USAL’s Spanish-Portuguese Centre for Agricultural Research (CIALE) hosted the workshop ‘University-Business Collaboration in the Agri-food Sector’.

The University of Salamanca and the Food Industry Association of Castile & Leon, VITARTIS, gathered today half a hundred entrepreneurs, researchers and representatives of institutions to go deeper into the need to have closer avenues of collaboration between knowledge centers and companies as a tool to improve the competitiveness of the food industry in the region.
The president of VITARTIS, Félix Moracho, stressed the importance of “strengthening collaboration between knowledge centers – universities and technology centers – and companies in the sector to improve the processes and products of the food industry of Castile & Leon  during the workshop ‘University-Business Collaboration in the Agri-food Sector’ held at the Centro Hispano Luso de Investigaciones Agrarias (CIALE) of the University of Salamanca, a leading center, an example of this university-company collaboration. The workshop, inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer of the University of Salamanca, Juan Manuel Corchado, served to present papers from research groups of CIALE and the University of Salamanca that either are already working or are interested in working with VITARTIS companies, which will reinforce the transfer of knowledge and strengthen the relations between university and business.
Corchado expressed his interest in having this meeting be the first step to favor the development of new joint projects that will ensure the promotion of research in the University, enhance its laboratories, improve the recruitment of graduates, and continuing training courses.



More information:  Comunicación Universidad de Salamanca

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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