The February issue of Vanity Fair Spain includes an interview with the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, head of the initiative to make 2022 the European Year of Youth. During the interview, the Bulgarian delegate highlighted that her inspiration comes from actions such as her trip to Spain, where she recalls her visits to both Madrid and Salamanca, where she attended Startup Olé and visited the facilities of the University’s BISITE Research Group

As Gabriel highlights in the interview, “Europe needs the vision, commitment and participation of young people to build a better future”. At the BISITE Research Group or international fairs such as Startup Olé, we are firmly committed to promoting talent, that is why we do not stay aloof of this reality and we do everything we can to promote employment and innovation.

We welcomed the Commissioner at BISITE’s facilities and showed her all the talent and projects that are emerging in the European digital ecosystem and that are being developed by our partners, such as DIGIS3, a digital innovation hub that aspires to be the regional reference in innovation and which is  by the AIR Institute. We also had the opportunity to show her other projects based on artificial intelligence such as Smart Sea.

The commissioner also pointed out other issues on which we are working, such as the disparity in Internet access, mental health care, bullying and domestic violence or the “green future” of Europe.

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.