Last week the final activities of the DISRUPTIVE project, of which the BISITE Research Group of the University of Salamanca is a member, have been carried out.

The Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León (ICE) in collaboration with the University of Valladolid and other members of the consortium, including CARTIF, the Higher Institute of Engineering of Porto, the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Produtech and the BISITE Research Group of the University of Salamanca have organized the V Workshop on Disruptive Information and Communication Technologies for Innovation and Digital Transformation.

Juan Manuel Corchado, director of the BISITE Research Group, participated in the event to present the activities of the project and introduced the attendees to the main innovation and digitalization actions that are being developed in Castilla y León with the aim of boosting SMEs.

We were also honored to have Beatriz Casado Sáez, director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Department of ICE, participate in the event. In addition, a round table between the representatives of the different companies, who presented some success stories related to digitization and how they have addressed the digital transformation in their field of action.

The round table was integrated by; Juan Manuel Corchado director of BISITE; David García Ricote, head of Information Systems CIO – IT/OT Manager at Grupo Tejedor Lázaro; Oscar Puche, director of Development, Finance and HR at BEHER; Isabel Grondona España, head of R&D&i at Mirat Fertilizantes; Pablo Pardo Sánchez, CEO of the company Exobrain, and Marta Sánchez, director of Expansion at Talleres Alumisan.

The meeting proceeded with different technology-related presentations made by the representatives of the papers selected by the project coordinators.

Final meeting of the DISRUPTIVE project

The activities continued the next day at the Higher Technical School of Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Valladolid (UVA), where the fourth and final progress meeting of the DISRUPTIVE project was held.

In this last meeting, the progress made by each of the partners was presented and it was analyzed whether the set objectives had been met.

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.