This week I travelled to Oporto to attend the official launching of a European Project for the building of capacities LAPASSION (Latin-America Practices and Soft Skills for an Innovation Oriented Network). Our research group, BISITE, will collaborate in the project. The project will facilitate the exchange of students and researchers from twenty European and American universities, as well as the development of collaborative multidisciplinary projects and the launching of challenges and creation of entrepreneurial projects. This project comes about as a result of the large-scale unemployment of youth that can be found in the countries participating in the Project (Portugal, Finland, Spain, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile). We can work towards greater employability by organizing internships and teaching innovation and internationalization skills.

The partners that are involved in this project have been selected for their vast experience in cooperation activities with Latin American countries and participation in co-creation and co-development activities. They are listed in the table below:

LAPASSION project partners and source country

Polytechnic of Porto (IPP) Portugal
Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) Finland
University of Vigo (UVIGO) Spain
University of Salamanca (USAL) Spain
Federal Institute Sul Riograndense (IFSul) Brazil
Federal Institute of Triângulo Mineiro (IFTM) Brazil
Federal Institute of Goiás (IFG) Brazil
Federal Institute of Maranhão (IFMA) Brazil
Federal Institute of Amazonas (IFAM) Brazil
University of the Republic of Uruguay (UDELAR) Uruguay
Technical University of Uruguay (UTEC) Uruguay
Foundation of Professional Institute (DUOC) Chile
Catholic University of Chile (PUC) Chile
Association of Enterprises of Portugal (AEP) Portugal
Council of Rectors of Federal Institutes (CONIF) Brazil

Go to https://lapassion.usal.es/  if you are interested in learning more about this interesting project and also check out our website digitalinnovationhub.usal.es to find all the projects BISITE collaborates in.

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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