Xavier Giró

Position e-mail
Associate Professor xavier.giro@upc.edu
Office Phone
D5-117 (Barcelona - Campus Nord)
TR2-102 (Terrassa - ESEIAAT)
+34 934 015 769


Xavier Giro-i-Nieto is an associate professor at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, as member of the Intelligent Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Research Center (IDEAI-UPC) and Image Processing Group (GPI), and also a visiting researcher at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). He graduated in Telecommuncations Engineering at ETSETB (UPC) in 2000, after completing his master thesis on image compression at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels (VUB) with Prof. Peter Schelkens. After working one year in Sony Brussels, he started a Phd on computer vision, supervised by Prof. Ferran Marqués. In parallel, he designed and taught courses at the ESEIAAT (video content delivery) and ETSETB (deep learning) schools at UPC, as well as the Master in Computer Vision of Barcelona (video analysis). He visited multiple times the Digital Video and MultiMedia laboratory directed by Prof. Shih-Fu Chang at Columbia University in New York between 2008-2014, with whom keeps collaborating. He also works closely with the Insight Center of Data Analytics at Dublin City University, as well as his industrial partners at VilynxMediapro, and Crisalix. He serves as associate editor at IEEE Transactions in Multimedia and reviews for top tier conferences in machine learning (NeurIPS, ICML), computer vision (CVPR, ECCV, ICCV) and multimedia (ACMMM, ICMR).




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


Book Chapters and Bookstop

V. Campos, Giró-i-Nieto, X., Jou, B., Torres, J., and Chang, S. - F., Sentiment concept embedding for visual affect recognition, in Multimodal Behavior Analysis in theWild, 1st ed., Elsevier, 2018.
E. Mohedano, Salvador, A., McGuinness, K., Giró-i-Nieto, X., O'Connor, N., and Marqués, F., Object Retrieval with Deep Convolutional Features, in Deep Learning for Image Processing Applications, vol. 31, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: IOS Press, 2017.
M. Bellver, Giró-i-Nieto, X., Marqués, F., and Torres, J., Hierarchical Object Detection with Deep Reinforcement Learning, in Deep Learning for Image Processing Applications, vol. 31, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: IOS Press, 2017.
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)

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In Press
D. Fernàndez, Rimmek, J. Marco, Espadaler, J., Garolera, B., Barja, A., Codina, M., Sastre, M., Giró-i-Nieto, X., Riveiro, J. Carlos, and Bou-Balust, E., Enhancing Online Knowledge Graph Population with Semantic Knowledge, in 19th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), Virtual, In Press.
M. Caros, Garolera, M., Radeva, P., and Giró-i-Nieto, X., Automatic Reminiscence Therapy for Dementia, in ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR), Dublin, Ireland, 2020. (4.37 MB)
V. Campos, Trott, A., Xiong, C., Socher, R., Giró-i-Nieto, X., and Torres, J., Explore, Discover and Learn: Unsupervised Discovery of State-Covering Skills, in International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2020, 2020. (6.89 MB)
X. Giró-i-Nieto, One Perceptron to Rule Them All: Language, Vision, Audio and Speech (tutorial), in ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR) 2020, Dublin, Ireland, 2020. (313.96 KB)
B. Oriol, Luque, J., Diego, F., and Giró-i-Nieto, X., Transcription-Enriched Joint Embeddings or Spoken Descriptions of Images and Videos, in CVPR 2020 Workshop on Egocentric Perception, Interaction and Computing, Seattle, WA, USA, 2020. (96.79 KB)

Research Areas top

Region-based image and video processing Internal Jan
Lifelogging Internal Feb
Affective Computing Internal Jan
Deep learning Internal Jun
Saliency prediction Internal Feb

Teaching top

Acronym Title Level College
BIOM Biometric Technologies Master in Telecommunications Engineering (MET) ETSETB - Telecom BCN
DLAI Deep Learning for Artificial Intelligence Master MET ETSETB TelecomBCN
DLCV Deep Learning for Computer Vision Master in Telecommunications Engineering (MET) ETSETB Telecom BCN
DLMM Deep Learning for Multimedia Master & PhD Dublin City University
DLSL Deep Learning for Speech and Language BSc, MSc & Phd ETSETB TelecomBCN
IDL Introduction to Deep Learning BSc ETSETB TelecomBCN
GDSA Multimedia Content Management and Delivery Degree in Audiovisual Systems (3rd year) Escola Superior d'Enginyeries Industrials, Aeroespacial i Audiovisual de Terrassa (ESEIAAT)
VA Video Analysis Master in Computer Vision (MCV) UAB, UOC, UPC & UPF