The Valencian president Ximo Puig, with the engineer Nuria Oliver.EFE / EMILIO NARANJO
The Spanish project Valencia IA4Covid19 has obtained the first place in the technological challenge Response to the pandemic launched by the Xprize Foundation and endowed with 500,000 dollars (420,000 euros). The winning team is coordinated by Nuria Oliver , doctor in Artificial Intelligence from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), co-founder of ELLIS (European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems) and commissioner of the Presidency of the Generalitat Valenciana in Artificial Intelligence and Data Sciences in the fight against covid-19; and J. Alberto Conejero, director of the Department of Applied Mathematics of the Universitat Politècnica de València.
The contest, of four months duration and worldwide scope, has been designed, according to Xprize, to “harness the power of data and intelligence artificial "to provide" the knowledge and guidance necessary to implement public safety measures that help keep local economies open while minimizing virus outbreaks until vaccines become widespread. " In total, more than 100 teams from around the world participated in the challenge.
Valencia IA4Covid19 will share the amount of the prize equally with the JSI vs COVID team, from Slovenia, although, according to the note, the judges have decided “ distinguish "the Spanish team as the first classified" for the quality of their presentations. Xprize is a non-profit foundation that proposes public tenders to promote technological development for the benefit of humanity.
“We applaud the capacity and dedication of the two winning teams of the Response to the pandemic challenge, Valencia IA4Covid19 and JSI vs COVID, and We thank everyone who has participated in this challenge, ”says Brian Humphries, CEO of Cognizant, sponsor of the award. "Its data-driven AI models will help policymakers and health authorities safely jump-start economies and learn how to harness these technologies to address future public health crises." The AI models of the participants have been evaluated by an independent jury made up of academics, specialists in response to pandemics, AI experts and epidemiologists, among others.
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