Ocho cambios que transformarán a los humanos para siempre

January 15th, 2017|

4- ORDENADORES QUE APRENDAN: El “big data” ha concentrado la atención en la informática los últimos años, pero el foco se traslada al “machine learning", un nuevo paso en la inteligencia artificial Hoy en el MAGAZINE de La Vanguardia,  Marta Ricart (con fantásticas fotos de Cristina Reche) ha hecho un excelente reportaje titulado LA CIENCIA TIENE UN PLAN PARA CAMBIAR LA HUMANIDAD con las prioridades de la ciencia para las próximas décadas que pueden cambiar radicalmente a la humanidad.  En el artículo se "ha hecho una lista con unos ámbitos de investigación en los que trabajan muchos científicos, a los que se destina gran inversión o que son un desafío para la humanidad y cuyos avances supondrán, en todos los casos, grandes cambios": Reescribir la genética Materiales Inéditos [...]

The importance of Supercomputing in Artificial Intelligence

December 13th, 2016|

Today I gave a talk about the importance of Supercomputing in the area of Artificial Intelligence as keynote at  #27 CO-SESSION ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN BUSINES event organised by co-society. Attached  you will find the slides of today's talk. In the past, a lot of companies wished they had started thinking earlier about their Internet strategy. I think in a few years from now there will be a number of companies that wish they had started thinking earlier about their AI strategy. I hope that you are not one of these companies.   The importance of Supercomputing in Artificial Intelligence from Barcelona Tech UPC - Barcelona Supercomputer Center BSC

Hierarchical Object Detection with Deep Reinforcement Learning

December 8th, 2016|

This week, Barcelona hosts the 30th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2016), a machine learning and computational neuroscience conference that includes invited talks, demonstrations and oral and poster presentations. It covers topics ranging from deep learning and computer vision to cognitive science and reinforcement learning. NIPS is one of the top Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence conferences in the world: 6,000 attendees at #NIPS2016 in Barcelona with a sold out weeks before start date. NIPS has become the academic and industry AI conference, growing near-exponentially over the past decade and local mass media  don't pay attention to the event , incredible!. Tickets for the main conference, despite nearly doubling in quantity since last year, sold out more than 6 weeks before the event. Tomorrow, December 9th, we will present our contribution in hierarchical object detection with deep [...]

Entering a new stage and professional challenge: taking time out from my roles of disseminator and advisor

June 1st, 2016|

ES    Como ya comenté en este post la semana pasada, después de regresar del cónclave sobre Machine Learning en Cádiz, una de las razones estimulantes para pertenecer al BSC-CNS es que siempre hay algo nuevo que aprender con el fin de responder a un mundo de cambios muy rápidos como en el que vivimos. Ahora debo añadir, que no sólo es posible estar siempre aprendiendo cosas nuevas, sino que en el BSC-CNS también es un entorno ideal para emprender nuevas actividades. Probablemente recuerden el post con el que empecé el año con mi propósito de año nuevo: "2016: estoy en el proceso de reinventarme en investigación". Y en esta misma línea, me ha llegado el momento de empezar un estimulante nuevo reto profesional [...]

The Machine Learning Summer School 2016

May 21st, 2016|

One of the great things at BSC-CNIS is that there's always something new to learn  in order to respond to a fast-paced world; you can't really fall into a set routine if the goal of the center is to be always ahead. It is true that my role has changed: I don't write code that ends up with packages at BSC-CNS, I have a higher-level view, however spend some time learning is mandatory. For Computer Science department at BSC-CNS it is important to gradually go beyond the supercomputing architectures and runtimes research habitual fields.  We have been recently incorporated new threads of research in the execution middleware’s for big data arena. However my goal at BSC-CNS is to make a step forward and include in our research roadmap platforms for Machine Learning on [...]

Seminar on Deep Learning at UPC with Oriol Vinyals and Joan Bruna

May 14th, 2016|

We (UPC, TelecomBCN, FIB, CFIS and BSC) are proud to invite you to our first seminar on Deep Learning organized at UPC, next May 23th at 11:00, with the talks of two outstanding speakers: Joan Bruna (UC Berkeley) and Oriol Vinyals (Google DeepMind). Do not miss this great event happening in Barcelona.  And if you are interested in Deep Learning, we are also preparing  a Deep Learning for Computer Vision Summer Seminar  in Barcelona next 4-8 July 2016 ( more info at  http://TelecomBCN.DeepLearning.Barcelona). UPDATE: Photographs of the event here When: Monday  May 23, 11:00-13:00 Place: Aula Màster -  A3 building - UPC Campus Nord - Barcelona Talks: 11:00: Convolutional Neural Networks against the Curse of Dimensionality by Joan Bruna (UC Berkeley).  Convolutional Neural Networks are a powerful class of non-linear representations that have shown through numerous [...]

CaixaBank y el BSC investigarán la aplicación de la computación cognitiva a la innovación financiera

May 7th, 2016|

Esta semana en el BSC-CNS hemos podido materializar un primer acuerdo de colaboración con CaixaBank para promover conjuntamente el desarrollo de sistemas High-Performance Big-Data Analytics basados en Deep Learning para mejorar el servicio a sus clientes y optimizar la eficiencia operativa en sus servicios bancarios. Estoy extremadamente contento, es mi primer proyecto gestionado con mi rol de Senior Innovation Advisor del BSC-CNS. Espero contarles desde este blog futuros avances en los que podamos ganar todos. De momento más detalle lo pueden encontrar en nuestra nota de prensa.  

Free Deep Learning Books

April 18th, 2016|

There are not many books on Deep Learning at the moment because it is such a young area of study. However there are new freely online version available of 3 books that cover beginner, intermediate and advanced levels:   Advanced level: "Deep Learning" written by top deep learning scientists Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio and Aaron Courville. The book includes coverage of all of the main algorithms in the field and can be used as a reference book by those who have experience in the field. Intermediate level: "Neural Networks and Deep Learning" written by Michael Nielsen. The book is a good place to start for those who already have experience in Machine Learning and want to delve into Neural Networks. Beginner level: "FIRST CONTACT WITH TENSORFLOW, get started with Deep Learning programming" written by Jordi Torres. The book is [...]

New release of TensorFlow with distributed computing support

April 13th, 2016|

Few hours ago Google announced his TensorFlow 0.8 that includes distributed computing support. As we already presented in this blog, distributed TensorFlow is powered by the high-performance gRPC library, which supports training on hundreds of machines in parallel according Google post. It complements the recent announcement of Google Cloud Machine Learning, which enables us to use the Google Cloud Platform. The post also announces that they have published a distributed trainer for the Inception image classification neural network in the TensorFlow models repository. The distributed trainer also enables us to scale out training using a cluster management system like Kubernetes from Google. Furthermore, once we have trained our model, we can deploy to production and speed up inference using TensorFlow Serving on Kubernetes. Beyond distributed Inception, the 0.8 release includes new libraries for defining our own distributed models. Using the distributed trainer, they trained the Inception network to 78% accuracy [...]

Calçotada season and the new Deep Learning book

April 9th, 2016|

The calçotada season is coming to an end. Keep this excellent recipe from Tampa Bay Times for next year. Now it is time to read First contact with TensorFlow book. Already available a paper version, PDF version and Kindle version. Also this book is going to be freely available on-line in my web page (html version) next April 23th , Saint George's day  (Sant Jordi Day). This day is Barcelona's most romantic day of the year: St Jordi's is a day of Roses and Books. Come to see it! (*) I si no saps quin llibre regalar per St Jordi ...    Sant Jordi's day in all town and cities in Catalonia: #BooksAndRoses  

Cognitive Computing: Issues & Challenges

April 7th, 2016|

  (copy of a post appeared on BSC-CNS blog) Our last newsletter issue presents the BSC view about the challenges of Cognitive Computing. Some of you asked us a more extensive explanation. Here we go! Cognitive Computing? Intelligent systems are mainstream now in most industries [1]. They use artificial intelligence, natural language processing, machine learning, artificial neural networks, streaming analytics, unstructured data and Internet of Things, among many other techniques and technologies. Many of the technologies and events of the every day’s life are directly or indirectly influenced by these intelligent systems. Furthermore, the use of these intelligent systems will impact our society massively: new medical models for personalized medicine, cars with cruise control, drones or robots of all types, etc. We are at the dawn of a new [...]