This morning the conference “Boosting Research in Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity” took place in the “La Enredadera” space of This event aims to focus on the opportunities and challenges that these technological disciplines represent for the economy, companies and society.

The event was attended by authorities and prominent figures such as the First Vice-President and Minister for Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño; the Minister for Universities, Joan Subirats; the Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence, Carme Artigas; the President of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities, Juan Romo, and the Director of the National Cybersecurity Institute, Félix Barrio. Specialists in the sector were also present, including Juan Manuel Corchado, director of the BISITE Research Group and president of the AIR Institute, who directs important projects related to cybersecurity.

Presentation of the ENIA chairs

One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of the 16 chairs in Artificial Intelligence and another 16 in Cybersecurity. The National Artificial Intelligence Strategy (ENIA) is one of the pillars of the Spain Digital Agenda 2026 and one of the components of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan for the Spanish economy, which seeks to provide a reference framework for the development of an inclusive, sustainable and citizen-centred AI.

In this regard, the Minister of Universities announced that 16 million euros have been earmarked to promote the existence of these chairs, which will also benefit 150 researchers. Spanish universities will be able to apply for these 32 ENIA chairs in the next few days.

For her part, the vice-president emphasized concepts such as knowledge transfer and the promotion of national talent in AI and cybersecurity.

Events like this show the importance of Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity for our society, and public institutions are very aware of this. At the BISITE Research Group we have been successfully training computer security professionals for several years now thanks to our Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity, thanks to the support of renowned professionals such as Whitehackers or forensic experts from benchmark companies in the sector.

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.