Alejandro Rafael Garcia Ramirez

Universidade do Vale do Itajaí

Professor in Applied Computing at Universidade do Vale de Itajai, Brazil, and a member of the Mechanical and Computer Departments. He received his certificate of higher education in Electronic Engineering from Instituto Superior Politecnico José Antonio Echeverria, Havana, Cuba, in 1989. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil, in 2003. He has over 135 published papers in local and international peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences in the fields of robotics, technologies for education, embedded systems, and assistive technologies. From 2010, he had six research visits to Cuba, where he conducted and supervised an international cooperation project between Universidade da Havana and Universidade do Vale de Itajai. He is a member of the ad-hoc advisory committee of CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Level or Education Personnel) and CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) and serves in the scientific committee of several journals and scientific conferences. He is a CNPq fellowship from 2013. He has also received several awards among which Distinguished Scholars Award from the Instituto Superior Politecnico José Antonio Echeverria, in 1989 and the Entrepreneurship Incentive Program Award, from FAPESC (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa e Inovação do Estado de Santa Catarina), in 2012.

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Cities are the places where the greatest technological advances will take place in the near future, and important efforts are being directed towards autonomy and independence for each and every citizen. However, these efforts are rarely coordinated or integrated among governments, citizens, and private firms. In this book, assistive technology solutions are approached considering the smart cities scenario. The book discusses how assistive technologies can be adapted to this new reality. In fact, several challenges arise, stimulating the evolution of current technologies, relying on ubiquitous sensing, big data, and anytime/anywhere access and control. The book presents research under development, not necessarily with consolidated results. Even though the idea of smart cities is still not a recognized concept in most countries, its relevance and application are spreading rapidly.

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