Prof. Enrique Sucar has been awarded the National Sciences Award

Our most sincere congratulations to our leader Prof. Luis Enrique Sucar Succar who has been awarded the hihgly prestigious National Sciences Award.

The Secretary of Public Education (SEP) has made known the awardees with Prof Sucar being awarded for its contribution to the field of innovation, technology and design. Prof. Sucar received the award from President Lic. Enrique Peña Nieto.Dr Sucar awarded the Premio Nacional de Ciencias This award is the highest recognition by the Mexican Gorvernment to a scientist. We are truly honoured to be part Prof. Sucar’s team.

Prof. Sucar uses Gesture Therapy’s AI as example of PGM at UbiHealth Summer School in Trento

Today, Prof. Sucar has given a keynote lecture at the UbiHealth Summer School in Trento (Italy). His lecture was about Probabilistic Graphical Models, and along an introduction to Probability theory, the students have seen some key examples of bayesian classifiers, bayesian networks and hidden Markov models. The artificial intelligence of Gesture Therapy was used as textbook example of a practical application of these probabilistic models. Students from China, Paraguay, Italy and Mexico heard about how GT coming-soon feature detects affective states.

New publications; 1 journal, 2 book chapters and 1 abstract

It seems a while since the last post. We haven’t been idle though! Recently, in a desk cleaning exercise, four new publications have been accepted; including 1 journal, 2 book chapters and 1 abstract. These are;

  • One journal paper in Journal of Hand Therapy dedicated to robotic training of hand in subacute stage.
  • One book chapter in the book Foundations of Biomedical Knowledge Representation; dedicated to the adaptive model of Gesture Therapy.
  • Another book chapter in the book Virtual Reality Enhanced Robotic Systems for Disability Rehabilitation; dedicated to the topic of adaptation and customization.
  • A new conference abstract has been accepted at 9th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation (WCNR 2016). Keep the pace, Patrick!

Gesture Therapy: Poster finalist at the Summer School on NeuroRehabilitation

We have presented Gesture Therapy at the Summer School on NeuroRehabilitation (SSNR 2015). Thus far the school is being very interesting with great talks by highly regarded Professors. It is a great opportunity for us to be here presenting our work.

We have been runner ups for the poster competition. A good recognition of our work.


SSNR 2015. Poster competition award ceremony during gala dinner.

Oral Presentation at ICVR was well received

Last Friday, 12th of June was our slot for presenting Salvador’s work regarding a game design framework. The talk was given by Dr. Felipe Orihuela-Espina on behalf. The topic was well received with some questions (in session) about how to integrative affective aspects, and several further questions (out of session) about extensions to the framework, adaptation procedures, feedback enhancement among others.

Two new students join the team

Two new MSc students, Arlem Aleida Castillo Ávila and Viviana del Rocío Hernández Castañon have join the team.

Arlem will bring her expertise about usability to reduce the subjective component during the usability evaluation of serious virtual environments. Her hypothesis is the cognitive load affects the evaluation of the usability. To demonstrate her hypotehsis she will use eye-tracking as a surrogate of the cognitive burden while both performing the task (using the system) and during the filling of the usability assessment questionnaire and yield possible correlates with the final usability score; thus identifying the subjective bias and proposing a possible model for correction of this subjective bias.

Viviana will work towards better understanding the process of transfer of knowledge. Her hypothesis is that the transfer of knowledge is modulated by the level of abstraction of the task presented. If she is correct; if the level of abstraction is low (task is highly specific/highly realistic), transference is large for that task but very quickly drops for more dissimilar tasks; whilst if if the level of abstraction is high (task is very generic), some trasfer of knowledge is sacrificed for the closer physical task, but this transfer is roughly maintained for distant tasks.

Welcome to the team, and the best of luck with your research to you both!

Three new publications; one journal!

Three new publications have been accepted or published.

The first one is a new journal paper at the Special issue on New Holistic Trends in Ambient Intelligence published in the International Journal of Computer Systems Science and Engineering. This is a JCR indexed journal. The works has been done in collaboration with our colleagues at UABC.

The other two are conference papers accepted at the Workshop on Adaptive Treatments and Therapies (WATTs 2015) at the 9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2015 to be held in Istambul, Turkey in May 2015.

All welcome!

Workshop on Adaptive Treatments and Therapies (WATT 2015)

We are organizing the Workshop on Adaptive Treatments and Therapies (WATT 2015) as a satellite event on the 9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare in Istanbul on May 2015. Feel free to explore the topics of interest and submit a paper. Deadline is approaching fast!. We have secured two world leading experts; Prof. Phillip Morrow (Ulster university, UK) and Jesse Hoey (University of Waterloo, Canada), as keynote speakers. It’s going to be an exciting workshop!

We have been awarded with the TECNOS 2014 award on biomedical technology

Prof. Sucar received the 2014 TECNOS award.
This Wednesday, Prof. Sucar as the leader of the group, collected in Monterrey city, the 2014 TECNOS award on the category of biomedical technology. The obtention of the TECNOS award is a great motivation and inspiration for the whole Gesture Therapy team.

The TECNOS award is an international award (Mexico, USA and Spain participate), which is granted by the Nuevo León state government. In 2014, the award has reached its 20th edition, and annually receives more than 150 candidate projects.

You may find out more information about the TECNOS award here.