Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

I am a Professor at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and a Research Affiliate at MIT Medialab. At UOC I lead the Computer Vision group at UOC eHealth Research Center.

My research intests are related to Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, Affective Computing, Explainable Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Fairness in AI. I'm also interested in the applications of these research fields to Health, Social Robotics and, more generally, Artificial Intelligence for social good.

I've been collaborating with MIT since 2012. From 2012 to 2015 I was a visiting professor at MIT CSAIL, where I worked on Scene Recognition and Interpretable Models in Computer Vision with Prof. Antonio Torralba. From 2017 to 2020 I was a visiting professor at MIT Medialab Affective Computing group, where I worked on emotion perception and social robotics with Prof. Rosalind Picard. More recently (2020-2021) I've been a visiting researcher at Google (USA).

I did my PhD in Computer Science at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and my BS degree in Mathematics at the Universitat de Barcelona.

To check my publications please visit my Google Scholar profile.



Check our work on CCN Interpretability (accepted at PNAS 2020)

An analytic framework to systematically identify the semantics of individual hidden units within image classification and image generation networks (PDF).


Our work on detecting incidents in the wild accepted at ECCV 2020

Our paper presents a database and trained models to recognize incidents in scenes (PDF). Find more information in the website of the website of the Incidents project. Check also our online demo.


Our work on emotionally-aware chat-bots accepted at NeurIPS 2019

Our paper proposes new methodology on how to evaluate open-domain dialog systems (PDF and available code repository). Check also our paper on using user's feedback in an off-policy reinforcement learning setting to improve the quality of the bots (PDF).


"Context Based Emotion Recognition using EMOTIC dataset" (at TPAMI 2019)

Extended dataset and extended experiments with different types of context features and loss functions on IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PDF). The second release of the Emotic dataset is available at the website of the Emotic project.


Our paper on "Emotions in Context" accepted at CVPR 2017

We present a database for studying how to model context to understand people emotional states. We show promising results at estimating 26 affective categories and continuous dimensions (PDF, Project Page)

Class Activation Map

Our work on "Class Activation Map" accepted at CVPR 2016

We revisit the global average pooling layer and shed light on how it explicitly enables the convolutional neural network to have remarkable localization ability despite being trained on image-level labels (Project Page).

Scene recognition demo

Scene recognition demo

Given a picture our system predicts the scene category and some other attibutes. It also provides a heatmap that indicates the region of the image that supports the ouputs.
Object detectors

Understanding the representations learned by CNNs

We found that object detectors emerged in a CNN trained for scene recognition. For more information check our paper: B. Zhou, A. Khosla, A. Lapedriza, A. Oliva, and A. Torralba. “Object Detectors Emerge in Deep Scene CNNs.” International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) oral, 2015. (PDF).
Places database

Project page of Places Database

You can download the database and the pretrained network PlacesCNN. More details can be found in our paper: B. Zhou, A. Lapedriza, J. Xiao, A. Torralba, and A. Oliva. “Learning Deep Features for Scene Recognition using Places Database.” Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 27 (NeuIPS), 2014. (PDF).


Agata Lapedriza
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya,
Estudis d'Informàtica, Multimèdia i Telecomunicació

Rambla del Poblenou, 156
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

Last update: September 2021