On Saturday, October 8, the Science Festival (FECI) was held at Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda, an activity carried out by Explora RM Norte Project, which is part of the largest cycle of science outreach activities in the country, promoted by the Public Science division of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation.

The event was attended by more than fifteen institutions that came together to offer interactive activities around the theme of the year: “Regeneration and climate change: water,” as well as to share with the community a sample of the work carried out in their respective research centers, laboratories and universities.

In this context, Cenia joined the activities with an artificial intelligence booth, where attendees could interact with Fiona, a robot designed by Felipe Torres, software engineer of the development team, and an interactive interface based on stable-diffusion’s img2ing, customized for this event by developers Eugenio Herrera and Lucas Suarez.


What is a galaxy? What is the temperature of the sun? Who founded the Scouts? How does artificial intelligence help climate change? were some of the questions that attendees asked Fiona during the Festival. Felipe Torres explains that developing the Fiona robot took him approximately six months, between creating the 3D model, printing and programming the functionalities. “In general, Fiona was very well accepted, in fact, they asked about 200 questions in the 4 hours it was available, and considering it is its first time exposed to the public, I believe it was a success. This renews my desire to continue adding new features to Fiona and continue participating in these instances to bring artificial intelligence to people,” adds the developer.


The interface to generate images based on stable-diffusion’s img2ing allows the creation of any image from text, so that people can draw from the simplest and turn their creations into images of greater complexity and detail.

Other entities participating included: National Center for Conservation and Restoration (CNCR); Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CEDEUS); Millennium Institute of Integrative Biology (iBio); Faculty of Sciences of Universidad Santo Tomás (UST); Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA) of Universidad de Chile;  Directorate of Scientific and Technological Research of the Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH); Disaster Risk Management Observatory (OGRD) of the Universidad Bernardo O’Higgins (UBO); Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICBM) of the School of Medicine of the Universidad Bernardo O’Higgins (UBO); Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICBM) of the Faculty of Medicine of Universidad de Chile; Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (CIGIDEN); Latin American Interactive Library for Children and Youth (BILIJ); Millennium Nucleus on Ion Channel Associated Diseases (MiNICAD) and Newenko Foundation.



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