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Service Learning Experiences in the Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering


Human-computer interaction

  • Coordinator: César Mauri Loba (cesar.mauri@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Mountaineering Association of Catalunya, Reus
  • Summary: This proposal comes from the 1st Social Projects Marketplace held at the Faculty of Economics and Business on 24 April 2014. During the course a group of four students will design a mobile application for via ferratas and evaluate its usability. A via ferratas is a climbing route that has a steel cable alongside it fixed to the rock and the project is the direct result of a specific need of its enthusiasts. Sometimes people get jammed in the middle of a route and do not know how to find the quickest way out. To solve this problem, we will create a mobile application that can locate the start point of the ferrata (via geolocation) and download all the information sections (Tibetan bridges, crashes, rappels, etc.), either in advance to encourage responsible sport or, once on the ferrata, to see where you are and what alternatives are available. It is important to note that within the via ferrata there is usually no phone coverage, but there is always coverage via GPS geolocation.

Final project - Low-cost biosensors for persons with cerebral palsy

  • Coordinator: César Mauri Loba (cesar.mauri@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Provincial Cerebral Palsy Association (APPC)
  • Summary: This project stems from the 2nd edition of the initiative entitled the Social Projects Marketplace, which was held on the URV's Sescelades Campus in Tarragona. The aim is to explore and develop the interactive, leisure and/or recreational possibilities offered by low-cost biosensors for people with cerebral palsy. Part of the project will be to develop an interactive game for people with cerebral palsy at the APPC in Tarragona. Interaction will be via electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors in a NeuroSky headband. 

Final Project - Application for mobile devices to care for children with autism who are lost

  • Coordinator: Maria Ferré Bergadà (maria.ferre@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Associació Astafanias, Asociación Internacional de Policías Tarragona (IPA)
  • Summary: Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), although it affects differently, gives rise to communication difficulties. This means that, especially in the case of children and in situations where emergency services are involved, circumstances arise that hinder the performance of different bodies. This Service Learning experience is based on supporting the design of an information system that reinforces the protocol of action of emergency services and security forces when children with autism are involved. Two students, from the Degree in Computer Engineering and the Degree in Telematics Engineering, have designed a web application and a mobile app that facilitates the interaction between these services, the children and their environment, family and tutors.