El Día de Salamanca published an interview this weekend, which analyzed the present situation of research in the University.

It commented on the researchers’ growing effort in improving our benchmark and also talked of ways of obtaining financing for our projects.

The effort that is sometimes difficult to see due to the management issues has nothing to do with the research and which make the researchers lose a lot of their time, which they usually lack. For this reason, we are coming up with a solution from the University by employing more staff who will manage this type of issues.

I also highlight the research t and our won programs that achieve good results in all areas of knowledge. If you are not with them in their daily work, you may not realize the research effort my colleagues from Humanities must make, which later is a basis of what many of us do. We have areas of knowledge in USAL that may not reach the society in the short run, but we are leaders in them. For example, the Faculty of Philosophy with 800 years of experience and which we should strengthen and promote, or the Faculty of Philology where the languages and cultures that are studied are not available anywhere else.

In regards to the Scientific Park, I highlight its consolidation in these first 10 years and our intention is to increase the number of companies that settle in it. In this moment, I can already announce the settlement of a multinational Japanese company and that we are close to occupying one hundred per cent of the Villamayor Campus, not considering the buildings that we will continue to construct imminently this year.

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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