Artificial intelligence and assistive technology Research Group



According to the Organization of American States, the three countries with the highest ratio of disabilities in America are: Peru with 18.5%, USA with 12.8% and Ecuador with 12.8%. It is therefore necessary that people in the countries, as well as the rest of the world, look for solutions which enable there to be a real support for this sector. 

In Ecuador, more than 1 .6 million people have some type of disability and need a special type of protection. The 2010 census showed that in the province of Azuay there are 712,127 inhabitants and about 13,000 people have some type of disability, i.e. the ratio of people in Azuay with some type of disability is 2%, and a high percentage of those people are elderly. However, there has been an increase of disabilities in children, especially intellectual problems such as cerebral palsy, which causes immobility. Another common problem at this age is hearing and visual impairment. 

The current situation in Ecuador demands all citizens to be aware of the roles they must play in society, regardless of their customs, and traditions. There is a lack of proposals for integral social, inclusive education that allows students and the overall population to become aware of the country's reality in order to create changes and propose suitable solutions to economic, political and social problems.

In this regard, Universidad Politécnica Salesiana has constantly been looking for ways to create research processes that could generate real social inclusion opportunities and has supported education institutions in order to improve inclusion processes and support education for children with disabilities. 

Currently, UPS has several research groups and laboratories, where the Inclusion technologies and artificial intelligence Research Group clearly stands out. It is worth pointing out that UPS is the first to develop research projects on supporting special education in different areas such as: Cerebral Palsy ( PCI ) , visual and hearing problems , prevention , autism, etc.

For over 5 years GI-IATa has created around 50 prototypes or technologies to support special education through research projects done as final graduation projects, internships, or class projects; it has also worked with important institutions like  Consejo Nacional de Discapacidades (CONADIS), el Instituto Especial de Invidentes y Sordos del Azuay (IEISA), el Instituto de Parálisis Cerebral del Azuay (IPCA), el Instituto Especial Fiscal "Stephen Hawking", la Fundación "General Dávalos" and Instituto Piloto de Integración del Azuay (IPIA).




GI-IATa Works in benefit of people with disabilities, especially children, by supporting educational processes with innovative techniques based on artificial intelligence. In this regard, the group has been able to meet the following aims:

-    Create more than 50 prototypes or technologies to support especial education.

-    Be the first to develop and apply artificial intelligence techniques in special education

-    Provide special education institutions with continuous support

-    Take part in national and international events on special education and disabilities

-    Create awareness about the importance of social inclusion in the university and the community 

-    Create services to support special education

-    Publish scientific material 


Lines of Research


GI-IATa has worked within two lines of research that have been approved by UPS: Inclusion technologies and computer systems and artificial intelligence.

UNESCO defines inclusive education as "a process of addressing and responding to the diverse needs of all learners through increasing participation in learning, cultures and communities, and reducing exclusion in education . It involves changes and modifications in approaches, structures and strategies, with a vision that covers all children of the appropriate age range and a conviction that it is the responsibility of the regular system to educate all children". And Artifial Intelligence as "The ability of a mechanical instrument to perform operations normally done by human intelligence"

In this regard, our research group works on the following topics:

Inclusion Technologies:

-    Web accessibility

-    ICTs as tools to help and support education and disabilities

-    Accessible virtual environments

Artificial Intelligence:

-    Computer vision

-    Clustering

-    Automatic Voice recognition

-    Computer linguistics

-    Machine Learning

-    Computer systems in general

-    Mobile technologies


Vladimir Robles Bykbaev





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Eduardo Pinos Vélez
Vladimir Robles Bykbaev
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Paola Cristina Ingavélez Guerra
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