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 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.