Can Computers See?

Computers today have the ability to process information from images notably thanks to object recognition. This ability improved greatly over the past few years and reached human levels on complex tasks in 2015. The algorithm allowing them to do such thing is called Convolutional Neural Network (CNN). This method also enabled Google’s AI to beat one of the best GO players in the world and build self-driving cars.

This week, the Renyi Hour invited Dario Garcia-Gasulla from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center who introduced the Data Science students to this method

You can find the presentation slides here      .01-06-16_BGSE


March 5th: Visit to the Barcelona Supercomputing Center

On March 5th, the BGSE Data Science Students are visiting the Barcelona Supercomputing Center at Technical University of Catalonia (UPC).

After visiting the facilities, Professor Jordi Torres will give a lecture on:

Next generation big data systems: Cognitive Computing

Big Data is the newest and one of the most exciting technologies currently available to business and society. It allows companies to gain the edge over their competitors in business and, in many ways, to the benefit their customers directly. Also for customers, the influences of big data are far reaching, but the technology is often so subtle that consumers have no idea that big data is actually helping make their lives easier. Sensors and devices from various sources are generating massive amounts of data that are fundamental for people to socialize, exchange information, and consume services from several places. All of these technologies are key to construct services that could be much smarter, more proactive, and customized according to user needs. This will be achieved with the advent of new technologies as cognitive computing, that will have the potential to augment our reasoning capabilities and empower us to make better informed real-time decision. Undoubtedly Cognitive Computing will change the way we work and live. These and other trends will shape next-generation big data systems in important ways.
In this presentation we will talk about how a more varied data channels, increasingly diverse analytics methods, and new technology shifts, will impact the next generation of big data systems.

Jordi Torres has a Masters degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC Barcelona Tech, 1988) and also holds a Ph. D. from the same institution (Best UPC Computer Science Thesis Award, 1993). Currently he is a full professor in the Computer Architecture Department at UPC Barcelona Tech. He has more than twenty five years of experience in research and development of advanced distributed and parallel systems in the High Performance Computing Group at UPC. He has been a visiting researcher at the “Center for Supercomputing Research & Development” at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois, USA, 1992). His principal interest as a researcher is Processing and Analyzing Big Data in a Sustainable Cloud. This involves making modern distributed and parallel cloud computing environments more efficient as required by today’s Big Data Analytics challenges. He has about 150 research publications and he was involved in several conferences in the area. He was a member of the European Center for Parallelism of Barcelona (CEPBA) (1994-2004) and a member of the board of managers of CEPBA-IBM Research Institute (CIRI) (2000-2004). In 2005 the Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC) was founded and he was nominated as a Manager for Autonomic Systems and eBusiness Platforms research line in BSC. He has worked and works in a number of EU and industrial research and development projects. He lectures on Computer Science courses in the UPC Barcelona Tech (High Performance Computing, Cloud Computing, Big Data, …). He has been Vice-dean of Institutional Relations at the Computer Science School (1998- 2001), and a member of the Catedra Telefonica-UPC where he worked in teaching innovation (2003-2005). He has also participated in numerous academic management activities and institutional representation. He acts as an expert on these topics for various organizations, companies and mentoring entrepreneurs. During a period (2009-2012) he collaborated with spanish mass media to disseminate ICT and published two books about science and technology for a general audience.