I would like to share an article published a few days ago in the newspaper, El Mundo, in which I talk about the advances in R&D.

R&D is central to the activity of universities and research centres. A few years ago I was working with my PhD students on a binomial that was almost impenetrable, only we knew what we were doing and we only published what we wanted other people to learn about. This has changed radically, now, everyone working at our lab shares everything they do. Moreover, we encourage open research by holding seminars at which we discuss our projects and our doubts and to which we invite researchers from other groups.

We are breaking the old tendency to conceal R&D. An increasing number of people open their laboratories to other research groups in order to share projects and advance more quickly and solidly in their research. The same trend is emerging in the world of business due to international entrepreneurship funding systems.

Open innovation means sharing knowledge with other experts, conducting timely research and working with the best infrastructures. For this reason, there is a growing need for venues where universities, companies, entrepreneurs and administrations can work together, share information and help each other. International companies want to work with entrepreneurs, and with newly created companies; they want to help accelerate the growth of companies and collaborate with them. The activity of large companies is essential for entrepreneurs, and it is what drives open innovation and research. This has created many opportunities for researchers who must collaborate with companies on the development of new technologies.

It is a growing trend and it affects all organizations, both public and private. The next European funding program will encourage the development of collaborative projects and joint working structures (innovation hubs) in which technology, humanities, social sciences, and other fields of knowledge will be combined in projects and initiatives, moving the world in the right direction. We must strive towards developing the services and products that today’s society needs: sustainability and humanization. Open innovation is no longer just a possibility, it is becoming a necessity.

 

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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.