The President of the AIR Institute and Director of the BISITE Research Group of the University of Salamanca, Juan Manuel Corchado, attended the gala dinner held at the Royal Palace on the occasion of the state visit of the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. In addition to their Majesties, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, the event was also attended by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, other members of his cabinet and numerous political and business representatives.

The Emir of Qatar and Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani arrived in Spain on Monday 16 May. This is his first visit to Spain since he acceded to the throne in 2013. Although the two countries have maintained diplomatic relations since 1972 and investments and collaboration between entities from these territories is constant, this official trip is seen as an opportunity to further strengthen bilateral relations.

Qatar has the world’s third largest natural gas reserves and is Spain’s fifth largest supplier of liquefied natural gas. As reported by various national media, this has been one of the central topics of discussion during the visit of the emir, who has also taken the opportunity to announce an investment of almost 5,000 million euros in Spain over the next few years.

Juan Manuel Corchado, Their Majesties, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, and Sheikha Jawaher Bint Hamad Bin Suhaim Al Thani, accompanied by Their Highnesses, The King and Queen of Spain, Felipe VI and Letizia.
© Casa de S.M. el Rey (Royal Household of H.M. The King) 

During his trip to Madrid, Juan Manuel Corchado held a series of meetings with the heads of research, innovation and transfer services of different organizations in Qatar, with the aim of showcasing the advances made by both the BISITE Research Group and the AIR Institute in the application of artificial intelligence in the energy sector. Above all, the aim of the meetings was to establish participation in new projects, in both Qatar and Spain. It has undoubtedly been an excellent opportunity to strengthen ties, present some of the projects we are developing and make our potential known.

With Qatar’s investments in Spain we will have great opportunities in the technology sector. This is fantastic news for both our research group and for the University of Salamanca.

Qatar, increasingly committed to energy efficiency

BISITE, as a research group specialized in new technologies, participates in the development of different projects aimed at promoting energy efficiency. The CHROMOSOME project, for example, focuses on the development of infrastructure that will promote a change in the behavior of residential energy consumers, encouraging more efficient habits, without compromising their comfort.

Thanks to our group’s experience, the Qatari institutions, specifically Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation and Tasmu Innovation Lab, have entrusted our research group and Iberdrola with the design of a plug-and-play device based on Edge Computing, capable of managing the energy consumption of Smart Buildings. To this end, they will allocate an investment of approximately one million dollars.

For its part, AIR Institute is carrying out projects related to Smart Cities; an area in which the city of Doha has gained much potential. We have collaborated with different Qatari institutions and companies in the development of solutions based on distributed intelligent systems. In addition, we have recently co-organized an international congress on Smart Cities “Sustainable Smart Cities and Territories International Conference”, in collaboration with Msheireb Downtown Doha and the Universities of Qatar, Texas A&M and Hamad Bin Khalifa.

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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.