La AESIA en Galicia

The Ministerio de Asuntos Económicos y Transformación Digital initiated the procedure to establish the physical headquarters of the future Agency for the Supervision of Artificial Intelligence, in the framework of the Government’s commitment to decentralize state organisms of new creation.

The Xunta de Galicia has announced that it will present a unique proposal for its location in the city of A Coruña, constituting a solid, potent, mature and well-established candidacy to place this organism, prime of its characteristics in Europe, in it.

A Coruña and its area of ​​influence have 602 companies, 237 high technology, and 98 invoice more than a million euros per year. Los datos estatísticos del Instituto Galego de Estatística (IGE) sobre el sector dicen que around 45% of employment is concentrated in the zone of influence of A Coruña and more than 50% of turnover in this productive area. El 40% of the ICT business in Galicia is generated in the comarca Coruñesa, where a large number of start ups generating a very active ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation in the sector. All these dates make the area of ​​A Coruña the leading TIC area in Galicia, a sector that accounts for 2.7% of the Galician GDP.

In addition to the Galician companies, we must add more than 16 multinationals, such as INDRA and NTTData, which have important headquarters located in the area of ​​A Coruña, precisely because of the importance of this sector in this city.

A esto hay que adder que in the area of ​​A Coruña there are large companies, national and multinational, no TIC, which are intensive in the use of digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence, in those that work directly a large number of TIC jobs that have que sumar a los más de 9,000 puestos de trabajo directos del sector TIC.

At the time of explaining the reason why the area of ​​A Coruña has this developed ICT ecosystem, all eyes are directed to the UDC and concretely to the Elviña campus, where the Facultad de Ingeniería Informática (FIC) is located el Centro de Investigación en Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (CITIC). The FIC and the CITIC accredit, desde hace muchos años, experience, prestige and excellence in training and talent capture and in the generation of knowledge in this area. En la facultad se imparten los grados de Ingeniería Informática, de Ciencia e Ingeniería de Dato y de Inteligencia Artificial, así como ocho másteres de alta especialización, entre los que se incluede, por supuesto, el de Inteligencia Artificial.

This mass criticism of teaching and research is reflected in the fact that 74% of the teaching and research staff of computer science and artificial intelligence and 56% of the professorship of generic areas TIC of Galicia belong to the University of Coruña, en nuestro campus cursan sus estudios un 60% del alumodos galego del grao de Informática, un 70% del matriculado en los másteres specialized de este campo y 25 de las 47 tesis defendedidas en IA en el SUG fueron en la UDC.

The activities of the FIC and, above all, of the CITIC are based on establishing a synergy space between research groups with companies and spin off generadas en la UDC, algunas de ellas situadas en el CITIC. En 2018 buscábamos ampliar la experiencia del CITIC; in collaboration with the Clúster TIC and with the participation of the Council of Coruña, a project was presented to the Ministry of Defense to use the facilities of Pedralonga, a project to which the Xunta de Galicia was united, mainly through IGAPE, and the Deputation of Coruña. This is how the Ciudad de las TIC was born, a clear example of private public collaboration.

From 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, the ICT City is being developed as a hub of innovation in which it will establish a training center specialized in digital skills, a research center, the CITIC, the first Singular Center of the Xunta de Galicia en TIC y el mayor en inquisitors en IA de Galicia, un centro tecnológico, con workshops y demonstratores de soluciones para la transformación digital de las cadenas de las valor de las companies, un centro de emprendimiento para el desarrollo de start ups y, por último, empresas consolidadas que quieran aprovechar las opportunidades de innovation.

The criteria published by the Ministry indicate that AESIA will be installed where it will count with a strong business and scientific ecosystem of digital innovation, talent capture and multidisciplinary interaction. Esas son, precisely, las vigas maestras de la zone de A Coruña, de la Universidad da Coruña y del tecnológico de la Ciudad de las TIC, proyecto de país stratégic para Galicia.

Trajectory, realidad actualidad y proyecto de futuro que, sin duda, hacen de A Coruña, the adequate, consolidated and integrated scenario, para que Galicia presents the best candidacy to host the new state agency, in line with the Gobierno’s criteria, the Strategy Nacional de Inteligencia Artificial (ENIA) y con la Estrategia Gallega de Inteligencia Artificial.

Therefore, Galicia’s bid, with its headquarters in A Coruña, meets the ideal conditions to achieve the future headquarters of the Spanish Agency for the Supervision of Artificial Intelligence (AESIA).

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