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Major firms grant research funds to Barcelona GSE Data Science Center

Barcelona GSE Data Science Center receives research funding from BBVA Foundation and Google

This spring, researchers at the Barcelona GSE Data Science Center have been awarded multi-year research grants by BBVA Foundation and by Google. Obtaining competitive funding from these major private organizations makes it possible for the Data Science Center to continue producing frontier research and contribute to the international debate on topics in Data Science.

BBVA Foundation Big Data Research Team Grant

BBVA Foundation

A research team at the Barcelona GSE Data Science Center has received a grant from the BBVA Foundation's call on Big Data. Their project, "High-dimensional problems in structured probabilistic models," was among five projects selected out of 141 applications. The BBVA Foundation will support this project with 100,000€ for two years. 

Professor Gábor Lugosi (ICREA-UPF and BGSE) will be the principal investigator on the project. The researchers on the team will include: Eulàlia Nualart (UPF and BGSE), Omiros Papaspiliopoulos (ICREA-UPF and BGSE), David Rossell (UPF and BGSE), and Piotr Zwiernik (UPF and BGSE).

Grant call results posted by BBVA Foundation (in Spanish)

Google Faculty Research Award

Google Faculty Research Awards

The Google Faculty Research Awards fund world-class technical research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. These competitive awards provide unrestricted gifts as support for research at institutions around the world. Only 15% of applicants receive funding, and each proposal goes through a rigorous Google-wide review process.

The award has been granted to Prof. Lugosi for his project, "Algorithms and Learning for AI." Google will provide $150,000 for three years to support this project.

Read about these grants on Google AI's website

About the Barcelona GSE Data Science Center

In 2016, The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics launched the Barcelona GSE Data Science Center to boost a wide range of activities in this scientific area and consolidate its role as the academic point of reference related to this emerging field. 

The Data Science Center brings together many highly talented people: established and up-and-coming researchers, industry leaders and active professionals, and graduate students. The Center coordinates, disseminates, promotes and sponsors research in Data Science carried out by its members. Other Data Science activities include the Barcelona GSE Master's Degree in Data Science (the first of its kind in Europe); a popular Data Science Summer School program; workshops and executive training; and consulting projects in collaboration with major research and industrial partners.

The Director of the Barcelona GSE Data Science Center is Prof. Omiros Papaspiliopoulos, an international expert in Statistics. The Center has three Area Directors: Dr. David Rossell, an international expert in Statistics and Bioinformatics, Dr. Alex Karatzoglou, an international expert in Machine Learning, and Dr. Stephen Hansen, a pioneer in the use of Machine Learning within Economics.

Barcelona GSE Data Science Center website


Reporting contributed by Nandan Rao '17