Innovation is one of the great driving forces behind the evolution of our society. The European Commission is aware of this and has therefore designed several programmes to promote the incorporation of new technologies in different areas. Initiatives such as the Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) offer SMEs a great opportunity to digitise their processes

These ecosystems are starting to be developed and visualised in the context of European research and, above all, in the development of SMEs and research centres. DIHs are one-stop-shops that help companies become more competitive in terms of their business/production processes, products or services using digital technologies.

In this regard, in Salamanca we have promoted the IoT Digital Innovation Hub to develop pioneering projects with the most advanced technologies. Together, we have joined other DIHs in the region and actors in the Community to promote a European Macro DIH, DIGIS3.

The objective of DIGIS3 is to ensure the smart, secure, sustainable and cohesive digital transformation of SMEs and Public Administration entities in the region, facilitating their access to specialised technical knowledge and experimentation environments, whose central core of knowledge and training is structured around artificial intelligence and supercomputing, bearing in mind that cybersecurity is a necessary layer in any digitisation process. A joint project, led by the Institute for Business Competitiveness (ICE), which will boost Castilla y León on the basis of research and disruptive technological development.

I share with you the full article published in El Mundo Innovadores (Castilla y León Daily).

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.