DIGIS3, the consortium led by AIR Institute along with the Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León (ICE), DIHBU, the DIH-LEAF, the Castilla y León Supercomputing Foundation (SCAYLE) and the University of León, will have access to a European budget for the promotion of digitisation in the region.

The European Commission has approved the application submitted by the DIGIS3 consortium to join the European Network of Digital Innovation Hubs. The achievement means that this Digital Innovation Hub, made up of different entities from the provinces of Castilla y León, will receive funding of 3,447,000 million euros over the next three years to develop its activity.

DIGIS3 (Intelligent, Sustainable and Cohesive Digitalisation), is a Digital Innovation Hub, which will promote the digitalisation of SMEs in Castilla y León.  Its application has been chosen from among the more than 300 others that had been shortlisted. The European Commission has given it a high rating due to the excellence of the proposal and the synergies with other European networks.

Companies in the Castilla y León region will be able to benefit from technological support, digitalisation and easy access to information, services and facilities. Undoubtedly, this is excellent news that opens up a range of opportunities to boost digitisation and digital transformation in the nine provinces.

About DIGIS3

The general objective of DIGIS3 is to ensure the intelligent, sustainable and cohesive digital transformation of SMEs and public administration entities in the region; with an urban and rural territorial scope focused on cohesion, through comprehensive support to users, facilitating their access to specialised technical knowledge and experimentation environments, in a one-stop shop service whose central core of knowledge and training is structured around Artificial Intelligence and supercomputing, bearing in mind cybersecurity as a necessary layer in any digitisation process.

The news has caught the attention of the regional media, such as the Gaceta de Salamanca, which has published an article featuring an interview with the president of AIR Institute, Juan Manuel. Here is the full article.

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.