Andalucía Conectada now knows the capabilities of Andalusian research centers and groups with Pedro González García

21 October, 2021

#networking Tuesday, October 19th

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.

The City Council of Guarroman is inspired by the efforts of our researcher Rosa María Rodríguez Domínguez to create an extraordinary award for high school students in the province of Jaén

21 October, 2021

#recognition Tuesday, October 7

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.


Inaugural lecture of the Academic Year 21/22 at the University of Jaén given by Mª José del Jesus Díaz

21 October, 2021

Thursday, September 30, 2021

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.

La Guinda, a TV program commenting on the European Researchers’ Night 2021

21 October, 2021

#TV #Granada #Science Monday September 27th, 2021

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)

Prof. Oscar Cordón was awarded by the Spanish Association of A.I. (AEPIA) for his activities and his promotion of A.I.

22 September, 2021

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)

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With the creation of AI Lab Granada, our city is confirmed as one of the major national and international benchmarks in Artificial Intelligence.

21 July, 2021

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)

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Artificial Intelligence and Gastronomy, a good pairing

6 July, 2021

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)

Artificial Intelligence will be key to the future of preventive and predictive medicine

6 July, 2021

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

The Institute celebrates its first “DaSCI Day”

30 June, 2021

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.

Juanma Górriz, Researcher at DaSCI Institute, is recognised with the “Hojjat Adeli Award for Outstanding Contribution in Neural Systems”

30 June, 2021

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.

SintonIA, a podcast for the Andalusian Research Institute in Data Science and Computational Intelligence (DaSCI)

14 May, 2021

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.

12 DaSCI researchers have been included in the Ranking of scientists who are among the top 2% of the world’s leading scientists.

18 March, 2021

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”.


15 September, 2020

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.

The Government of Mexico invites Oscar Cordón, professor at the University of Granada, to give a talk on artificial intelligence in forensic science.

1 August, 2020

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)

New international contribution by one of our researchers.

28 July, 2020

Ivan Palomares, researcher of the DaSCI Institute, 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

The DaSCI Director, Francisco Herrera will be a member of the Spanish Government’s Advisory Board on Artificial Intelligence

21 July, 2020

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)

Francisco Herrera calls for the creation of “intelligent territories” to combat future viruses that “isolate” cities

1 May, 2020

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)

Diagnosing the COVID-19 only with X-rays

18 April, 2020

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.

New Artificial Intelligence model has been developed in Granada to determine whether a patient suffers from COVID-19

16 April, 2020

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)

Researchers from the UGR apply AI techniques for the sharing economy platforms to find out how they manage user trust

18 March, 2020

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)

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“Women need to be part of the digital transformation as well”

10 March, 2020

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).

Researchers of DaSCI Institute participate as speakers in the Course on Law and Artificial Intelligence organized by the University of Granada and the Superior Council of the Judiciary

5 February, 2020

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.

More information Canal UGR and Canal Sur News (in Spanish, startin at minute 8)

The project “CUSTODES. Intelligent systems for image processing and threat detection in conflict scenarios” is presented in Jaén

5 February, 2020

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.

More information Canal UGR and COPE Jaén (in Spanish)

Artificial Intelligence to identify human remains

18 December, 2019

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)

Challenges of Artificial Intelligence in the framework of South Tech Week 2020

18 December, 2019

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.

More info in canal UGR and Periódico Ideal (in Spanish)

UGR will lead a European Project for the creation of ultra-light intelligent structures for use in aircraft and wind turbines

24 September, 2019

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.

More information in: IDEAL, LA VANGUARDIA, 20 MINUTOS y NOTICIAS UGR (In Spanish)

Rioja wineries miss out on Twitter communication possibilities, according to a study by UNIR and the University of Granada

22 July, 2019

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.

View in Europa press (content in spanish)

The Andalusian Council of Universities (CAU) has approved the creation of s the Andalusian Research Institute on Data Science and Computational Intelligence, by the Universities of Jaén (UJA) and Granada (UGR).

5 June, 2019

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.

For more information: 20minutos, IDEAL, and esandalucia (in Spanish)

The director of the DaSCI Institute, Francisco Herrera becomes a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain

22 May, 2019

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)

A UGR Study on the use of algorithms for security and ecology granted by BBVA Foundation

17 May, 2019

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)

First prize CAEPIA 2018 in Competition of Apps based on Artificial Intelligence by the App MonuMAI

1 January, 2019

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 …

CAEPIA 2018 Awards

27 October, 2018

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 (Link a Spanish Media)

Featured from MIT in its technology review portal “The Best of Physics arXiv”: Automatic Handgun Detection Alarm in Videos Using Deep Learning

16 February, 2018

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.

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