The IVERES Project is awarded in the National Computer Engineering Awards | Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación (UAB)

April 18, 2024

The IVERES project “Identification, Verification and Response” was awarded in the “Public Project” category of the second edition of the National Computer Engineering Awards, held by the General Council of Professional Colleges of Computer Engineering of Spain (CCII).

The event, which was held at the headquarters of the Royal Academy of Engineering in Madrid, recognized the achievements of the field of computer engineering and its contribution to general society through awards to outstanding people, institutions and projects within the field. In this sense, the IVERES project stood out as a technical computer engineering project to combat fake news. This initiative uses various Artificial Intelligence techniques to monitor social networks such as TikTok, YouTube, X and Telegram, in addition to verifying audio content and image.

At the activity, the president of the CCII, Fernando Suárez, expressed that the winners “show the upward trajectory, the weight that computer engineering has gained in our society and the future perspectives. A modern society cannot be conceived without technological advances in all areas. We are in the best hands, so the future is promising and encouraging. I would like to make a call to talent, as it is applicable in all areas. The future of society lies in education and young people. We will see the third edition with very high-quality awards”.

In a time where digitalization and computer engineering are crucial for the progress of Spain, the CCII recognized and highlighted the contribution of the winners, who contribute considerably to socioeconomic development.

Santiago Tejedor, director of the Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), considers that the recognition “is an impulse to continue promoting applied research that, from interdisciplinary perspectives, and a pragmatic will, serves to solve problems and needs of our society”.

The UAB co-directs the IVERES project together with Radio y Televisión Española (RTVE) and they have an alliance with the public universities Carlos III de MadridPolitécnica de Cataluña y de Granada. It is anticipated that the project will significantly impact the fight against disinformation, not only in Spain, but even internationally. In addition to its contribution to mitigating this phenomenon, it is expected to generate greater awareness among citizens regarding the risks and effects of fake news in society.

The Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación is a consolidated group specialised in scientific research and dissemination that belongs to the Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences of the UAB. Recognised by AGAUR (Agència de Gesció d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca) of the Generalitat de Catalunya as a Consolidated Research Group based on its trajectory, projection and development, it develops projects and research in the field of convergence between communication and education. Since its creation, it has developed initiatives aimed at integrating, with awareness and freedom, communication technologies in the so-called global or knowledge society. Under the direction of Santiago Tejedor, the Gabinete organises different Master’s Degrees, such as the Master in Travel Journalism (in-person and online), the Master in Communication and Education, the Master in Environmental Communication and the Master in Political Communication Management and Electoral. The group has a very broad and varied collection of publications, in the form of scientific articles, books and book chapters, and other works that is constantly renewed. In addition, it has a laboratory for teaching innovation, transfer, and new formats, and projects are conceived and developed from a perspective based on creativity and multidisciplinary work. Every year, the Gabinete organises an academic expedition that travels the world with students from different universities and careers. This is the Tahina-Can Expedition, which was awarded the best educational project in Spain. In addition, it has the Tu Aventura portal, the InfoEDU educational platform, newsgames and the science project Reporter@s de la Ciencia.

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