Today, the Spain Entrepreneurial Nation Summit brought together the world’s leading innovation companies to discuss the importance of developing new technologies. After the presentation of the most recognized initiatives and research on solar energy, the day ended with a debate and a round-up of the conference.

Juan Manuel Corchado, professor at the University of Salamanca and director of the AIR Institute and the BISITE Research Group attended the Spanish pavilion and used this opportunity to meet with some of the stakeholders who are developing projects of this sort in the Sustainability Area of the Expo 2020 in Dubai. In addition, he has discussed, with some of our Emirati partners, the opportunities for the joint development of some projects focused on the use of disruptive technologies in existing and future cities.

After starting the second day of the Spain Entrepreneurial Nation Summit, three conferences were held: a round table about Deep Tech accelerators and research-based technology transfer; a panel about the latest national research in solar fuels; and a last round table about venture capital investments in Green Technology from the European Union and Middle East and North African countries.

The summit ended with the celebration, in the Spanish pavilion, of one of the central activities of the official program of Expo 2020 Dubai, a “World Majli” or council entitled “Innovation nation: creating innovation societies to solve humanity’s greatest challenges”.

The final session focused on R&D and knowledge transfer. These sessions were of particular interest to us as they shocased the very core of both, the BISITE Research Group and the AIR Institute, and are an important reflection of our work and an excellent source of inspiration.

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.

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