8th Startup Olé, one of the most important entrepreneurship and innovation events in Spain, took place this week. Researchers from the BISITE Research Group and AIR Institute have participated to present some of the projects we are developing.

This year has been a success, with more than 800 speakers and 165 startups from different countries. In addition to the visit of prominent European representatives such as Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, who attended the 2021 edition and visited the laboratories of the BISITE group in order to learn about the technological projects that we were carrying out.

Innovation and technological projects

The attendees were able to learn a little more about some of the projects oriented towards electronics, such as Data Logger, Edge-IIoT Gateway for capturing, storing, processing and sending data aimed at the Internet of Things technology; Deep Air Control 4.0, a device for monitoring parameters such as temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity or CO2; SpinCare, an smart posture corrector that can help prevent back problems; and Apapachoa, which is based on therapeutic dolls with sensing technology to help people with certain pathologies such as Alzheimer’s, autism, depression, and others.

On this occasion, we have also presented the training offer of BISITE and other projects aimed at promoting the digitization of companies, such as the Centr@tec Program, coordinated by the Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León (ICE) in collaboration with Air Institute and DIGIS3, the consortium also led by AIR Institute, which has been selected to join the European Network of Digital Innovation Centers. This initiative has received funding of almost 3.5 million euros to boost digitalization in Castilla y León.

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.