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Webinar by Ernesto Estrada

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UBICS projects 13/07/2020

Date: 16 July, 16h (CET, GMT+2, Barcelona/Madrid/Paris/Berlin)

Speaker: Ernesto Estrada, IUMA, Universidad de Zaragoza

Title:  “Fractional diffusion on the human proteome as an alternative explanation to the multi-organ damage of SARS CoV-2"

Link to the webinar: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/a13864e69a1b4ea28d116e5bba005662

Abstract: 

SARS CoV-2 is the new coronavirus causing the pandemic known as COVID-19. This respiratory disease is characterized by multi-organ and systemic damages in patients. The abundance of ACE2 on human organs has been claimed as responsible for such multi-organ spread of the virus damages. However, once on circulation the virus could spread to practically every organ in the human body as
ACE2 is ubiquitous on endothelia and smooth muscle cells of virtually all organs. Contrastingly, SARS CoV-2 only damages selectively a few organs. Here, we develop the hypothesis that the effects of the SARS CoV-2 virus can be spread through the human protein-protein interaction (PPI) network in a subdiffusive way. We then elaborate a time-fractional diffusion model on networks which allow
us to study this phenomenon. Starting the diffusion from the SARS CoV-2 Spike protein to the human PPI network we show here that the pertubations can spread across the whole network in very few steps. Consequently, we discover a few potential routes of propagation of these perturbations from proteins mainly expressed in the lungs to proteins mainly expressed in other different tissues, such as
the heart, cerebral cortex, thymus, lymph node, testis, prostate, liver, small intestine, duodenum, kidney, among others already reported as damaged by COVID-19.

Webinar by Alex Arenas

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UBICS products 26/06/2020

Date: 2 July, 16h (CET, GMT+2, Barcelona/Madrid/Paris/Berlin)

Speaker: Alex Arenas, DEIM, Universitat Rovira i Virgili​

Title:  “Epidemics and mobility”

Link to the webinar: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/8c04df402c3e4422a66fd1133249678b

Abstract: 

Reaction–diffusion processes have been widely used to study epidemics in networked metapopulations. In the context of epidemics, reaction processes are understood as contagions within each subpopulation (patch), while diffusion represents the mobility of individuals between patches. Recently, the characteristics of human mobility, such as its recurrent nature, have been proven crucial to understand the phase transition to endemic epidemic states. Here, we present a framework able to cope with the elementary epidemic processes, the spatial distribution of populations and the commuting mobility patterns. We will show after, how this framework has been adapted to describe the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinar by Santiago F. Elena

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UBICS products 19/06/2020

Date: 25 June, 16h (CET, GMT+2, Barcelona/Madrid/Paris/Berlin)

Speaker: Santiago F. Elena, Institute for Integrative Systems Biology, CSIC​

Title: "Why some patients develop a severe syndrome while other remain asymptomatic? Early-warning signals associated with the phase transition from health to disease."

You can see the webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMY08wJQndU&list=PLf7A47_ENtnLkXJ8QPspRIT5a0zz-1nPd&index=6

 

Abstract: One of the most outstanding observations during COVID-19 pandemics is that some patients have an asymptomatic infection while others suffer severe symptoms, some of them becoming fatal. Is there any relation between the global gene expression state of patients and they propensity to suffer an asymptomatic infection? Is it possible to identify which genes, or groups of them within a regulation network, may serve as markers to predict the clinical fate of a patient before the presence of any symptom? In this seminar I will introduce the fundamentals of the theory of Dynamical Biomarkers of Networks (DBN), illustrating their application to the analysis of transcriptomic data during disease progression in a pathosystem model.

 

Títol: "Perquè alguns pacients desenvolupen símptomes severs mentre uns altres són asimptomàtics? Biomarcadors d'una transició de fase associada a la progressió de la malaltia”

Resum: Una de les observacions més destacables fetes durant l'epidèmia de la COVID-19 és que alguns pacients passen la infecció de manera asimptomàtica mentre que uns altres pateixen símptomes severs que en un percentatge de casos tenen un desenllaç fatal.  Existeix alguna associació entre l'estat d'expressió gènica global dels pacients i la seua propensió a patir una infecció asimptomàtica?  És possible identificar quins gens, o grups d'ells en una xarxa de regulació, servirien de marcadors per a predir el destí clínic d'un pacient abans que mostre cap símptoma?  En aquesta xarrada presentaré els fonaments de la  teoria dels biomarcadors dinàmics de xarxes (DNB) i il·lustraré la seua aplicació a l'anàlisi de dades transcriptòmics presos al llarg de la progressió de la malaltia en un patosistema model.

Beques Master+UB - UBICS

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UB grants 16/06/2020

Et recordem que ja en breus finalitza la convocatòria per demanar les Beques de col·laboració Master+UB.

 Aquest any l'Institut ofereix dues beques anomenades 2020.4.UBICS.1 i  2020.4.UBICS.2, una de 15h/setmanals i l'altra de 25h/setmanals (de l'1 de febrer de 2021 al 30 de juliol de 2021) per donar suport en el desenvolupament del Treball de Final de Màster dels estudiants dins d'un grup de l'UBICS.

Si ets estudiant i estàs matriculat en algun dels següents Màsters:

· Màster de modelització computacional atomística i multiescala en física, química i bioquímica​ · Màster de fonaments de la ciència de dades · Màster de ciència cognitiva i llenguatge · Màster​ interuniversitari en Intel·ligència Artificial · Màster d'Enginyeria Biomèdica​

Pots gaudir d'una d'aquestes beques i realitzar el TFM amb un grup de l'UBICS. 

Pots trobar tota la informació sobre les beques i com demanar-les en el següent link:    http://www.ub.edu/beques/col.laboracio/   

Heu de mirar l'apartat:   Programa Màster+UB de captació d’estudiants per a cursar un màster universitari i incentivar vocacions científiques en el sí d’un grup de recerca. Curs 2020/2021  

Recorda que el termini de presentació de sol·licituds va del 21/05/2020 al 29/06/2020. 

Si tens algun dubte posa't en contacte amb nosaltres: ubics@ub.edu

 

Webinar by Nuria Oliver

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Date: 18 June, 16h (CET, GMT+2, Barcelona/Madrid/Paris/Berlin)

Speaker: Nuria Oliver, Data-Pop Alliance & ELLIS

Title: "Data Science to fight against COVID-19"

You can see the webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C7PoVf2QNY&list=PLf7A47_ENtnLkXJ8QPspRIT5a0zz-1nPd&index=6&t=0s

Abstract: 

In my talk, I will describe the work that we have done within the Commission on AI and COVID-19 for the President of the Valencian Region. As commissioner, I have led a multi-disciplinary team of 20+ scientists who have volunteered since March 2020. We have been working on 4 large areas: (1) human mobility modeling; (2) computational epidemiological models (both metapopulation and individual models); (3) predictive models; (4) citizen surveys (https://covid19impactsurvey.org)

I will describe the results that we have produced in each of these areas and will share the lessons learned in this very special initiative of collaboration between the civil society at large (through the survey), the scientific community (through the Expert Group) and a public administration (through the Commissioner at the Presidency level)

Short Biography

Nuria Oliver, is Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance, Chief Scientific Advisor at the Vodafone Institute and co-founder of ELLIS (The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems).  Since March 2020, she has been appointed Commissioner for the President of the Valencian Region on AI Strategy and Data Science applied to the fight against COVID-19. As part of her work as commissioner, she is leading a team of over 20 scientists working on large-scale human mobility modeling, computational epidemiological modeling and data science to answer public policy questions. As part of this work, she has launched the https://covid19impactsurvey.org, one of the largest anonymous citizens’ surveys to date related to COVID-19, with over 230,000 answers.

She is a Telecommunications Engineer from the UPM and holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

She has over 25 years of research experience in the areas of human behavior modeling and prediction from data and human-computer interaction. She has been a researcher at Microsoft Research (Redmond, WA), the first female Scientific Director at Telefonica R&D for over 8 years and the first Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone globally (2017-2019).

Her work in the computational modeling of human behavior using Artificial Intelligence techniques, human-computer interaction, mobile computing and Big Data analysis - especially for the Social Good is well known with over 160 scientific publications that have received more than 17800 citationsand a ten best paper award nominations and awards. She is co-inventor of over 40 filed patents and she is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences.  Her work has contributed to the improvement of services, the creation of new services, the definition of business strategies and the creation of new companies.

Nuria is the only Spanish researcher recognized by the ACM as Distinguished Scientist (2015) and Fellow (2017) at the same time. She is also a Fellow of the IEEE (2017) and the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (2016). She has received an Honorary Doctorate from the Miguel Hernandez University (2018). Dr. Oliver is the youngest and fourth female member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering (2018) and an elected member of the Academia Europaea (2016) and CHI Academy (2018), where she is the only Spanish scientist.

As an advisor, Dr. Oliver is a member of the scientific advisory committee of several European universities, the Gadea Ciencia Foundation, Mahindra Comviva and the Future Digital Society, among others. In addition, she advises the Government of the Valencia Community, Spain and the European Commission on issues related to Artificial Intelligence. She is a member of a Global Future Council at the World Economic Forum. She is an independent member of the board of Bankia. 

Dr. Oliver is a member of the program committee of the main international congresses in her research areas. She has also been a member of the organizing committee of 19 international conferences and is a member of the editorial committee of five international magazines.

Dr. Oliver's work has been recognized internationally with numerous awards. She graduated top of her class at the UPM and received the First National Telecommunications Award (1004). She is the first Spanish scientist to receive the MIT TR100 (today TR35) Young Innovator Award (2004) and the Rising Talent award by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society (2009). She has been awarded Data Scientist of the Year in Europe (2019), Engineer of the Year Award by the COIT (2018), the Medal for Business and Social Merit by the Valencian Government (2018), the European Digital Woman of the Year award (2016) and the Spanish National Computer Science Angela Robles Award (2016).

She has been named one of the top 11 Artificial Intelligence influencers worldwide by Pioneering Minds (2017), one of Spanish wonderful minds in technology by EL PAIS newspaper (2017), “an outstanding female director in technology” (El PAIS, 2012), one of “100 leaders for the future” (Capital, 2009) and one of the “40 youngsters who will mark the next millennium” (El PAIS, 1999).

Nuria firmly believes in the value of technology to improve the quality of people, both individually and collectively, and dedicates her professional life to achieving it.

Her passion is to improve people’s quality of life, both individually and collectively, through technology. She is also passionate about scientific outreach. Hence, she regularly collaborates with the media (press, radio, TV) and gives non-technical talks about science and technology to broad audiences, and particularly to teenagers, with a special interest on girls. She has given talks to more than 10,000 adolescents, has contributed to the book "Digital natives do not exist" (Deusto, 2017) with the chapter "Digital scholars", has written articles for EL PAIS, The Guardian, TechCrunch among others and has been co -organizer of large congresses with thousands of attendees, such as the first TEDxBarcelona event dedicated to emerging education, the I and II International Congress on Artificial Intelligence and the I International Congress on Aging. Her talks on WIRED, TEDx and similar events have been viewed thousands of times.

Twitter: @nuriaoliver

URL: http://www.nuriaoliver.com   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuria_Oliver

Annual Report 2019 available

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UBICS products 11/06/2020

Our Annual UBICS Report 2019 is now available here:

- PDF format

- ISSUU viewer

Webinar by Manlio de Domenico

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UBICS products 05/06/2020

Date: 11 June, 16h (CET, GMT+2, Barcelona/Madrid/Paris/Berlin)

Speaker: Manlio de Domenico, CoMuNe Lab, Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Title: "Tackling complexity: foundations and applications"

Abstract: 

Complex systems consists of units whose interactions at a microscopic scale lead to the spontaneous emergence of collective behavior and other unexpected phenomena at the meso- and macroscale. In this seminar I will introduce some basic concepts and tools of complexity science without relying on technicalities.
In the second part of the seminar I will briefly discuss the relevance of big data for the analysis of complex systems and, more specifically, of socio-technical systems, spanning from the rise of collective attention to one of the most relevant phenomena observed during the COVID-19 pandemic: the infodemic related to coronavirus.

Could you not join to the webinar? No problem! Here, you can find the link: 

You can see the webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFuq4IyIDbM

 

Webinars Complex Systems and COVID-19

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UBICS products 27/05/2020

"Complex Systems and COVID-19" : Cicle de Webinars sobre Sistemes Complexos enfocats en el COVID-19 organitzat per l'UBICS i complexitat.cat. Enfocat per a tothom interessat en els Sistemes Complexos i els seus actuals camps d’aplicació.

11 June - Manlio de Domenico, CoMuNe Lab, Fondazione Bruno Kessler

"Tackling complexity: foundations and appplications."

Link del webinar: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/995d03a3a751431fbc3f4999aa88e8b7

18 June - Nuria Oliver, Data-Pop Alliance & ELLIS (The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems)

"Data Science to fight against COVID-19"

25 June - Santiago F. Elena, Instituto de Biología Integrativa de Sistemas, CSIC

 “Identifying early-warning signals for the sudden transition from health to disease stages by dynamical network biomarkers”

02 July - Alex Arenas, DEIM, Universitat Rovira i Virgili

 “Epidemics and mobility”

16 July - Ernesto Estrada, IUMA

"Fractional diffusion on the human proteome as an alternative explanation to the multi-organ damage of SARS CoV-2."

Totes les xerrades es faran a les 16h.

Estigues atent a la nostra web o a la de Complexitat.cat per els links dels webinars de les pròximes xerrades.

Beques Master+UB - UBICS

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UB grants 25/05/2020

Ja s'ha obert la convocatòria per demanar les Beques de col·laboració Master+UB.

 Aquest any l'Institut ofereix dues beques anomenades 2020.4.UBICS.1 i  2020.4.UBICS.2, una de 15h/setmanals i l'altra de 25h/setmanals (de l'1 de febrer de 2021 al 30 de juliol de 2021) per donar suport en el desenvolupament del Treball de Final de Màster dels estudiants dins d'un grup de l'UBICS.

  Podeu trobar tota la informació sobre les beques i com demanar-les en el següent link:    http://www.ub.edu/beques/col.laboracio/   

Heu de mirar l'apartat:   Programa Màster+UB de captació d’estudiants per a cursar un màster universitari i incentivar vocacions científiques en el sí d’un grup de recerca. Curs 2020/2021  

Els estudiants interessats en demanar aquestes beques hauran d’omplir el formulari de sol·licitud a la Seu https://seu.ub.edu/ajutsPublic/showPublicacion/136661.

Recordeu que el termini de presentació de sol·licituds va del 21/05/2020 al 22/06/2020. 

VI Festa de la Ciència UB (Virtual) - UBICS

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UB Divulga projects 08/05/2020

Avui 8 de Maig podràs trobar el nostre Taller " Descobrint els Sistemes Complexos" a la web UB Divulga: 

http://www.ub.edu/laubdivulga/festacienciaub/festacienciaVI/sistemes_complexos.html

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