New Free Deep Learning Book in Spanish

2018-06-13T13:13:15+00:00 June 13th, 2018|

As I already announced, during the free time that my academic and research activity allows me, I have started to write a new book about Deep Learning. The book is in Spanish and it was supposed to come out in September. Much to my regret, I realized that it would be impossible for me to finish the whole book by September, so I took the decision to divide the book into two parts and focus my efforts on finishing the first part. It gives me great pleasure to announce that I finished it and the first free book on Deep Learning in Spanish is available at http://JordiTorres.Barcelona/DeepLearning. I hope to have the second part ready before Christmas. My motivation to work on this huge project [...]

BSC at Sixth International Conference on Learning Representations in Vancouver

2018-04-27T23:13:31+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

If you were given a 10-minute video but only 30 seconds to watch it and understand what it is about, you would be able to skim through it to find the most relevant segments in this short period of time. Artificial Neural Networks are very good at solving cognitive tasks such as image and video understanding, speech recognition or translation, but they are not able to skim through the given data to accelerate their decisions. The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Víctor Campos, Jordi Torres), in collaboration with Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Xavier Giró-i-Nieto, Jordi Torres, Google (Brendan Jou) and Columbia University (Shih-Fu Chang), is presenting a paper at ICLR showing how these neural networks can be enhanced to ignore parts of the input data while preserving the accuracy [...]

A new book about Deep Learning in Spanish

2018-04-17T16:46:24+00:00 April 17th, 2018|

Much to my regret, the book won`t be finished in time for Saint George`s Day (Dia de san Jordi), which we celebrate in Barcelona with the book and the rose. However, it gives me great pleasure to celebrate this Saint George`s Day by sharing with you what we have completed to date; the index and contents of the first chapter. From then on, I will share chapters as and when they are finished. By September, you should have the whole book on your shelves at home! I have partially stopped my blog and my outreach activity since a few weeks ago. The reason is, that during the free time that my academic and research activity allows me, I have started to write a new book about [...]

Democratization of Artificial Intelligence use: A great opportunity for companies

2018-01-31T19:21:15+00:00 January 31st, 2018|

Democratization of Artificial Intelligence use: A great opportunity for companies In a previous post we presented the factors that have triggered the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in general and Deep Learning in particular and why they have become the next big thing that will change our lives again over the next decade. The conclusion was, that in the end, Computing Power, provided by massive parallel hardware, was the real enabler. This could potentially be a problem for a small and medium enterprises, because they cannot afford to build these types of IT infrastructures. As we presented in the post, fortunately, we are now entering into an era of computation democratization for companies, thanks to Cloud Computing. Big data centers of 28.000 square meters with thousands [...]

Open position for a Junior Research Engineer in Deep Learning at BSC

2018-01-28T20:29:26+00:00 January 25th, 2018|

Junior Research Engineer (RE1/RE2) Would you like to join us? Call open for a Junior Research Engineer to work in our research group at BSC-CNS . Our research group is working on Supercomputing for Artificial Intelligence, in particular right now with special focus on Deep Learning. In this context we have some projects with big companies. The open position will be assigned in one of these projects. The candidate will participate in this project and also in other ongoing exploratory research projects related with Deep Learning (and Artificial Intelligence in general) that are going on in our research group. The candidate occasionally will participate in activities around our research/teaching collaboration with UPC groups. Deadline The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be [...]

PhD in Cross-modal Deep Learning between Vision, Language, Audio and Speech

2018-01-04T23:48:18+00:00 January 4th, 2018|

Would you like to join us? Call open for the INPhINIT-"la Caixa" Doctoral fellowship programme. under the BSC research center, that offers 20 PhD INPhINIT positions.   INPhINIT is a doctoral fellowship programme devoted to attracting international Early-Stage Researchers to the top Spanish research centres. INPhINIT is promoted by "la Caixa" Foundation with the aim of supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence. Deep neural networks have boosted the convergence of multimedia data analytics in a unified framework shared by practitioners in natural language, vision, audio and speech. Image captioning, lip reading or video sonorization are some of the first applications of a [...]

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 [...]

A stroll through Marenostrum IV computing resources

2017-11-11T13:39:20+00:00 September 18th, 2017|

Enclosed you will find the slides that I used in my last visit to the Torre Girona chapel with UPC students. The slides show the awesome computational power of the Marenostrum IV supercomputer and the presentation of the architecture required to get it.  I have posted these transparencies (and photo) for my students as I promised them. But anyone who wants to know a little more about the Marenostrum can take a look at them to realize the magnitude of this supercomputer.      SLIDESHARE slides <blockquote>In reality, this post was intended for my UPC course's students, although I think it may be of interest to other students.</blockquote>

BSC at the 2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)

2017-11-11T13:41:17+00:00 July 26th, 2017|

The 2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) is over.   CVPR'2017 is the premier annual computer vision event comprising the main conference and several co-located workshops, the best meeting point for students, academics and industry researchers in this area. This year Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence were the focus of the conference, an this was the reason why BSC-CNS  has been present with contributions in two workshops: Disentangling Motion, Foreground and Background Features in Videos: Our model and source code are publicly available at this https URL  The paper that contains the detailed contribution can be downloaded from arxiv repository. SalGAN: Visual Saliency Prediction with Generative Adversarial Networks: Our model and source code are publicly available at this https URL .  The shorter extended abstract presented as spotlight in the CVPR 2017 Scene [...]