This morning the launch of Salamanca Tech took place, an initiative that seeks to promote innovation and technological development in the city. To present the initiative to the media, AIR Institute‘s facilities on Avenida Santiago Madrigal hosted a press conference coordinated by Juan Manuel Corchado, the Director of the institution.

Within the framework of the agreement with the City Council, several commitments related to the dissemination, promotion, training and advice on everything related to AI and new technologies have been made.

Juan Manuel Corchado, Carlos García Carbayo and Ricardo Rivero during the presentation of Salamanca Tech.

Dozens of local and national companies will soon gather at the Salamanca Tech Day forum, where executives from leading technology companies across different fields will meet to discuss new developments and opportunities in science, technology, logistics, health, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

Salamanca Tech Day will be held on 3 May in the Sala Menor of the city’s Palacio de Congresos. It is expected to bring together more than 400 attendees with more than 20 speakers at four round tables that will deal with topics related to technology and innovation, applied biomedicine, research, transfer and logistics.

Juan Manuel Corchado, Carlos García Carbayo and Ricardo Rivero during the presentation of Salamanca Tech.

The event will be inaugurated by the President of the Junta de Castilla y León, Mr. Alfonso Fernández Mañueco; the Mayor of Salamanca, Mr. Carlos Manuel García Carbayo; the Rector of the University of Salamanca, Mr. Ricardo Rivero Ortega; the Rector of the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Ms. Mirian Cortés Diéguez, and the Director of AIR Institute, Mr. Juan Manuel Corchado Rodríguez.

During the press conference, Corchado insisted that “we are living through a time of great changes, AI is experiencing advances that have never been seen before and Salamanca has to take full advantage to be at the forefront of this technological revolution”. He also invited companies to participate and promote projects that wager on Salamanca’s companies.

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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.