Pablo Vicente Torres-Carrion

Pablo Vicente Torres-Carrion
Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja | UTPL · Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación

Ph.D. in Computer Engineering (ULL-Spain), Ph.D. in Communication and Education in Digital Environments (UNED-Spain).
Research and Graduate Director at Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL-Ecuador)

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Introduction
I am currently working on two complementary research areas: a) Affective User Experience (UAX) as a subarea of Human Computer Interaction (HCI); b) machine learning techniques to improve interaction, focused primarily on people with disabilities. We investigate the interaction of people with Down Syndrome, their abilities, emotions, and interaction requirements, to establish patterns and models that facilitate their learning, achieving novel results with gestural interactions and gamification.
Additional affiliations
February 2021 - present
Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja
Position
  • Coordinador General de Investigación
October 2019 - present
Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja
Position
  • Docente Titular Agregado 1
April 2014 - September 2019
Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja
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  • Docente Agregado 1 - no Titular
Education
March 2014 - September 2017
Universidad de La Laguna
Field of study
  • Informática
September 2013 - July 2017
National Distance Education University
Field of study
  • Comunicación y Educación
February 2010 - September 2011
National Distance Education University
Field of study
  • Educational Technology

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Publications (89)
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) have become a trend in online education, however, most of them do not meet users’ expectations and satisfaction. The objective of this research is to evaluate the overall UX of two MOOC platforms: Coursera and OpenCampus, from a technological point of view. A case study is conducted using the experimental method t...
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Technology and gamification strategies have influenced and modified the teaching-learning methods through various educational tools that allow motivating, arousing interest and complementing the training of students, however, it is essential to analyze the use of these as new assessment tools to obtain formative results. Therefore, the proposed obj...
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Presentación en el marco del programa Campus América de la ULL, Fundación Carolina.
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Background The Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) is the most well-known self-report measure to screen for depressive symptomatology, although discerning which is the factor structure that represents the best fit remains a challenge.Objective The aim of this study was to analyze the psychometric properties and factorial structure of the Spanish...
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Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs) have become one of the most popular trends in global education, however, most of them do not meet users’ expectations and satisfaction. The objective is to identify existing publications regarding User Experience (UX) evaluation in MOOC platforms in order to discover trends and identify different evaluation approa...
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User Experience (UX) from the simplest perspective is defined in how people feel when using a product or service, which is fundamental to the success or failure of any product in the market. On the other hand, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have become one of the most popular trends in the field of education, reaching great popularity among se...
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People with Down syndrome present cognitive difficulties that affect their reading skills. In this study, we present results about using gestural interaction with the Kinect sensor to improve the reading skills of students with Down syndrome. We found improvements in the visual association, visual comprehension, sequential memory, and visual integr...
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The use of the different tools and resources available on the web has the potential to affect the level of plagiarism at all educational levels. This article approaches the relationship between the use of Internet resources and the levels of plagiarism among high school students in Ecuador. Quantitatively, 16,546 surveys of high school students wer...
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Investigación y vinculación, �pilares de la Educación Inclusiva.
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The goal of the following research is to know the User experience during the interaction into a scope of Conversational Artificial Intelligence, having “Max” the virtual assistant from Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL) as the evaluation interface. The assessment is done through virtual form with the presence of 45 members from the unive...
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Emotional intelligence is a transversal axis in the integral development of the person. As a variable, in the interaction environment, research is carried out in various fields of science, reaching great advances with the contribution of artificial intelligence. The EMODIANA has been designed as a subjective emotion research tool, with an extension...
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Emotions are psychophysiological expressions that are shown before a stimulus or situation, and their research in user experience environments has been growing exponentially. EMODIANA is an instrument for subjective measurement of emotions and their intensity, validated in experimental environments for academic and physical and motor rehabilitation...
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El libro es una obra colectiva creada por un equipo de profesionales, quienes cuidaron el nivel y pertinencia de los contenidos, lineamientos y estructuras. Se desarrollaron seis capítulos que abarcan de forma integral las necesidades educativas básicas para plantear una propuesta de educación auténtica, en tiempos de pandemia. Cap. 1. Ser maestro...
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Educar durante la pandemia del COVID-19 ha constituido un reto para todos los sistemas educativos a nivel global. La comunidad académica se ha visto en la necesidad de una migración rápida hacia las plataformas virtuales, que permitan a docentes y estudiantes interactuar desde casa, dando continuidad al proceso educativo presencial, limitado por el...
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Emotional intelligence is a transversal axis in the integral development of the person. As a variable, in the interaction environment, research is carried out in various fields of science, reaching great advances with the contribution of artificial intelligence. The EMODIANA has been designed as a subjective emo-tion research tool, with an extensio...
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El presente estudio tiene por objetivo identificar los impactos del COVID–19 en el contexto educativo ecuatoriano y presentar recomendaciones para la labor docente. A partir del marco epistemológico de la teoría crítica de la sociedad y bajo una mirada dialéctica, se presentan algunas categorías interpretativas, reflexiones y propuestas para una ed...
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Teaching is considered an emotional practice, in which emotions play a vital role in the cognitive and efficient learning processes. In this sense, the principal aim of this work is to present an artificial and psychological vision to analyze the facial expressions in higher education students. The proposed methodology is based on an emotional stud...
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This volume constitutes the refereed proceedings of the Second International Conference on Applied Technologies, ICAT 2020, held in Quito, Ecuador, in December 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the conference was held online. The 53 papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 145 submissions. The papers are organized according to the follow...
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Emotions are psychophysiological expressions that are shown before a stimulus or situation, and their research in user experience environments has been growing exponentially. EMODIANA is an instrument for subjective measurement of emotions and their intensity, validated in experimental environments for academic and physical and motor rehabilitation...
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The goal of the following research is to know the User experience during the interaction into a scope of Conversational Artificial Intelligence, having "Max" the virtual assistant from Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL) as the evaluation interface. The assessment is done through virtual form with the presence of 45 members from the unive...
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In this research, the usability of a Conversational Artificial Intelligence environment is evaluated from the metrics of effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction , taking as a case of the virtual assistant "Max" of the Private Technical University of Loja (UTPL). The evaluation is carried out virtually, with the participation of 45 members of the...
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Techniques for evaluating usability continue to be innovated. This document shares the application of a heuristic-based framework for measuring web usability - SIRIUS, complemented by two machine learning techniques for clustering: a) Hierarchical, with the Ward.2 method and Euclidean; and b) Kmeans clustering. For data processing, CRISP-DM has bee...
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Resumen: El consumo de alcohol es uno de los problemas que afectan a la población universitaria, en particular en su proceso de aprendizaje y su salud mental. Estudios previos realizados por la OMS y varios científicos a nivel global relacionan el consumo de alcohol con el estrés percibido. Las técnicas de aprendizaje automático se están aplicando...
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Alcohol consumption is one of the problems that affect the university population, particularly in their learning process and mental health. Previous studies carried out by the WHO and several scientists worldwide, link alcohol consumption with perceived stress. Machine learning techniques are being applied to various areas of science to establish a...
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Tobacco addiction is a social health problem, reaching 30% of the adult population worldwide. For health organizations, it is essential to have tools that allow them to apply care and prevention policies. A pilot study is proposed to discover patterns of characteristics on tobacco and alcohol poli-consumers in university students. Thus, the informa...
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Teaching is considered an emotional practice, in which emotions play a vital role in the cognitive and efficient learning processes. In this sense, the principal aim of this work is to present an artificial and psychological vision to analyze the facial expressions in higher education students. The proposed methodology is based on an emotional stud...
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Se analizan herramientas tecnológicas, que faciliten la interacción entre profesor y estudiante, y la gestión de actividades de aprendizaje, que el profesor en su tarea docente planifica de forma continua. Como eje transversal, con enfoque en la metodología de micro-currículo, las herramientas y recursos se expondrán desde el método ELI (Enseñanza...
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Corruption according to the UN is present in various forms and types, affecting the realization of public and private contracts; in this context, a systematic mapping of scientific publications (2015-2019) is development, focused on contract corruption in its several forms, applying data mining and related techniques. Six research questions are pre...
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The consumption of alcohol, drugs and substances constitutes one of the most serious public health problems worldwide, in particular due to the social consequences related to violence, abandonment of studies, family disintegration and the great problem of drug trafficking that is strengthened at the increase con-sumption. In addition, Artificial In...
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The consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is considered a public health problem, being one of the main causes of academic failure of university students. The objective of this research was to identify psychosocial characteristics in clusters of alcohol, tobacco and other drug consumers. A sample of 3741 college students from Ecuador who c...
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The consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are a health and social problems worldwide. According to several studies, abstemious people are a minority population among university students. The objective of this research is to identify clusters of abstemious students and their psycho-socials patterns. Based on information obtained through fi...
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The methods and techniques of detection of the human face and facial recognition have presented a great impulse in recent years, thanks to the advance in areas such as artificial vision and machine learning. Although deep neural network techniques are in vogue, traditional techniques allow you to create applications that do not consume many resourc...
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The consumption of alcohol, drugs and substances constitutes one of the most serious public health problems worldwide, in particular due to the social consequences related to violence, abandonment of studies, family disintegration and the great problem of drug trafficking that is strengthened at the increase consumption. In addition, Artificial Int...
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This paper presents a model to classify ambient sounds in an automatic and real-time way using the sound dataset provided in the Kaggle free sounds competition. For this, two data preprocessing techniques are performed, the first, length normalization that unifies the audio inputs to a single time interval and the second, property normalization tha...
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This first volume of the three-volume set (CCIS 1193, CCIS 1194, and CCIS 1195) constitutes the refereed proceedings of the First International Conference on Applied Technologies, ICAT 2019, held in Quito, Ecuador, in December 2019. The 124 full papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 328 submissions. The papers are organized according t...
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This thirs volume of the three-volume set (CCIS 1193, 1194, 1195) constitutes the refereed proceedings of the First International Conference on Applied Technologies, ICAT 2019, held in Quito, Ecuador, in December 2019. The 124 full papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 328 submissions. The papers are organized according to the followin...
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This second volume of the three-volume set (CCIS 1193, CCIS 1194, and CCIS 1195) constitutes the refereed proceedings of the First International Conference on Applied Technologies, ICAT 2019, held in Quito, Ecuador, in December 2019. The 124 full papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 328 submissions. The papers are organized according...
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Transparency International estimates that the costs of corruption in public procurement reach between 20 and 25% of the contract value, sometimes reaching 40–50%. In this study, we analyzed differentness kinds of corruption like (bribery, collusion embezzlement, misappropriation, fraud, abuse of discretion, favoritism, nepotism), and six types of A...
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The psychology of learning and the neurosciences sustain an ongoing effort in the study of memory in order to facilitate teaching-learning processes. Special attention goes to Working Memory (WM), the conscious, short-term system where learning originates. Persons with cognitive deficiency, for example with Down Syndrome, present limiting condition...
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The Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja through its academic vice-rectorate, as an incentive for the improvement of the teaching activities, has raised the figure of good teaching practice, in which one or several professors plan innovative strategies Adaptable to their classrooms. In addition, the UN approved Agenda 2030 on sustainable developm...
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Techniques for evaluating usability continue to be innovated. This document shares the application of a heuristic-based framework for measuring web usability - SIRIUS, complemented by two machine learning techniques for clustering: a) Hierarchical, with the Ward.2 method and Euclidean; and b) K-means clustering. For data processing, CRISP-DM has be...
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Every day around 3500 people die on the roads and tens of millions suffer injuries or disabilities each year; vehicle manufacturers spend millions of dollars annually on research for the prevention of traffic accidents in development of Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS). To solve this problem, the development of a model based on decision t...
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We propose a systematic review of literature that considers the User Affective Experience (UAX) in environments with Artificial Intelligence (AI), Biometric Sensors and/or accessible Digital Resources, making a singular focus on adaptations for students with Down Syndrome. The Torres-Carrión method is applied, raising five research questions: a) UX...
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Down syndrome causes a reduction in cognitive abilities, with visual-motor skills being particularly affected. In this work, we have focused on this skill in order to stimulate better learning. The proposal relies on stimulating the cognitive visual-motor skills of individuals with Down Syndrome (DS) using exercises with a gestural interaction plat...
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The Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja through its academic vice-rectorate, as an incentive for the improvement of the teaching activities, has raised the figure of good teaching practice, in which one or several professors plan innovative strategies Adaptable to their classrooms. In addition, the UN approved Agenda 2030 on sustainable developm...
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Down syndrome causes a reduction in cognitive abilities, with visual-motor skills being particularly affected. In this work, we have focused on this skill in order to stimulate better learning. The proposal relies on stimulating the cognitive visual-motor skills of individuals with Down Syndrome (DS) using exercises with a gestural interaction plat...
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The psychology of learning and the neurosciences sustain an ongoing effort in the study of memory in order to facilitate teaching-learning processes. Special attention goes to Working Memory (WM), the conscious, short-term system where learning originates. Persons with cognitive deficiency, for example with Down Syndrome, present limiting condition...
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People with Down syndrome present cognitive difficulties that affect their reading skills. In this study we present results about the use of gestural interaction with Kinect sensor to improve the reading skills of students with Down syndrome. Following a case of study method for small samples with disabilities, measuring different variables related...
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One of the principal problems of rehabilitation is that therapy sessions can be boring due to the repetition of exercises. Serious games, and in particular exergames in rehabilitation can motivate, engage and increase the adherence of patients to their treatment. Also, the automatic personalization of exercises to each patient can help therapists....
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DevOps se ha convertido en un fenómeno muy discutido dentro de la ingeniería de software durante los últimos años. DevOps aborda el desafío de lo que a menudo se describe como una brecha entre el personal de desarrollo y de operaciones. Este trabajo de investigación tiene como objetivo conocer cuáles son las practicas, herramientas, beneficios y de...
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DevOps se ha convertido en un fenómeno muy discutido dentro de la ingeniería de software durante los últimos años. DevOps aborda el desafío de lo que a menudo se describe como una brecha entre el personal de desarrollo y de operaciones. Este trabajo de investigación tiene como objetivo conocer cuáles son las practicas, herramientas, beneficios y de...
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DevOps se ha convertido en un fenómeno muy discutido dentro de la ingeniería de software durante los últimos años. DevOps aborda el desafío de lo que a menudo se describe como una brecha entre el personal de desarrollo y de operaciones. Este trabajo de investigación tiene como objetivo conocer cuáles son las practicas, herramientas, beneficios y de...
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The present systematic review of literature has as context the User Affective Experience (UAX) in environments with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and accessible digital resources, making a singular focus on adaptations for students with Down Syndrome. The Torres-Carrion method is applied to establish the basic research constructs from the “mentefact...
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The present systematic literature review has as context the User Affective Experience (UAX) in environments with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and biometric sensors. The Torres-Carrión method is applied to establish the basic research constructs using the "mentefacto conceptual", build the search semantic structure, detail the problem from research...
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Usability as an area of knowledge of Computer Science closest to the user, has seen enhance their interest and development in recent times, due to the diversity of devices and forms of interaction. At the same time, educational institutions, aware of the potential existing in new technologies, and the disruption caused, invest their resources in th...
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Gestural interfaces are closely related with cognition and physical activity, and can be powerful tools for cognitive training and motor skills. Their use has been proposed by researchers in various areas, including education, and within this field, inclusive education. In this study, a systematic literature review about children computer gestural...
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Gestural interfaces are closely related with cognition and physical activity, and can be powerful tools for cognitive training and motor skills. Their use has been proposed by researchers in various areas, including education, and within this field, inclusive education. In this study, a systematic literature review about chil-dren computer gestural...
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La presente investigación pretende identificar grupos con tendencias al consumo del tabaco, mediante la aplicación del paradigma de sistemas emergentes, modelo de agregación. Basándose en características poblacionales como el comportamiento social, salud, física, entre otras; permitiendo a través de la auto-configuración de los grupos su creación,...
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A systematic review of the scientific literature in a specific area is important for identifying research questions, as well as for justifying future research in said area. This process is complex for beginners in scientific research, especially if you have not developed skills for searching and filtering information, and do not know which high-lev...
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Las preferencias vocacionales para el ingreso a la Universidad, permiten al estudiante identificar los ámbitos profesionales para los cuales tiene aptitud, basado en sus capacidades actuales y su interés. Los cambios que ha experimentado el concepto de Orientación son consecuencia de la evolución de los factores históricos y sociales. En sus orígen...
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Bodies of Knowledge (BOK) contain the most relevant knowledge for a discipline. BOK must embody the consensus reached by the community for which a specific BOK will be applied. This consensus is a prerequisite for the adoption of the BOK by the community. In this context, at the level of higher education, especially in the field of software enginee...
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Dyscalculia is a specific learning disorder, reflected in an arithmetic capacity below the expected on individuals of similar chronological age, IQ and schooling. In order to improve these abilities, several studies agree that didactic strategies with play activities help to improve the difficulties of learning to count, to do basic mathematical ca...
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The present research proposes a method for the construction of a corpus for the early detection of Alzheimer’s, by identifying basic patterns of emotions on video, from the collection of patient information in the form of videos, analysis and identification of emotions based on facial expressions and finally validation by two statistical measures:...
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Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is the emerging area of Computer Science closest to the user, and defines the characteristics of the design, evaluation and implementation of interactive systems centered on people. On the other hand, Down Syndrome (DS) is a genetic disorder that is estimated to occur in one of every 660 live births, and causes biol...
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Down Syndrome causes a reduction in cognitive abilities in the person, being the viso-motor one of the most sensitive, and from which better learning has been achieved. The general research of this report focuses on this skill, and from it has been able to stimulate better learning. The proposal is based on the visual-spatial stimulation of childre...
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Los instrumentos de evaluación emocional subjetiva de auto-reporte no son adecuados para las personas con síndrome de Down. Asimismo, normalmente los instrumentos de medición emocional subjetiva se utilizan en dos momentos, antes y/o después una sesión, clase o juego. En el caso de una clase en donde se utiliza videojuegos las emociones varían dura...
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La computación afectiva permite la sensibilización de la interacción humano computador, validando el estado emocional del usuario. Los niños en el ambiente escolar tienden a cambiar muy fácilmente su estado emocional por factores externos o propios de la sensibilidad de su edad. Se propone UAX como enfoque general para conocer el estado emocional d...
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The techniques to know the visual attentions in screens by the user are used with great efficiency in the field of design to make more efficient its objective. In the educational field are few efforts made, being one of the challenges of engineering and Sciences of education to improve learning outcomes. This study aims is to know the usability of...
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The aim of this research is to improve phonological awareness in children with dyslexia by using a computer game designed specifically for this study and applying it as a didactic resource in a formal-inclusive educational environment. We used a quasi-experimental scientific method with a sample of 12 children, aged between 6 to 12 years, divided i...
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The aim of this research is to improve phonological awareness in children with dyslexia by using a computer game designed specifically for this study and applying it as a didactic resource in a formal-inclusive educational environment. We used a quasi-experimental scientific method with a sample of 12 children, aged between 6 to 12 years, divided i...
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This research focuses on the study of algorithms and technologies for the customization and adaptation of teaching resources taking the emotional state and the interaction skills of children with Down syndrome. The validation process has been carried out during two years in an educational center specialized in Down syndrome. The intervention plan i...
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Emotion analysis is a key variable in textual analysis, namely that which focuses on detecting, separating or extracting information related to human attitudes and feelings-such as opinions or value judgments. This research paper aims to identify through a combination of techniques the human feelings and emotions of university students when selecti...
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From a technical perspective, the future of learning is defined by four axes around which technological and methodological efforts revolve. These axes are mobility, interaction, artificial intelligence and technology-based resources such as augmented reality and games applied to learning. Combining them means creating a model of mobile, interactive...
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Sentiment analysis has allowed a degree of machines "intelligent" interaction, although its development is still at an early stage. This document presents the progress of the research project in this line, with a particular focus on children with Down Syndrome (DS). Their singularities are considered through personalized learning resources, and int...
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The study of human emotions has been significantly important in recent years, mainly due to its incidence in human behavior. Additionally, having semantic tools that infer emotions from multisensory sources is a crucial aspect, especially because the feelings or actions of a person might be identified through these semantic tools. In the present re...