Bringing The Top AI Talent In Barcelona Together

Why We Created BCN.ai

Our goal is to make Barcelona into the AI hub it has the potential to be. To accomplish this, we will organize quarterly paper presentations and speaking sessions from the best researchers and practitioners. At these events, we will go beyond fundamentals and dive into bleeding edge Deep Learning research and applications.

#BCNai

Barcelona has plenty of talented AI researchers and practitioners from various universities, startups, and corporates. However, to reach the full AI potential, we need a community that brings attention to and shares all the great work. To create more awareness about what is happening in Barcelona, we will use #BCNai to signal locally and globally about the great work in deep learning both across academia and companies.

We are continuously looking for sponsors who want to push the community forward

Submit Presentation

We acknowledge that there are many interesting deep learning projects in Barcelona – spanning from core research to applied solutions. Therefore, we want to make room for both to allow the most talented researchers and most interesting projects from industry and startups to present. To be as unbiased as possible for research presentations, we expect presenters to have papers published at one of the top ML conferences. For applied presentations, the selection criteria is a bit different and speakers will have to submit a proposal for a presentation. 

Research Presentation

For BCN.ai Research, ideal speaking candidates are researchers from university or industry with a paper published at a top conference (such as NIPS, ICML and ICLR). That said, we’re open to other applications as well. To submit a presentation, use the form provided in the link below.

Applied Presentation

For our applied presentations, no papers are required. Instead, we’re looking for interesting use-cases and hands-on experience with working with deep learning. The presentations are up to 15 minutes long. To submit a presentation, please send a proposal to our team.

  • Johan Bender
    Johan Bender Founder of bcn.ai
  • Xavier Giro
    Xavier Giro Advisor for bcn.ai Research
  • Jordi Vitria
    Jordi Vitria Advisor for bcn.ai Applied
  • Joan Serra
    Joan Serra Collaborator at bcn.ai
  • Juan Ramos
    Juan Ramos Community Outreach
  • Joost van de Weijer
    Joost van de Weijer Advisor for BCN.ai

Past Events


At the BCN.ai Fall '18, presentations covered Catastrophic Forgetting in Neural Networks by Joan Serrà from Telefonica Research, AI Health Projects in Industry by Tarek Besold from Alpha, Chatbots by Maurizio Cibelli, CEO of Hutoma AI, and Learning from Unlabeled Datasets by Joost van de Weijer, Senior Researcher at Computer Vision Center Barcelona. For more information about the talks and speakers, please visit the event page.


Our first event took place at the University of Barcelona (UB). Here, Axel Brando, Industrial PhD student at BBVA Data & UB, talked about his research on using DL for predicting variance in forecasting models. Also, Santi Pascual, PhD at UPC, came to share his research on using GANs for noise reduction in audio files. We want to thank them both for sharing their great work.

Stay Updated

Our Facebook page includes pictures from past events. For research papers and upcoming DL events in Barcelona, follow our Twitter. Finally, you can view past presentations on our YouTube channel. We’re in the process of creating a public list of ML events and companies in Barcelona. If you would like to include a company or event, please use the contact form.

#BCNai

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