Internet global como una nueva galaxia

March 24th, 2015|

La revista F. (La Revista del Foment)  incluye en su última edición  un artículo con el título "Internet global como una nueva galaxia" que me pidió su director, el escritor Valentí Puig.  El encargo era, partiendo de como es la Internet actual, hacer una breve reflexión de hacia donde va con la llegada del Cognitive Computing (aunque sin mencionar explicitamente la computación cognitiva por no confundir al lector con nuevas etiquetas).  El artículo lo pueden encontrar en las páginas 28 y 29 de este PDF de la revista (accesible desde la web de Foment del Treball) Espero que les guste. La versión en catalán se encuentra en este PDF. Mi agradecimiento a Valentí Puig y a Foment del Treball por ayudar a divulgar la tecnología, esta vez entre los empresarios, que sin duda sus [...]

2nd meeting of the Multimedia Big Data Computing Lab

March 19th, 2015|

I was invited to attend to the 2nd meeting of the Multimedia Big Data Computing Lab (MBDCLab), chaired by Ruben Tous, a senior research member in our team. The meeting took place on Monday 16th, at UPC Campus Nord. The MBDCLab is an ad-hoc interest group of people working on topics related to distributed computing systems that enable massive scale image and video analytics in real-time. While the most part of efforts related to Big Data are nowadays focusing on text-based big data analytics, multimedia data, which makes up about 2/3 of internet traffic, provide unprecedented opportunities for understanding and responding to real world situations and challenges. Most current big data systems are very restrictive as then cannot handle data types other than text or numbers. The [...]

Experiences of using NoSQL database for molecular dynamics simulations

March 12th, 2015|

On March 4-6 of 2015 Roger went to Turku, in Finland to present part of our work involving Cassandra at the 23rd Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-based Processing (PDP 2015). This time he presented the experiences we could gather from the comparison of managing life sciences data from the BSC department in traditional flat files, with a deployment of Cassandra instead. The results that we exposed were very positive and raised many gaps of opportunity for optimisation and features when working with NoSQL systems such as Cassandra. Good job Roger! You can download the PDF of the paper here.  

Chef Watson vs Carme Ruscalleda: Cognitive Computing in the cuisine

March 10th, 2015|

  In 2011  IBM Watson computer defeated two of Jeopardy's greatest champions (on the television quiz show Jeopardy) and won fame as the artificially intelligent computer system that won $1 million for whipping former Jeopardy! champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Since then, acording Mike Rhodin (senior vice president of IBM Watson) Watson supercomputer has become 24 times faster and smarter, 90% smaller, with a 2,400% improvement in performance. And since its commercial launch a year ago, the Watson Group has collaborated with partners to build 6,000 apps. Today I read in The Daily Dot that IBM is using its supercomputer Watson to ignite new ideas and inspire both professional chefs and DIY home cooks to push the boundaries of their current culinary capabilities. Great!. "Chef Watson" has natural language processing capabilities in which a huge corpus [...]

Talking about Cognitive Computing Platforms with Barcelona GSE Master Data Science Students

March 9th, 2015|

Last week I gave a conference to Master Data Science students at Barcelona Graduated School of Economics.  We started talking about Big Data, the newest and one of the most exciting technologies currently available to business and society.  We pay attention that the technology is often so subtle that people have no idea that big data is actually helping make their lives easier. The talk was centered to 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. Gaston Besanson was the organiser. I enjoyed being with you. Thank you Gaston for this gift! You can download the complete presentation (54 slides) from this link.

Ets un emprenedor?

March 8th, 2015|

Des de fa temps que vinc parlat d'emprenedoria, tant en aquest bloc  com en les meves assignatures. Un tema que m'engresca perquè el considero de valor  i que sens dubte als meus alumnes els hi agrada parlar-ne. Però a diferència de conceptes tecnològics habituals, quan intento emmarcar el tema i cerco una definició de partida, m'és difícil definir en poques paraules què és per mi ser emprenedor. Francament cap definició (ni la tan extensa que es troba a la wikipedia) copsa el factor comú dels diferents emprenedors que han vingut a fer presentacions de les seves start-ups en els meus cursos. Què tenen en comú, Xavi Guardia de SFY, Antoni Brey d'URBIOTICA, David Sanchez/Genis Barrera de TheDataRepublic, Jao Artega de BigML, Oriol Núñez d'Undertile o Miquel Las Heras/ Iuri Aranda de uWhisp? I [...]