A few days ago I attended the presentation of the portrait of the Rector Daniel Hernández Ruipérez along with the rest of the Vice Rectors who have worked with him during his term at the head of the University of Salamanca. An event that, according to our Rector Daniel, was perhaps the last one directly related to his term of office.

Certainly, the paintings perpetuate all the rectors of the university and, in this case, the extraordinary work of Gonzalo Goytisolo reflects the character of a rector of the eighth centenary, of a rector who knew how to coordinate a team and strengthen the institution at a time of hardship. Daniel, as some rectors had done before, came up with a plan and a team, and knew how to direct both in agreement, implementing numerous actions that boosted the University of Salamanca, making it even more of a leader in all areas: research, transfer, training, internationalization…

Daniel, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the chance you gave me to collaborate with you and your team, because it was a wonderful period in which I learned a lot and we were able to develop important projects together. That experience is now allowing me to face new challenges and undertake some projects that I never thought would be within my reach.

Congratulations Daniel for your work, which now, looking back over the years, has become even more important, and this painting will keep it very much alive among us.

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.