October 23-24, 2020

Welcome to GKA TECHNO 2020 VIRTUAL, the 10th International Conference of Technology, Science and Society. The conference has become a discussion forum exploring those technologies which can influence the means of production and distribution of knowledge – especially information and communication technologies – and technologies social, understood as a factor of social integration from the ideals of an open society in which technology is used to meet human needs and to serve community interests. This year the highlighted theme is "Information systems and technologies for health and social welfare".

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The University of Santiago de Compostela (in Galician and officially University of Santiago de Compostela – USC) is a public university based in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (Spain), with two campuses located in Santiago de Compostela and Lugo. With more than 500 years and approximately 30,000 students, it is the university with the longest tradition in Galicia, and one of the oldest in the world. Its library, with 1,227,796 volumes, is the fifth largest university library in Spain. The University of Santiago de Compostela has more than 28 faculties and teaching centers, 75 departments and more than 2100 professors and researchers. It offers more than 50 bachelor and diploma degrees, and more than 110 master and doctoral programs. The USC is also part of the Erasmus Program, one of the largest cultural exchange projects, hosting more than 1,000 students from all continents each year in its facilities, allowing them to have the experience of living in a foreign country. In 2009, the USC has been recognized as a Campus of International Excellence by the Ministry of Education, a distinction that places it among the 9 best universities in the Spain.

Highlighted Theme

Information systems and technologies for health and social welfare

We want to bring together professionals, researchers and academics of Information Systems and Technologies of Health and Social Welfare to share their vision and discuss current challenges, developments, case studies, practical and integrated solutions, as well as new products, findings and approaches to take advantage of the use of Information Systems and Technologies in public or private social and health services. Academics, scientists and Information and Communication Technology professionals in health and social welfare, managers and solution providers around the world will have the opportunity to share experiences, present new ideas, discuss problems and introduce latest developments in the multidisciplinary field of health and social services. The conference is aimed at academics (teachers, researchers and postgraduate students), professionals and managers in health and social services, general medical and nursing staff, social workers, social educators, psychologists, engineers and researchers in the social and human sciences. Main goals of the conference:

  • Discuss the importance of Information and Communication
  • Systems for Health and Social Welfare and emerging technological developments.
  • Present cutting-edge solutions.
  • Present and discuss practical solutions.
  • Evaluate the opportunities, trends, risks, advantages and disadvantages of Information and Communication Technology for health and social welfare.
  • Discuss integrated solutions and technologies used for the health sector and for social services.
  • Address the challenges associated with the medical-socio-technological perspective.
  • Identify current motivations, problems and success factors in the adoption of Information and Communication Technology in public and private social and health systems.
  • Evaluate problems and management challenges.
  • Discuss future trends.

Scientific Directors

Prof. Yolanda García Vázquez, PhD - Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

Social Worker with a Master in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, a Master in Information Society and a Doctorate in Economic Integration and Regional Development. She studied at the University of Santiago de Compostela, the Open University of Catalonia, the Camilo José Cela University, the University Institute of Dynamic Psychology, the International School of Management in Dortmund, Germany, and the University of California- Berkeley and is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Communication Sciences of the University of Santiago de Compostela. She has participated in numerous competitive research projects at national and European, as well as in the transfer of results leading to the creation of technology-based companies. She is currently studying groups of vulnerable women implementing an automatic mobile communication system for the remote application of cognitive-behavioral therapies of social inclusion. She is also part of the Novos Medios Research Group of the University of Santiago de Compostela and has promoted a network of universities and companies interested in the study of mobile phones as instruments for social inclusion.

Prof. Carlos Ferrás Sexto, PhD. - Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

European Doctor and Extraordinary Doctoral Award in Geography and History from the University of Santiago de Compostela (1994). He is currently a professor of Human Geography; he is Vice-President of the Iberian Association of Information Systems and Technologies AISTI and was director of the Master in Information and Knowledge Society and coordinator of the Master in Planning and Management of Territorial Development at the University of Santiago de Compostela. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California-Berkeley, Keele University-United Kingdom and the ISM-International School of Management in Dortmund-Germany. His research focuses on the interaction of Spatial Analysis and Psychotherapy and the technology of communication with information systems. Previously, during the academic year 94-95 he was professor of Planning and Regional Development at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and between 1991 and 1994 he was a doctoral researcher at the Geography Department of the University College Cork-Ireland. He has been the principal investigator of 5 research projects funded by the Spanish National R + D + i Plan and/or European Union, focused on the analysis of the interaction of ICT with society and territory, within the framework of these projects, it has coordinated the transfer of results from the university to public and private institutions such as the Germán Sánchez Ruipérez Foundation, the University of Guadalajara-Mexico or the CEER Foundation, as well as the creation of spin-off companies.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Adrian Aguilera, Ph.D – University of California in Berkeley (USA)

Improving the health of vulnerable populations using mobile technology Adrian Aguilera, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco. He received his B.A, from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. Dr. Aguilera’s research is focused on developing and testing technology-based interventions to address health disparities in low-income and vulnerable populations. Dr. Aguilera’s current work has focused on utilizing mobile phone technology to improve mental health interventions in primary care settings. He has developed a text messaging platform to send health related text messages which has been used along with cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) and is currently adding machine learning to improve personalization of mobile phone based health interventions.

Prof. Sara Lumbreras, PhD – Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Spain)

Inteligencia artificial y Ciencia: Lo que la Pandemia nos ha Enseñado Prof. Sara Lumbreras holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering as is a professor at the ICAI School of Engineering (Comillas Pontifical University). She is an expert in the development and application of decision-making techniques in complex problems, particularly in the energy and financial sectors, having worked for five years in investment banking in London. She is a member of the Chair of Science, Technology and Religion at the same university, where she studies the social impact of technology. She is the author of more than thirty publications and has worked on more than a dozen projects with both private companies and public institutions. She has conducted research stays at prestigious institutions such as the Santa Fe Institute (USA), the New Mexico Consortium (USA) and the London Business School (United Kingdom). In addition, she is Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum and a Marshall Memorial Fellow.

Prof. Álvaro Rocha, PhD – Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)

Maturity Models for Management of Healthcare Information Systems Álvaro Rocha holds the title of Honorary Professor, and holds a D.Sc. in Information Science, Ph.D. in Information Systems and Technologies, M.Sc. in Information Management, and BCs in Computer Science. He is a Professor of Information Systems at the University of Lisbon - ISEG, researcher at the ADVANCE (the ISEG Centre for Advanced Research in Management), and a collaborator researcher at both LIACC (Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science) and CINTESIS (Center for Research in Health Technologies and Information Systems). He is also President of AISTI (the Iberian Association for Information Systems and Technologies), Chair of the IEEE Portugal Section Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society Chapter, and Editor-in-Chief of both JISEM (Journal of Information Systems Engineering & Management) and RISTI (Iberian Journal of Information Systems and Technologies). Moreover, he has served as Vice-Chair of Experts for the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, and as an Expert at the COST - intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, at the Government of Italy’s Ministry of Universities and Research, at the Government of Latvia’s Ministry of Finance, at the Government of Mexico's National Council of Science and Technology, and at the Government of Polish's National Science Centre.

Members of the Scientific Committee

  • Javier Echeverría, Ikerbasque, Spain.
  • Mónica Edwards, CEO of miValu, Spain.
  • Roberto Feltrero, Instituto Superior de Formación Docente Salomé Ureña, República Dominicana.
  • Jesús Miguel Flores, Universidad Complutense, Spain.
  • Silvia Lago, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Carmen Salgado, Universidad Complutense, Spain.
  • Mario Toboso, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain.
  • Luisa Veloso, ISCTE-IUL – Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, Portugal.
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Conference Includes

  • 6 Panels
  • 9 Rooms