Nadia Calviño, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Spain and Minister for Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, visited the AIR Institute labs in USAL’s Science Park. We took this opportunity to present one of our most emotive projects. It’s called Apapachoa; intelligent therapeutic dolls that help increase the quality of life of people suffering from different pathologies such as Alzheimer’s, dementia or autism.

The dolls are handcrafted in Béjar; a town which is famous for its textile industry. The creation of these dolls is inspired by Waldorf dolls, which are made of high-quality materials coming from local producers, using a combination of different techniques.

The project is in its initial phase and for now there is a variety of dolls which we have presented to the Deputy Prime Minister Nadia Calviño. These have been tested in therapy with elderly people and have been shown to have a positive effect on daily life and to delay the negative effects of different pathologies.

The next phase will involve the incorporation of electronics in the dolls, so that they can respond to stimuli and generate data. This data will be stored on an application that will collect information related to the activities performed by the user, so that specialists can analyze the behavior of the patients.

We are proud to develop and present a project of this type, in which we can combine scientific research with technology and in turn contribute to the welfare of society.

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.