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Today is a big day!
Our fellows have been chosen as one of the three finalists for a poster competition in the AAAS annual meeting – Understanding Dynamic Ecosystems! They took part in the Student E-Poster competition, under the Technology, Engineering & Math category.

The poster merges into one application the research of three BIGMATH fellows: Rongjiao Ji, Filipa Valdeira and Stevo Racković. They have developed a model for online human-like avatar communication, where a user only needs a simple camera to produce his own avatar. It will not only replicate his expressions and movements, but also enhance a chosen emotion.

The final round of the competition is on Saturday, 16th of January: it will be recorded and broadcasted during the meeting, on February 8-11. So stay tuned to see our poster and find out the results!

Can you recognise emotions through facial expressions?

We can classify all human emotions into two main groups: Positive (Happiness, Excitement and Tenderness) or Negative (Anger, Sadness and Fear). As part of the BIGMATH subproject in the application field of Human Face Reconstruction, our PhD students Stevo Racković and Rongjiao Ji released a website presenting a video with facial expressions: would you like to estimate in which groups these expressions can be classified? The video has been realised in cooperation with the BIGMATH industrial partner 3Lateral.

BIGMATH project initial results announced at the 9th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Valencia

During a scientific session at the 9th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, which took place in Valencia on 15-19 July 2019, our PhD students Filipa Valdeira, Stevo Racković, and Rongjiao Ji presented projects that utilize big data techniques to reconstruct the human face. Applications ranged from medical imaging to digital animation. 

Read the full article published by Siam News.

Two full weeks in Spain for our PhD students

The BIGMATH early stage researchers spent two full weeks in Spain at the Instute of Mathematics of the University of Sevilla and the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2019) in Valencia presenting their research as part of the MSCA-H2020 PhD programme.

Our students had great opportunities of networking, sharing knwoledge and improve soft skills in management, communication and dissemination.

Well done!

BIGMATH researchers at the ECMI Postgraduate / VI Iberian / NeEDS MODELLING WEEK

BIGMATH students are attending the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry Postgraduate / VI Iberian /  NeEDS MODELLING WEEK (8th-13th July) . The main aims of the Modelling Week are to train students in Mathematical Modelling using industrial problems and stimulate their collaboration and communication skills in an international and intersectoral environment. The ECMI Postgraduate / VI Iberian / NeEDS Modelling Week is taking place at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Seville – IMUS on July 8th-13th, 2019. It is co-organized by the European Consortium for Mathematics and Industry (ECMI) , the Spanish Network for Mathematics-Industry (math-in) , the Portuguese Network of Mathematics for Industry and Innovation (PT-MATHS-IN) , and the H2020-MSCA-RISE NeEDS project . This Modeling Week is a satellite meeting of the 9th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2019) that which will be held on July 15th-19th, 2019 in Valencia, also attended by the ESRs.

Our PhD fellows at the second BIGMATH training course

Targeting stochastic geometric methods for the modelling and the statistical analysis of random shapes, the second BIGMATH course is taking place at University of Milan, July 1-5, 2019. Our PhD fellows are attending the course which is open to other students and complemented with computer labs where case studies are submitted following a hands-on training approach.

BIGMATH PhD students

BIGMATH fellows apply to ESOF 2019

Early Stage Researchers involved in the BIGMATH project applied to the Science Programme of the ESOF 2019 under the topic “I compute therefore I am”.

The EuroScience Open Forum 2020 Trieste will take place from 5 to 9 July 2020 in the Old Port of the city.

Until 7th July 2019, it will be possible to submit proposals for the ScienceScience to Business and Careers Programme. Key players from the world of science and technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, politics, communication and all those who want to bring innovative ideas, strategies and formats on the relationship between science and society can present their ideas through the website. The bids must fall into one of the topics identified for the 2020 edition and will be selected by international experts.

BIGMATH abstract addresses the Big Data Challenges for Mathematics.

A new generation of MSCActions in HorizonEurope

The new EU R&I Framework Programme will be launched for the period 2021-2027. Horizon Europe will be streamlined according to four main objectives. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions will be fostered under the Pillar 1 “Open Science”. The draft programme confirms and simplifies the current action lines: MSCA Doctorates (for early stage researchers and industrial doctorates), MSCA Postdocs (for experienced researchers and individual fellowships), MSCA Exchanges (for European and global mobility), MSCA Cofund (for synergies with National programmes) and MSCA Citizens (for outreach and awareness raising actions).

BIGMATH team attended a workshop at Polythecnic of Milan about the next calls and the future opportunites offered by MSCA to young and experienced researchers both in the current and forthcoming programming period – Milan, June, 13 2019.

Stijn DELAURE – European Commission, Policy Officer,
Directorate – General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture