Omar Santiago Alvarado Cando

We should trust in the capabilities of Ecuadorian researchers. From each of our research centers we can perform science and solve problems in our society.

Omar Alvarado

Omar Santiago Alvarado Cando, Professor and Researcher of the School of Electronic Engineering of the University of Azuay.

Briefly, tell us about your research work, which area you work in, and what the results of your research have been.

My research is in the field of Applied Biomedical Engineering and focuses on the processing of biosignals and technologies to support disabilities, "assistive technology". We are currently developing communication technology so that people with cerebral palsy can express their needs and in the future be part of the national education system.

As the national research and education network of Ecuador, we are very interested in knowing how your participation in the Divulga Ciencia invite went.

The CEDIA staff visited my university where they showed all the services and benefits offered to the member entities, Divulga Ciencia is among these.

When presenting my proposal I had a lot of uncertainty due to the short time in which the papers had to be presented and the proximity of the conference that I had to attend, but the CEDIA staff were efficient. It took only a week after the adjudication for all the procedures to be ready to attend the event.

Tell us about your proposal presented in the Divulga Ciencia invite.

The design and validation of a multidisciplinary curriculum for microcontrollers was presented through microcontrolled systems for the acquisition of biosignals, actuator management, and hand prosthesis control.

Tell us about your experience as a speaker at the World Conference on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering (IUPESM 2018) in Prague - Czech Republic

The conference participation was very fruitful. Universities in India and Boston will take this new teaching methodology as a reference for future application within their curriculum.

Being an Ecuadorian researcher, how do you see the development of research in Ecuador?

Research in Ecuador is designed to meet the future needs of the country and society. We still have a long way to go but we are on the right track; demonstrating the capacity and talent of Ecuadorian researchers.

How do you see yourself in the next five years?

Developing and providing accessible technology to improve the quality of life of the most needy people in our country. Always focused on "Technology at the service of others" and trying to guarantee the right to communication that all people have regardless of their disability.

Before your participation, had you heard about CEDIA?

Yes, I had heard about CEDIA, especially regarding the CEPRA invite.

What do you think about the organizations that support the development of research and academia in Ecuador?

They are a fundamental pillar for the development of the country and thanks to their contribution, projects with greater scope can be carried out and provide solutions to the needs of Ecuador.

Finally, could you send a message for researchers to participate in Red CEDIA invites?

We should trust in the capabilities of Ecuadorian researchers. From each of our research centers we can generate science and solve problems in our society.

Finally, thanks CEDIA for supporting research in Ecuador.