Alicante presents its AL21 Artificial Intelligence project at the Technology Forum

  • The conference was attended by researchers of international stature, such as Francis Mojica from the UA, Eduardo Fernández from the UMH or the expert in AI, Nuria Oliver, from the Ellis Foundation
  • The heads of cybersecurity of the Civil Guard and several companies from the technology parks of the UA and UMH have also participated.

Alicante, December 2, 2022. The Artificial Intelligence project, AL21, which the Alicante City Council has been developing since May to facilitate the relationship between administration and citizens and reduce the digital divide, has had a prominent place on the fourth and last day of the Alicante Technology Forum Congress. The event, which began on Tuesday and which combines congress, gaming and cinema made with smartphones, continues this afternoon and concludes tomorrow Saturday with a day aimed at families.

The company that works on the development of AL21, LynxView, from the Science Park of the University of Alicante, has been in charge of publicizing the benefits of this voice assistant that will be incorporated into the municipal website and cyber kiosks. “It will be up and running in April 2023” and “it will eliminate the complexity, tedium or waste of time that the online relationship between the City Council and citizens sometimes generates”, explained its CEO, David Bueno.

The procedures that have been prioritized are individual or collective registration certificates, the download of receipts in the voluntary period, the payment of taxes, direct debit, general instances, previous appointments online and for procedures in the Citizen Attention Office, or allegations and resources in traffic fines, among others.

This project arose from a process of public purchase of innovation in which the challenge was launched for companies to present solutions. “It simplifies the life of the citizen to the maximum because he can consult what he needs to AL21. With a prior identification, AL21 recognizes the person, asks what they want, and takes them to the procedure, helping to complete it”, David Bueno has detailed.

This voice assistant will also be integrated into the 16 cyberkiosks – 1 operating in the SAIC, which is in the Plaza de Toros during the event, and another 15 that will be installed shortly throughout the city – so the elderly or unfamiliar people With technology they will be able to receive voice instructions on the procedures to be carried out. The application may be addressed to the citizen in Spanish, Valencian and English and will complete the person’s data, as there is prior identification.

It is of great value to the citizen “by avoiding queues, delays and increasing the satisfaction rate”, in addition to being “more efficient, saving costs and providing a better service”, David Bueno has summarized.

Science and Technology

This fourth and last day of the Congress has featured researchers of international stature from the University of Alicante and the Miguel Hernández University of Elche, the expert in Artificial Intelligence and scientific director of the ELLIS Foundation, Nuria Oliver, or the heads of of cybersecurity of the Civil Guard. Other innovative business projects from the two Science Parks of the UA and the UMH have also been presented.

The first intervention of the morning was given by the Professor of Microbiology at the University of Alicante and who was a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Medicine, Francis M. Mojica, on “CRISPR Technology, an inexhaustible source of technological resources”. According to this researcher, gene editing is being applied in agriculture, improving the quality of crops for human and animal consumption, generating plants immune to climate change, in veterinary medicine to eliminate allergens from pets such as cats or to generate birds resistant to bird flu. among other. In humans “there are more than 70 ongoing clinical trials, some promising.”

In the conference “Hacking the brain”, the professor of Cellular Biology at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Eduardo Fernández, has reviewed experiments in which the brain is activated thanks to electrodes. Among them, he has shown how tremors are minimized in Parkinson’s or how an artificial vision system can be generated that collects the information that we have around us, processes it and sends it directly to the area of ​​the brain responsible for vision. “We believe that it may be viable because most blindness affects the retina, but the rest -including the brain- is intact”, he assured.

For her part, the expert in Artificial Intelligence, scientific director and co-founder of the ELLIS Foundation, Nuria Oliver, has focused on “Artificial Intelligence for Social Good”, which is the axis of the Alicante headquarters, one of the 35 ELLIS units distributed between Europe and Israel, and which places Alicante in the largest Artificial Intelligence research network that exists. There are three large areas in ELLIS Alicante, Oliver explained, “one of them is about the development of AI techniques that allow us to understand our individual or collective behavior and to have a positive social impact.”

The technology companies Amazon and Apple also participated in the conference to talk about their projects related to education. And a total of six companies from the UA and UMH science parks: Siesta Technologies, Bioferri Ink, and Newmanbrain, Cloud Levante, Lucentia Lab and the aforementioned LynsView, from the University of Alicante.

The day ended with the participation of the heads of Cybersecurity of the Civil Guard: Lieutenant Colonel, Arturo Espejo, the head of Analysis and Foresight, Enrique Ávila; and Colonel Luis Fernando Hernández, head of the Technical Area of ​​the Information Headquarters.

Innovative companies and projects

In the tent installed in the Plaza de Toros continues, with free access, a sample of companies and research projects. Five research groups and some 30 researchers from the UA have participated, and from the UMH the scientific and technological research institutes of Neurosciences, CIAGRO on agri-food and environmental technology, and the IDIBE on health, biomedicine or applied medicine have participated.

The stand remains this afternoon and tomorrow, Saturday morning, there will be MODIC, the Interactive Science Didactic Museum for families and children. Citizens who come to the Plaza de Toros can also enjoy a 360º recording or a virtual reality trip through the city.

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Alicante presents its AL21 Artificial Intelligence project at the Technology Forum