The work carried out by the University of Salamanca and its Science Park in the organization of the FIRST LEGO League Tournament which took place for the first time in Salamanca on the 25th of February, has gained the recognition of Leading Partner 2017, a prize granted by the Scientia Foundation, promoter of the FIRST LEGO League tournaments on a national scale.

Last Saturday, the eleventh edition of the GRAND FINALE of the  FIRST LEGO League Spain took place, held for the first time in Logroño on a day imbued with festivity and fun. The Scientia Foundation, the Riojana Foundation for Innovation and the Federation of Entrepreneurs of La Rioja were the organizers of this Grand Finale which brought together a total of 61 teams from all over Spain and more than 1,800 people who wanted to join this great event of science, technology and learning.

The winning team of the GRAND FINALE LEGO League Spain was Electronics Falcons, from the region of Murcia, while the R2D2 team from Palencia and winners of the stage held in Salamanca won the 2nd Prize for Team Work, and a place in the FIRST LEGO League tournament to be held in London. The work carried out by the University of Salamanca and its Science Park in the organization of the FIRST LEGO League tournament, held for the first time in Salamanca on 25 February, has earned them the recognition of Partner of Excellence 2017, a Prize awarded by the Scientia Foundation, promoter of the FIRST LEGO League tournaments nationwide.

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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