International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was commemorated on the 25th of November, as 56 years have passed since the chauvinist murder of the three Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic. In spite of the great advances that the world has experienced in this half of the century, attacks and murders against women continue being committed on a daily basis and in all countries, developed or not.

Someone has referred to this problem as a kind of silent terrorism, which does not raise flags but which is as lethal as any bloodthirsty cause that discriminates and kills for a belief. This problem affects everyone and no simple solution can be found. However, it is necessary to deal with it and I think of the ways that science and technology could contribute to protecting women who are at risk of becoming victims of violence.

As a researcher, I have had the opportunity to work on some projects aimed at the monitoring and surveillance of people, through the GPS systems, Bluetooth and algorithms based on neural networks. They allow to obtain information about potentially dangerous individuals, especially abusers.

For example, the Guardian project which we had developed at BISITE in collaboration with Nebusens and Oesia Groups, uses environmental intelligence through technologies such as A-GPS, GPRS and ZigBee. These technologies are used to locate and track people and send a warning signal if necessary. The behaviour of abusers is carefully studied and we try to identify the behaviours that reveal their intentions of approaching a victim. In such battle, opponents live and relate with the society in an apparently normal way until they are discovered. We must put our effort into educating, raising awareness and preventing. If this issue can be helped by science and technology, then the work us researchers do, goes beyond what we had done in universities, companies and at research centres and it means that everything else will have been worth it.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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