Information Technology and Educational Processes

Information Technology (IT) is, undoubtedly, one of the main sources that propel our modern society by generating and organizing unseen amounts of data, supporting users to analyze and extract valuable information and patterns from it, and communicating it all over the world. Thanks to this, we have seen the rise of new economic models, the discovery or explanation of scientific phenomena, and have opened new insights into our understanding of the universe. IT is everywhere, supporting researchers in the analysis of some of the most intriguing puzzles, helping professionals to outperform themselves every day, making communication with people all over the world possible, or helping us to order our lunch and get it on time.

The Department of Information Technology and Educative Processes, at the Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology, was created in 2007. It holds a staff of 23 academicians, organized into six academic groups, each one devoted to the study and development of particular research areas.

Two dimensions define our Department. On the one hand, the IT areas developed in it, such as Cybernetics, Human-Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, Multimedia-based system development, Knowledge Management, Neural Networks, Software Engineering, Interactive Spaces, Educational Technologies, and Information Systems. On the other hand, there is a vocation towards real-life problems, in particular, educational, ecological and energy problems. In that sense, groups have developed methodologies that allow them to work with non-academic partners, and reach innovative solutions to complex and multidimensional problems.

In that sense, our goal is to push the boundaries of our academic fields, while developing and applying innovative technology that helps specific users, in specific contexts, to solve problems and reach their purposes.