The BISITE Research Group of the University of Salamanca is collaborating with 24 other national public-private organizations on the development of the AgrarIA project. A tool that applies Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create all sorts of intelligent solutions for agriculture, ranging from the development of new natural products for the control of pests and diseases, to the use of collaborative robotics to optimize the transformation phase of the products.

The project, created within the framework of the Spain Digital Agenda 2025 and the National AI Strategy, is funded through the Artificial Intelligence R&D Missions Program of the State Secretariat for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence (SEDIA) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, which corresponds to the funds of the Recovery, Resilience and Transformation Plan.

The scope of the project focuses on two strategic lines for the future development of the sector. On the one hand, it will study how to drastically reduce carbon dioxide in agricultural production through AI-governed systems; on the other hand, it will investigate how this technology and other related technologies could be used more efficiently and with a neutral carbon footprint.

Smart agriculture in Spain

Although the data reveal the strength and potential of the Spanish agri-food sector, it is still at a very low level of digitization compared to other countries. In this context, the AgrarIA project will play a vital role in bringing about change in the national socioeconomic structure and will strengthen the country’s competitiveness through numerous R&D activities along the duration of the project, related not only to AI but to practically all digital enabling technologies.

These types of initiatives are in line with projects such as Expand IntelWines or WiForAgri which we are developing in Salamanca to boost the economy of the town and its area of influence.  As Director of AIR Institue and of the BISITE Group, we are committed to using Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and Cybersecurity to transform the country’s technology sector and agriculture.

We would like to give a big thank you to the media that have echoed our projects, helping us spread all that we are doing for Castilla y León.

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.