This Wednesday, the UPO is hosting the first annual meeting to bring together experts in artificial intelligence


The University of Pablo de Olavida (UPO) will host the first edition of the Andaluz.IA meeting next Wednesday, December 20, an event that aims to promote artificial intelligence research developed by researchers who currently work in Andalusia or who have developed part of their studies or career in this community.

The meeting was organized by researchers from different Andalusian universities, the European Commission’s Joint Research Center and Andalusian scientists who carry out their work in universities and international research centers, as Olavide says in a press release.

The inauguration will take place in the UPO auditorium on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. by Francisco Oliva Blázquez, rector of the Pablo de Olavide University; Antonio Sanz Cabello, Advisor to the Presidency, Interior, Social Dialogue and Administrative Simplification of the Junta de Andalucía; Alicia Troncoso Lora, President of the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence; Alberto Pena Fernández, Director of the European Center for Algorithm Transparency (ECAT), European Commission; Emilia Gómez, researcher at the European Center for Algorithm Transparency of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center; Amelia Jiménez-Sánchez, postdoctoral fellow at the IT University of Copenhagen.

In this first edition, more than 200 attendees will be able to learn about more than 50 research papers that will be presented throughout the day in various areas of artificial intelligence (AI) such as natural language processing, machine and deep learning, big data, automatic reasoning, computer vision and robotics, as well as numerous applications of artificial intelligence in various fields.

Participants will also enjoy plenary lectures by Pilar Manchón, Senior Director of Research Strategy at Google AI, who will talk about “Future Trends in Artificial Intelligence” and Jamal Toutouh, Professor at the University of Malaga from MIT, whose intervention is entitled “Breaking a New ground in generative machine learning through improved training methods”.

The program will also include a panel featuring Ignacio G. López-Francos of NASA Ames; Francisca Merchán from AWS Iberia; and Javier Sánchez Monedero, “Beatriz Galindo” researcher at the University of Córdoba, also affiliated to the Data Justice Lab (Cardiff).

According to Luis Merino, director of the UPO Higher Polytechnic School and Service Robotics Laboratory and coordinator of the local organization of the event at this university, “the response has been very positive and has exceeded expectations. The mission is for the event to be repeated every year in order to show the power of artificial intelligence research carried out in Andalusia as well as researchers trained here in some of its phases.”

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