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 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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