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 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.