Prometeo Project Researcher SENESCYT

Quito, Ecuador

Prometeo Project Researcher SENESCYT

Quito, Ecuador
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Albiol-Perez S.,University of Zaragoza | Albiol-Perez S.,University Las Fuerzas Armadas | Albiol-Perez S.,Prometeo Project Researcher SENESCYT | Gil-Gomez J.-A.,Polytechnic University of Valencia | And 6 more authors.
ACM International Conference Proceeding Series | Year: 2015

Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a neurological disorder with a large number of motor and non-motor alterations that produce an impact on basic and instrumental Activities of Daily Living. These motor disorders are categorized by tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia, and postural control. Other types of alterations that are characteristic of PD are flexed posture and freezing. Traditional techniques are focused on stretching and muscle resistance training, performing movements of Pronation/Supination and Flexion/Extension, gait pattern training with different distances, (floor, and speed), weight transferences, visual-auditory cues (together with bobath), relaxation techniques, and stretching techniques. Our system, Active Balance Rehabilitation (the ABAR system) has been tested on a group composed of eleven participants with PD for a period of approximately 20 sessions with a duration of 30 minutes per session. Our main goal is to decrease the motor alterations in patients with PD. The results show that patients of these type increased their physical skills. However, our results need be interpreted with caution because our group was composed of a limited number of participants and there is no comparative study with a control group that can be tested using the traditional techniques. To resolve this problem, we need to increase the number of participants and to compare our system with a control group. © 2015 ACM.


Palacios-Navarro G.,University of Zaragoza | Palacios-Navarro G.,University Las Fuerzas Armadas | Palacios-Navarro G.,Prometeo Project Researcher SENESCYT | Garcia-Magarino I.,University of Zaragoza | Ramos-Lorente P.,University of Zaragoza
6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Translating Research into Practice, REES 2015 | Year: 2015

The present paper discusses results of a global study carried out during the past five years to adapt the degree of Electronic Engineering to the European Space for Higher Education (ESHE). The analysis offers a qualitative perspective to go deeply into the development of generic competencies in the degree by putting in practice the different teaching approaches advocated by the ESHE in order to promote the acquisition of both specific and generic competencies and skills belonging to the degree. The research project include topics such us, incorporation of competency-based programs in an Electronic Engineering degree curriculum, development of teaching approaches and planning of activities, workload student measurements according to theoretical workload analyses, as well as a new method to assess the student achievement in competencies acquisition. The work also tries to gather student and lecturers opinions aimed at the improvement of competency acquisition processes in higher education.


Torres R.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | Monica,Prometeo Project Researcher SENESCYT | Monica,Salesian Polytechnic University | Clotet R.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | And 5 more authors.
1st IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering, ISSE 2015 - Proceedings | Year: 2015

This paper proposes a system, which is intended to capture the body movements and human posture in order to use this data to assist physicians in movement alteration diagnosis. The system consists in four phases: Acquisition of the corporal movement with the Kinect Sensor, Extraction of the particular characteristic for scene captured by Kinect Sensor, Skeletal recognition and Processing of the acquired data. The system generates graphics which may be used to detect posture alterations and other movement disorders. The use of the Kinect Sensor (which is a non-invasive sensor) brings the advantage of registering corporal movement or skeletal tracking but avoiding the errors from a direct body-sensor interface. © 2015 IEEE.


Palacios-Navarro G.,University of Zaragoza | Palacios-Navarro G.,University las Fuerzas Armadas | Palacios-Navarro G.,Prometeo Project Researcher SENESCYT | Albiol-Perez S.,University of Zaragoza | And 3 more authors.
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing | Year: 2015

This work brings together the emerging virtual reality techniques and the natural user interfaces to offer new possibilities in the field of rehabilitation. The tool has been developed based on a low cost device (Microsoft Kinect T) connected to a personal computer. It provides patients having Parkinson Disease (PD) with a motivating way to perform several motor rehabilitation exercises to improve their rehabilitation. Preliminary results obtained so far make us to believe that the tool is suitable for rehabilitation purposes. Feedbacks coming from participants corroborate the hypothesis that the system can be applied not only in clinical rehabilitation centers but at home. The tool should help rehabilitators to take a more individualized and personalized follow-up of PD patients. This results in a more enriching rehabilitation process where motivation is highly encouraged. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.


Palacios-Navarro G.,University of Zaragoza | Palacios-Navarro G.,University las Fuerzas Armadas | Palacios-Navarro G.,Prometeo Project Researcher SENESCYT | Albiol-Perez S.,University of Zaragoza | And 3 more authors.
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing | Year: 2015

The relation between Computer Science and Information System lies in the fact that when a specific technology and tools are needed to solve problems, Computer Scientists design the tools whereas Information Systems professionals then apply the tools to achieve the maximum benefit for their particular organizations or tasks. In this work we have studied how students’ participation in researching projects can help to develop their cross-cutting competencies. We show an example where technology is adapted to solve health problems. The experience introduced has to do with a software development process. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.


Clotet R.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | Clotet R.,University las Fuerzas Armadas | Hernandez E.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | Huerta M.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | And 3 more authors.
IFMBE Proceedings | Year: 2015

The Venezuelan Health System consists nowadays of a variety of loosely coupled organizations that share a common goal: the health of Venezuelans. These organizations use a variety of different health record formats, in most cases incompatible with each other. This situation makes it difficult to properly care for patients when they move from one health center to another. Such diversity complicates decision-making processes related to public health policies and research. In order to address this problem, we propose an electronic health record system centralized at the national level, where a copy of each patient’s medical history is kept. This would allow the health institutions to retain their own local health record systems within what we call an “ecosystem” of EHR databases. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.


Vasquez A.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | Huerta M.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | Huerta M.,University las Fuerzas Armadas | Huerta M.,Prometeo Project Researcher SENESCYT | And 5 more authors.
IFMBE Proceedings | Year: 2015

In healthcare, the incorrect identification of patients remains one of the most common problems with resultant incidents and adverse events commonplace. This paper presents the design of an intelligent system which will allow for the identification and monitoring of patients in health centers. The purpose of this system is to provide the correct information transfer, keep track of patients and allow health staff to control them. This will increase security and minimize accidents and mistakes made in health centers while also achieving better quality in healthcare. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.


Palacios-Navarro G.,University of Zaragoza | Palacios-Navarro G.,University las Fuerzas Armadas | Palacios-Navarro G.,Prometeo Project Researcher SENESCYT | Garcia-Magarino I.,University of Zaragoza | Ramos-Lorente P.,University of Zaragoza
Journal of Medical Systems | Year: 2015

This work brings together the emerging virtual reality techniques and the natural user interfaces to offer new possibilities in the field of rehabilitation. We have designed a rehabilitation game based on a low cost device (Microsoft KinectTM) connected to a personal computer. It provides patients having Parkinson’s Disease (PD) with a motivating way to perform several motor rehabilitation exercises to improve their rehabilitation. The experiment was tested on seven Parkinson’s Disease patients and results demonstrated significant improvements in completion time score and in the 10 Meters Walk Test score. Nevertheless, additional research is needed to determine if this type of training has a long-term impact. Both the device and protocol were well accepted by subjects, being safe and easy to use. We conclude that our work provides a simple and suitable tool resulting in a more enriching rehabilitation process where motivation is highly encouraged in PD patients. Feedback coming from participants corroborate the hypothesis that the system can be applied not only in clinical rehabilitation centers but at home. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


Huerta M.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | Huerta M.,Salesian Polytechnic University | Huerta M.,Prometeo Project Researcher SENESCYT | Gonzalez R.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | And 5 more authors.
2016 IEEE Colombian Conference on Communications and Computing, COLCOM 2016 - Conference Proceedings | Year: 2016

The versatility and low energy consumption of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), makes this technology a potential tool for the development of large-scale networks, where access to communication services and energy consumption present some limitation. Because of this, it becomes a potential solution for development of post-seismic alarm networks. The registration of the maximum acceleration peaks, that could be experiment by building structures after an earthquake, could be used to help to identify potentially affected areas after the occurrence of a seismic event. However, the number of message that could be generated in the network could affect the effective delivery of reported data. Because message congestion could become a critical factor that affect the successful delivery of data over the network. In this paper, is being shown a performance evaluation of a post-seismic assessment solution through different scenarios where load balancing Load-Aware On-Demand Routing (LAOR) and Flooding protocols were analyzed, as well as the use of a mechanism to desynchronize the send of messages in the network, based on the Backoff Algorithm of IEEE 802.15.4 Standard. An additional Backoff time called WT is also proposed for network desynchronization to achieve some improvement in the network QoS. The simulation results show that our proposal significantly improve performance on both protocols. The different scenarios that were evaluated considered the possibility of the collapse of some buildings after a strong or moderate magnitude event and the effect that this fact can introduce in the message traffic through the network in a seismic event conditions. © 2016 IEEE.


Bernreiter A.,Prometeo Project Researcher SENESCYT | Garcia Teijeiro R.,Prometeo Project Researcher SENESCYT | Garrido P.,Ecuadorian Agency for Quality Assurance in Agriculture | Ramos L.,Ecuadorian Agency for Quality Assurance in Agriculture
Australasian Plant Disease Notes | Year: 2016

Mycosphaerella and Teratosphaeria leaf spot diseases were detected for the first time in Ecuador. Fungi were isolated from leaf spots on Eucalyptus globulus plants growing in the Andean Highlands at altitudes higher than 2610 m. Teratosphaeria molleriana and Mycosphaerella lateralis were identified based on morphological characteristics and sequence analysis. Most leaf spots were associated with diverse isolates from the Cladosporium cladosporoides complex. © 2016, Australasian Plant Pathology Society Inc.

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