The transformation of cities goes beyond smart infrastructures; many important sectors, such as healthcare, require major changes so that they may guarantee preventive, personalized, connected and virtual healthcare services and systems.

Several factors are driving the development of preventive healthcare services, among them, the decline in public health, the increase in chronic diseases, the aging of the population, the increase in healthcare costs, the need to bring intelligence closer to the user for reasons such as privacy, security, performance and costs, as well as COVID-19.

In this regard, Juan Manuel Corchado, as director of the BISITE Research Group and President of the AIR Institute together with Nourah Janbi, Rashid Mehmood, Iyad Katib, Aiiad Albeshri and Tan Yigitcanlar, great researchers specialized in new technologies, worked on the development of a reference architecture called Imtidad, which provides Distributed Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a Service (DAIaaS) over Cloud, Fog and Edge using a service catalog case study containing 22 AI skin diseases diagnostic services.

The services are designed to enable different use cases, such as diagnosing patients at home or sending diagnostic requests to medical professionals traveling via a Fog device or a Cloud. This groundbreaking development provides a reference architecture, and a very fine-grained implementation and management of DAIaaS services and is also expected to have a major impact on the development of intelligent distributed service infrastructures for healthcare and other sectors.

I invite you to read the full article published in Sensors 22, no. 5: 1854.

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.