API DAYS MEDITERRANEA BARCELONA | Why APIs are the best way to deliver the visual search technology?


API EXPERT MEETING | Developers, IT administrators and professionals of the world of the API had an appointment in BCN with reason of APIdays Mediterranea

The Mobile World Centre of Barcelona was the chosen space for the technical stop of APIdays Mediterranea, the event that is a worldwide reference in the south of Europe for the world’s API professionals. Two intensive days of independent conferences with first level speakers that put focus in the Natural Language Processing and API Industries Transformation.

Almost 40 speakers were in charge of making the event dynamic with their experience and knowledge, including Rodolfo Guichón from Wide Eyes Technologies. Present figures of the international API industries included evangelist Kin Lane, Tyler Singletary from Klout, Paul Murphy from Clarify, Andy Thurai from IBM, Norberto Leite from MongoDB, Marcos Placona from Twilio or Ali Kheyrollahi from ASOS, to mention some.

State-of-the-art as a service: from paper to api

This is the title for Rodolfo Guichón’s speech for APIdays. A conference that surprised many of the participants by questioning the effectiveness of the semantic search engines for determined areas, because these search engines make us transform into words thoughts we generate in visual form. In the fashion area, for example, the search by words has demonstrated being ineffective for the high component of subjectivity: there exist as many descriptions as perceptions. It is there where visual search engines like the one developed by Wide Eyes Technologies come in: a visual search engine, effective and efficient, in which an image is worth an image. Likewise, in his speech Guichón also talked about the complexity of the image recognition technology and about the benefits that the API have for the subsequent integration in clients.

‘State-of-the-art as a service’ is the methodology created by Wide Eyes Technologies to convert the highest-level investigation to services based in API. It is not only “producing” algorithms written on a “paper”, or passing models developed in mathematical simulators to languages apt for production surroundings, but the active accompaniment since the conception of the idea to the maintenance of the API when they are in production. This methodology is an adaptation of Pressman’s[1] “Requirements engineering” and its seven phases (Inception, Elicitation, Elaboration, Negotiation, Specification, Validation and Management) adapted to Agile Development and a collaborative investigation environment.

The final result is a product that achieves with the functional requirements and specific qualitative. The API creates an abstraction layer of the inherent complexity of the vision algorithms by computer and artificial intelligence in such a way that non-expert users in this type of technology can integrate our solutions with a curve of inexistent learning.

[1] Source: Pressman, R. Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach. McGraw-Hill, 2005

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Check out Rodolfo Guichon talk’s slides

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