The Minister for Territorial Policy and Spokesperson of the Government of Spain, Isabel Rodríguez, attended an institutional meeting this week in Salamanca. The director of the BISITE Research Group and president of the AIR Institute, Juan Manuel Corchado, took this opportunity to present, to the Minister, a proposal under the title “Transversal platform for the management of Agro Industry 4.0 based on IIoT, Big Data Analytics, Edge Computing and Augmented Reality”.

This presentation took place at CIALE and was attended by the delegate of Transfer of the University of Salamanca, Óscar Lorenzo, who also presented some of the projects, infrastructures and potential of the academic institution of higher education that could fit in the calls financed with the Next Generation EU recovery funds.

Also present at the meeting were the Vice Rector for Research and Transfer, José Miguel Mateos Roco; the Vice Rector for Quality and Undergraduate Education, María José Rodríguez Conde; the CIALE management team, José Martínez Fernández (Director), María Rosa Hermosa Prieto (Deputy Director) and Ernesto Pérez Benito (Secretary); the Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Fernando Rodríguez.

The “Transversal Platform for the management of AgroIndustry 4.0 based on IIoT, Big Data Analytics, Edge Computing and Augmented Reality” is a project that aims to lead the industrialization of the primary sector in Spain. The initiative seeks funding from the Agrifood PERTE, which, as Minister Rodriguez highlighted at the end of the meeting, will allocate 15% of the 1,000 million budget to science and innovation.

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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.