LUCA's first 70 days

Friday, December 30, 2016

LUCA's first 70 days



We are almost at the end of 2016, which has been a big year for the world of Big Data. One important milestone was the creation of LUCA, Telefonica’s new Data Unit, which focuses on developing Big Data solutions for private and public sector organizations. Our launch event took place on October 20th, which you can see an overview of here

Friday, December 23, 2016

LUCA's First White Paper: Surviving the AI Hype


LUCA has published its first white paper today entitled "Surviving the AI Hype - Fundamental concepts to understand Artificial Intelligence".  Written by Dr Richard Benjamins, this piece aims to empower our readers to interpret and assess the increasing amount of content around AI currently available online.

Our Christmas Lip Sync

Our Christmas Lip Sync


It's been a busy few months since our LUCA launch in October, but finally the time has come to have a few days rest and enjoy the festive spirit. Our team, alongside other colleagues from our Telefónica offices in 7 different countries, felt the Christmas vibes and decided to take part in this Lip Sync to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - filled with data-driven decisions and actionable insights:

La guerra en Siria y refugiados, un drama humanitario reflejado en datos

Thursday, December 22, 2016

La guerra en Siria y refugiados, un drama humanitario reflejado en datos


By  Pedro de Alarcón PhD and Javier Carro , Data Scientists at LUCA.

Termina el año y todos miramos hacia atrás, haciendo balance de los buenos momentos (y no tan buenos) que hemos vivido en 2016. Pero hay lugares en el mundo donde es difícil encontrar las buenas noticias. Siria es uno de ellos. Después de 5 años de cruenta guerra civil el país se encuentra asolado y con un futuro incierto. El conflicto sirio ha dejado ya decenas de miles de víctimas mortales, cientos de miles de heridos y millones de personas que se han visto forzadas a abandonar su hogar. 

The refugee crisis and Syrian Civil War; a humanitarian issue reflected through data.

The refugee crisis and Syrian Civil War; a humanitarian issue reflected through data.

When we finish the year we always look to the past to weigh up the good and the bad moments of the year (trying to make the most of 2016). Unfortunately, there are some places in the world where it’s difficult to find the good news. Syria being one of those places; dealing with a bloody civil war lasting for five years with an uncertain future. The Syrian conflict has seen tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured and millions who have been forced to abandon their homes.

¿Una canción creada por Inteligencia Artificial? Estas Navidades todo es posible

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

¿Una canción creada por Inteligencia Artificial? Estas Navidades todo es posible


Aún no conocemos de la existencia de nadie que haya intentado predecir con Big Data cuáles serán las canciones navideñas que ocuparán los primeros puestos en las listas de éxitos musicales. Sin embargo, la ciencia no se queda atrás en esta época navideña. Un grupo de científicos han subido una foto de espíritu navideño a un ordenador y le han dejado “componer”. Un programa analiza la imagen, identifica algunas letras acordes, y compone música que las acompañe.

Can machines think? Or are humans machines?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Can machines think? Or are humans machines?

This is the last in a series of three post about some fundamental notions of AI. The objective of these series of three posts is to equip readers with sufficient understanding of where AI comes from, so they can have their own criterion when reading about the hype of AI. If you missed any of the two previous posts, you can read the first one about what Artificial Intelligence is here, and the second one on how "intelligent" can Artificial Intelligence get, here.

 Where are people from Madrid going during the upcoming December holidays?

Monday, December 19, 2016

Where are people from Madrid going during the upcoming December holidays?

During the early December bank holiday many of us take the opportunity to relax, discover new places or return to our countries of origin. This time, as a further addition to our previous articles about mobility (commuting and contamination), we give you a short insight into our holiday customs during the December break. We have again focused on Madrid as it is a source of mobility which has repercussions all over Spain, which is why many of us will see ourselves portrayed. Just to mix it up a bit this time we are also going to discover some interesting aspects about Toledo.

Datos madrileños
Figure 1: Data needs a break too, where are people from Madrid going this holiday in December?
¿Dónde van los madrileños en el puente de Diciembre?

¿Dónde van los madrileños en el puente de Diciembre?


Muchos aprovechamos el puente de diciembre para descansar, hacer turismo o visitar nuestros lugares de origen. En esta ocasión, a modo de entrega adicional a nuestros artículos anteriores sobre movilidad (commuting y contaminación), os proponemos un breve estudio sobre nuestras costumbres en el puente de diciembre. Nos hemos centrado de nuevo en Madrid por ser una fuente de movilidad que afecta a toda España, por lo que muchos nos veremos representados. Pero esta vez también descubriremos aspectos interesantes sobre Toledo.
#LanzamosLUCA: Pedro Pablo Pérez explica la relación entre el Big Data y la Seguridad

Friday, December 16, 2016

#LanzamosLUCA: Pedro Pablo Pérez explica la relación entre el Big Data y la Seguridad

Llegamos al último de nuestros vídeos del evento de lanzamiento de LUCA. El broche final lo pone Pedro Pablo Pérez, CEO de ElevenPaths, que nos cuenta la importancia de la relación entre el Big Data y la Seguridad con varios casos de uso para evitar el fraude en las organizaciones.

 LUCA se prepara para su expansión a Argentina

Thursday, December 15, 2016

LUCA se prepara para su expansión a Argentina


Argentina y turismo siempre han ido de la mano. Este 2016, Argentina recibió solo en el primer cuatrimestre del año unos 1,5 millones de turistas de todo el mundo, lo que representa un crecimiento del 7% en relación al 2015. Según la OTM, Argentina se posicionaría entonces como el segundo país en Sudamérica con más turistas extranjeros, detrás de Brasil.

Marathon Commuters: Which nationalities spend most time travelling to and from work?

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Marathon Commuters: Which nationalities spend most time travelling to and from work?


Just 600 cities are projected to create more than 60% of global economic growth by 2025.  Our reluctance to distribute population outside of these urban powerhouses has caused city property prices to rise astronomically and our infrastructure hasn't always been able to grow fast enough to accommodate the growing number of commuters around the world.

How "intelligent" can Artificial Intelligence get?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How "intelligent" can Artificial Intelligence get?



By Dr Richard Benjamins, VP for External Positioning and Big Data for Social Good at LUCA.


This post is the second in a series of three posts, each of which discuss the fundamental concepts of Artificial Intelligence. In our first post we discussed AI definitions, helping our readers to understand the basic concepts behind AI, giving them the tools required to sift through the many AI articles out there and form their own opinion. In this second post , we will discuss several notions which are important in understanding the limits of AI.

Air Quality: How can Open Data and Mobile Data provide actionable insights?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Air Quality: How can Open Data and Mobile Data provide actionable insights?

By Javier Carro and Pedro de Alarcón, PhD. Data Scientists at LUCA.

#LanzamosLUCA: Dave Sweeney on using Mobile Data to disrupt Transport and Tourism

Friday, December 9, 2016

#LanzamosLUCA: Dave Sweeney on using Mobile Data to disrupt Transport and Tourism


This week we share the launch presentation of Dave Sweeney, our Commercial Lead for Public and Transport sectors in the UK.  Dave told us all about about how mobile data insights are bringing new value to decision-makers who are looking to innovate with their data collection strategies, optimizing their businesses and reducing ineffiencies in both transport and tourism.


The 5 most in-demand Big Data profiles in 2017

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The 5 most in-demand Big Data profiles in 2017


With Big Data falling off the Gartner Emerging Technology Hype Cycle this year, and Artificial Intelligence now hogging the limelight, we decided to take a look at the most in-demand data profiles we expect to see in 2017. 

4 Cualidades Necesarias para ser Data Scientist

Monday, December 5, 2016

4 Cualidades Necesarias para ser Data Scientist


Si hay algo indudable para este próximo 2017 es que ser Data Scientist está de moda. El uso del Big Data y su tecnología está creciendo a velocidades exponenciales y las empresas lo saben. Es por ello que organizaciones de todos los ámbitos y sectores buscan especialistas que les ayuden a adaptarse, con el objetivo de no quedarse atrás en la transformación digital y poder ser competitivos. Pero más allá de una moda pasajera, el científico de datos ha venido para quedarse. 


Big Data and Tourism: How this Girona Festival became Data-Driven

Friday, December 2, 2016

Big Data and Tourism: How this Girona Festival became Data-Driven


Every year, from the 9th to the 17th of May, Girona celebrates the “Temps de Flors”,  one of the most popular flower festivals in Europe. For ten days, the streets of the city come to life with music, colour and the smell of exotic flowers. During this period, thousands of visitors flood the city enjoying the charm of this unique Catalonian festival with the backdrop of one of the most famous Game of Thrones filming locations

#LanzamosLUCA: Javier Magdalena nos enseña cómo ser más eficientes con IoT analytics

Thursday, December 1, 2016

#LanzamosLUCA: Javier Magdalena nos enseña cómo ser más eficientes con IoT analytics


Esta semana seguimos con nuestra serie de ponencias del evento de lanzamiento de LUCA del pasado 20 de Octubre. Hoy le toca el turno a Javier Magdalena, director de Negocios Digitales de Telefónica España.