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Red Nacional de Investigación y Educación del Ecuador (CEDIA) Adopts Robust Wolfram Technology System

Published March 17, 2015

Red Nacional de Investigación y Educación del Ecuador (CEDIA) has adopted a Wolfram Technology System that will be available to all CEDIA-member universities. By making Wolfram technologies available as part of the universities’ curricula, CEDIA is providing further support to aid in the modernization of higher education and professional opportunity throughout the country.

This new initiative supports CEDIA’s overall goals to foster and strengthen advanced information networks in the Ecuadoran academic and research sectors in order to boost the development of science, technology, and innovation. The system includes unlimited site licenses of Wolfram Mathematica, Wolfram Mathematica Online, Wolfram SystemModeler, and Wolfram|Alpha Pro, as well as a comprehensive site of Mathematica Enterprise Edition.

“Throughout history, societies that have fostered ecosystems for education, research, and technology have become global leaders in development and innovation”, said Roy Alvarez, Wolfram’s International Development Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean. “Decision and policymakers in Ecuador are keenly aware of this, and they have embarked on an ambitious project: to transform their country into a hub of research and innovation, introducing Ecuador as a global reference in the international network of knowledge development. And they trust us to be part of this journey.”

CEDIA is a leading organization that clearly embodies the new path for technology, education, and research in Ecuador. Wolfram, for more than 25 years, has defined the state of the art in technical computing—and developed Mathematica, the principal computation environment for millions of innovators, educators, students, and others around the world. Driven by a clear vision for STEM education, CEDIA leadership chose Wolfram as a key technology partner to collaborate in advancing their vision and goals.

For over a decade, Fernado Sandoya, a professor at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral in Guayaquil, has been relying on Mathematica for his work. “From my experience both as a university professor and as a researcher, I can conclude that Mathematica has greatly facilitated my work, as it adapts naturally to the logical thinking and structures we mathematicians work with,” said professor Sandoya, who is also a consultant to many organizations in Ecuador, among them the country’s Central Bank. “I always compare my experience working with Mathematica to a pleasant journey on an open highway, where you have fun admiring the scenery as you go, rather than other programming environments that are more like a trip through rough terrain in which it is easy to get lost at every moment. Mathematica‘s learning curve is not complex and its computing capacities and accuracy are excellent.”

“Working with CEDIA to provide the software solutions they need to meet their goals and bring transformative technology into their classrooms and research labs is very exciting,” added Michael Morrison, International Business Development Manager at Wolfram “CEDIA is committed to providing students with an edge throughout their education and preparing them for future careers, and Wolfram will provide the ideal tools to help them achieve that goal. Our system licensing programs have proven very successful in large aggregate systems. The ever-changing global economy coupled with the vast changes and additions in Wolfram technologies make the latter more readily useful to students and schools of all ages; we have relied on our extensive experience supporting IT and new users alike under these programs, and look forward to rolling out this success to Ecuador as well.”

Wolfram and CEDIA are working to bring training courses, skills-transfer seminars, and project accelerators to the academic and scientific communities in Ecuador, with a focus on fostering the new generation of talent that will help propel the efforts toward building a knowledge-based economy in the country.

“Recently I have tried to simulate the idea of what (real) silicene would look like on a sample of silver, taking into account some distances, which then will allow me to analyze some quantum mechanical properties based on the geometry of this material. Mathematica has given me the opportunity to see my idea geometrically,” said Marlon Basantes Valverde, Professor at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Chimborazo.

From bioinformatics to high-performance computing, machine learning, and many other fields of application, Wolfram technologies will be used by thousands of students, professors, and researchers around universities in Ecuador thanks to CEDIA. In support of this agreement, Wolfram has already begun holding seminars and presentations in Ecuador, and had an important role in TIC.EC, a countrywide conference in Ecuador devoted to applied technologies in education, research, and professional fields.

As the computational knowledge economy rapidly gains momentum, Wolfram is providing software that empowers organizations with computational ability across all levels, translates data into trustworthy results, and enables the efficient communication of computable information.

CEDIA is the National Research and Education Network of Ecuador. It was created to promote and coordinate, through the Project of Advanced Networks, the development of information technologies and computer and telecommunication networks. CEDIA fosters scientific, technological, innovative, and educational development in Ecuador.

CEDIA enables academics and researchers to access a variety of resources, created to enrich their research and scholarship. CEDIA’s current network consists of 32 research institutions across Ecuador, including SENESCYT (Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation). It provides support for advanced internet connectivity, training, and infrastructure, as well as funding and publication of research projects.

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