This week I had the opportunity to present the IoT Digital Innovation Hub, promoted by our research group at the 4th meeting of the Working Group on Digital Innovation Hubs that took place in Brussels. This conference focused on defining the role played by Digital Innovation Hubs in assisting SMEs to acquire the digital skills they need to make a digital transformation. In addition to presenting our initiative, we have first-hand knowledge of the European Union’s funding plans and programmes and have begun to work on several of the consortia that are being set up.

The Institute for Business Competitiveness (ICE) of the Junta of Castile and León is playing an important role in the development of DIH in our region, it has helped us to launch our own DIH and facilitated our presence at this conference.

The following are the main aspects discussed at the sessions:

– Experience in digital skills training for employees of small and medium enterprises

– The learning contents, the catalogue of training materials and possible ways of sharing

– The next EU budget and future investments in the digital sector and the benefits they will bring to the centres of operation.

We are close to a fruitful end of the H2020 programme and to the exciting beginning of the next research and innovation framework, Horizon Europe.

 

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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