Yesterday we held a meeting with the City Council, the University, the Provincial Council and the Junta of Castile and Leon in which a protocol was signed to promote the economic development of Salamanca and its areas of influence. 

The protocol for the economic promotion of Salamanca and its areas of influence was signed.

At that meeting it was decided that the project will be led by the AIR Institute and its director, Juan Manuel Corchado, who is also director of the BISITE Research Group and professor at the University of Salamanca. The coordination will be carried out through a technical secretariat which will be in charge of the actions of all the institutions involved in the protocol. These institutions are directly related to the projects linked to innovation and digitization.

The meeting was also attended by the Mayor, Carlos García Carbayo; the Rector of the University, Ricardo Rivero; the President of the Provincial Council, Javier Iglesias; and the Deputy Minister of Economy and Competitiveness of the Junta de Castilla y León, Carlos Martín Tobalina. On behalf of the City Council, were the Councilors of Finance and Tourism, Fernando Rodríguez and Fernando Castaño, respectively; while on behalf of the University, the Vice-Rector of Economics, Javier González, and Professor Alfredo Ávila attended.

During the conference it was agreed that policies and efforts should be geared in a single direction, to promote innovation and digitalization projects as a result of the protocol, including the development of the ICT sector to creat jobs and added value. All this in order to consolidate Salamanca as one of the major centers of expertise in creative activities related to Artificial Intelligence.

To this end, the meeting contemplated the creation of a network of infrastructures to facilitate the implementation of projects promoted by entrepreneurs, including a Center for IoT Technologies and Artificial Intelligence, which will be built on Santiago Madrigal Street and which already has a budget allocation of more than 700,000 euros in the municipal budgets for 2022.

The network will also integrate an incubator for the bio-health sector; another for the agri-food sector and infrastructures to support entrepreneurship in Salamanca and its area of influence, which includes the Tormes+ Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, located in Tejares, for a better use of research and innovation in the field of technology and other sectors of activity.

We have a lot to contribute to all these projects. In fact, from initiatives such as DIGIS3, a consortium that the AIR Institute coordinates and that includes the main Digital Innovation Hubs in the region, we can provide a significant number of partners and networks that can be very useful for all the agents that will promote the development of our province.

We are very proud that all those involved have decided unanimously that the AIR Institute, especially its director Juan Manuel Corchado, are the most qualified to perform the tasks of coordinating the efforts of all the institutions. We believe that this is an excellent opportunity for Salamanca and we are going to work very hard to strengthen the industrial network, boost the transfer of knowledge and attract talent to our city.

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.