The former president of Argentina Mauricio Macri has visited the facilities of the BISITE Research Group of the University of Salamanca. Macri, who was in charge of the executive of the Ibero-American country between 2015 and 2019, has had an insightful meeting with the director of the group, Juan Manuel Corchado, during which they have talked about the latest technological advances, their application in an extremely changing world and the great challenges that this entails.

Juan Manuel Corchado, Mauricio Macri and his team at the BISITE Group facilities.

Corchado also introduced Macri to EDIH DIGIS3, a Digital Innovation Hub supported by the European Commission, which will certainly become a benchmark for Castilla y León and its business network. The former president was also interested in the latest developments carried out at the AIR Institute, a technology center promoted by the research group in Salamanca, which has been created with the intention of fostering the development of Artificial Intelligence-based technologies and their application in all types of productive sectors.

Juan Manuel Corchado, Mauricio Macri and his team at the BISITE Group facilities.

The director of the BISITE Research Group and president of the AIR Institute said he was delighted to receives such an important guest, which is a clear sign of the significance of these entities within their fields of expertise. “I was glad to learn that we share common interests, and I am sure that, with his help, our research group will promote more projects in collaboration with Argentinean institutions, and that together we will be able to produce knowledge and transfer it to both Argentinean and Spanish societies.”

Juan Manuel Corchado, Mauricio Macri and his team at the BISITE Group facilities.

It has been a pleasure to talk with Macri about federated learning, data spaces and their applications in biotechnology, smart cities, health, dependence, sustainability… And to BISITE it has meant a lot that he has made time for a visit to our facilities despite his busy schedule, as the former president of Argentina is in Spain for a series of meetings with political, economic and scientific leaders, and he has come to the University of Salamanca to inaugurate the Master’s Degree in Global and International Studies.

“Thank you for your time and your visit President Macri.”

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.