The Council of Salamanca and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology lead a Project to select five scientists in the city, capable of being at the head of other research groups.

The Program for the Attraction of Scientific Talent is supplied with 2,5 million euro, allocated for the contracting of researchers. The call, which has been closed in September, was open to professionals of all nationalities who had obtained a PhD in the last three years. It is evident that the call was a success, with a total of 170 candidates presenting their proposals, which are now being directed by Mariano Barbacid.

Two main activities that give sense to universities, are teaching of tertiary knowledge and research. In order to be able to do both, it is necessary to rely on people who have the necessary capabilities and who know how to move on a global market. This is what it has been like for centuries in the University of Salamanca; this allows us to have a network of graduates what facilitates exchange and collaboration. A project like that of the University of Salamanca and FECYT contribute to making this mobility two-way.  We export talent and we receive it, so that the system advances and strengthens, we have to pursue having the greatest talents.

The model is exportable to the whole University, because for all of this to work it is necessary to have professionals who will certify their capabilities and merits in teaching, in research and also in management. The latter task, often not very attractive to the University ensemble, is necessary if we want to perform other tasks satisfactorily. Here we also talk of risk, we not only have to get the design of the model right for both middle and long term but also the execution of plans and every day management, of both the universities themselves as well as those that develop their activity in them (professors, administration and services staff and students) as well as the relations with the rest of the actors in the system: administrations, public and private businesses, professional regulators, associations, etcetera.


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Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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