The BISITE Research Group at the University of Salamanca and the IoT Digital Innovation Hub are coordinating the production of medical material that is so much in demand at the moment. This material will help in the fight against COVID-19. BISITE has the support of hundreds of volunteers, who have provided us with the material, advice and manpower required to make masks, gowns and face shields.

The city of Béjar is known for its textile industry and, I have now been able to witness the professionalism and above all the solidarity of its people. We have had the help of large and small enterprises that have not only provided us with materials, but have also been involved in the manufacture of everything we need.

Thanks to the material donated by Profundo Sueño we were able to start manufacturing the first 10,000 masks and soon we will have thousands more gowns and masks in our hospitals and residences.

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Also, the members of the BISITE Group and the AIR Institute are making face shields. All this material is supervised and sterilised by a group of health professionals from the University Hospital of Salamanca. Thanks to David Ricardo Figuero Hernández, Director of Nursing, Preventive Medicine and Sterilization Units at the Salamanca University Hospital and Dr. José Lorenzo Bravo Grande, Director of the Occupational Risks Service at the Salamanca University Hospital, we have been able to meet all the safety standards while carrying out this project.

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I am very proud of all the work and effort that we are doing as a team and would like to thank for the collaboration of companies and individuals, especially to Fely Campo, Fashion S.A.; the companies and centres of Atelier; Raúl Rodríguez’s tailoring; E.T.S.I.I. of Béjar; José Luis García White saddles, Blanca Martín’s workshop, Beatriz Candela’s workshop, Raúl Rodríguez’s professional training centre, Rosa Mateos’s workshop and José Sánchez’s workshop. I would also like to thank institutions such as Béjar City Council, Béjar Chamber of Commerce, Municipal Police, the Fire Department and Béjar Civil Protection, who have facilitated the entire process of distributing all the raw materials to the different facilities designated for the production of the medical material.

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A big thank you to Sergio and Jorge for the coordinating the activities from Béjar. Thank you Javier and Alvaro for coordinating from Salamanca.

Thanks a million to everyone!

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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.