"The dissemination serves to eliminate the cliché of the scientist as a gentleman and not as a lady, dressed in a white coat, of a certain age, with glasses and messy hair". With these words, one of the directors of the Cuatroochenta Chair of Artificial Intelligence, Óscar Belmonte, collected last April 6 the first prize for scientific dissemination of the Universitat Jaume I (UJI) of Castelló. The award recognizes the work of the research group in machine learning for intelligent environments (GIANT), coordinated by Belmonte together with the other director of the Chair, Antonio Caballer.
During the award ceremony, Óscar Belmonte stressed the importance of bringing scientific knowledge to the public and breaking gender stereotypes to attract more talent to the field of scientific research and thus increase the benefit to society. In an emotional speech, the professor of the Department of Computer Languages and Systems of the University of Castellón dedicated the award to José Martínez Sotoca, a colleague who passed away recently, and to Carl Sagan, for his excellent dissemination work.
"If we manage to transmit to society, in a clear and simple way, what our work as scientists consists of, we will ensure that our work is given the value it deserves and that society supports us so that, whatever the historical and, above all, economic circumstances, scientific research can continue under the best possible conditions".
Óscar Belmonte, director of the Chair
In addition to Serena, they are working on other lines of research such as the digitalization of the frailty assessment process in elderly people through 3D technology cameras and the Senior Monitoring project, whose objective is to develop an indoor localization system that serves to monitor significant changes in different aspects related to the health of elderly people so that early intervention can be taken. The general purpose is to bring these scientific advances to the public in an accessible, non-intrusive and humane way, always taking into account the individual, both in the design and implementation of its different proposals.
The Vice-Rector for Research and Transfer, Jesús Lancis, was in charge of presenting the award for scientific dissemination. This distinction is included in the promotion plan of the university to recognize the work done to bring the science generated at the University closer to society. At the same gala, the prize for Educational Innovation and the prize for young research staff were awarded, as well as for the second consecutive year the extraordinary distinctions of the UJI for the year 2022.