Candidatura de Salamanca como sede de la Agencia Española de Inteligencia Artificial – SALAMANArtv AL DÍA

The Plenum of the City Council of Salamanca approved this Friday, con el unanimous support de todos los grupos, the Mayor’s proposal on the presentation of the candidada para que la ciudad albergue la Agencia Española de Supervisión de la Inteligencia Artificial.

The proposal was incorporated into the session as a matter of urgency and, subsequently, it had the support of the groups Popular, Socialist, de Ciudadanos, Mixto (Podemos and Izquierda Unida), and councilor Ricardo Ortiz.

For this, as previously reviewed by the consistorio in a press release collected by Europa Press, “cuenta con el informe favorable del Consejo de Gobierno de Castilla y León al cumplir con los requisites established por el Gobierno de España para la selección de la sede física de este organismo”.

Sobre sus characteristics, the local entity has pointed out that Salamanca has access to “a good network of communications” through high-capacity roads (the A-66 ‘Ruta de la Plata’, which connects the north and south of Spain; la A-62, integrated in el Eje transeuropeo E-80, que conecta Portugal, a través de España, con el centro y norte de Europe; la A-50 que conecta Salamanca con Madrid), ferrocarril de velocidad alta y aeropuerto cercano con capacidad para albergar vuelos internacionales (Aeropuerto de Matacán).

In the second place, it has been reported that Salamanca has a building in the center of the city, next to the Plaza Mayor, with adequate characteristics and equipment to house the Agency’s headquarters almost immediately.

It is a building located between the Cuesta del Carmen and the Íscar Peyra street, cataloged by the General Urban Planning Plan (PGOU) and with structural protection, which consists of 1,268 useful square meters distributed in five floors, in “excellent” condition de conservación, accesible, “totalmente” equipado y con una infrastructure de comunicaciones “completemente habilitada” para establishar una red local que incluede los equipments necesarios y el cableado.

A mayores, la zone donde se encuentra el inmueble propuesto has “excellentes communications” with the rest of the city, both at the level of services and sustainable urban mobility: pedestrian mobility, cyclists, collective public transport and taxi, he indicated.

ECOSYSTEM

Likewise, he pointed out that “a consolidated university ecosystem” exists in the city, integrated by its two universities (the University of Salamanca and the Pontifical University of Salamanca), which has allowed Salamanca “to become a relevant center in the field de la Inteligencia Artificial tanto a nivel nacional como internacional”.

Cuenta también la ciudad de Salamanca y su cercana área de influencia (el alfoz de la capital) con “un potente ecosistema económico y empresarial” relacionado con la inteligenia artificial.

Thus, the Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca “has been able to attract and grow numerous companies with a technological base, which have as the nucleus of their activity important projects linked to the development of intelligent products (IBM/Viewnext, Indra/Minsait, NTT Data, UST Global, Undanet, Bigbang Box, BASS, AXPE Consulting, Serbatic/Vass, etcétera)”.

Equally, he remarked that Salamanca is “the epicenter of a technological and research ecosystem, now driven by EDIH DIGIS3, which brings together more than 3,000 companies and technological/investigation centers”.

This EDIH is coordinated by the AIR Institute (Fundación Instituto Internacional de Investigación en Inteligencia Artificial y Ciencias de la Computation), a Technological Center recognized by the Junta de Castilla y León, created in 2018, and which has more than 60 researchers.

Likewise, he continued, artificial intelligence is “a fundamental part of many other university institutes”, such as the Instituto de Neurociencias de Castilla y León, the Centro de Investigación del Cáncer, the Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Salamanca (IBSAL), the Institute de Biología Funcional y Genómica (IBFG); as well as “grande empresas” como Enusa, Eurodivisas, Cytognos, MSD Animal Health, Beonprice, entre otras, con un modelo de negocio “fuertemente dependiente de sus proyectos en el amíto de la inteigencia artificial”.

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