Vice-president Nadia Calviño visits BSC to follow up on various joint projects

06 September 2022

The First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, visited the Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) last Thursday, September 1, to follow up on some of the technological innovation projects that the BSC is developing jointly with the Spanish government.

Calviño, who was accompanied by the delegate of the Spanish Government in Catalonia, Maria Eugènia Gay, met with the director of the BSC, Mateo Valero, the associate director, Josep Maria Martorell, the Operations director, Sergi Girona, and the rector of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC), Daniel Crespo.

Among the topics they discussed was chip design, an issue of particular relevance as evidenced by the strategic transformation project (PERTE) approved this year by the Spanish government, which involves an injection of 12 billion for the semiconductor sector to be financed with European recovery funds.

The vice president was also accompanied by the BSC researchers with Marta Villegas, head of the MarIA project, the first massive artificial intelligence system and expert in understanding and writing in Spanish, and Alba Cervera, head of the Quantum Spain project that promotes the quantum computing ecosystem in Spain, both supported by the Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence (SEDIA).