Dr. J. Lladós is the director of the Computer Vision Center since January 2009. Currently, he is also Associate Professor at the Computer Sciences Department of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and associate researcher of the IDAKS Lab of the Osaka Prefecture University (Japan). He is chair holder of Knowledge Transfer of the UAB Research Park and Santander Bank. His current research fields are document analysis, structural and syntactic pattern recognition and computer vision. He has been the head of a number of Computer Vision R+D projects and published more than 250 scientific papers national and international conferences and journals. Dr. J. Lladós is an active member of the Image Analysis and Pattern Recognition Spanish Association (AERFAI), a member society of the IAPR, where he is currently the chairman of the IAPR-EC (Education Committee), member of the IAPR-ILC (Industrial Liaison Committee) and member of the ICDAR Advisory Board. He was the recipient of the IAPR-ICDAR Young Investigator Award in 2007. Dr. Lladós has also experience in technological transfer and in 2002 he created the company ICAR Vision Systems (now in Mitek group), a spin-off of the Computer Vision Center working on Document Image Analysis, after winning the entrepreneur award from the Catalonia Government on business projects on Information Society Technologies in 2000.
“What excites me most about the Time Machine is how advanced AI techniques can generate a radical change in the way people discover their past and how people get engaged in new experiences where digital assets of our collective cultural and socio-economic memory cross the spatio-temporal dimension. Also, the construction of a big ecosystem of digital humanities actors is a great possibility. The potential of the Time Machine for Europe is the ambition of crossing borders through our collective heritage and discover common roots. For my country, the potential lies in the opportunity of implementing our Local Time Machine (Catalonia Time Machine) according to the general philosophy with the added value of the proximity of storytelling. The Local Time Machine is accessible not only to the Time Machine members but for the local citizens at large.”