Today, the ” PERTE Vanguard Health in Castilla y León” conference took place. Colegio Fonseca hosted a hundred representatives from companies, institutions and the general public to learn about the characteristics of this project whose main objective is to position Spain as a leading country in the innovation and development of advanced therapies for the cure of diseases such as diabetes or ALS.

The conference was organised by the Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León (ICE), the ITCL Technology Centre, the AIR Institute and the CARTIF Technology Centre within the framework of the Centr@tec Programme.

During the event, several presentations on the strategic approach of the Strategic Project for Economic Recovery and Transformation (PERTE) were delivered by the Carlos III Institute of Health, the Centre for Industrial Technological Development and the Ministry of Health of the Regional Government of Castilla y León. In addition, two round tables were held with the participation of the Regional Ministry of Health, the Biomedical Research Institute of Salamanca, the BIOTECYL Cluster, AMADIX, Immunostep Biotech and the Institute of Biology and Molecular Genetics, AMETIC, the SIVI Cluster, ARTELNICS and the AIR Institute and CARTIF technology centres.

During the conference, the director of the AIR Institute, Juan Manuel Corchado, told the attendees about some of the projects that the institute is developing in the field of healthcare. One of those projects involves research into the use of smart textiles in dolls for therapy, companionship and care for people, another project uses an Artificial Intelligence-based conversational care platform, eXplicable, in the care for dependent people, including the elderly and people with disabilities or chronic illnesses.

Finally, he spoke about the capabilities offered by the Castilla y León Network of Technology Centres, which cover the entire value chain of the healthcare system, from primary care and remote care to decision support and healthcare robotics. Through the Network of Centres they join forces and establish synergies that can provide very useful and cutting-edge tools to make this sector more competitive.

It has been a very fruitful conference that has allowed us to explore the opportunities available to the region’s scientific and business network.

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.