Factors that have triggered the potential of Deep Learning

2017-11-11T13:37:43+00:00 September 27th, 2017|

Artificial Intelligence and Neural Networks, are not a new concepts! Why, all of a sudden, have them become the next big thing that is changing our life again during this decade? Deep Learning is changing our life I'm sure you have doubtlessly noticed quantum leaps in the quality of a wide range of everyday technologies.   In Speech Recognition  the transcription of voice to text has experimented amazing advances, and it is already available in different devices. We are increasingly interacting with “our” computers by just talking to them.  Also there have been some spectacular advances in Natural Language Processing, for example, by simply clicking on the micro symbol of Google Translate, the system will transcribe what you are dictating to another language. Google Translate now renders spoken sentences in [...]

¡Google ofrece más Machine Learning a los desarrolladores!

2017-08-08T22:47:09+00:00 March 24th, 2016|

Google acaba de anunciar en su blog nuevas herramientas de Machine Learning para  desarrolladores disponibles como un servicio más en su plataforma Google Cloud  a través de APIs. En el blog se indica que es exactamente la misma tecnología que está detrás de productos como Google Now o Google Photos, permitiendo a los desarrolladores construirse potentes modelos Machine Learning usando TensorFlow, además de ofrecer modelos preentrenados a través de Google Translate API,  Cloud Vision API o Google Cloud Speech API. Si juntamos esto con su servicio Cloud Dataproc que permite la gestión de procesos tanto de Hadoop como de Spark,  realmente los desarrollador e investigadores tenemos ahora mismo una potente y completa plataforma de procesado Big Data. Si tienen dos minutos les recomiendo este video insertado en su blog, para hacerse una idea a través de un simple robot realizado con una [...]

Our research group at BSC is opening 2 Positions to collaborate with research project

2017-08-09T12:15:54+00:00 September 9th, 2015|

  If you are interested to join BSC now you have an opportunity in one of the two open positions. POSITION 1:  Junior Developer The candidate will be incorporated at full time to the "Autonomic Systems and eBusiness Platforms" research line from BSC. Candidate's main task will be oriented toward the development and support for the assigned tasks to the research group in the ASCETiC project funded by the European Commission in its 7th Frame Program. Two types of tasks can be differentiated: Tasks supporting project management: the candidate must collaborate in the daily project management. This includes the organization/attendance of/to conference calls, travelling to project meetings, preparation of presentations, deliverables writing, etc. Tasks supporting technical developments: the candidate must collaborate in the design and implementation of [...]

Big Data Analytics and Bikes: Tour de France

2017-08-09T12:19:26+00:00 July 19th, 2015|

Are you a fan of le Tour de France?. For the first time in Tour de France history, all riders racing in this year’s event have GPS on their bikes (placed under each rider’s bicycle seat). The data collected from this device includes:  the stage winner’s top speed, average speed and time per kilometer;  the fastest riders up key climbs; the speed of the winner at the finish line; the top speed achieved by a rider on the day; average speed across all riders; among others With this information the global service provider Dimension Data provides real-time information on each of the 200 riders as they travel 3,360 kilometers  in 21 stages. For instance, do you now that for the first 11 stages we know that (source): The highest speed [...]

Internet global como una nueva galaxia

2017-08-09T12:23:30+00:00 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 [...]

BSC releases COMPSs version 1.2 at SC14

2017-08-09T12:27:33+00:00 November 20th, 2014|

The Grid Computing and Clusters group of Barcelona Supercomputing Center is proud to announce the release of COMPSs version 1.2 during Supercomputing Conference 2014. COMPSs is a framework for easily implement distributed applications. This release implements the following main features: * N implementations for task methods, each with its own constraints. * Constraint-aware resource management. * Support for multicore tasks. * Pluggable schedulers: facilitate the addition of new schedulers and policies. * Extended support for objects in C/C++ binding. * Extended IDE for N implementations and deployment through PMES. * Update cloud connector for rOCCI to work with rocci-cli v4.2.5. * Enhance rOCCI connector to compute the real VM creation times. * Extended resources schema to support Virtual Appliances pricing. * New LSF GAT adaptor. For more [...]

The First International Conference on Predictive APIs and Apps will be held in Barcelona

2017-08-09T12:29:16+00:00 September 22nd, 2014|

PAPIs.io will take place on 17-18 November 2014 in Barcelona, at UPC Barcelona Tech campus, right before Strata. It will be the first ever international conference dedicated to Predictive APIs and Predictive Apps. We want PAPIs.io to become an open forum for technologists and researchers on distributed, large-scale machine learning services and developers of real-world predictive applications. We aim at seeding highly technical discussions on the way common and uncommon predictive problems are being solved. However, we want PAPIs to be an eminently hands-on conference. In this first edition, we will focus on the pragmatic issues and challenges that companies on the trenches must face to make predictive APIs and applications a reality, and add academic tracks on future editions, once we understand them better. So if you are working on an interesting Predictive [...]

Business-Driven Resource Allocation and Management for Data Centers in the Cloud Markets

2017-08-09T12:29:47+00:00 June 1st, 2014|

This week, Mario Macias, one of the researchers in our research group, did their PhD dissertation. The work is centered in the Cloud Computing arena. Cloud Computing markets arise as an efficient way to allocate resources for the execution of tasks and services within a set of geographically dispersed providers from different organisations. Client applications and service providers meet in a market and negotiate for the sales of services by means of the signature of a Service Level Agreement that contains the Quality of Service terms that the Cloud provider has to guarantee by managing properly its resources. Current implementations of Cloud markets have certain weaknesses at this level. Mario's work present  interesting solutions for them. I’m really proud of Mario’s work.  My sincere congratulations to Mario and also to his advisor, Jordi [...]

Guía detallada para crear tu primer servidor en el Cloud

2017-08-09T12:31:35+00:00 May 21st, 2014|

Hace unos días cree esta guía detallada (guided hands-on) para iniciarse en el cloud de Amazon Web Services con el objetivo de dar soporte a una de mis asignaturas en la Facultat de Informàtica de Barcelona (UPC Barcelona Tech).  En este link tienen a su disposición la guía si creen que les puede ser útil. Se trata de una guía paso a paso (en inglés) para crear un servidor con los siguientes pasos: 1. Sign Up for AWS 2. Create an Identity and Access Management User 3. Create a Key Pair 4. Create a Security Group 5. Launch an Amazon EC2 Instance 6. Clean Up EC2 instance Si quieren probar este ejercicio pueden obtener unos créditos gratuitos en Amazon para realizarlo.  Espero que les sea útil. ACTUALIZACIÓN (22/05/2014):  Manel [...]

Conferència: Big Data realitats i reptes

2017-08-09T12:32:21+00:00 March 28th, 2014|

Aquests setmana m'han convidat a les XII Jornades Fòrum Català d'Informació i Salut (programa) per fer la conferència inaugural al CosmoCaixa. Gràcies a la junta de Fòrum CIS per convidar-me, va ser molt enriquidor també per a mi la participació. Com sempre que puc deixo a l'abast de tothom les transparències per si són del seu interés. Les transparències les poden trobar a slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/jorditorres/big-datarealitatsreptes. El video de la presentació el poden trobar a YouTube editat per l'organització.

Big Data: from the Cloud to the earth

2017-08-09T12:32:01+00:00 March 28th, 2014|

La próxima semana, dentro de los seminarios de la asignatura CLC-MIRI (uno de los cursos que imparto este cuatrimestre ) en la Facultad de Informática de Barcelona (UPC) , tenemos el placer de tener con nosotros a  José Alejandro Cordero Rama que vendrá a compartir su experiencia y conocimientos avanzados en Big Data con mis alumnos.  Cómo de costumbre, los seminarios de mis asignaturas son abiertos a toda la comunidad académica de la UPC y comunidad científica relacionada con el Barcelona Supercomputing Center donde investigamos en estos temas. Los detalles de la conferencia a continuación. Os espero a todos!   Title "Big Data: from the Cloud to the earth" Speaker: José Alejandro Cordero Rama Day: Tuesday 01.04.2014 Time: 12:00 - 13:30 Room: Aulari A5  sala A5106 UPC Campus Nord   Abstract: [...]