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Peruvians receive Google Latin America Research Award for 2nd straight year

Peruanos ganadores de Premio Google. Foto: Difusión

Peruanos ganadores de Premio Google. Foto: Difusión

00:00 | Lima, Aug. 26.

The work of two Peruvian scientists has been recognized at Google Research Awards for Latin America (LARA) for second year in a row.

Mirko Zimic and Jorge Coronel, from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru, are two of this year's 27 recipients.

Their work aims to facilitate early diagnoses of tuberculosis in low resources settings using mobile technologies and artificial intelligence.

This telediagnosis system analyzes an image obtained by a low cost microscope made using 3D printing in a remote center. The data is transmitted from a mobile phone.

Medical test results are available within a couple of days, instead of weeks after the check-up.

The winner announcement ceremony took place at Campus São Paulo, in Brazil, a Google's space for Latin American entrepreneurs.

LARA are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to support the work of world-class permanent faculty members and their students who are pursuing cutting-edge research in specific fields related to Computer Science at top universities in Latin America.

For the 2017 edition the total amount of funding will be US$600,000 to be distributed among the selected researchers. 

Recipients were selected through a comprehensive internal review process.

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Published: 8/26/2017
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