The M3 Building of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca served as the venue for the technology breakfast: “The Value of Innovation in Business”, organized by the Air Institute in collaboration with the Institute for Business Competitiveness (ICE).

The event was hosted by José Francisco de Diego, territorial director of ICE in Salamanca and Juan Manuel Corchado Rodríguez, president of the AIR Institute. During the event, the Centr@tec Program was introduced; a training and support initiative for business R&D&I that is part of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network of Castilla y León

The participation of the Air Institute in the Centr@tec program will be oriented towards the following areas of action:

  • Internationalization of R&D&I.
  • Awareness, demonstration and training
  • Diagnostics and implementations
  • Innovative Project Bank
  • Digital Transformation Support Unit
Juan Manuel Corchado Rodríguez, President of the AIR Institute

For his part, José Francisco de Diego described the opportunities offered to the business network of Castilla y León. He also presented the services in the field of Industry 4.0, digitalization, innovation in processes and product design and explained the lines of assistance currently offered by the ICE.

José Francisco de Diego, ICE’s regional director in Salamanca

Attendees learned first-hand about the experience of Pedro Laso, CEO of the company Biocompostajes Laso, who participated in last year’s Centr@tec program.

Pedro Laso, CEO of the company Biocompostajes Laso

It has been a fruitful and helpful event for companies, and we hope to continue carrying out this type of activities to promote business digitalization in 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.