Company started negotiations to export software made in CMM to Latin America

Company started negotiations to export software made in CMM to Latin America

The primary and high schools’ location is important for a more efficient educational system and a greater coverage. It also affects the quality given it determines the resources’ allocation in key issues. For instance, the number of students per class, the total of teachers, the classrooms a building will need, and other problems.

A software by Jorge Amaya, a researcher from Center for Mathematical Modeling at Universidad de Chile, seeks to support the management of the public schools’ system by using a new technology created at CMM.

And U-Planner, the company awarded Microsoft’s Partner of the year 2017 in education, will export it to different Latin-American countries. Now, their representatives are negotiating with Buenos Aires Government and authorities in Perú and Colombia.

Next months, we will know results about these conversations.

Juan Pablo Mena (U-Planner), Paula Uribe (CMM), Jorge Amaya (CMM), Tomás Saleg (Corfo)

“This is a decisional optimization model on school location. The software supports decisions by the Ministry of Education. It considers, in the first place, indicators affecting the quality. Some are the number of kids in a class, the distance between schools and students’ houses, the hours every subject must have, the optimal quantity of teachers, budget’s limit, and other factors,” explained the researcher who received Corfo’s support for the development stage and worked together with the Center for Advanced Research in Education (CIAE) . “We cross this information with social, economic, and demographic variables. We analyze the population, age, employment levels, the growth of neighborhoods, and commute times for structuring and modeling the State offer.”

Then, it is not the same to decide in an emerging neighborhood — with young couples and children — or in a merged one where families have teenagers, for example. While the first segment will need primary schools, the second group will demand high schools.

The software links this data with a geographic information system. It displays a map showing the educational institutions and their locations.

“You always have an updated image of places where competition is excessive or lacking. You can study new or future scenarios and forecast within ten or twenty years,” said the researcher.

Local education services of Barrancas (which groups Cerro Navia, Pudahuel, and Lo Prado communes) validated the method in 2017. Maipú and Pudahuel communes did it before.

U-Planner also designed the interface. The company will commercialize the informatics solution in the continent.

“Given the software creates value in the educational quality and coverage, it has a great potential for the Latin America market, both for ministries and regional secretaries of education,” said Juan Pablo Mena, U-Planner’s general manager.

The project will use Leftraru, the top one supercomputer in Chile, hosted at CMM.

Posted on May 15, 2018 in Frontpage, News