The second Open Call of the DIH-World project, closed on 28 June, with a total of 59 experiment proposals received from 21 countries. It has been a great success and will be a great opportunity for the selected companies.

The objective of this call is to support innovative experiments that integrate digital technologies in the processes, products or services of manufacturing SMEs. The evaluation will lead to the selection of up to 20 experiments that will join the DIH-World Community and boost the European Digital Innovation Hub landscape with new technologies such as AI, IoT, Big Data or robotics, among others.

The selected companies will be eligible for financial support of up to €95,000. In addition to support for DIH development through the DIH Academy, and a community of DIHs and SMEs willing to strengthen collaboration and learn from each other.

At AIR Institute, as IoT DIH partners, we are part of this community and are committed to working with and supporting the selected experiments in achieving their goals. We have experience in developing innovative projects and work with technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Internet of Things, Cybersecurity, and others. Therefore, we can provide the tools that meet the needs of each participating company.

About DIH World

DIH-World is an initiative that aims to harmonise and broaden the European DIH landscape to address the “digital innovation hub gap”. This will be made possible through the adoption of advanced digital technologies by manufacturing SMEs. DIH-World will help them create sustainable competitive advantages so that they can reach global markets.

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.