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ENSCER: computerized and integrated system for teaching and assessing learning and neural progress in mentally deficient children

Grant number: 97/06020-9
Support type:Research Grants - Innovative Research in Small Business - PIPE
Duration: January 01, 1998 - February 28, 2001
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine - Psychiatry
Principal researcher:Armando Freitas da Rocha
Grantee:Armando Freitas da Rocha
Company:Eina Estudos em Inteligência Natural e Artificial Ltda
City: Jundiaí

Abstract

This research project is intended to develop a computerized system for the quantitative analysis of electroencephalograms (EEG), to help in processing and standardizing the medical diagnosis of disabled brains and supplying a set of educational games for supplementing the process of teaching handicapped children. Countless causes contribute to the cerebral injuries that characterize the brains of handicapped children and, in general, more than one neural system (visual, motor, auditory, etc.) is affected in each of these children. This complicates matters in educating them. Quantitative analysis of the EEG has proved efficient in characterizing specific functional deficits and provides reasonable spatial differentiation to justify its use as an important diagnostic tool. Automated quantitative electroencephalographs are feasible nowadays thanks to the use of computers. Socalled artificial intelligence is the information technology field that seeks to simulate the intelligent processes undertaken by the brain, but computers have also been used as an auxiliary tool in various educational processes. For these reasons, it is proposed here to develop the Enscer system as a computerized system for quantitative analysis of the EEG made up of the following modules: database; online acquisition module and offline intelligent diagnosis and prognosis module and the educational games module for developing concepts and teaching children to read and write. There is an agreement with the Apae (Association of Parents and Friends of the Mentally Handicapped) in Jundiaí. (AU)

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