INCAI – An incredible formative experience in Spain

The work on the project INCAI: Inclusive Artificial intelligence (2020-1-UK01-KA204-079191 ) continue!

From 26 to 29 April, we attended to the first training activity, hosted by AIJU (Instituto Tecnológico de Productos Infantiles y Ocio), aimed to identify a link between wireframe creation through the use of artificial intelligence. The focus was on more inclusive social environments, in particular targeting people with physical and mental disabilities.

The first day, held in Ibi (Alicante), focused on AIJU’s work in the children’s play sector, proposing increasingly innovative solutions to companies in order to achieve child-friendly toys. In addition to the research carried out to technologically improve the product itself, great attention is paid to the interaction established between the child and the toy. In order to unite the world of disability with play, the institute is investing in software solutions implemented in VR (Virtual Reality) to overcome physical barriers.

During the second day, the group was introduced to the beautiful reality of APADIS, an association whose aim is to integrate people with different degrees of mental disability in the social and work field, trying to help them achieve full personal independence. The centre provides daily recreational and educational activities, with a constant focus on the learning process of the subjects in acquiring a certain degree of manual skills necessary for small trades: the structure in fact includes various areas with different workshops (tailoring, carpentry, assembly of products etc.). This visit allowed the participants to witness and understand at first hand the main difficulties and needs of these people. INCAI projects aim also to find solution for inclusion through artificial intelligence, the challenges that this center has to deal with everyday is a good starting point for thinking at concrete solutions.

On the third day, the group moved to Valencia to discover the project reality of MatchUP: within the characteristic structure of Les Naves, a multicultural reference point for young people and companies where they can realize their creative ideas, MatchUP focuses on the figure of the citizen in making the city “smarter” and more inclusive. In order to observe progress in this area, the project has three pilot cities (Antalya, Dresden, Valencia), where great steps have already been taken by implementing eco-sustainable energy solutions starting with photovoltaic energy production and electric mobility.

Achieved a better overview of the context, during the last two days the group discovered a new way to create wireframes by just taking pictures of a drawn sketch. Uizard allows a different and faster approach to programming thanks to AI integration, providing professional results to those users who do not have any basic programming knowledge.

All the days of the training we had the opportunity to improve our knowledge and formation but also to enjoy the beautiful cities of Alicante, Valencia and Ibi, thanks to the nice hospitality of AIJU and the good relationship with all the partner of the project.