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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has enabled the development of innovative solutions in health, agriculture, forensic sciences, and climate change, among others. Advances in all fields of knowledge demonstrate how AI can not only accelerate scientific discoveries and the design of innovative solutions, but also be one of the most valuable tools for improving the quality of life on Earth. However, the development of AI has been concentrated in technologically advanced countries, often overlooking the unique needs and challenges faced by less developed regions, such as the Global South. Therefore, it is essential to ensure an equitable distribution of these benefits. In response to this need, we have created an educational project that empowers students to develop and apply AI solutions with social impact, called InteliGente (Former BioFatecou). In this project, students are encouraged to work on AI solutions that can positively impact society. Thus, during their academic journey, students not only acquire practical and theoretical knowledge but also actively contribute to the democratization of AI, promoting a real and significant impact in underprivileged communities. This program not only strengthens the technical and theoretical learning of the students but also encourages them to create projects that directly benefit the neediest communities. Among the contributions, we can mention:

  • Personal and professional development
  • Fostering critical thinking, influencing all aspects of their lives
  • Interaction with other professionals in the field, promoting networking
  • The conscious use and development of responsible AI, positively impacting the lives of those who need its benefits.

The main competencies developed in the project include argumentation, communication, knowledge, empathy, planning, organization, teamwork, responsibility, citizenship, and scientific, critical, and creative thinking. Additionally, InteliGente aims to encourage participants to develop solutions that align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as (SDG 3) Good Health and Well-Being; (SDG 4) Quality Education; (SDG 5) Gender Equality; (SDG 10) Reduced Inequalities; and (SDG 13) Climate Action.

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Goals

What are our goals

Ethical Awareness in AI

To contribute to the education of excellent professionals with ethical awareness of AI usage

Critical Thinking

Development of critical thinking

AI for Good

Educational project that enables students to develop and apply AI solutions with social impact

Scientific Research

Introduction to the scientific environment through projects

Competitions and Events

Development of competitions and workshops with the purpose of spreading knowledge about the correct use of AI and its presence in people's daily lives.

Sustainable Development

Encourage the development of solutions that meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Portfolio

What we've done

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  • Awards/Grants

Dr Bonidia will be a speaker at Bett Brasil 2024 - the largest Innovation and Technology for Education event in Latin America, which receives more than 35 thousand visitors.

Our book, 'Data Science: Fundamentals and Applications,' was among the top three best sellers in the 'Probability and Statistics' category on Amazon and sold out its first edition within just 20 days.

InteliGente was named the third most transformative educational project in the State of São Paulo (Brazil) by the Transformative Educator Award, 2024.

InteliGente was named the third most transformative educational project in the State of São Paulo (Brazil) by the Transformative Educator Award, 2024.

Finalist in the Higher Education Category (Among the 10 finalists in the Higher Education Category - 2897 subscribers - BioFatecou Project), Transformer Educator Award - Sebrae, Instituto Significare and Bett Brasil, which aims to select the most transformative projects in Brazil, 2023.

Honorable mention to the BioFatecou Project (more than 200 submissions) - 25th edition of the Professor Mário Palmério Top Educational Award - ABMES - 2023 - Elected among the 5 most transformative projects in Brazil

In just ten days, our book achieved the rank of Top 7 in Probability and Statistics and Top 9 in Science, Mathematics, and Technology categories on Amazon in terms of sales

Launch of our book — Data Science: Fundamentals and Applications — First book aimed at democratizing data science for non-experts

"We have the responsibility to develop Artificial Intelligence solutions that are fair, ethical, and responsible, in order to benefit the end user." — Dr. Robson in the Legislative Assembly

Our project is highlighted on the website of the International Development Research Center (IDRC - Canada)

Our Project: Repository will make data available to improve health systems

Our students received honors for the project - Is That True?

Dr. Robson in the Legislative Assembly — São Paulo — Alesp — Health in the State of São Paulo: Panorama, Challenges and Opportunities.

Debate in the Legislative Assembly — São Paulo — Alesp — Health in the State of São Paulo: Panorama, Challenges and Opportunities.

Former Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, astronaut, and current Brazilian Senator, Marcos Pontes, underscores the importance of our project

BioPrediction - Project selected to participate in Prototypes for Humanity 2023, during COP28-Dubai, chosen from 3000 entries, from more than 100 countries, standing out among the 100 best of the world

Our student selected to participate in Prototypes for Humanity 2023, during COP28-Dubai

Our project in the news media. - Diario Do Brasil - TV PREVE

Our Águeda Project in the news media

Our Águeda Project in the news media

InteliGente is integrated with the Brazilian initiative AutoAI-Pandemics and AI4PEP

Fatec Project Puts AI to Work in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Our Student shares his experience at the Falling Walls Lab 2023 Final in Berlin

InteliGente has a page on the HundrED platform, a global mission-driven organization specialized in education innovation

ÁGUEDA Project (Artificial Intelligence for Early Detection of Breast Cancer), recognized as the best ongoing research project in the field of Exact and Earth Sciences in Brazil for undergraduate scientific initiation by Conic-Semesp (the Largest Scientific Initiation Congress in Brazil), among more than 1,200 registered projects, 2023

Award-Winning Works from the 23rd CONIC-SEMESP

Falling Walls Lab - Breaking the Wall of Fake News Detection - Brazil winner

Our student Denis Tavares da Silva opens the Falling Wall Lab World Final, presenting the project - Is That True?

Project developed at BioFatecou is featured in a report on TV Band

ÁGUEDA Project, recognized as the best ongoing research project in the field of Exact and Earth Sciences in Brazil for undergraduate scientific initiation by Conic-Semesp, among more than 1,200 registered projects, 2023

Our Research Selected to Represent Brazil at COP-28 in Dubai

Application for checking 'Fake News' created at Fatec de Ourinhos is among the 100 best ideas in the world - Globo

Application for checking 'Fake News' created at Fatec de Ourinhos is among the 100 best ideas in the world - TV TEM - Globo

Students Denis Tavares da Silva and Gustavo Grandisolli Zwicker, from Fatec Ourinhos, presented the ITT project – Is that true? to the Board of Directors of the Brazil-Germany Chamber.

Our student creates a project with artificial intelligence to fight breast cancer

Interview - Rádio Unesp - Is That True!

Fatec students compete for a place in the Falling Walls Lab Brazil Final - 2023

Falling Walls Lab Brazil 2023 awards platform that uses machine learning to combat fake news

Finalist in the Higher Education Category (Among the 10 finalists in the Higher Education Category - 2897 subscribers - BioFatecou Project), Transformer Educator Award - Sebrae, Instituto Significare and Bett Brasil, which aims to select the most transformative projects in Brazil, 2023.

Fatec Ourinhos wins 1st place at Falling Walls Lab Brazil 2023

BioFatecou Project students receive honorable mention for their performance in competitions.

Professor at Fatec Ourinhos wins FEMS Research & Training Grant/Award - Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS), 2023, and International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation Society publishes an article about his experience.

Honorable mention to the BioFatecou Project

Fatec Ourinhos at SBBD 2023: Two Articles Accepted in the Undergraduate Student Workshop.

Fatec Ourinhos at SBBD 2023: Two Articles Accepted in the Undergraduate Student Workshop.

Águeda Project - Finalist - GeniusFight 2023.

Hollie's Hub for Good - DigitalOcean

BioFatecou - Awards

BioFatecou - Deep Talks

I Workshop - Data Science

Águeda Project

Projects

Our Featured Projects

Project Name Project Status Link
Grace: Resume Recommendation System with Artificial Intelligence Finished
Predicting Playoff Winners: A Case Study with Machine Learning in American Football Matches Finished
Atria Platform: Repository for Management and Dissemination of Teaching Projects Finished
AutoAVP: Prediction of Antiviral Peptides with Automated Machine Learning Finished
Customer Segmentation: A Case Study with Machine Learning in a Company in the Food Voucher Segment Finished -
BioAutoML-API: Democratizing Machine Learning in Life Sciences Finished
Classifier of Neurodegenerative Diseases: Breaking Paradigms in the Early Detection of Mind Diseases Under development
ITT—Is That True: Unmasking Disinformation with Machine Learning Under development
AnginaAlert: Identification of Heart Diseases with Artificial Intelligence Under development -
Dashboards: A Case Study with Business Intelligence in a Company in the Food Voucher Segment Finished -
Like It: Sentiment Analysis Based on Customer Reviews Finished -
Aloísio: Image Description Test For Alzheimer's Detection Under development -
Águeda: Artificial Intelligence for Early Detection of Breast Cancer Under development
Artificial Intelligence in the Diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome in Children Under development -
BariReborn: Promoting Awareness about Bariatric Surgery Under development -
Respira Brasil: Breaking Barriers and Transforming the Future of Healthcare in Brazil Under development -
Valid Vote: Improving the City in the Eyes of the Population Under development -
ResgaPet: Recommendation System for Sheltering Pets Under development -
Tunesight: Predicting Hits and Identifying Music Talents Based on Social Media Under development -
BioPrediction: Democratizing Machine Learning in the Study of Molecular Interactions Under development

F.A.Q

Frequently Asked Questions

  • InteliGente is a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to integrating AI in education, fostering equity, and customizing learning experiences for diverse student needs. By empowering students to develop AI solutions for societal good, we're advancing education, democratizing AI, and addressing disparities in technology access, particularly in regions like the Global South. InteliGente has been validated at the São Paulo State College of Technology since 2021. In a short period, the project has shown a substantial impact, ranging from innovative projects to awards.

  • Technological advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have benefited our society and economy. However, AI development has been concentrated in technologically advanced countries, often overlooking the unique needs and challenges faced by less developed regions, such as the Global South.

  • SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities — By focusing on the development of AI in regions that are typically underrepresented in technological advancements, this initiative aligns with targets such as 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3. However, within the initiative, there are solutions that address several SDGs. Furthermore, InteliGente aims to increase the positive impact of AI on sustainable development by empowering students with practical applications of AI for social good and ethical knowledge. InteliGente aligns with regional needs and SDGs by addressing local challenges through culturally sensitive, community-driven AI projects, focusing on health, education, and equality, ensuring impactful and sustainable development.

  • No, the proposal is an educational initiative utilizing AI, not an AI solution or API itself. It focuses on teaching students to develop AI projects, potentially using foundational models. The innovation lies in applying AI to real-world problems, enhancing learning and societal impact. Furthermore, InteliGente teaches participants several guidelines proposed in the literature as a methodology, such as “How to develop and use AI responsibly”, “AI for all”, “AI4People — Good AI Society”, “Ethics of AI (UNESCO)”, among others. We also adopt the principles of Data-Centric AI (DCAI), putting data at the heart of an AI system development process. We also applied the FAIR data principles, guidelines to improve the Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse of data, aiding scientific advancement and promoting.

  • InteliGente is integrated with the AutoAI-Pandemics hub (http://autoaipandemics.icmc.usp.br/) and the AI4PEP network (https://ai4pep.org/), which is an international partnership covering 16 nations of the Global South, including five African countries, four Asian countries, four from the Middle East and North Africa, and three from Latin America.

  • The project has been ongoing in the Data Science course at the Faculdade de Tecnologia de Ourinhos (FATEC) since August 2021, integrated into the Integrative Project courses (III, IV, and V). Currently, it involves more than 94 students, with the prospect of growth.

  • To ensure an ongoing and accessible opportunity for participation, registrations for the project are open every semester. This allows for the formation of at least two new groups annually, providing a constant window for interested parties. This regular approach to registration ensures that more students can benefit from the initiative, aligning with the goal of promoting inclusive and continuous education. Thus, upon joining, students have the opportunity to conduct a project/study over up to 18 months in teams. To develop critical thinking, the project will use active methodologies, such as Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Essentially, the project proposes three phases, each lasting six months. This division ensures that students are engaged in a complete cycle of learning, research, and extension, providing a comprehensive educational experience, forming not only qualified professionals but also citizens prepared to contribute positively to society. In summary, in the first phase (Teaching), students are prepared and instructed to understand basic concepts of AI and its responsible and conscious use through study materials, along with discussions with a mediator and peers. At this stage, students are encouraged to identify relevant problems in society that can be solved with AI, such as the Sustainable Development Goals. With the problem selected, another stage of studies and discussions about the theme begins, aiming to refine the focus of the subject and develop the students' skills in argumentation, communication, knowledge, planning, organization, and group work. At the end of this first stage, the group must present answers to various questions, in addition to responding to questions posed by the mediator and peers. In the second phase (Research), the groups dedicate most of their time to studying the implementation of their solutions, learning objectives, and the initial prototyping of the project, with weekly/biweekly discussions with the mediator and peers. This stage promotes a deeper immersion in research, encouraging students to explore and apply theoretical knowledge in practice, as well as developing skills in analysis and problem-solving. In the third phase (Extension), the groups finalize the implementation of the proposed solution and prepare a general presentation of the project, including storytelling and an extended summary/report. At this point, the groups are also encouraged to participate in idea competitions, events, conferences, and community activities to promote the project and connect with other professionals in the field, encouraging networking. Finally, the groups are expected to make the solutions freely available to the public. If the group wishes to start a startup, the students are guided to study theories on how to expand such innovations, seeking to understand which factors influence the adoption of new ideas, such as relative advantage, compatibility, complexity, trialability, and observability.

  • A list of results and projects can be viewed in the Gallery and News section.

  • For a better understanding, we have an article published at the following link: InteliGente (Former BioFatecou) - Article.

    However, you can also contact us via email: robson.bonidia@fatecourinhos.edu.br.

  • The proposal's profitability lies in forming socially conscious citizens, valuing societal impact and ethical education over financial gain, thus redefining success through community betterment and responsible AI use.

Contact

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Location:

Fatec Ourinhos - Campus Experimental de Ourinhos - Av. Vitalina Marcusso, 1400 - Campus Universitario, Ourinhos - SP, 19910-206.

Call:

+55 (14) 3512-2024

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