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 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.