One of the members of our research group received the title of a doctor just a few days ago. Alfonso González Briones defended his doctoral thesis on the 1st of June.

The title of his doctoral thesis is “A Multi-agent architecture for optimizing energy consumption using comfort agreements” and I myself have had the pleasure to supervise it. He proposes an architecture whose objective is to optimize energy consumption, independently of the characteristics of the building in which it is deployed. The use of energy is optimized by means of a common agreement which is achieved through negotiations between all the inhabitants while at the same time obtaining the desired energy optimisation.


On the basis of the presented architecture, a platform has been built to capture data from the environment, obtaining information from external sources and the inhabitants. The platform continuously analyses the collected data so that these data become useful information for the system and makes decisions to reduce energy consumption. In addition, the architecture integrates social computing techniques that make it possible to maintain user preferences in terms of temperature and lighting; the goal is twofold: to optimize energy consumption and to maintain the preferences that have been established in the negotiation.


I would like to congratulate him for receiving the title of a doctor and wish him a successful academic career. Congratulations Alfonso.

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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