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 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 Universidad 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.