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Vicent Giménez Chornet, Honorary Doctorate

In his speech, the academic from the Universitat Politècnica de València reflected on the role of universities in the technological revolution of AI

[ 17/06/2024 ]

Vicent Giménez Chornet, a senior lecturer at the Universitat Politècnica de València, has received an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Mayor Real y Pontificia San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca in Bolivia.

The investiture ceremony highlighted Vicent Giménez Chornet's outstanding academic and scientific merits. The UPV academic is an exceptional specialist in Archivistics, History and Cultural Heritage. He is currently the director of the Doctoral Programme in Communication and Cultural Industries at UPV and a lecturer in various heritage and knowledge management courses.

He also directs two prestigious indexed electronic journals: Métodos de Información y Culturas. Revista de gestión cultural and the collection of monographs, Estudios de Historia Local. He has published over a hundred research articles on Documentation, Culture and History and has given several conferences and courses.

Vicent Giménez expressed his gratitude for the recognition. "It fills me with pride and is a way for the University of San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca to value my career as a researcher and lecturer, as well as the support I have given so that Latin American students can enrol in our Master's and Doctoral programmes".

The university and the technological revolution

In his investiture speech, senior lecturer and researcher Vicent Giménez Chornet reflected on the University's role in the current technological revolution marked by the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Giménez Chornet pointed out that AI can improve people's lives by "optimising public services and innovating in solving problems for better social coexistence and living standards". "But to do so, some challenges need to be solved, and universities can identify, solve and teach them," he said.

One of the challenges identified is algorithmic bias. "By accepting cookies, we subject ourselves to algorithmic curation, which leads us to live in information bubbles," the researcher explains. "This approach creates a legal problem since we have not given informed consent to an algorithmic bias implemented in our apps or browsers."

Universities can also leverage the benefits of AI through the training they provide. For example, they can contribute to the development of Smart Cities by increasing the knowledge available for the use and interoperability of data in digitised administrations.

Finally, Vicent Giménez Chornet stressed the need for universities to facilitate the incorporation of AI into the learning process so that students are efficient in obtaining information "and surpass the knowledge of current professors, which is how the university must advance in order not to stagnate in time".

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