The University of Salamanca has launched a small but ambitious programme to finance research and transfer, and it is now yielding its first fruits.

The programme identifies the technology demands in the primary sector and establishes a group of qualified researchers to develop the system, service or product which can solve the needs of the farmer, rancher or association.

This programme is made possible by the financial support of the Provincial Government of Salamanca, which is very involved with the University in the development of initiatives that impact the society. Small grants of approximately 10,000 euros have permitted various groups to conduct research in very specific areas which required a solution. These projects range from improving animal and vegetable species to developing new crops or automated processes.

One of these projects, recently published in Mundo Agrario, is developing a product to mechanise cattle breeding during various phases in order to improve their living conditions, the gestation/birthing processes, sale, etc. The idea is to create new commercial products based on the developments and inventions of researchers at the University of Salamanca, some of which are in the initial stages of market penetration and yet unknown to farmers. We want to develop a computer system in which artificial intelligence, domotics, automation, sensors and information fusion all work together to improve the daily tasks and hard work of the farmers and ranchers. Over the next few months we will see the results of this and other projects.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Unviersidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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