Awarded a Spanish technology project to help reactivate the economy during the pandemic
The Spanish project Valencia IA4Covid19 has obtained the first place of the technological challenge Response to the pandemic launched by the Xprize Foundation and endowed with $ 500,000 (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 Polytechnic University of Valencia.
The four-month, global competition has been designed, according to Xprize, to “harness the power of data and artificial intelligence” to provide “the knowledge and guidance necessary to implement public safety measures that help keep local economies open while minimizing virus outbreaks until vaccines go mainstream. ” 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 to “distinguish” the Spanish team as 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 challenge Response to the pandemic, Valencia IA4Covid19 and JSI vs COVID, and we thank everyone who participated in this challenge, ”says Brian Humphries, CEO of Cognizant, sponsor of the award. “Its data-driven AI models will help policy makers and health authorities to safely jumpstart economies and learn how to harness these technologies to address future public health crises.” Participants’ AI models have been evaluated by an independent jury made up of academics, pandemic response specialists, AI experts, and epidemiologists, among others.