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.



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.