Expert Ricardo Canal and his team are developing innovative lines of work that reaffirm USAL’s commitment in research into ASD.

“Let’s break barriers together for autism. Let’s make an accessible society” is the theme chosen this year, 2017, to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day next Sunday, April 2, with the goal of overcoming the many barriers people with ASD face to enjoying their fundamental rights and to becoming fully part of the community.
Participating in this commemoration are the Asperger and Ariadne Associations of Salamanca and USAL. It is a theme that one of the greatest international experts on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD),

and  Professor of the University of Salamanca, Ricardo Canal Bedia, has made his own, when he stated that “we still have a long way to go, but I am optimistic, because society is more aware and we are on a good path in developing tools and research.”

As a result of this optimism and a professional life fully dedicated to this neurological disorder, the director of the Center for Comprehensive Attention to Autism-Infoautism of USAL has just started a new three year line of study on early signs of autism under 12 months in premature babies because “they present more risk than those born at term.” A risk that becomes “very high with a birth before 28 weeks of gestation and also in late preterm infants, born before 37 weeks but after 32,” Ricardo Canal explained to Communication University of Salamanca.



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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