University-Business Chair in AI – UGR-Repsol

24 January, 2024

The UGR obtains, in collaboration with Repsol, one of the university-business chairs in Artificial Intelligence awarded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation.

It is financed with 1.6 million euros over four years and will allow the development of the project ‘Ethical, Responsible and General Purpose Artificial Intelligence: Applications in Risk Scenarios’

The University of Granada, in collaboration with Repsol, has obtained funding of 1.6 million euros to create a university-business chair that, in the next four years, will develop the project Ethical, Responsible and General Purpose Artificial Intelligence: Applications in Risk Scenarios. The UGR presented its project in November to a call from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation that, within the framework of the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy (ENIA), will finance university chairs dedicated to research, dissemination, teaching and innovation on Artificial Intelligence ( AI) and cybersecurity. This January 23, the resolution was made public and the project was the best valued of all those presented, obtaining the maximum possible financing.

Ethical, Responsible and General Purpose Artificial Intelligence: Applications in Risk Scenarios is a project co-financed by Repsol, which will contribute 400,000 euros to the chair, in addition to the 1.2 million financed by the Ministry. This chair represents a new milestone in the collaboration between the UGR and Repsol, which for five years has maintained a close and uninterrupted collaboration through various research projects and technology transfer based on Artificial Intelligence.

In this case, it is an ambitious project where progress is made in one of the great challenges of Artificial Intelligence (AI), such as the development of intelligent technologies with an ethical dimension and responsible use that fall within the so-called trustworthy AI (Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence). , in English). The project includes an extensive scientific dissemination program to publicize this reliable AI, as well as a training space that will address the creation of specialized courses on this topic.

This university-business chair also has an international projection with the inclusion of two researchers from the University of Modena, Rita Cucchiara and Lorenzo Baraldi, with extensive experience in the field of explainability of AI algorithms. These join an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Repsol and the University of Granada (Francisco Herrera, Enrique Herrera, Sergio Damas, Natalia Díaz, Coral del Val, Daniel Molina, Francisco Lara, Isaac Triguero, Victoria Luzón, Rosana Montes, Siham Tabik and Rocío Romero). All participants have extensive experience in this area of ​​research.

The development of trustworthy AI systems entails a series of ethical and regulatory requirements that must be taken into account. These issues require diving into philosophy (in terms of ethics), law (in terms of regulation and user rights) with compliance with the European regulatory standards for artificial intelligence that will be approved in 2024 and compliance for two years. later (the so-called Artificial Intelligence Act) and sociology (exploring the social implications of new technological developments). The chair will address a pressing challenge in our society for the development of artificial intelligence that complies with ethical principles as well as the associated regulation.

The development of reliable AI systems is a multidimensional challenge that must be addressed from multiple perspectives. From a technical point of view, systems must be robust, fair, guarantee data privacy and be transparent and explainable. Many of these properties transcend their mere technical aspect, since they must be validated in a specific scope of application. For example, the concepts of explainability and fairness may be different in a scientific context than in a social context, or robustness depends on the specific use case, etc.

At the level of the scenario applied in the area of ​​development of Repsol, a line of research is proposed to develop artificial intelligence models for use in critical infrastructures, such as an oil refinery, that are robust and that guarantee safety in taking decisions. decisions of intelligent systems. Application domain experts will define validation procedures and evaluate the quality of these procedures. Repsol will facilitate this real scenario for the application of the systems and processes that will be developed in the project. This is one of the so-called high-risk scenarios for the use of artificial intelligence in European regulation and therefore requires the development of reliable artificial intelligence models.

On the other hand, AI research is advancing at an accelerated pace and new lines appear that take on special relevance. One of them is known as General Purpose AI (GAIA), which deals with the development of AI technologies that can adapt to different problems and contexts in an almost automatic way. This project addresses these advanced models that can be applied to different prediction problems present in a refinery through the transfer of knowledge from one problem to another.

During the four years of execution of the chair, both engineers will be hired who will be able to carry out their doctoral thesis in the different lines proposed by the project, as well as postdoctoral researchers who can add their experience in the area.

This call from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation will mobilize around 59 million euros through public-private contributions that will allow scholarships for around 150 researchers in the next four years. The program is part of the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy (ENIA), the Digital Spain 2026 agenda, as well as the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.

Photos: Francisco Herrera, director of the Chair and in another image, Chair members Sergio Damas, Enrique Herrera and Rocío Romero.

Conferences and activities on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean

27 November, 2023

#Outreach #November

November has allowed DaSCI researchers to visit university centers in Cuba and Brazil, with the aim of joining ties between Spain and Latin America, to publicize the institute’s research areas and to promote future lines of collaboration.

Plenary talk by Francisco HerreraSecure and reliable artificial intelligence: Risk and auditability scenarios” at the II International Symposium on “Generation and Transfer of Knowledge for Digital Transformation” (SITIC2023, November 15 – 17, 2023) in the framework of the IV International Scientific Convention UCLV 2023. Central University “Marta Abreu” of Las Villas, Cuba.

In addition, this event was the setting for the awarding of the title of Visiting Professor to Dr. Francisco Herrara Triguero in recognition of his scientific career and collaboration with Cuba and especially with the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science of the UCLV.

Talk “Artificial Intelligence in the 21st Century: What it can offer us, and what we have to be careful of” by Daniel Molina at the State University of Londrina (Universidade Estadual de Londrina), Brazil.

  • Get access to the presentation at zenodo.
  • See announcement at State University of Londrina.

Francisco Herrera, receives his designation as a member of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba

16 November, 2023

#InMedia #Awards #November 2023

Last Monday at the Open Days of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba (ACC) in an open session on Artificial Intelligence, the Director of the DaSCI Institute gave a lecture entitled “A Holistic Vision of Artificial Intelligence. Safe and Reliable: Risks, Ethics, Regulation and Auditability”.

At the same event, he was officially awarded the status of Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba, which was granted to him in August 2022 together with the researcher José Luis Verdegay, also from the University of Granada.

This appointment comes in recognition of his extensive research career and the promotion of knowledge and technology transfer in international and national projects as well as with companies at all levels.

Both researchers have more than 1,000 scientific productions, including more than 50 books and more than 700 articles in leading journals.

UGR doctoral student, Práxedes Martínez Moreno, awarded at the Spanish Scientific Computer Society Awards

9 October, 2023

#InMedia #Awards #October2023

The award recognizes the contribution of women pursuing doctoral studies in the area of computer science to encourage their start in the research career and create references for new generations.

The Spanish Computer Science Society (SCIE) has awarded a runner-up prize in the third edition of the SCIE-ZONTA-SNGULAR awards to Práxedes Martínez Moreno, a PhD student at DaSCI Institute, University of Granada. The research line of the winner is New Methods of Human Identification by Craniofacial Superposition Based on Artificial Intelligence, and is directed by Sergio Damas, professor of the Department of Computer Languages and Systems, and Pablo Mesejo, professor of the Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.

In the resolution of the second prize to Práxedes Martínez Moreno, the jury explains that the winner develops “a very promising research activity and also a very active commitment in activities aimed at promoting the participation of women in the field of technologies, being aware of the personal effort that sometimes this means for women”.

All Information in the following links (In Spanish):

Canal UGR Noticias

Granada Hoy

Artificial Inteligente Revolution In Andalusia Spain

1 August, 2023

CANAL SUR MEDIA | July 8, 2023

In the public television program Los Reporteros, Canal Sur journalists offer a space of analysis on the pros and cons of solutions based on Artificial Intelligence. It is shown as a new tool that can add great value for Andalusia. In the program, Andalusian researchers are interviewed with focus on Granada and Seville.
In the case of Granada and the spaces associated with the PTS and the DaSCI institute, Professor Francisco Herrera and the researchers and members of DaSCI, Rosana Montes and Isaac Triguero, are interviewed from minute 7:18 onwards.


Oscar Cordon awarded in the fourth edition of the “Granada, City of Science and Innovation” Awards

14 March, 2023

InMedia #Awards #March2023

The awards ceremony of the prizes ‘Granada. City of Science and Innovation 2022, was held last Friday at the Manuel de Falla Auditorium. We accompanied Óscar Cordón, DaSCI researcher who received an award in the category of Innovation to Knowledge Transfer.

It has been an afternoon in which science and its dissemination has occupied a protagonist space and in which the great scientific talent of all those recognized with these awards given by the City of Granada has been valued.

More information (In Spanish):

Granada Hoy

Ahora Granada

Europa Press

Ten Granada research projects to keep track of in 2023

20 February, 2023

#News #InMedia

The IDEAL newspaper of Granada publishes in its publication of Sunday, February 19, 2023 a news item that lists ten cutting-edge researches that will be of interest for their results. They refer to projects of the University of Granada, DaSCI, CSIC and Genyo among others. Two of those mentioned are GOIMAI ( and the Forensic Lab, research carried out by DaSCI members.

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Inclusion Award to a DaSCI doctoral thesis

11 January, 2023

#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.

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Artificial Intelligence: the Idea of the year 2022

27 December, 2022

#News #InMedia

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.

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The UGR and the CGPJ present in Granada a book on Law and Artificial Intelligence

2 December, 2022

#News #InMedia

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) 

Towards artificial intelligence… and environmental intelligence

1 December, 2022

#News #InMedia

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)

Mayor of Granada visits DaSCI facilities

25 November, 2022

#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

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Spanish seeks its place in the challenge of humanizing technology

14 November, 2022

#News #InMedia

UGR Researchers Eugenio Martínez and 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)


Granada candidate to be AESIA headquarters

10 November, 2022

#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.

Coral del Val: Artificial Intelligence and Genetics Research

8 November, 2022


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)

Interview to our researcher Natalia Díaz in the newspaper EL Mundo: “So are the young Spanish ‘brains’ that have not escaped”

7 November, 2022

#News #InMedia


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 DaSCI Institute, Macarena Espinilla, awarded in the II Margarita Salas Awards for her scientific career

4 November, 2022

#News #InMedia

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)

Recognition of talent and excellence in Artificial Intelligence

28 October, 2022

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.

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Ideal de Granada

Signed a collaboration agreement between CETINIA and DaSCI Institute

23 October, 2022

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.

The university recognizes the work of the DaSCI institute in scientific dissemination and in research 2021

13 July, 2022

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.

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IDEAL de Granada

Francisco Herrera, a beatiful mind

6 July, 2022


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, “Andaluces del Futuro” award winner

5 July, 2022

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.

All information, “El día de Córdoba” (In Spanish)

Digital transformation and challenges of Artificial Intelligence in the Spanish Armed Forces.

19 May, 2022

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):

The Army and Future Challenges


Pioneer Women in IT Exhibition

17 May, 2022

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.

Interview with Francisco Herrera in Cadena SER

5 May, 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)

An application designed at the UGR helps the study of the brain using Artificial Intelligence

21 April, 2022

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):

IDEAL de Granada



University of Jaén recognizes the pioneers of computer science in an exhibition

29 March, 2022

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)

Granada touches the sky with AI (Artificial Intelligence)

8 March, 2022

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)

DaSCI is present at Dubai Expo

15 February, 2022

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

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La Universidad de Granada presenta sus proyectos estratégicos en Dubái

Gastronomía, inteligencia artificial y turismo, las bazas de Granada en la Expo Dubái 2020

The importance of teaching programming

10 February, 2022

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

Francisco Herrera interviewed on Radio Nacional de España

17 January, 2022


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 I – January 8th

Part II – January 15th

Francisco Herrera, director of the DaSCI Institute participates in the radio show “Hoy por Hoy” and highlights Granada’s plans to host the National Centre and the State Agency for the Supervision of Artificial Intelligence

13 January, 2022

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)


AIR-Andalusia is presented at the University of Granada as a centre for transfer and training in artificial intelligence and robotics

10 December, 2021

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:

Photo gallery of the presentation:

Video of the presentation

The number of professors of the DaSCI Institute grows with the incorporation of Macarena Espinilla as a Professor at UJA

25 November, 2021

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! 

Javier Melero participates in the Webinar: Artificial Intelligence and its application in companies. AIRANDALUSIA the Andalusian AI digital hub

25 November, 2021

#Webinar Thursday

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:


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Significant increase of UCO researchers in the well-known list of the world’s most influential researchers

10 November, 2021

#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

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

19 October, 2021


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

7 October, 2021


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

30 September, 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.

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

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

27 September, 2021

#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)

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

19 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 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

Artificial Intelligence and Gastronomy, a good pairing

2 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)

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.

The Institute celebrates its first “DaSCI Day”

18 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.

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”.

Study examines Artificial Intelligence as a means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

9 February, 2021

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:


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 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.

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

11 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.