The 'SERenidade' Awards 2024 recognize the excellence of CiTIUS and endorse its work as a benchmark in AI

The jury highlights the center's role as an "international benchmark in Artificial Intelligence" and awards it this prestigious prize, which in this edition has also recognized individuals and institutions with equally exceptional trajectories, such as Nadia Calviño or the Paideia Foundation, chaired by Sandra Ortega.

Spain's oldest radio network (Cadena Ser), currently celebrating its centenary, has just acknowledged CiTIUS's trajectory as a prestigious institution and an "international benchmark in AI" by awarding it one of its 'SERenidade Awards 2024'. These awards, given annually by Radio Galicia - Cadena SER (the dean station in Galician radio, with over 90 years of history), recognize individuals and institutions with particularly outstanding careers. In this current edition, Nadia Calviño (President of the European Investment Bank, Minister of Economy between 2018 and 2024, and First Vice President of the Government of Spain between 2021 and 2023); Paideia Foundation (a foundation chaired by entrepreneur Sandra Ortega, promoting the comprehensive development of the most vulnerable people since 1986); Aluminios Cortizo (leading manufacturer and distributor of aluminum systems on the Iberian Peninsula and a reference in the European sector); Carlos Blanco (stand-up comedian, actor, and director, a key figure in the Galician scene); and Moncho Fernández (coach of the Monbus Obradoiro team, maintaining the team in the top national category for 14 years) were also honored.

Regarding CiTIUS, the judgment highlights the center's work "in the context of the advancement of Artificial Intelligence." Likewise, the jury argues the award, stating that "the USC research center has become an international benchmark, led by Professor Senén Barro and a great team of professionals."

"Fantastic progression"

The center's scientific director valued the news "with enormous satisfaction" this morning. "It is an important award and of strong symbolic value," says Barro, "for who awards it and for the standing of the other individuals and institutions awarded." For the USC's Artificial Intelligence professor, "in short, it is an award in which society recognizes the value of what we do, and as a director, I can only be delighted." The center's top official took the opportunity to thank all CiTIUS staff for "the great work they are doing."

"This is an award for the group of people who perform impeccable work at the center every day, collectively putting their natural intelligence to develop reliable artificial intelligence for the benefit of society," the CiTIUS director also said. "I believe that each and every one of us who are part of this center can feel very proud and grateful for this recognition," concludes Senén Barro.

The 'SERenidade 2024' awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, February 28, at a gala in the Auditorio de Galicia (Santiago de Compostela).