He is a theoretical physicist and has worked in areas such as statistical physics, artificial intelligence, intelligent energy networks or seismic engineering.

Francisco Prieto Castrillo joins the BISITE research group at University of Salamanca. His former position was as postdoctoral researcher at the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI), a centre which has been instrumental in the development of complex adaptive systems. Currently he is affiliated to MIT and to Harvard University. At MIT he collaborates with the Alex “Sandy” Pentland’s Human Dynamics Laboratory in the MIT-MediaLab. At the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, he analyses different problems related to social sciences using data mining techniques, machine learning and complex systems.

Francisco will be a reasearcher in the MOVIURBAN project that is aimed at analyzing behavour patterns through sensor networks in smart cities. In particular, new algorithms for smart vehicles interaction based on social computing and swarm intelligence will be developed. With a background in theoretical physics, Francisco Prieto Castrillo has worked in many, seemingly distant fields; statistical physics, artificial intelligence, smart energy networks and seismic engineering. The backbone of his involvement in all these activities is his enthusiasm for the analysis of the self-organization phenomena in complex systems. This includes the way a structure resists an earthquake or the patterns of collective social behaviour.

The path his academic career has taken was greatly influenced by Professor Jaques Heyman from the University of Cambridge. Since their meeting, Francisco´s interest in applied nonlinear dynamics was sparked; a new approach to the stability of old masonry structures could shed some light on a challenging problem; the stability of rocking objects. He was able to pursuit his studies in this field thanks to an EU scholarship he got as part of the “Young European Talents”.

After earning his doctorate CUM LAUDE degree in the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), he was leading the science and technology unit of Ceta-Ciemat Centre. This institution was created with the aim of investigating advanced technologies. In Ciemat, he   coordinated an interdisciplinary research group in complex systems and artificial intelligence. The group collaborated with several universities and leading international centres, such as CERN – to develop tools for the optimization of self-organized computer networks.

 He has supervised and co-supervised several research studies. Among them a doctoral thesis on artificial intelligence that was given the Extraordinary Doctorate Award. He has also been an organiser of many prestigious scientific events and he actively works as a reviewer for specialized journals.


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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