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Institute of Computational Intelligence

In recent decades, computational intelligence has changed academic and socioeconomic practices through the availability of new methods that have greatly contributed to the ability to understand and act on complex and challenging problems. The academic world saw the creation of new interdisciplinary programs and research fields at the intersection of computing and traditional departments. At the same time, industries have successfully adapted computational intelligence in an effort to modernize and optimize their practices.

In the Bolivian context, these two developments have occurred only marginally. Currently, neither academic programs nor industry are using the possibilities offered by computational intelligence. ICI's mission is to contribute to the long-term development of computational intelligence resources applied to the fundamental socio-economic and environmental challenges in Bolivia. Thus, the IIC seeks to create a dual impact: in the development of future experts in computational intelligence and in the ability to relate short stories methods to real-world interdisciplinary challenges.

Creation date

September 2018 - Resolución Rectoral No. UPB-RR-05/2018

Research areas

Scientific research, while satisfying curiosity, must first and foremost make a significant impact on society. In this understanding, three critical research areas have been identified that address the centrality and the links between urban organization, economic activity and environmental health. IIC A aims to contribute in these three areas with the development and application of computational intelligence.

1. Sustainable cities

Bolivia has an urban population of more than 70% of the total population with continuous migration from rural to urban areas. This development poses challenges for the sustainable organization of cities, the quality of life and the environment. However, for the purposes of the IIC, urban life offers two very interesting aspects. First, the increasing use of (mobile) electronics creates large amounts of data that can vary to better understand urban dynamics. And second, much of the infrastructure and urban systems can be understood as networks (transport, water, electricity, etc.). Together, this opens up the possibility of designing urban networks and optimizing public policies towards a more sustainable urban life.

2. Industry and Innovation

Innovative and competitive technologies are increasingly focused on the integration of smart systems. On the one hand, intelligence can improve the optimization of resources, processes and strategic decision making. On the other hand, intelligence can also lead to new services and products. However, the level of integration of smart systems in the Bolivian industry is very limited. But more damaging than the lack of smart systems is the general lack of clear, long-term innovation strategies that are shared and pursued by a variety of different academic, industrial and political actors. In this area of ​​research, therefore, a direct objective, in the short and medium term, of modernizing the local industry through the integration of computational intelligence was pursued. For long-term lasting development, develop innovation models developed in agents and evolutionary that can facilitate the development of shared innovation strategies.

3. Environmental resilience

Urban areas, as well as the main Bolivian industries, are excessively dependent on ecosystem services for the provision of resources, such as water, air, and soil. At the same time, these excessive resource needs present disturbances that address the long-term functioning and stability of ecosystems and, therefore, of our social and economic systems. The IIC's activities in environmental resilience focus on the conflict between disturbances to ecosystem services and possible solutions that reduce disturbances and / or increase the capacity of ecosystems to recover from temporary interruptions caused by social activity and economic To increase the impact of IIC projects.

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