I had the opportunity to be part of the evaluation panel of the “2021 project call Fast experimental exploration for future roadmap & new opportunities” promoted by the Flanders Health Tech Cluster.

This is an outstandingly powerful organization for the financing of innovative projects and launching them onto the market. The Flanders Health Tech Cluster focuses on fostering interdisciplinary projects which combine biotechnology, medicine and digital technologies, with the belief that technological convergence creates new opportunities.

To maximize its impact and outreach, the cluster is not limited to the overlap area of the three domains but also includes multidisciplinary opportunities where at least two of the three domains join forces. The cluster promotes R&D collaboration between public institutions, SMEs and large companies. In this call we have had the opportunity to evaluate outstanding interdisciplinary projects, which were highly innovative and had a big potential and were full of innovation. I am sure that with the financial support and advice of the cluster, many of the projects will become flagship in their respective domains.

Technology and innovation

In these projects, the ideas, the degree of maturity, the consortium and innovation have been prioritized to a great extent, while considering well-selected metrics and criteria. Certainly experience is very important when analyzing the potential of a project and the experience of sharing an evaluation panel with experienced heads of venture capital firms, doctors of medicine, responsible for large innovation projects and successful entrepreneurs as well as technology experts has been extraordinary. It has led me to create a course on open innovation that is available to all of you in MOOC format at e4you.org, which I hope will be useful for all those who want to achieve an efficient innovation process and optimize time.

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.