or stay. So much so that the collaborative economy (‘sharing economy’ in English) has shaped our current society and influenced government and business decisions. The Internet and the use of mobile apps have facilitated the development of the collaborative economy, increasing the number of users and existing applications and platforms.
More info (In Spanish)
María José del Jesus Díaz, the only professor of the Area of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at UJA, and a founding member of the DaSCI Institute.
“Currently there is a very low percentage of students in degrees linked to engineering, and the percentage is even lower than when I was studying. I think this is a major problem because all fields should benefit from the female and male perspective. Women must be part of the digital transformation and the AI momentum in which we are immersed.”
Read the full article in the Andalusian digital newspaper Información (In Spanish).
During these days the Law School will host important references from the world of Law and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a course that will last until next Friday, February 7.
The course is called “Law and Artificial Intelligence”. Francisco Herrera, and Oscar Cordón , both leading researchers of AI in Spain and DaSCI .
The ETS of Computer and Telecommunications Engineering of Granada is ranked in the fifth position in the world of research in AI. On the other hand, Granada is currently the judicial capital of Andalusia and one of the most important and oldest Spain’s law schools is in Granada. In this context, this event aims to be a national and international reference.
Led by researchers from the Institute, this project aims to develop software that will enable the Ministry of Defence to have Artificial Intelligence systems for decision-making.
The project will be led by María José del Jesus and Francisco Charte as co-directors of the University of Jaén and Francisco Herrera and Siham Tabik as co-directors of the University of Granada. The rest of the research team is composed of six members of DaSCI.
The tool to be developed with Artificial Intelligence techniques aims to identify significant elements and anomalies in conflict scenarios from images from different sources and with different typology. In the words of María José del Jesus “”we propose a project centred on one of the R+D themes contemplated in the call for proposals from the Ministry of Defence. “The project tries to contribute to give an answer to some of the needs of the 2035 Brigade of the Spanish Army. In this scenario, Defense can benefit from the development of tools that integrate and merge this information and optimize the management of these large volumes of data and learn models to have complete knowledge of what is happening in a given area and help in the decision making process”
Without a doubt, this is a new challenge for the Institute that will allow us to continue researching and finding synergies with sectors that are a priori as distant as the military.
Óscar Cordón, Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the UGR and meber of the DaSCI Institute, has been working since 2005 with a group of researchers from different disciplines such as anthropology or forensic medicine, in the automation of the process of identifying human remain by applying Artificial Intelligence techniques. More details in regional TV News “ConCiencia” (Canal Sur)
Full story in Canal UGR (in Spanish)
The “South Tech Week 2020” will take place in Granada 11-12th March 2020. This event will bring together more than 1000 people. The venue will be the “Palacio de Congresos” of our city. This event was announced on Tuesday at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Engineering building of the University of Granada.
After the presentation of the event Francisco Herrera (director of our Institute) gave a lecture on “Challenges of Artificial Intelligence”.
For Francisco Herrera, “AI is a technology that will transform our society and will have an impact on all areas of knowledge. It will mean a revolution similar to the one that provoked the Internet”. In DaSCI we focus our efforts in three areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI): Data Science, Computational Intelligence and technological applications based on AI.
Researchers from the Institute in collaboration with researchers from Almeria have developed a tool that allows us to locate and count whales.
Canal UGR (In Spanish)
The ENHAnCE project, in which 9 European institutions are participating, has been financed with 2.67 million euros.
The coordination of a European project of the H2020 programme is a success for the University of Granada (UGR) and for the DaSCI Institute to which some of its principal researchers are affiliated. The consortium will be led by Professor Manuel Chiachío and made up of 9 top-level scientific and technological institutions: University of Granada (Spain), German Space Agency (Germany), University of Nottingham (UK), University of Strathclyde (UK), Milan Polytechnic (Italy), Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), CEA-Tech Institute (France), Belgian Centre for Aeronautical Research, Cenaero (Belgium), Foundation for Research, Development and Application of Composite Materials, FIDAMC (Spain).
The project will start on 1 January 2020 and will have a duration of four years and a funding of 2.67 million euros to be distributed among the different members of the consortium.
The principal objective of the ENHAnCE project is the development of technology for the creation of intelligent ultralight structures. These structures will have self-diagnostic and prognostic capacity in the form of cyber-physical systems, and will be applicable to aerospace structures, wind turbine blades, as well as other civil engineering structures such as bridges, towers, and so on.
Canal Sur News (In Spanish):
The rector of the University of Granada (UGR), Pilar Aranda and TECNALIA’s Deputy Director General of Technology, Jesús Valero, have signed a collaboration agreement for the creation of the “TECNALIA Chair in Artificial Intelligence” which will be endowed with 50,000 € per year.
A study focusing on the Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin (DOCa) carried out by UNIR Marketing professor Carmen Zarco and the expert from the University of Granada, Óscar Cordón, shows that only around 32% of the wineries affiliated to this Designation have a Twitter profile, although not all of them develop active and direct communication.
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According to a press release from the Delegation of the Regional Government of Andalusia in Jaen, this institute will research in two major fundamental areas, Data Science and Computational Intelligence, two areas of great projection in the field of international research and with scientific recognition at the universities of Jaen and Granada.
Francisco Herrera Triguero, Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Granada (UGR), joined the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain yesterday as a full member of the academy, in an event that took place at the headquarters of the institution in Madrid and was attended by the rector of the UGR, Pilar Aranda.
More information in Noticias UGR (in Spanish)
The BBVA Foundation grants with 100,000 euros a research project at the University of Granada (UGR) called ‘Deep Learning’ applied to Security, Ecology and Natural Language’, coordinated by Francisco Herrera Triguero, professor of the Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.
The aim of this project is to generate high quality data for Deep Learning models, obtain algorithms that improve the understanding of these models and apply this knowledge in areas such as Security, Ecology and Language.
More information in NovaCiencia (In Spanish)
On Monday 4 March, 2019 the Spanish Strategy for R+D+I in Artificial Intelligence was presented in Granada.
The event, took place in the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos, was presided over by the Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque, and closed by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez.
More information (in spanish):
First prize: Francisco Herrera, Álvaro Martínez-Sevilla, Siham Tabik, Rosana Montes, Alberto Castillo Lamas, Teresa Cruz Sánchez, José Policarpo Cruz.
MonuMAI: an app to increase the social value of Andalusian architectural heritage.
MonuMAI is a mobile application (app) that is developed within the framework of a Citizen Science project of the same name. The aim of the app is to develop an intelligent system to recognize the different artistic styles and provide information and relationships on the proportions and ‘other geometric elements in art …
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First prize of the CAEPIA 2018 Competition of Apps based on Artificial Intelligence by the App MonuMAI Francisco Herrera, Álvaro Martínez-Sevilla, Siham Tabik, Rosana Montes, Alberto Castillo Lamas, Teresa Cruz Sánchez, José Policarpo Cruz. MonuMAI: an app to increase the social value of Andalusian architectural heritage
Go to https://dasci.es/mediateca/asi-se-ve-la-app-de-monumai/ (in Spanish)
Go to https://dasci.es/mediateca/caepia-2018/ (in Spanish)
University of Granada (UGR) researchers have designed a computer algorithm that automatically recognises guns on video in real-time, as Jim Drury reports.
“Artificial Intelligence in Defense Technology”
http://www.ejercito.mde.es/multimedia/Videos-2018/RRFF/05-factor-ind-tec.html (Link to video in Spanish)
Current surveillance and control systems still require human supervision and intervention. This work presents a novel automatic handgun detection system in videos appropriate for both, surveillance and control purposes. We reformulate this detection problem into the problem of minimizing false positives and solve it by building the key training data-set guided by the results of a deep Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) classifier, then assessing the best classification model under two approaches, the sliding window approach and region proposal approach. The most promising results are obtained by Faster R-CNN based model trained on our new database. The best detector show a high potential even in low quality youtube videos and provides satisfactory results as automatic alarm system. Among 30 scenes, it successfully activates the alarm after five successive true positives in less than 0.2 seconds, in 27 scenes. We also define a new metric, Alarm Activation per Interval (AApI), to assess the performance of a detection model as an automatic detection system in videos.