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Founder of Change Dyslexia

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FPdGi Social Award 2016

Luz Rello Sánchez

Madrid, 1984

“I never imagined that I would be able to do a doctorate, and not even in my wildest dreams did I think that I could go to university. In fact, I used to doubt that I would even finish school”

Luz Rello Sánchez

WHY IT HAS BEEN AWARDED

«For having developed a sustainable and replicable model that uses technology to tackle the social challenge of dyslexia, for the benefit of all and with a high multiplier effect».

HISTORY

When Luz was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of ten, she finally understood the cause of her learning problems. Later, she focused her life on studying how different machine learning techniques could help children with dyslexia to successfully complete their schooling. Finally, to transfer the results of her research to society, in 2015 she set up the social company Change Dyslexia and integrated her findings into the digital platform Dytective, which is currently used by 250,000 people and is being introduced into hundreds of state schools in Spain. Dytective provides a dyslexia screening test and a treatment support platform with more than 40,000 exercises to help children overcome the challenges of dyslexia. Available at www.changedyslexia.org.

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“Luz Rello advocates for the need to place more importance on content than on spelling mistakes for children suffering from this hidden condition, at least in tests that determine a pupil’s future, such as university entrance exams”

EFE

EDUCATION AND AWARDS

Luz graduated in Linguistics from the Complutense University in Madrid and obtained her PhD in Computer Science from Pompeu Fabra University. She also has a master’s in Natural Language Processing from the University of Wolverhampton (UK) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She spent four years as a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University and is currently a professor at IE Business School.

In 2013 she became the first Spanish person to receive the European Young Researchers Award. Her research on applying artificial intelligence to dyslexia has won numerous awards including Google’s Women Techmakers, and led to her inclusion among MIT Technology Review’s ‘Innovators under 35’. She is also an Ashoka Fellow and winner of the Women to Follow Award, among others.