CMM Director presents main lines of action and projects to Ecuadorian Technology Mission

CMM Director presents main lines of action and projects to Ecuadorian Technology Mission

Authorities and representatives of 16 Ecuadorian universities visited the FCFM with the purpose of strengthening international relations.

In order to exchange experiences and strengthen international cooperation in the field of scientific research, technology transfer and its relationship with industry, on March 19, the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Mathematics (FCFM) of the University of Chile organized a meeting between local institutions and an Ecuadorian delegation of 16 universities, composed of 25 authorities and academics, who visited Chile on a Technology Mission to the Metropolitan Region and Valparaiso.

After the presentations of the authorities of the Zenit Group, the Center for Biotechnology and Bioengineering (CeBiB), the Directorate of Innovation of the FCFM and Open Beauchef, the closing was in charge of Professor Héctor Ramírez Cabrera, director of the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM).

After specifying the financial and scientific links with the National Agency for Research and Development (ANID) of Chile and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) of France, the highest authority of the CMM explained that “since my direction, two years ago, three directorates were created that support the work of management and, in some way, give a more modern governance to the center and allow it to dedicate itself more strongly to the area of academia, international relations and transfer and innovation”.

Ramírez presented the six fundamental lines, the six applied lines and the critical infrastructure (Copernicus, ALeRCE and NLHPC). He also delved into academic support, assuring that “we have an impact on five master’s degree programs, two of which are at the University of Chile, one in Data Science and the other in Mathematical Engineering. We have four doctoral programs, all in applied mathematics, which we support with scholarships and we also finance seminars”.

On the occasion, the director of the CMM emphasized two relevant and current initiatives. “In healthcare, a problem we have within all public systems is the waiting list, which is further harmed if people who committed to go do not go (…) We have been working for several years with the public system on ways to predict that the person is going to go. So, what we do to reduce this is to identify appointments, make interventions, identify the probability for each specialty or for each patient, using mathematical modeling techniques and artificial intelligence algorithms, and then a ranking is made for the hospital,” he said.

In that line, he added that “in education we have several ways to attack, one is teacher professional development, another is to create learning tools that reach children and teacher training. This is the area of greatest impact of the CMM because of the subject matter. Here I highlight the Sumo Primero series of school books, which is an adaptation of Japanese texts that have already reached 93% of public and subsidized students”.

Finally, Professor Ramírez highlighted the work developed with academics from the National Polytechnic School of Quito (Ecuador) and assured that “there is an opportunity to continue promoting scientific projects, but also to evaluate whether some projects more associated with transfer can be replicated, adapted or worked on together”.

Ecuadorian Delegation in Chile

Between March 18 and 22, authorities and representatives of 16 Ecuadorian universities toured locations in the Metropolitan and Valparaíso regions, to learn about some national references in research, development, innovation and entrepreneurship (R+D+i+e), and thus strengthen scientific-industrial cooperation between the two countries. The visit was organized by Grupo Zenit and the Ecuadorian Corporation for the Development of Research and Academia (CEDIA).

The founder and CEO of Grupo Zenit, Fernando Venegas, explained that “collaboration is a key element in innovation processes, so building bridges with Ecuador and other Latin American countries is fundamental for us. A year ago we brought a delegation from Colombia and now we are doing the same with Ecuador. With this mission we seek to connect Ecuadorian academic institutions with the different actors of the local ecosystem so that they can establish relationships and develop joint initiatives”.

Center for Mathematical Modeling

The CMM is today the most active scientific research institution in mathematical modeling in Latin America. It is a center of excellence of the National Agency for Research and Development (ANID) of Chile, integrated by eight partner universities and located at the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Chile. It is also the International Research Laboratory (IRL) #2807 of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). Its mission is to create mathematics in response to problems in other sciences, industry and public policy. It seeks to develop science with the highest standards, excellence and rigor in areas such as data science, climate and biodiversity, education, resource management, mining and digital health.

By Alonso Farías Ponce, journalist at the Center for Mathematical Modeling.

Posted on Apr 9, 2024 in News