The IoTalentum project in which the BISITE Research Group participates continues to achieve its objectives. The project is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Horizon 2020 European Training Network on the Internet of Things. The overall objective of IoTalentum is to provide high-level training in the field of next generation IoT to a new generation of ESRs (Early Stage Researchers).

Among its main objectives is to develop comprehensive, autonomous and flexible control ( using artificial intelligence techniques) to achieve a heterogeneous 5G-based heterogeneous next generation IoT infrastructure. It also proposes new cybersecurity solutions and develops smart grids.

IoTalentum trains 15 early-stage researchers, who will be recruited during the implementation of the project. For this reason, Mahmoud Abbasi has joined the BISITE Research Group in order to develop his doctoral thesis and participate in the achievement of the project’s objectives.

Training, research and synergies in IoTalentum

This initiative has been running for almost two years and several activities have been carried out during this time. Juan Manuel Corchado, Director of the BISITE Group is a member of the board of supervisors, and his vast experience has allowed him to provide valuable information to PhD students through initiatives such as the online “Workshop on Open Science“, at which he introduced the Open Access and Open Science publishing models to early-stage researchers.

On the basis of this workshop, the free course “An IoTalentum training course for ESR students” has been designed on the Moocs e4you platform, if you are interested you can register here.

Three Networking Meetings have also been held, which aim to bring together researchers and partner organisations to share ideas, update knowledge and create alliances. PhD students, including our colleague Mahmoud Abbasi, were able to participate in specialised workshops focused on IoT Infrastructures: Networking and Computing, Ethics and Scientific Integrity.

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.