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CTTC Weekly Seminar Series: ProteinLab UTEM: Experimental activity and political dialogue EU - LAC in the field of ICT

- Speaker: Héctor Andrés Torres Bustos, Ph.D.   
- Affiliation:  UTEM, Chile and Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on ICTs
- Place: CTTC Room Auditorium
- Date & Time: 23rd April (Tuesday) - 10:00h
- Duration: 45min. (aprox.)

An abstract of the presentation and a short CV of the speaker follow.

SPEAKER: Dr. Héctor Andrés Torres Bustos: Associate Professor, Researcher and Lecturer. He obtained his degree in Industrial Design at the Technological Metropolitan University (UTEM) where he started his academic career in 1998 as Full-time academic. He has a PhD in Design Management and ICT from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, and has focused its research in the area of intelligent environments and the study of communication relationships between users - environments and interactive objects. He is a Professor in the Department of Design at the Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana, Chile, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on ICTs, ProteinLab UTEM (www.proteinlab.cl), which addresses the areas of Innovation Technology, Telecommunications, Ambient Intelligent and Sustainable Energy. ProteinLab is an interdisciplinary Center of R+D+i at UTEM, where academics and students mainly from the areas of Industrial Design and Electronic Engineering devote their efforts to the development of product prototypes, systems and solutions based on ICTs. Currently he is advises of ICT Working Group of Senior officer Meetings (SOM) EU-CELAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation.

ABSTRACT: The Technological Metropolitan University (UTEM) it's a Public Higher Education Institution funded on 1993. The essential aim of the University is to give to students a comprehensive education, preferably in the technological field and with a special dedication to service. Currently it has more than 7,700 students and over 22,000 graduates. The University is recognized as a public institution that looking the quality that characterizes the environment of national higher education. The Technology Foresight and Innovation Programme - ProteinLab UTEM - is an interdisciplinary ICT research group of the Technological Metropolitan University in Santiago, Chile. ProteinLab studies the impact of using digital and sustainable technologies to design and development for new products and interactions between people and their environment. Through study and analysis of future scenarios, emerging technologies and trends ProteinLab develops applied research oriented to design and to test new products, applications and services in the following areas: ICT and Innovation, Connectivity and Access Digital, Ambient Intelligent, and Sustainable Energy. Innovation in the ICT area demands active and ongoing R & D work that allows interdisciplinary convergence of different specialties in the development of new products, applications and services. In this sense, ProteinLab works within the UTEM with the Department of Electricity, Department of Design, Department of Civil Engineering Computing and Virtual UTEM. Externally, ProteinLab works with various national and international institutions in order to develop joint projects and incorporate new insights and methodologies. In this external context, ProteinLab UTEM participate on different initiatives among we can highlight the Senior Officer Meeting (EU - CELAC Joint Initiative for Research and innovation) and on the Working Group ICT for Societal Challenges. The Senior Officials Working Group on ICT for Societal Challenges was created in 2011 in the frame of the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (JIRI), endorsed by the European and Latin American and Caribbean Heads of State and Government at the 2010 Madrid Summit. The main objective of the Working Group is to enhance policy level cooperation on research and innovation in ICT between Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. The Working Group puts emphasis on four aspects of ICT for Societal Challenges: e-Inclusion, e-Health, Living Labs and Smart Cities, having organized workshops and policy notes in the four areas in the last two years.

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