Yesterday, a round table discussion was held on “Technological innovation. The basis for the survival of companies”, organised by the newspaper La Gaceta de Salamanca on the occasion of the celebration of the centenary of its foundation. Juan Manuel Corchado, director of the BISITE Research Group and president of the AIR Institute, Mario Vicente Sánchez, CEO of the Undanet Group and Claudio Mogilner Hendler CEO of InternacionalWeb, were the protagonists of this very engaging event that attracted a large number of attendees to the R+D+i building of the University of Salamanca.

During the event, which was part of a series of events organised by La Gaceta, entitled “Centenary Meetings”, Corchado alluded to the increase in the number of entrepreneurs in Salamanca, assuring that “we can only get better”. He also envisaged a rapid development for the city given its numerous entrepreneurs, the support measures offered by the institutions and the work of research groups such as BISITE, which serve as a vanguard for the future of the technologies that are yet to come. As the Salamanca newspaper reports in its print and digital versions, “in a world that is advancing “frenetically”, Corchado launched a message of optimism for Salamanca. “The opportunities are very good,” he said, alluding to the institutional union that is committed to promoting entrepreneurship and supporting start-ups. He did make it clear that, regardless of the sector, the future lies in technological development”.

For his part, the CEO of the Undanet Group shared his vision as an entrepreneur and investor, using companies such as Cabify and Netflix as example. “The companies that are moving the world respond to adaptive models. They focus on the customer”. To conclude, Mogilner, also an entrepreneur, stressed how in his experience, he believes it is essential to take digital transformation and marketing seriously and to call on experts to manage the digital identity of companies.

Technology will make a big difference for companies, and in particular Artificial Intelligence, which can guarantee the success of any product or service.

Here is a video summary of the day.

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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.