When it comes to the topic of energy, we tend to hear a lot about generation resources, distribution, sale and above all the rising prices charged by electricity companies. However, in this overflow of news, few talk of the aspects that current research is concerned with; new energy sources, economic transformation and distribution, waste management and efficient consumption.

Ilight-bulb-1640438_1280CTs (Information and Communication Technologies) have been used in different scientific developments related to the area of energy. The Internet of Things, Blockchain, Big Data are becoming key elements of the latest advances in the subject of energy. These technologies together with progress in mobility make it possible to put into practice some of the latest innovations, in areas such as the management of vehicle fleets or the organization of traffic, merchandise and persons in big cities or important transport routes.

All these issues have been dealt with at the latest event granting awards to innovation and technology for energetic efficiency in the digital era.  It has also become evident that we still have a long way to go in relation to aspects such as ICT and Artificial Intelligence and the potential of the professionals who dedicate their time to research in public and private entities. As I have already described in my previous post, at this event I received an award for the best director in the category of universities and research centers, which I am very grateful for. However, the greatest honor is to be able to work side by side with great professionals and to coordinate more than 25 projects in this field.

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 Unviersidad 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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