Winners of the 500k Pandemic Response Challenge

Our team VALENCIA IA4COVID, coleaded by Nuria Oliver and me, has won 500k Pandemic Response Challenge, organized by XPRIZE Foundation and supported by Cognizant. The $500K Pandemic Response Challenge, required teams to build effective data-driven AI systems capable of accurately predicting COVID-19 transmission rates and prescribing intervention and mitigation measures that, with testing in “what-if” scenarios, were shown to minimize infection rates as well as negative economic impacts.

Our group is made up of fourteen experts from the Universities and research centers of the Valencian Community. Our model successfully forecasted epidemiological evolution through their use of AI and data science and provided decision makers with the best prescriptor models to produce non-pharmaceutical intervention plans that minimize the number of infections while minimizing the stringency of the interventions.

You can find the details of the prize here  and of our model here .

Success at the ANDI-Challenge

During the last months, I have been participating in the ANDI Challenge, together with my Ph.D. student Óscar Garibo. Since Albert Einstein provided a theoretical foundation for Robert Brown’s observation of the movement of particles within pollen grains suspended in water, significant deviations from the laws of Brownian motion have been uncovered in a variety of animate and inanimate systems, from biology to the stock market. Anomalous diffusion, as it has come to be called, is connected to non-equilibrium phenomena, flows of energy and information, and transport in living systems.

The challenge consists of three main tasks, each of them on 3 Dimensions:

  • Task 1 – Inference of the anomalous diffusion exponent α.
  • Task 2 – Classification of the diffusion model.
  • Task 3 – Segmentation of trajectories.

We got the first position in Task 1 (1D) and the second position in Task 2 (1D). We also get the 3rd position in Task 2 (3d) and the 4th position in Task 2 (2D).

J.A. Conejero accreditated as Full Professor

Last may I have received the acreditation as Full Professor from ANECA (Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación), deppending from the Spanish Ministry of Education.

It has been a long and winding road since I started my PhD on 1999, and I did not even think about this then. There have been many collaborators and supervised students that have come along with me during these years. I want to thank them for all what I have learned from them and for sharing a little of their time and their life their time with me.

As W. Churchill said: Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

Premio SAPIENS para el TFM de Carlos Torró

EL Trabajo Final de Máster de Carles Torró, que lleva por título «Sistema de gestión y análisis estratégico de las competencias transversales en Ingeniería Informática» y que he codirigido junto a José Luis Poza Luján, ha recibido el Premio SAPIENS del Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Informáticos de la Comunitat Valenciana al mejor trabajo realizado basándose en la Norma Técnica para la realización de la Documentación de Proyectos en Ingeniería Informática (CCII-N2016-02).

Dicho trabajo se ha desarrollado en el marco del proyecto europeo Erasmus+ CoSki21 (Core Skills for the 21st Century), en el que participa la UPV junto a universidades e instituciones de otros cinco países (Finlandia, Holanda, Portugal, Austria, y Eslovenia). La herramienta que ha desarrollado Carlos permite ayudar a las empresas a organizar organizar las Soft Skills requeridas por los puestos de trabajo de los que consta. Más información en Premios SAPIENS 2019 y Noticias UPV.