Jordi Torres ‘ Blog

HOY, UN HUMANO AÚN HA PODIDO SUPERAR AL COGNITIVE COMPUTING, ¿HASTA CUÁNDO?

March 13th, 2016|

Hoy, el surcoreano Lee Sedol, campeón mundial del juego de mesa GO, ha logrado su primera victoria contra la aplicación de “Cognitive Computing” AlphaGo  de Google. Ha sido en la cuarta de las cinco partidas de las que consiste el torneo que se realiza en Seúl (Corea del Sur). Lee Sedol, en realidad, ya perdió el torneo después de que AlphaGo ganara las tres primeras partidas, pero el hecho que hoy Lee haya ganado al sistema es noticia. Si les apeteciera, el próximo martes pueden seguir en directo la final en YouTube. Según un tweet de Demis Hassabis,  CEO y cofundador de DeepMind (compañía de inteligencia artificial inglesa adquirida por Google en 2014), el sistema AlphaGo [...]

Cognitive Computing and BSC: Strategic Positioning View

March 13th, 2016|

  from: BSC -CNS Newsletter Issue 12: March 2016 (PDF version, 2.8Mb) We are entering into an extremely exciting period for interdisciplinary research, where ecosystems like the ones found at BSC, will evolve to cope with new challenges. Cognitive Computing, the next big thing in Big Data, represents a great opportunity for each and every one of us at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. We are now at a turning point in the history of computing. Throughout its short history, computing has undergone a number of profound changes which can be thought of as waves. In its first wave, computing made numbers computable. The second wave made text and rich media computable and [...]

Distributed TensorFlow Has Arrived

March 13th, 2016|

The landscape of Deep Learning was impacted in November, 2015, with the release of Google's TensorFlow, what is now the most popular open source machine learning library on Github by a wide margin. Some researchers showed their dissatisfaction with the project because the lack of distributed training capabilities (because such capabilities were directly alluded to in the accompanying whitepaper's title). However, the distributed TensorFlow has arrived, few week ago [*] Google announced an update to its deep learning library and TensorFlow now supports distributed training. The distributed version of TensorFlow is supported by gRPC, which is a high performance, open source RPC framework for inter-process communication (the same protocol used [...]

In Memoriam – Nacho Navarro, 1958-2016

March 10th, 2016|

I'm very sad to share with you in this blog the passing of my friend and colleague Nacho Navarro. Few days ago Nacho suddenly died from a heart attack at the age of 58. I'm sure that many of the readers of this blog remember Nacho. Nacho was a wonderful person and an exemplary member of our university community. First of all, my sincere condolences to Nacho’s family and friends. However, Nacho has left a great legacy and for this reason BSC and UPC are organizing a homage event for Nacho. It will be an "in memoriam" event next Friday March 18th, at 15:00, in Vertex building, UPC, Placa Eusebi Guell 6, Barcelona. It will consist of many small interventions, with sharings, experiences, anecdotes, we have had [...]

Dinars de networking del COEINF : Les màquines intel.ligents ens pendran la feina als enginyers i enginyeres TIC?

March 8th, 2016|

Aquesta proper divendres en Domingo Olmos , degà del  Col·legi Oficial d'Enginyeria Informàtica de Catalunya (COEINF),  m'han convidat a fer la ponència introductòria del dinar de networking dels divendres per compartir la meva visió sobre l’impacte de la revolució digital en el mercat laboral dels professionals de l’enginyeria en informàtica.  Bé, el Degà m'ha suggerir esperonar una mica als companys i companyes que s'apuntin al dinar, i així procuraré fer-ho! Si algú vol compartir aquest dinar amb nosaltres i debatre el nostre futur, a continuació adjunto la informació del COEINF per assistir-hi: Les màquines intel.ligents ens pendran la feina als enginyers i enginyeres TIC? Ja no en dubta ningú que el mercat laboral canviarà profundament en els propers anys, a causa d'avanços en el camp de l'aprenentatge [...]

La cuina del futur

March 5th, 2016|

Acabo d'arribar de la presentació del llibre "La cuina del futur". Us el recomano, una obra que presenta les noves eines, productes i tècniques que definiran la cuina i la gastronomia del futur. Quan en Pere Castells, em va proposar revisar-ne un dels seus capítols em va dir: "espero que aquest llibre pugui ser una petita contribució a l’academització de la cuina".  Sens dubte ho ha aconseguit! A més, com ens explicava en la presentació del llibre en Màrius Rubiralta, director del campus de l'Alimentació de la UB, l'acte d'avui  és el primer d’un seguit d’activitats per celebrar la declaració de Catalunya com a Regió Europea de la Gastronomia 2016. Felicitats Pere! I gràcies per [...]

Art Gallery: Pier and a gazebo on the lake of Torre Girona

March 2nd, 2016|

Today, I’m glad to inform that I have opened a art gallery in this website (link) , that includes some of my latest artistic creations related with BSC and UPC. I wish to include more artworks in the future. The last one is inspired by the pier and gazebo on the lake of Torre Girona  (google maps). Yes! This is the UPC Campus Nord, where the Supercomputer Marenostrum resides! It is a luxury to work in this environment, isn’t?     My art studio: Art Gallery link: http://jorditorres.org/artgallery  

La Inteligencia Artificial y el futuro de los ingenieros informáticos

March 1st, 2016|

En la edición anual del World Economic Forum de Davos se ha insistido en que estamos ante la cuarta revolución industrial, marcada por avances tecnológicos como la inteligencia artificial  o el machine learning, y en la que los ordenadores serán todavía más sabios. Esto presenta profundas implicaciones en nuestra sociedad tal como la conocemos; consecuencia de ello se está empezando a generar un vivo debate sobre las repercusiones que tendrá la presente revolución, polarizando la opinión pública en bandos opuestos: los optimistas y los pesimistas, los utopistas y los excesivamente pragmáticos. En cualquier caso, todos coincidimos en que el mercado laboral cambiará profundamente en los próximos años; en esta [...]

Google launched TensorFlow Serving

February 18th, 2016|

Google launched TensorFlow Serving, that helps developers to take their TensorFlow machine learning models (and, even so, can be extended to serve other types of models) into production.  TensorFlow Serving is an open source serving system (written in C++) now available on GitHub under the Apache 2.0 license. What is the difference between TensorFlow and TensorFlow Serving?  While in TensorFlow is easier for the developers to build machine learning algorithms and train them for certain types of data inputs, TensorFlow Serving specializes in making these models usable in production environments.  The idea is that developers train their models using TensorFlow and then they use TensorFlow Serving’s APIs to react to input from a client. This allows developers to experiment [...]

INTERVIEW ABOUT MY NEW BOOK: Q & A (UPDATED)

February 8th, 2016|

You recently published a book called “First Contact with TensorFlow”. First of all, why this book is freely available on-line? I hope this book adds some value to this world of education that I love so much. I think that knowledge is liberation and should be accessible to all. For this reason, the content of this book will be available on this website completely free.  Of course, if the reader prefers to opt for a paper copy, you can purchase the book through Amazon or Lulu portals. What is your book about? As the title indicates, it is a first contact with TensorFlow , to get started with Deep Learning programming.  A few months ago, Google offered to [...]

INTERNATIONAL PHD IN DEEP LEARNING & HPC FOR COMPUTER VISION

February 7th, 2016|

The Research Group Autonomic Systems and eBusiness Platforms at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), invites outstanding candidates to apply for a full-time PhD position under "Becas de posgrado de La Caixa"  grants (link) or "International PhD Program Fellowship BSC La Caixa" grants (link). The PhD work will focus on Deep Learning and High Performance Computing for computer vision. PhD project description Deep learning has changed the scape of computer vision and artificial intelligence. Current research in these areas has shown the possibility of creating tools that are able to recognize thousands of objects, or automatically describe the content in an image. For example, Google Brain approach to automatic captioning is able to reliably describe many [...]