Camilo José Cela University launches its Computing and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Camilo José Cela University presented its new Computing and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at an event held at its Almagro building and attended by Emilio Lora-Tamayo, rector of UCJC; Lino González, director of CAILab; Carme Artigas, Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence; Alfonso Valencia, director of the Bioinformatics Division at the National Supercomputing Centre and Miguel Ángel Sicilia, university professor, as well as advisor and director of R&D projects at the UCJC CAILab.

The Computing and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CAILab) is the Camilo José Cela University’s computing, artificial intelligence and information technologies research centre. CAILab began its activity in 2020 in the School of Science and Technology at UCJC, with the aim of becoming a leading R&D centre and of collaborating towards and providing solutions to the digital transformation of companies and organisations through research and innovation.

CAILab’s first projects focused on the application of artificial intelligence in the field of biomedics and on the problems of web sciences, as well as on the application of deep learning and cognitive computing techniques in different areas of organisations with a focus on optimisation and value creation.

In line with Camilo José Cela University’s values CAILab also strives to advance in the development and application of artificial intelligence in accordance with European values that put this technology at the service of citizens offering trust, transparency and non-discrimination.

New courses at the School of Technology and Science

In addition to this initiative, the Camilo José Cela University School of Technology and Science adds six new courses to its academic offering: the Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering, the Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity, the Master’s Degree in Data Science, the Master’s Degree in Data Analysis for Epidemiology and Public Health, the Master’s Degree in Big Data and Business Analytics, and the Master’s Degree in DevOps Engineering, testament to the efforts to make UCJC a leading higher education institution in a sector that is undoubtedly the main driver of employment and of much needed entrepreneurship to overcome the difficult situation brought about by the pandemic.

Setting up new working groups has also bolstered the teaching faculty and has consolidated new talent, incorporating lecturers and researchers committed to the values of UCJC to develop technology at the service of society, in a reliable, transparent and non-discriminatory manner.

In terms of research, CAILab has the firm intention of creating value by proposing new technological solutions for the digital transformation of companies, the development of projects applied to the biomedical sector and the application of artificial intelligence for the definition of technological resources in different areas, such as entrepreneurship, virtual assistants, robotics, education, logistics or cybersecurity.

The launch of the Institute of Computing and Artificial Intelligence is part of the momentum brought about by the UCJC School of Technology and Science’s Strategic Plan. Within the changing environment in which we live, UCJC continues to pursue its basic tenets of innovation, research, sustainability and digital transformation.

This was confirmed by Emilio Lora-Tamayo in his presentation where he stated that “we are facing a great challenge, always fulfilling the role of the university to serve society, always adapting to its needs and transmitting quality knowledge, creating innovative talent and training our students in skills and competencies that prepare them to be the leaders of the future”.