The GACETA Forum “Salamanca in the world: more investment, innovation and entrepreneurship” took place this morning. An initiative organized by the newspaper La Gaceta de Salamanca with the aim of highlighting aspects of Salamanca’s economic expansion and opportunities for companies.

The meeting was moderated by the director of La Gaceta, Julián Ballestero and was held at the Casino de Salamanca, attended by Isidoro Alanís, president of Global Exchange; Eustaquio Andrés Sánchez, president of Grupo Andrés; and Juan Manuel Corchado Rodríguez, director of the BISITE Research Group and president of the AIR Institute.

In his speech, Corchado pointed to the importance of public institutions investing in the development of the region. He also insisted that traditional companies must embrace digitalization in order to stay afloat and even expand and reach other areas.

It has been an interesting event which was also attended by other local officials such as the Vice Chancellor for Research and Transfer of the University of Salamanca, José Miguel Mateos; the delegate of the Junta of Castilla y León in Salamanca, Eloy Ruiz Marcos or the vice-president of Global Exchange, Juan Antonio Alanís Marcos.

This kind of initiatives help to promote new ideas and strategies to improve the economy and opportunities in Salamanca and Castilla y León.

We share with you a video of the day, courtesy of La Gaceta.

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.