It has been an honour to chair the panel that has judged the doctoral thesis entitled “A trivium for the 21st century”, defended by Mr. Javier B. Teira and directed by Directors Pablo García Castillo and Ana de Luis Reboredo. The doctoral thesis explores in depth the challenges and the needs of today’s education and searches for a realistic response to them, especially with regard to the training of students in digital competences. It is an interdisciplinary work, since it involves the areas of Philosophy, but also Education and Computer Science.

The main contribution of the thesis is the methodological and interdisciplinary analysis (Education, Philosophy, Computer Science) of the potential of Trivium to face 21st century educational challenges, paying special attention to those concerning the impact of digital technology, and also to the new competences associated with thinking, social, communication and emotional skills.

The thesis presents relevant contributions, highlighting Sommers’ analysis of logic as a way of connecting the sciences of speech and the development of digital skills.

The initial hypothesis has been proven in the teaching experiences of the doctoral student, demonstrating the potential of the proposed model. The bibliographic review is updated, accurate and includes the major studies carried out in this field.

It has been a truly magnificent event. It has been an honour to be on the panel of a faculty with more than 800 years of history and a pleasure, not only because of the quality of the doctoral theses, but also because of the many things that fellow panellists, Professor Mercedes Gonzalez Sanmamed, from the University of A Coruña and Jose Manuel Chillón Lorenzo from the University of Valladolid, have taught us.

Congratulations Javier and congratulations to your thesis directors Ana and Pablo.

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.