Convened by Jesús Lorés, on November 23, 1999, a meeting was held at the Higher Polytechnic School of the Autonomous University of Madrid, where it was decided, among other things, to create AIPO.
In this photo appear those who were present at that meeting. From left to right: José J. Cañas (UGR), Miguel Ángel Redondo (UCLM), Julio Abascal (UPV / EHU), Manuel Velez (UGR), Jesus Lorés (UL), Ana Belén Martínez (UO), Pedro Latorre ( UZ), Josep Ganyet (UOC / Proleg), Roberto Moriyón (UAM), Eugenia Santamaria (UOC), Alfonso Ureña López (UJ). They were also called to this meeting, but could not attend: Juan Manuel Cueva (Uniovi), Manuel Ortega (UCLM) and Manuel Perez (UVigo).
Other people soon joined the initial team and participated in one way or another in the gestation of AIPO. It is difficult to make a complete list, but reviewing the messages of 1999 and 2000 appear, in alphabetical order: Ignacio Aedo (UC3M), Sandra Baldasarri (UZ), Josep Casanovas (La Caixa), Pablo Castells (UAM), Francisco José Garcia (USAL), Miguel Gea (UGR), Ana B. Gil (USAL), Antonio Guevara (UMA), Josep Maria Junoy (La Caixa), Jose Mariano Gonzalez (US), and Pedro M. Valero (UV). [If you were involved in the gestation of AIPO (or know someone who was) and do not appear on this list, please let us know].
We can not forget the contribution of Gerrit van der Veer, professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA), who at the beginning served as a contact between the Spanish researchers at IPO with whom he had been collaborating. Gerrit has continued to support the activities of AIPO in these 20 years.
In Interaction 2019 we want to dedicate the session from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm on June 27 to remember the beginnings of AIPO and celebrate its activity during these 20 years. Although AIPO is the merit of all of us, we will personalize this celebration in the aforementioned pioneers. This session will be held only in Spanish.
You can find more information about the history of AIPO in this link (in spanish).