I would like to congratulate one of our colleagues at BISITE, Alfonso González Briones on the prize he received for his thesis “A Multi-agent architecture for optimizing energy consumption using comfort agreements”.  Alfonso has developed an extraordinary, intelligent and efficient energy management model.

For this excellent work he earned an award for the best national thesis on the topic of Smart Cities, at the first ever SENSORS+CIRTI Awards ceremony held as part of the Conference of the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAEPIA).

CAEPIA gathers over 300 professionals and researchers from all corners of the world, where they talk about the latest advances in artificial intelligence (AI). This time, not only interesting talks had been delivered but it was also an opportunity to recognize the three best PhD thesis, whose themes were related to those of the congress. Among them, was that of Alfonso González Briones.

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His model is based the design of a platform that captures data from the environment, to analyse them and take timely decisions with regards to the consumption of energy. Some of our projects, like EcoCASA and IOTEC, the architecture works with social computing techniques in order to adapt to the temperature and lighting preferences of the users.

It has been a pleasure for me to work with him as the director of his thesis. We have learned a lot together and this work has given way to interesting research projects, closely related to the industry of energy demand and the whole society in general.

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Congratulations Alfonso, I wish you every success!

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.