On the 28th of February, the University-Business Knowledge Transfer Network selected 21 out of 83 projects which will be financed by the  “II PROTOTRANSFER Competition for Market-Oriented Prototypes” within the framework of the INESPO III Project/ University-Business Knowledge Transfer. Region: Central Portugal-Castile and Leon.

The final phase of the competition will take place on the 30th of November and the selected projects will receive the aid they need to crystalize their prototypes and proposed training programmes. The aim of this competition is to encourage knowledge transfer activities through the development of a prototype and its crystallization in order to obtain a product or a process with the potential for being commercialized on the market.

BISITE is working on its project in collaboration with Eduardo Weruaga Prieto, who is the director of the Neuronal Plasticity and Neurorepair Laboratory of the Neurosciences Institute of Castile and Leon. He is currently researching about selective neurodegradation through mother cell transplant form the bone marrow. Experiments are being performed on mice and the results are promising, producing considerable improvement and delaying the progress of neural degradation.

Our researchers contributed to the development of the project by constructing an olfactometer. This device has an odour presentation tube through which a stream of air flows, the air may be filled with different substances that have a specific odorant. This device makes it possible to perform quantitative, robust and credible evaluation of olfactory abilities in laboratory animals. Principally, the aim is to establish the limits of olfactory abilities and the extent to which animals can differentiate between types of odorants.

This is a pioneering research in Spain and its development can help counteract neural degradation and combat a range of neural diseases, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and the neurological problems experienced by stroke survivors.

We are very proud of the work our group is doing and are grateful to Eduardo Weruaga for his support.

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.