The mayor of Salamanca, Carlos García Carbayo, and Juan Manuel Corchado, president of the International Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Foundation (AIR Institute), today signed an agreement through which the city council cedes to the foundation the use of the municipal building of the Center for Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, located on Santiago Madrigal Street.

Specifically, it is the building built next to the Puente Ladrillo Integrated Municipal Center, energy efficient and with an area of more than 820 square meters, which will accommodate about 80 experts from AIR Institute, including doctors and engineers, who will lead, among other projects, the European Digital Innovation HUB (DIGIS 3).

The implementation of this building is part of the actions planned within the protocol signed between the Junta de Castilla y León, the Provincial Council, the City Council and the University of Salamanca, endowed with 67 million euros, to turn Salamanca and its area of influence into an economic engine linked to the knowledge industry, innovation, research and logistics.

After signing the agreement, the mayor of Salamanca recalled that DIGIS 3 is a regional project backed by an investment of 3.5 million euros to offer a broad portfolio of services for the digitization of some 1,400 companies and public entities throughout Castilla y León.

Boosting digitalization

DIGIS 3 will provide companies and entities in the nine provinces of the autonomous community with training, experimentation, support in the search for funding, among other services, to promote their competitiveness in Artificial Intelligence and Supercomputing, and in other support technologies in digitization, such as the Internet of Things, Big Data, Blockchain, Robotics or Cybersecurity.

The agreement for the transfer of the building is valid for 10 years, which may be extended under the terms provided for in the transfer agreement to be submitted to the Municipal Plenary, and in exchange for its use AIR Institute will advise the city council to promote the development of the city in information technologies, encourage the retention of talent, attract investments linked to these areas and facilitate the participation of the consistory in national and international projects, in line with the objectives of the foundation.

According to Juan Manuel Corchado, the transfer of this building will create a new space in Salamanca for the transfer, innovation and generation of talent, which will contribute to AIR Instituye becoming a nationally recognized technology center and will position the city as a benchmark in these areas.

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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.