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Nem Summit 2019, Zagreb (Croatia)

Nem Summit 2019, Zagreb, Croatia, 22th-23th May 2019

The 11th edition of NEM Initiative annual conference Nem European Media Summit (Nem Summit) 2019 is organized this year in The Mimara Museum of Zagrab (Croatia) from 22 to 23 May 2019. NEM Initiative is the New European Media Technology Platform that organizes the NEM Summit 2019 conference, consisting in keynote presentations and an exhibition focused on presentating results of various research projects.

Members of the NEM Initiative, including José Manuel Menéndez and Federico Álvarez from UPM

Members of the NEM Initiative, including José Manuel Menéndez and Federico Álvarez from UPM

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) participated in the event through the figure of Federico Álvarez García. Federico Álvarez and Mario Montagud (from i2Cat) discussed in a roundtable (Session B-2) with different speakers about accessibility in Europe towards the creation of a platform for inclusive media, as partners of the Accessibility Cluster Projects: ImAc, EasyTV, Content4All and SIGN-HUB. EasyTV is coordinated by UPM. Additionally, Federico Álvarez collaborated in another roundtable (Session A-1) about Artificial Intelligence for media and creative industries, presenting some of the works developed in his research group in this field.

On the other side, researcher Massimo Magaldi from the italian company Engineering talked about Advanced analytics services developed in the environment of FANDANGO H2020 Project to detect disinformartion and fake news. UPM is also partner of FANDANGO Project.

José Manuel Menéndez, director of research group GATV, attended to the event, and collaborated in the session “All in the media & Creative Industries”.

For more information about the event. Please, check the following link.


1st Plenary Meeting of REBUILD Project in Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, 13-14th May 2019

The 1st Plenary Meeting of European H2020 REBUILD (ICT-enabled integration facilitator and life rebuilding guidance Project) took place in Madrid in Escuela de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid during from 13th to 14th May 2019.

Partners of the REBUILD Project in the Plenary Meeting in Madrid

Partners of the REBUILD Project in the Plenary Meeting in Madrid

Users and stakeholders engagement is a key success factor addressed both in the Consortium composition and in its capacity to engage relevant stakeholders external to the REBUILD project. The key technology solutions proposed are: GDPR-compliant migrants’ integration related background information gathering with user consent and anonymization of personal information; AI-based profile analysis to enable both personalized support and policy making on migration-related issues; AI-based needs matching tool, to match migrant needs and skills with services provided by local authorities in EU countries and labor market needs at local and regional level; a digital companion for migrants enabling personalized two-way communication using chatbots to provide them smart support for easy access to local services (training, health, employment, welfare, etc.) and assessment of the level of integration and understanding of the new society, while providing to local authorities data-driven, easy to use decision supporting tools for enhancing capacities and effectiveness in service provision. Cross-culturality, ethical, accessibility dimensions will be addressed since the very beginning of the project, and validated and assessed in terms of consistency and impact during the project lifespan.

REBUILD Project Consrtium, belonging to the call of european projects “H2020-SC6-MIGRATION-2018”, is composed by the following partners:

  • Università Telematica Internazionale (Uninettuno) [Consortium Leader, Italy]
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) [Spain]
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) [Spain]
  • DEN Institute [Belgium]
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) [Belgium]
  • Societa’ Cooperativa Sociale Camelot A R.L (CIDAS) [Italy]
  • Syllogos Ethelonton Kilkis (OMNES) [Greece]
  • Engineering Informatica [Italy]
  • Centre For Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) [Greece]
  • Metropolitan Development Agency of Thessaloniki (MDAT) [Greece]
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [France]

For more information about REBUILD Project, click on the following link


2nd edition of 5G-Forum, Malaga, 24th-25th April 2019

During the dates 24th and 25th April 2019, the second edition of the 5G-Forum was held in Malaga, 5G-Forum is the reference event in Spain on 5G technologies, which will analyze the revolution that is producing these new technologies in the fields such as mobile telephony, security, medicine, mobility, entertainment, television and internet.

5G-Forum of this edition focused mainly on the following topics: 5G Deployment, Smart Cities, Connected Automobiles, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and research in universities.

José Manuel Menéndez from UPM presenting the H2020 Project 5G-Media

José Manuel Menéndez from UPM presenting the H2020 Project 5G-Media

José Manuel Menéndez, Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and director of the Visual Telecommunications Application Group (GATV), presented the 5G-Media project in a session that described some of the leading international research projects where universities play a fundamental role. In the words of Menéndez: “From 5G-MEDIA we are going to give tools to the developer of media applications that allow to execute the work in a simple way”.

More information about the project in the following link: 5G-Media.


Visit to the CCMA studios of the EasyTV Consortium

New EasyTV H2020 Project Consortium Meeting in CCMA, Barcelona, 5-6th March 2019

The new “EasyTV: Easing the access of Europeans with disabilities to converging media and content” H2020 Project consortium meeting took place in the headquarters of Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals (CCMA) in Barcelona during the dates 5-6th March 2019 with attendance of representatives from all the partners. Federico Álvarez, Silvia Uribe and Francisco Moreno attended the GATV reaserch group and María Poveda and Pablo Calleja from OEG (Ontology Engineering Group) reasearch group, both from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. In the meeting, the partners shared their last advances in accessibility technologies for improving life of european people.

During the plenary meeting an interesting visit to the studios of CCMA broadcaster took place, highlighting the advances in accessibility developed by the technical department.

EasyTV Project Consortium Meeting in Barcelona

EasyTV Project Consortium Meeting in Barcelona

More information about the Easy TV Project in the following link.


9th Plenary Meeting of 5G-Media H2020 in IRT Headquarters, Munich, 5-7th March 2019

9th Plenary Meeting of 5G-Media H2020 Project took place in the Headquarters of IRT in Munich from 5 to 7th March 2019, with the attendance of David Jiménez and Javier Serrano from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid that presented the last advances in our research.

During the plenary meeting an interesting visit to the studios of IRT was developed, including a presentation of last innovative technologies used by the german broadcaster.

Welcome presentation of 5G-Media Project Plenary Meeting

Welcome presentation of 5G-Media Project Plenary Meeting

More information in the following link: 5G-Media.


“Media Convergence and Social Media Concentration Meeting” event in Brussels, 6th February 2019

On February 6th, in Brussels, “EasyTV: Easing the access of Europeans with disabilities to converging media and content” project’s representatives joined other EU-funded project teams to discuss and share, to learn from each other and to find synergies and possibilities for future collaborations. This Concertation meeting is a follow up of the one of previous year’s, and this time new participants form recently launched projects are welcomed to participate.

Poster of the EasyTV Project

Poster of the EasyTV Project

The senior researcher Silvia Uribe from Grupo de Aplicación de Telecomunicaciones Visuales (GATV) attended the event representing the European H2020 Project EasyTV, because Universidad Politécnica de Madrid is a partner in this research for creating technological tools to facilitate access to information of people with disabilites in our continent. The project is part of the collection of 26 funded projects selected for sharing their skills in this event.

Silvia Uribe presenting EasyTV Project in the event

Silvia Uribe presenting EasyTV Project in the event

Other interesting projects in the event included ImAc about immersive accessibility and SOMA (Social Observatory for Disinformation and Social Media Analysis). Following the European Commission Communication on tackling online disinformation, SOMA has been launched to provide support to a European community that will jointly fight disinformation! For that reason, the observatory supports experts in their work against disinformation providing useful infrastructure and connection with a wide community of experts to collaborate in specific tasks.

More information about the event in the following link.

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Kick-off meeting of the REBUILD project in Unninetuno Campus in Rome, 28th-30th January 2019

The kick-off meeting of the H2020 REBUILD Project took place in the Unninetuno University Campus in Rome from 28th to 30th January 2019 with the attendance of Silvia Uribe and Gustavo Hernández from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, one of the partners of the Project. Other partners from different countries, such as Spain, Greece, Italy, France or Belgium, include Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Engineering, CERTH or the United Nations (Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO).

Members of the REBUILD Project in Rome

Members of the REBUILD Project in Rome

The REBUILD project address immigrant integration through the provision of a toolbox of ICT-based solutions that will improve both the management procedures of the local authorities and the life quality of the migrants. The design approach is user-centered and participated: both target groups (immigrants/refugees and local public services providers) will be part of the user requirement analysis and participants in three 2-days Co-Creation workshops organized in the 3 main piloting countries: Italy, Spain and Greece, chosen also for their being the “access gates” to Europe for main immigration routes.

Ethical issues are specially important in the REBUILD project, because it will carry out tests within all the relevant national, EU and international ethics-related rules and professional codes of conduct. Articles 21 & 23 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in this respect took special consideration.

Partners of REBUILD H2020 Project in Uninettuno University (Rome)

Partners of REBUILD H2020 Project in Uninettuno University (Rome)

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Robot with Artificial Intelligence

Kick-off meeting of the AI4EU project with european leaders in Artificial Intelligence in Barcelona, 9th-11th January 2019

European leaders in Artificial Intelligence attended the kick-off meeting of the project AI4EU in Barcelona in order to promote the use of this technology in the EU. The partners of the project, including Universidad Politécnica de Madrid with assistance of Dr. Federico Álvarez, met at the Auditorium of the Vèrtex Building of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) during the dates 9th, 10th and 11th January 2019.

The AI4EU project aims to mobilise European leaders in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to make available to users resources based on this technology that facilitate scientific research and innovation, analyse the needs of future research in AI and create an observatory of ethics that promotes an Artificial Intelligence centred on the human being.

AI4EU project is led by THALES (France) and receives a total funding of €20 million over the next 3 years. €3 million will be allocated for Financial Support for Third Parties (FSTPs) to fund promising projects exploiting the resources and services offered by the platform to foster technology transfer of AI-based solutions.

Partners of the AI4EU Project during the kick-off meeting

Partners of the AI4EU Project during the kick-off meeting

More information about the AI4EU Project in the following link.

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ICT4LIFE Final Conference

ICT4Life Final Conference in Brussels, 18th October 2018

The ICT4Life Final Conference took place in Brussels Thursday 18 October 2018 from 9:30 to 16:30. The purpose of the event is meeting the Challenges of Digital Health Innovation for Integrated Care in the EU.

Federico Álvarez from UPM, technical coordinator of the project during the presentation of ICT4LIFE

Federico Álvarez from UPM, technical coordinator of the project during the presentation of ICT4LIFE

The ICT4Life Final Conference is aimed at discovering how the platform responds to the needs of integrated care systems and provides tailored solutions for diverse regional contexts. A specific session addresses the pilots and the strategic approach based on end-users’ feedback. The event will gather experts from other EU-funded projects to discuss the challenges faced by digital health innovators when it comes to exploiting in the market H2020 projects’ results.

For more information on the event, check the agenda in the following link.

Here you can view the video with the demo about Exercise monitoring for rehabilitation sessions in Parkinson’s Disease patients with development in collaboration with the Greek Research Center CERTH presented by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and starring Gustavo Hernández, Francisco Moreno and David Martín, and directed by Juan Pedro López.

ICT4LIFE: This project has received funding from the European Commision
The partners of EasyTV Project around the world

2nd Consortium Meeting of EasyTV H2020 European Project in Thessaloniki, 9th-10th July 2018

During the dates 9th-10th July 2018 took place in the headquarters of CERTH in Thessaloniki (Greece), the 2nd Consortium Meeting of H2020 European Project EasyTV, that is coordinated by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

The 10th month of the project is running and the review will be soon, so this meeting had the presentation of some of the first developments, including an HbbTV application for second screens with functionalities for customizable subtitles, clean audio or image enhancement (UPM), an application for speech recognition to interact with voice through television and other devices (MediaVoice) and customizable interface for presenting video contents through 2nd screen devices (ARX.NET).

Juan Pedro López presenting WP2 and demos about accessibility through HbbTV

Juan Pedro López presenting WP2 and demos about accessibility through HbbTV

Other presentations included the architecture of the EasyTV Platform by broadcaster CCMA, sign language recognition and generation of signs in 3D environments by CERTH, development of ontologies for sign language by the Ontology Engineering Group of UPM or test with users by UAB.

At the end of the meeting a fun 360º photograph was taken with all the partners. Check the result!!

The partners of EasyTV Project around the world

The partners of EasyTV Project around the world

The meeting finished with a social event based on a dinner in traditional restaurant Charoúpi in downtown Thessaloniki.

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