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 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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