The world of Smart Cities is booming with numerous platforms, success stories, failures and most of all, much, much more to do.

The “Smart Energy “Smart Energy Congress & Expo 2016” is currently taking place in Madrid with the goal of presenting the latest solutions in technology and the most innovative projects. The event is aimed at top executives of technology, consulting and engineering companies, regional government councils and other organisations interested in finding solutions to improve energy efficiency and increase sustainability.

I attended the event as a guest of ENERTIC, where I delivered a speech called “Leading technology projects to improve energy efficiency” and participated in the round table that followed.


I had the pleasure of sharing the session, which was moderated by por Elena González (Director of ANESE), with Berta Pujol Guerrero, Head of Energiehaus Projects for the Metropolitan area if Barcelona (AMB), Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho, architect, Director of MAE, President of ASA, and director of these types of projects for the Madrid City Council, and José Antonio Teixeira, Director of Innovation for the Santander City Council.

Spain is on the cutting edge in this field, with cities that have developed highly innovative projects.

The event was very productive, having provided the opportunity to analyse our perspective of this world from the point of view of architecture as well as technology. I focused my presentation on Social computing for sustainable urban mobility. Projects in this context must be carried out bearing in mind the citizens and the context in which they move about the city, and the framework of strategic plans as put forth by experts and multidisciplinary teams. Spain is on the cutting edge of this field with cities that have developed highly innovative projects. Santander is a case in point. The University of Salamanca has excellent teams with experience in this field, having participated in very ambitions and interesting projects.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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