Sergi Nadal, coordinator of a project awarded by the Barcelona City Council


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Sergi Nadal, coordinator of a project awarded by the Barcelona City Council

The Barcelona City Council awards fifteen scientific research prizes, allocating 1.2 million euros to promote projects that address the pandemic in the city of Barcelona.

With 65 projects submitted to the call for proposals, 15 winning proposals were submitted, including the one by Data Ecosystem Management, which has received a boost of 72,113.03 euros, and is a project coordinated by the Sergi Nadal, collaborating professor at inLab FIB and postdoctoral researcher in the Database and Information Management (DTIM) group at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Also participating in the project are the following professors Oscar Romero, responsible for Data Science and Big Data at inLab FIB, and Cristina Gómez, from the Department of Services Engineering and Information Systems at FIB.

This project aims to improve the management of Barcelona from the point of view of public services, as well as to facilitate access to the city’s huge data ecosystem, as it is currently a European hub for data science and artificial intelligence. Barcelona’s open data portal is an example of this rich data ecosystem. Despite this, finding, contextualizing and cross-referencing the right data, a process known as Data Discovery, is still a major challenge for data scientists. The objective of this project is to democratize access to this information through a public platform that will support data scientists in the process of developing intelligent applications. To meet this challenge, a new line of research in advanced artificial intelligence techniques, such as neural networks, will be explored to support the discovery data process.

You can see more details about the fifteen prizes awarded by the Barcelona City Council  here.