Cognitive Computing: Benefits and Challenges of Next Tech Revolution

2017-08-09T12:22:39+00:00 April 15th, 2015|

Today THE DIGITAL POST have published an article from Mateo Valero and Jordi Torres!  We present the benefits and challenges of  "Cognitive Computing". For today world it is required a continuous development of supercomputing systems enabling the convergence of advanced analytic algorithms and big data technologies driving new insights based on the massive amounts of available data. This will be one of the strategic areas in the next future at BSC. We refer to this as  “Cognitive Computing” (others use Smart Computing, Intelligent Computing, etc.). Enclosed you will find a copy of the article. We hope that this could help you to understand the new computing wave! that makes context computable with systems that embed predictive capabilities, providing the right functionality and content at the right time, for the right application, by continuously learning about [...]

Deep Learning Senior position at BSC in Barcelona

2017-08-09T12:23:04+00:00 April 8th, 2015|

We are looking for an excellent and highly motivated senior candidate to join our research group to work in "Deep Learning" area with an ICREA position to reinforce the Cognitive Computing group. The ICREA position is not compatible with a part time permanent contract outside the Catalan research system. Scholars with a permanent position in the Catalan research system for longer than 24 months on the deadline of this call will not be accepted as candidates. Successful candidates are expected to join the host institution no later than September 2016. Minimum requirements are a Ph.D. degree obtained preferably before 2011, with at least four years of international exposure at pre-doctoral and/or post-doctoral level. Only very strong candidates with an outstanding research record and excellent leadership capabilities will be considered. Applications [...]

Décimo aniversario del BSC: Hoy computar, mañana computar cognitivamente

2017-08-09T12:23:18+00:00 April 3rd, 2015|

Esta semana se ha celebrado el décimo aniversario del Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) en el que asistieron más de 500 personas entre personal del centro e invitados del ámbito político, científico e industrial. Un acto que sirvió para confirmar la voluntad del centro de seguir trabajando al servicio de la ciencia y la sociedad. Entre muchas otras personalidades participaron en el acto la secretaria de Estado de I+D+i, Carmen Vela; el conseller de Economía de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Andreu Más-Collel; la secretaria general de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación, Maria Luisa Poncela; el rector de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Enric Fossas;  Antoni Castellà, secretari d' Universitats i Recerca de Catalunya; el alcalde de Barcelona, Xavier Trias; o el presidente de Repsol, Antonio Brufau. El BSC-CNS, [...]

Internet global como una nueva galaxia

2018-01-12T23:41:56+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 [...]

2nd meeting of the Multimedia Big Data Computing Lab

2017-08-09T12:23:41+00:00 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 [...]

Chef Watson vs Carme Ruscalleda: Cognitive Computing in the cuisine

2017-08-09T12:24:07+00:00 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 [...]

Free online courses in AI & ML

2017-08-09T12:27:20+00:00 December 14th, 2014|

Some of my colleagues asked to me for a recommendation for a free online course in AI or ML. There are several excellent free online courses in AI & ML. I'm not probably the best advisor in this area. What I can share is that I have partially followed the lectures of these three professors and it helped me: Stanford: Andrew Ng MIT: Henry Winston CalTech: Yaser Abu-Mostafa   Hope this information may help your self-learning extracurricular activity! POST UPDATE: A list of MOOC courses can be found at (try with tags as Artificial-Intelligence, Machine-Learning, ...)