Óscar J. Pellicer Valero successfully gets his Doctoral Degree

Our dear colleague Oscar J. Pellicer-Valero got his PhD last November 14th, after an outstanding viva of his PhD research entitled “Contributions of biomechanical modeling and machine learning to the automatic registration of Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance and Transrectal Echography for prostate brachytherapy”. Oscar started his PhD in late 2018, and since then, has been working very hard on it, with the result of a remarkable thesis that has attracted interest both from the academic and clinical fields. The PhD thesis was presented as a compendium of five relevant publications corresponding with different parts of his research. Special thanks to Dr. Victor González-Pérez (Valencian Institute of Oncology, IVO) and Dr. Sandra Ortega-Martorell (Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom) who were the external examiners that were part of the panel, alongside IDAL member Dr. Yolanda Vives-Gilabert.
We wish Oscar the best of lucks in his post-doctoral career; IDAL will always be his home.

Prof. Enrique Solano visits IDAL

Prof. Enrique Solano visited IDAL from 12th to 14th July. Prof. Solano is a renowned contributor in the field of quantum computing, quantum information and quantum technologies. Some of his publications are globally accepted references in the field. He led research groups in different institutions, like Max Planck Institute for Physics, the University of the Basque Country or Shanghai University. He recently set up a startup company named Kipu Quantum (https://kipu-quantum.com/) with the goal of achieving quantum advantage making use of NISQ (Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum) Computing. During his stay, he had scientific discussions about disruptive ideas in the frontiers of Machine Learning and Quantum Computing and gave a presentation on his view to achieve quantum advantage with NISQ approaches.

Conference on Artificial Intelligence at the UV

On 16 June, from 9:00 am in the Assembly Hall of the School of Engineering of the University of Valencia (ETSE-UV), the conference on Data, Information and Knowledge will take place as part of the activities organised by the artificial intelligence research group IDAL and the Pagoda Chair, subsidised by the Regional Ministry of Participation, Transparency, Cooperation and Democratic Quality, to raise awareness of the latest trends among Valencian companies.

From a business point of view, experts from various fields will discuss how to make the transition from data to information and from there to knowledge. Without going any further, the amount of data collected in all areas, whether structured in the form of numbers or in the form of text and images, is growing all the time. However, having data does not mean having information, let alone knowledge.

Past conference at IDAL-UV

The talks and round table discussions, given by both researchers and company technicians, will deal with medical, social, technological, public administration, tourism and open data topics, among others. Participants include, among others, the Diputación de Albacete, Valencia City Council, the Ministry of Defence, the University of Valencia, and the companies Zeus, Deepsense, Bosonit, Pangeanic and Ford Valencia. The full programme and access to registration, which is free of charge, can be consulted on the IDAL website (https://idal.uv.es/datos_6/).

IDAL to participate in a consortium with FORD and NUTAI for an AI project

The consortium formed by FORD, NUTAI and IDAL-UV has won the project MAPIIA: Advanced Monitoring of Industrial Processes through Artificial Intelligence (Monitorización Avanzada de Procesos Industriales Mediante Inteligencia Artificial)  (Exp. INNEST/2021/362).

The Agència Valenciana de la Innovació (AVI), within the program of the action co-financed by the European Union through the Operational Program of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020 grants to the consortium formed by FORD, NUTAI and IDAL a subsidy to develop the MAPIIA project. This project of Advanced Monitoring of Industrial Processes through Artificial Intelligence (MAPIIA), framed in the Program of Strategic Projects in Cooperation, deals with the creation of a generic and multiplatform cyber-physical prototype digitization system, capable of monitoring and predicting failures in an industrialized environment through the use of advanced artificial intelligence techniques.

This project will enable the digitization of the critical points of a production line through the acquisition, processing and analysis of digitized data obtained from various types of equipment performing very different manufacturing operations. Through the analysis with Machine/Deep Learning and descriptive statistics techniques, valuable information will be extracted that will help, on the one hand, to make intelligent decisions in terms of failure prediction and, on the other hand, to plan work orders to carry out these maintenance tasks. In this way, the system will be able to help decision making to reduce costs in internal maintenance procedures in industrial plants, as well as to optimize the production process and improve the quality of the final product by predicting failures.

This project advances in the line of industrialization 4.0, which both FORD and NUTAI follow in their business strategy of innovation and development. On the other hand, the third partner, IDAL-Universitat de València, will reinforce the support in the Machine/Deep Learning area.

IDAL participates in a research project on AI for industrial processes

IDAL members collaborate on a research project on the topic “advanced monitoring of industrial processes using Artificial Intelligence”, financed by the ERDF funds of the Valencian Community. This project is devoted to the creation of a generic, cross-platform, cyber-physical prototype digitization system capable of monitoring and predicting faults in an industrialized environment using advanced artificial intelligence techniques.

The project started on June 2021 and will finish on June 2023.

New Journal of Physics selects an IDAL paper as one of the best ones published in 2020

The paper entitled ‘Single trajectory characterization via machine learning’  co-authored by IDAL member José D. Martín-Guerrero has been selected by the publisher as one the top five published in 2020 according to its quality, interest awakaned in readers, downloads and citations. The paper proposes a Machine Learning approach to accurately characterize single trajectories in diffusion mechanisms. The research was carried out in collaboration with the Research Institute for Photonic Sciences, ICFO.

IDAL organizes a special issue on “Machine Learning and Physics”

IDAL member Prof. José D. Martín-Guerrero, and Prof. Dr. Lucas Lamata, from Universidad de Sevilla, are Guest Editors of a special issue in the journal Applied Sciences on Machine Learning and Physics. The deadline is 31st October 2021. We are welcoming original research papers, mini-reviews and perspective articles dealing with aspects in the fuzzy border between Physics and Machine Learning, particularly Quantum Machine Learning, Physics-inspired Machine Learning algorithms and applications of classical (and quantum) Machine Learning for different Physics applications. More info at https://www.mdpi.com/journal/applsci/special_issues/Machine_Learning_Physics.

IDAL organizes a special session at IJCNN 2021

IDAL member Prof. José D. Martín alongside Prof. Paulo J. G. Lisboa from Liverpool John Moores University and Dr. Alfredo Vellido from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya are organizing a special session for the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, to be held virtually from 18th to 22nd July 2021. The title of the special session is “Transparent and Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) for Health”. The deadline for paper submission is 15th January. More info at https://www.cs.upc.edu/~avellido/research/conferences/IJCNN2021-ssTranspXAI4Health.html

Talk about Data Science for SME

IDAL has presented a virtual conference on Data Science and its impact on Small and Medium Enterprise (SME). The talk was fostered by enterprise association FECAP. The slides and material used in the conference can be downloaded in the following links:

Guide and links to demo web pages: guion in Word; guion PDF

Slides: charla_Segorbe PDF; charla_Segorbe Powerpoint

Videos played in conference: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvauZhcD8Z2Sz8iKb1q1S7GJEprmsSq6Y

The conference can be reviewed in FECAP YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/fecapsegorbe

IDAL at UVAO (University of Valencia at Aras de los Olmos)

IDAL has contributed in the conferences “Open Science for Citizens and Country Development” with a conference titled Data Science, the new environment for the forthcoming society”, presented by Rafael Magdalena and held at Aras de los Olmos (Valencia) as a session of Seasonal Universities program from the University of Valencia. This program aims to bring the public university close to the countryside of the Comunitat Valenciana, taking knowledge from researcher and Academy to country citizens. This Seasonal University deal with current news themes of interest for the country towns, and are free for residents thanks to the support of the Diputacion of Valencia.

The Seasonal Universities are a meeting point for lectures, professionals, students, technician and politicians, and also for citizens interested on their own town and country. This is an initiative open to the broad public, expecting to transfer the know-how of the university to the people, to foster the presence and commitment of the UV with the country and bring research, training and knowledge beyond the classroom.

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