At the BISITE research group we are committed to providing solutions that can help improve the current worldwide crisis. We are making great use of our knowledge and experience in new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data or machine learning.

Our group has 20 years of experience in carrying out research and projects that involve disruptive technologies, which has allowed us to successfully design several prototypes targeted at COVID-19. For example, an application that helps predict outbreaks in specific areas on the basis of data regarding the estimated location of people experiencing symptoms. This app could help us take timely decisions in order to control outbreaks. Moreover, it would allow us to determine the reasons for an increased number of infections in some areas.

If the data are used correctly, they can become allies in the execution of scientific, social and medical studies. Given that we are facing a new virus with no history, the use of data is crucial, it will allow us to conduct exhaustive analyses of the evolution of the virus. It is important to obtain data from different latitudes, help us understand how the virus behaves in countries with different climates, which is why we have begun to collaborate in projects involving countries in Central America and the Middle East.

Blockchain, big data and artificial intelligence are protagonists in most projects, where they help us classify patients, their location and give recommendations on how to comply with social distancing measures or greater precautions in case of infected patients or those who have symptoms. Always respecting the privacy of the users.

We are sure that all the effort we are making will be of great value to health and government institutions.

Here is an interview published in El Mundo, which describes some of our projects.


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.