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

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

  • Coordination: César Mauri Loba (cesar.mauri(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat)
  • Organisation: Associació Excursionista de Catalunya de Reus (Hiking Association of Catalonia in Reus)
  • Summary: This proposal is from the 1st Social Projects Marketplace and addresses a specific need of the association regarding via ferrata (iron path) climbing. A via ferrata is similar to other types of climbing, but it uses steps and a wire rope. Sometimes, via ferrata climbers get stuck halfway through a climb and cannot find the quickest way out without hurting themselves. To solve this problem, four students designed and evaluated an application for the latest generation of mobile devices that can locate the exact starting point of a via ferrata through geolocation and download all the information about each one of its sections (steps, suspension bridges, overhangs, abseiling, etc.). The application uses GPS coverage for geolocation because it is always available, while phone coverage is not usually found within a via ferrata. This application could be used to encourage responsibility before the climb or to find out where a person is and what alternatives are available once they have started their climb.

Bachelor's thesis: Design of a video game accessible to people with cerebral palsy

  • Coordination: César Mauri Loba (cesar.mauri(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat)
  • Organisation: Associació Provincial de Paràlisi Cerebral (APPC) (Provincial Association of Cerebral Palsy)
  • Summary: This project is from the 2nd Social Projects Marketplace. The objective was to explore and put into practice the interactive, leisure, and/or recreational possibilities offered by low-cost biosensors to people with cerebral palsy. As part of this 2015-2016 academic year project, students developed a video game in which participants engage in interaction through electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors such as those available with the NeuroSky headband. This project was developed for people with cerebral palsy in the Muntanyeta, the Tarragona APPC.

Bachelor's thesis: Mobile application for the care of children with autism who are lost

  • Coordination: Maria Ferré Bergadà (maria.ferre(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat)
  • Organisation: Associació Astafanias, Asociación Internacional de Policías Tarragona (IPA) (Astafanias Association, International Association of Police - Tarragona)
  • Summary: During the 2016-2017 academic year, one student from the Degree in Computer Engineering and one from the Degree in Telematics Engineering took part in this service learning experience. Also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), autism manifests in different forms and creates communication challenges. These challenges prevent emergency services from taking action in situations involving children with ASD. Students participating in this experience assisted in the design of an information system that reinforces the procedures of emergency services and law enforcement agencies when autistic children are involved. They designed a web application and a mobile app that facilitate the interaction between these services, the children and family members.

Bachelor's thesis: Valorisation of waste reduction in an association that reuses second-hand objects and development of software

  • Coordination: Pere Millán Marco (pere.millan(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat)
  • Organisation: Associació La Segona Volta (La Segona Volta Association)
  • Summary: This project is from the 4th Social Projects Marketplace and involved developing software for an association that reuses second-hand objects. During the 2017-2018 academic year, a student analysed the needs of the association and studied how to improve its performance by developing a computer infrastructure. The student designed software that helps reduce the amount of waste given to the association and improves how the stock is managed. The software also automates the control of the inventory, so much less time is wasted than with the previous manual system.

Bachelor's thesis: Self-service software application for volunteering in the city of Tortosa

  • Coordination: Pere Millán Marco (pere.millan(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat)
  • Organisation: Ajuntament de Tortosa (Tortosa City Council)
  • Summary: Development of a self-service software application for volunteering in the city of Tortosa. Tortosa has a wide network of non-profit social organisations with close relationships with each other. The organisations need community participation in order to strengthen citizen co-responsibility and the social impact they have. To address this need, we proposed designing an interactive mobile application that connects social organisations in Tortosa with people interested in volunteering activities. The application includes a search engine that can search by organisation, type of project available, time required and social group to which the activities are addressed. Through the application, volunteers can also download their personal calendar with data from the search.

Bachelor's thesis: Design of a tool for the internal organisation of an animal welfare volunteer association

  • Coordination: Pere Millán Marco (pere.millan(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat)
  • Organisation: La Caseta dels Gats (The Caseta dels Gats Cat Kennel)
  • Summary: La Caseta dels Gats is an association mainly made up of volunteers (between 30 and 40 people, including organisers, regular volunteers and occasional volunteers). All their internal organisation works through instant messaging applications and their main challenges are centralising information, reporting alerts for emergencies with animals, doing maintenance shifts, communicating cases of infectious disease and hygiene procedures, etc. In addition, they have a very varied profile of volunteers (young people, elderly people), so not everyone is used to the dynamics of messaging groups. The project aimed to design a tool for the internal organisation the association that understands the specific functions of the entity, with centralised information and volunteer profiles.

Bachelor's thesis: Digitalisation of a guide on mental health resources and services

  • Coordination: Pere Millán Marco (pere.millan(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat)
  • Organisation: Associació Ment i Salut - La Muralla (La Muralla Mind and Health Association)
  • Summary: Digitalisation of a guide on public and private mental health resources and services throughout the Camp de Tarragona. This project was developed by two different students, during academic years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.

Bachelor's thesis: Creation of a corporate blog for a consumer support association

  • Coordination: Carlos Barberà Escoí (carlos.barbara(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat)
  • Organisation: Associació Intercomarcal de Consumidors i Usuaris de Catalunya (AICUC) (Inter-County Association of Consumers and Users of Catalonia)
  • Summary: This project is from the 6th Social Projects Marketplace. During the academic year 2019-2020, a student identified the various needs of the association and used new software to design a clear and useful web structure which was accessible to the public, gave visibility to the tasks of the association and allowed the association to share information and receive suggestions from the general public. The student also worked on the differences between a traditional website and the website created with the new software in terms of its operation, maintenance and costs.

Bachelor's thesis: Design to digitise the Cooppel board game

  • Coordination: Hebert Pérez Rosés (bert.perez(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat)
  • Organisation: Causa Cooppel per la Pau (Cooppel Cause for Peace)
  • Summary: Cooppel is an innovative learning system based on cooperation and research. In the academic year 2021-2022, this project set out to create a platform that enables students to achieve their learning objectives by interacting among themselves and with lecturers. The student developed an education and study application that can be used to create and share content from any field of knowledge in various formats including image, text, sound and video.

Final Degree Project - Design of software to work on cognitive stimulation with Alzheimer's sufferers

  • Coordination: Pere Millán Marco (pere.millan(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Familiares de Alzheimer de las Terres de l'Ebre Association.
  • Summary: At AFATE, we develop a cognitive stimulation program with the aim of improving and maintaining as long as possible the preserved cognitive functions of sick people and their independence in carrying out the activities of daily life. The work is designed for the year 2022-2023.

Bachelor's thesis: Creation of a management tool for a "Library of things" project in Sant Salvador

  • Coordination: Pere Millán Marco (pere.millan(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat)
  • Organisation: El Far Cooperatiu (The Cooperative El Far)
  • Summary: El Far is a work cooperative that enhances the visibility of sensitive and responsible projects to increase their impact in the community. The goal of the 2022-2023 academic year experience was to create a management tool for a "Library of things" project in Sant Salvador, which makes daily objects available for people to share.

Bachelor's thesis: Development of a mobile application for the management of turtle volunteering on the Catalan coast

  • Coordination: Pere Millán Marco (pere.millan(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat)
  • Organisation: GEPEC-Ecologistes de Catalunya (GEPEC-Environmentalists of Catalonia).
  • Summary: Bachelor's thesis written during the 2022-2023 academic year. Any changes that take place in how the environment is cared for depend on environmental education and citizen participation, like the hundreds of turtle volunteers from GEPEC-EdC who work the beaches for months to locate eggs and guard nests. Managing all the information they collect would be much easier with a mobile application, so student in this service learning experience created one specifically for the needs of the turtle volunteers on the Catalan coast.

Bachelor's thesis: Design of a citizen science mobile application for observing of the Kentish plover

  • Coordination: Montse García Famoso (montse.garcia@urv.cat)
  • Organisation: GEPEC-Ecologistes de Catalunya (GEPEC-Environmentalists of Catalonia).
  • Summary: Bachelor's thesis written during the 2022-2023 academic year. The Kentish plover is a small endangered bird that nests on the sand of the beach. The project to save the plover consists of monitoring the species and recording as much data as possible. These tasks are carried out by more than a hundred volunteers. The goal is to turn this participation into a citizen science project. This requires a tool that is intuitive and attractive so that it can be used by as many people as possible.