The 20th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (PAAMS) and the concurrent conferences DCAI, ISAMI, MIS4TEL, PACBB, DECON and BLOCKCHAIN organised by the BISITE Research Group have proven to be a resounding success. The event was held from 13 to 15 July at the University of L’Aquila, Italy, and was attended by more than 200 researchers, developers and academics from different parts of the world, who participated online and in person.

The plenary sessions were hosted by Tiziana Catarci, professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), Hugues Bersini, co-director of the IRIDIA laboratory at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and Juan Manuel Corchado, director of the BISITE Research Group and president of the AIR Institute, who inaugurated the congress and gave a talk entitled “Intelligence 5.0: the human being at the centre of the production chain”.

During the talk, Corchado spoke about Artificial Intelligence, the evolution of intelligent computer systems and the current trend in the use of AI, which is moving towards the development of sophisticated social machines, in which humans are part of the decision-making process of AI algorithms. He also presented some of the projects that are being developed both at BISITE and AIR Institute, in order to showcase all that we have developed thanks to AI and other technologies such as Blockchain, Internet of Things or Cybersecurity.

We share with you a video of Juan Manuel Corchado’s presentation.

About PAAMS Conference

PAAMS is an international forum that brings researchers together every year to present and discuss the latest scientific advances and their effective applications in the field of multi-agent systems, as well as to facilitate technology transfer. PAAMS started as a local initiative, but has since grown to become an annual international platform for presenting, discussing and disseminating the latest developments and most important results related to real-world applications. PAAMS is currently ranked B2 by CAPES Qualis CC-Events and B by CORE Ranking.

As every year, we have had many fascinating presentations that have allowed us to learn about the latest developments in Multiagent Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, economics or bioinformatics. The next year’s conference will be held at the University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal, and we hope to continue bringing together leading specialists to discuss and contribute innovative ideas in the fields of research featured both in PAAMS and in the joint conferences.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

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.