Encourage young people to pursue scientific vocations was the objective of the Summer 2016 Science Camp which was held during the month of July at the University of Salamanca.

This initiative provided students with direct contact with the daily work of researchers in a university and multicultural environment.

Students who received one of the 1,920 grants awarded during the call could select one of the projects among those offered by the 16 campuses, including the University of Salamanca. Campus Studii Salamantini, as the USAL campus is referred to, offers four projects: “The basic unit of life”, “Microbial biotechnology: a source of resources”, “Artificial Intelligence and Environmental Intelligence” and “Biodiversity: methods of study, management and conservation”.

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Researchers from the BISITE group participated in the one-day seminars for “Artificial Intelligence and Environmental Intelligence” teaching a series of courses and workshops to secondary school age students in order to familiarize them with different current technological concepts. During this experience, the students learn first-hand about real cases and learn concepts that are later put into practice during the remainder of the camp in areas such as Cloud Computing, creating videogames, domotics and the internet of things, 3D design, web 2.0 etc.

Without a doubt, a wonderful opportunity for these young students to delve into research and new technologies, and perhaps even pursue a professional career in the field.

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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