Xavier Giró

Position e-mail
Associate Professor xavier.giro@upc.edu
Office Phone
D5-117 +34 934 015 769
+34 937 398 981


Xavier Giro-i-Nieto is an associate professor at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC). He graduated in Telecommuncations Engineering studies at ETSETB (UPC) in 2000, after completing his master thesis on image compression at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels (VUB) under the direction of Professor Peter Schelkens. In 2001 he worked in the digital television group of Sony Brussels, before returning to Barcelona and joining the Image Processing Group at the UPC. Since 2003, he has created and taught graduate and undergraduate courses for Electrical Engineering degress at the ESEIAAT and ETSETB schools from UPC. In 2013 he participated in the design of the Master in Computer Vision of Barcelona by UPC, UAB, UPF and UOC universities, where he lectures on deep learning, image retrieval and video processingl. He has taught several international courses in the framework of the European Erasmus program. He obtained his Phd on image retrieval in 2012, under the supervision by Professor Ferran Marqués from UPC and Professor Shih-Fu Chang from Columbia University. He was a visiting scholar during Summers 2008 to 2014 at the Digital Video and MultiMedia laboratory at Columbia University, in New York. His relation with industry includes collaborations with Mediapro, Catalan Broadcast Corporation (TV3), PixableCatchoomNarrative and Vilynx


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Current students and research topics

Student Co-advisor Program Saliency prediction Wearables Affective Computing Multimedia Retrieval Scene Understanding
Amaia Salvador Ferran Marqués Phd'18          
Míriam Bellver (BSC) Jordi Torres (BSC) and Jordi Pont-Tuset (ETHZ) Phd'20          
Víctor Campos (BSC) Jordi Torres (BSC) and Shih-Fu Chang (Columbia University) Phd'20          
Dèlia Fernandez (Vilynx) Elisenda Bou (Vilynx) Phd'20          
Junting Pan Shih-Fu Chang (Columbia University) MSc'17          
Albert Jiménez Jose M Alvarez (Data61, Australia) MSc'17          
Dídac Surís Víctor Campos (BSC) and Amaia Salvador
Alex Woodward Víctor Campos (BSC) and Dèlia Fernandez (Vylinx) MSc'18          
Xunyu Lin Jordi Torres (BSC) and Víctor Campos (BSC) BSc'17          
Marc Assens Kevin McGuinness (DCU, Ireland) & Eva Mohedano (DCU, Ireland) BSc'17          
Fran Roldan Santi Pascual and Issey Masuda BSc'17          
Alberto Bozal  - BSc'17          
Marc Gorriz Emmanuel Faure and Axel Carlier (ENSEEIHT, France) BSc'17          
LLuc Cardoner Maia Zaharieva (TU Vienna, Austria) BSc'17          
Oriol Bernal Maia Zaharieva (TU Vienna, Austria) BSc'17          



Awards: Best poster award at LSCVS NIPS workshop 2016, Best poster award at ICMR 2016, Among Top 10% papers in ICIP 2015, Winner of the LSUN Saliency prediction challenge in CVPRW 2015, 2nd place in ChaLearn Cultural Event Recognition Challenge in CVPRW 2015, 2nd place in MediaEval Social Event Detection 2014, 3rd place in MediaEval Social Event Detection 2013, Winner of the Videobrowser Showdown in MMM 2012.

Scientific IDs:  Google ScholarWoK Researcher ID: M-5834-2013, ORCID: 0000-0002-9935-5332, Scopus Author ID35098596700, UPC Futur 

Program Commitee: Area Chair of ACM Multimedia 2016 "Multimedia and Vision", Organizer of Lifelogging Tools and Applications (LTAA) workshop at ACM Multimedia 2016, VSM 2016EPIC 2016ISM 2016CBMI 2016CrowdMM 2015, MMSys 2015 Dataset TrackSMAP 2015CBMI 2015MediaEval 2014ICIP 2014SMAP 2014ACM MultiMedia Doctoral Symposium 2014,  CBMI 2014SEWM 2014, MMSys Dataset 2014, SMAP 2013, EUSIPCO 2011, ICIP 2003.

Journal reviewer: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI)Multimedia Tools and Applications (MTAP), EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing, Multimedia Systems (MMSJ), Image and Vision Computing (IMAVIS).

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Book Chapters and Bookstop

C. Ventura, Martos, M., Giró-i-Nieto, X., Vilaplana, V., and Marqués, F., Hierarchical Navigation and Visual Search for Video Keyframe Retrieval, in Advances in Multimedia Modeling, vol. 7131, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, 2012, pp. 652-654.
E. Carcel, Martos, M., Giró-i-Nieto, X., and Marqués, F., Rich Internet Application for Semi-automatic Annotation of Semantic Shots on Keyframes, in Computational Intelligence for Multimedia Understanding, vol. 7242, Pisa, Italy: Springer-Verlag, 2012, pp. 172-182. (6.93 MB)
X. Giró-i-Nieto and Marqués, F., From partition trees to semantic trees, in Multimedia Content Representation, Classification and Security, vol. 4105/2006, 2006, pp. 306–313. (966.49 KB)
C. Ferran, Giró-i-Nieto, X., Marqués, F., and Casas, J., BPT Enhancement based on Syntactic and Semantic criteria, in Semantic Multimedia, vol. 4306, Berlin / Heidelberg: Springer, 2006, pp. 184–198.
X. Giró-i-Nieto, Vilaplana, V., Marqués, F., and Salembier, P., Automatic extraction and analysis of visual objects information, in Multimedia content and the semantic web, Wiley, 2005, pp. 203–221.

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In Press
J. Pan, Canton-Ferrer, C., McGuinness, K., O'Connor, N., Torres, J., Sayrol, E., and Giró-i-Nieto, X., SalGAN: Visual Saliency Prediction with Generative Adversarial Networks, in CVPR 2017 Scene Understanding Workshop (SUNw), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, In Press. (1.85 MB)
X. Lin, Campos, V., Giró-i-Nieto, X., Torres, J., and Canton-Ferrer, C., Disentangling Motion, Foreground and Background Features in Videos, in CVPR 2017 Workshop Brave New Motion Representations, In Press. (296.74 KB)
A. Romero-Lopez, Burdick, J., Giró-i-Nieto, X., and Marques, O., Skin Lesion Classification from Dermoscopic Images using Deep Learning, in The 13th IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering (BioMed 2017), Innsbruck Austria, 2017. (648.62 KB)
J. Torres, Sastre, F., Yagües, M., Campos, V., and Giró-i-Nieto, X., Scaling a Convolutional Neural Network for classification of Adjective Noun Pairs with TensorFlow on GPU Clusters, in 17th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid), Madrid, Spain, 2017.
A. Romero-Lopez, Burdick, J., Giró-i-Nieto, X., and Marques, O., The Impact of Segmentation on the Accuracy and Sensitivity of a Melanoma Classifier based on Skin Lesion Images, in Annual Meeting of the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM), Pittsburgh, PA, USA, 2017. (433.28 KB)

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Research Areas top

Lifelogging Internal Feb
Affective Computing Internal Jan
Deep learning Internal Jun
Region-based image and video processing Internal Jan
Multimedia Retrieval Internal Sep

Teaching top

Acronym Title Level College
PAE Advanced Project in Science and Telecommunication Technologies (CDIO) 3rd year Telecom BCN - ETSETB
BIOM Biometric Technologies Master in Telecommunications Engineering (MET) ETSETB - Telecom BCN
READCV Computer Vision Reading Group Master in Telecommunications Engineering (MET) ETSETB-Telecom BCN
DLCV Deep Learning for Computer Vision Master in Telecommunications Engineering (MET) ETSETB Telecom BCN
DLMM Deep Learning for Multimedia Master MET ETSETB TelecomBCN
DLSL Deep Learning for Speech and Language BSc, MSc & Phd ETSETB TelecomBCN
CA562 Information access Master on E-Commerce Dublin City University
GDSA Multimedia Content Management and Delivery Degree in Audiovisual Systems (3rd year) Escola Superior d'Enginyeries Industrials, Aeroespacial i Audiovisual de Terrassa (ESEIAAT)
SiS Signals and Systems (Terrassa) Degree in Audiovisual Systems (2nd year) Escola Superior d'Enginyeries Industrials, Aeroespacial i Audiovisual de Terrassa (ESEIAAT)
VA Video Analysis Master in Computer Vision (MCV) UAB, UOC, UPC & UPF