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Human and Machine Intelligence: a Music Information Retrieval perspective

I had the honor to be invited as keynote speaker at the International Conference on Computational Creativity 2020. The conference took place in a virtual format given the health emergency situation. In my talk, I discussed on the different motivations for music information retrieval, the paradigm shift from knowledge-driven to data-driven systems, the main challenges of this field of research and its impact on society.

It was an interesting experience to give a virtual keynote. First, it was a lot of work to prepare for the keynote, including recording the video properly at home. In addition, I missed the experience of seeing people’s faces and expression when listening to your talk. This visual feedback is really important to see how people react to the different parts of your talk. And I missed the travel and visit to beautiful Coimbra. Virtual events also have positive sides, as the confort of speaking at home, accessibility for anyone in the world to follow on streaming, and all energy saved by people not travelling to sites.

You can watch it in youtube! Any comment or feedback is welcome.

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Women in AI: mitigating the gender bias

Last Friday March 8th I was invited to speak at a lunch event of the European Commission intended to provide a scientific perspective to the challenges of gender equality. I gave a talk titled “Women in Artificial Intelligence: mitigating the gender bias”, that is summarized here.

In this context today my colleague Ana Freire and I are launching the divinAI initative to monitor the presence of women in AI events. Please come to our HACKFEST event in Barcelona in June 1st! 



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Keynote speech @ 2018 Joint Workshop on Machine Learning for Music – ICML


I am honored to be keynote speaker at a joint workshop on Machine Learning for Music that will take place this summer in Stockholm. I spent part of my PhD in KTH in Stockholm and it became one of my favourite places, so it is always great to visit. T

In my keynote, I presented some current research of our lab on the analysis and synthesis of singing. In particular, we summarized some recent advances on a set of tasks related to the processing of singing using state-of-the-art deep learning techniques. We discussed their achievements in terms of accuracy and sound quality, and the current challenges, such as availability of data and computing resources. We also discussed the impact that these advances do and will have on listeners and singers when they are integrated in commercial applications.

There is paper related to this research which can be found in arxiv.


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Presentación en Andalucía Digital Week 2018

El lunes tuve la oportunidad de presentar el proyecto HUMAINT con la charla “La influencia de los algoritmos en nuestras mentes y en nuestras decisiones” en la primera edición de Andalucía Digital Week , un evento que nace para visibilizar el sector de las TICs en Andalucía como punto de encuentro de empresas, administración y la sociedad. Entre las iniciativas más interesante está la jornada WOMANDIGITAL que visibiliza el papel de las mujeres en la transformación digital. No dejéis de firmar el manifiesto que hay en la web!!!

En mi intervención presenté el proyecto HUMAINT que lidero dentro del Centre for Advanced Studies, Joint Research Centre de la Comisión Europea, en el que estudiaremos el impacto que tendrá la inteligencia artificial en el comportamiento humano, principalmente en la toma de decisiones y en nuestras capacidades cognitivas. Fue muy interesante presentar por primera vez en Sevilla el proyecto y tener comentarios muy interesantes de los asistentes, con la pena de que justo al acabar me tuve que ir volando para el aeropuerto. Aquí hay algunas fotos que se pusieron en twitter!



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