University of Salamanca Alumni organized an Annual Meeting in Madrid with the aim of strengthening our ties. As Daniel Hernández Ruipérez said, this meeting is a fantastic opportunity to gain momentum for the celebration of the VIII Centenary.

The main event of the meeting was a colloquium on cyber-security, a highly topical issue. It was titled “We are all vulnerable: a global challenge to cyber-security”, we had the pleasure of listening to Araceli Mangas, Professor with Chair of International Law and Advisor of Alumni-USAL; Rubén Frieiro Barros, Telecommunications engineer and cybersecurity specialist; and Fernando Morón, lieutenant colonel of the Joint Command Army for Cyber Defense.

Aníbal Villalba was also present at the event, she is the Deputy Director of the National Intelligence Center, she too believes that we live in a period of continuous virtual threat, this is why the work to face and eliminate these attacks is constant.

The colloquium was led by Sergio Martín Herrera, host and director of “Los Desayunos” (Breakfasts) on TVE, and José Luis Fuentecilla, Deputy Director of Mediaset España newsletters, both are members of the managing board of Alumni-USAL.

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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