Teachers and researchers

Joaquín Bautista-Valhondo

Joaquín Bautista Valhondo (Barcelona 1959), Industrial Engineer (1983) – Energy Technologies - by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Predoctoral researcher (1984) of the Government of France at Division d'Eploitation des Reacteurs Prototypes et Experimentaux du Centre d'Études Nucléaires de Grenoble (CENG-CEA). PhD in Industrial Engineering (1993) by the UPC. Award of the UPC to the best doctoral thesis in Industrial Engineering (1995). Civil servant of Career of the Teachers' Body of the Higher Education System in Spain (Area 650: Business Management): Assistant Professor (1990), Associate Professor (1994) and Full Professor (2002) at Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB) - UPC. Affiliated Researcher (2007-2016) at the European Centre for Soft Computing (ECSC). Academic director (2005) of the Nissan Chair UPC of Innovation in Automotion. Member of committees advisers in commissions and agencies of university quality in Spain: CNEAI, ANEP, CONAI+D, ANECA, AQU, ACPUA, ACSUG, ACSUCyL. Positive evaluation of research activity for 5 consecutive periods of six years (1985-2014) by the Spanish Government (CNEAI). Academic Numerary Member of the Royal Academy of Doctors (2014) in 5th Section: Technological Sciences. JBV

Rocío Alfaro-Pozo

Rocío Alfaro Pozo, B.Sc. Electronic Engineering from UIB and M.Sc. Industrial Engineering from UPC. She worked for one year as inspector of electrical installations at “Balear de Inspección y Control, S.L.U.” and, then for six months, at SGS. She was associate professor at the UPC during the year 2010-2011 and worked as qualified support for research in the same period. She is currently an assistant professor since 2011, in the Department of Management (DOE) of the UPC. Her research focuses primarily on the area of manufacturing and logistics operations, particularly in sequencing and balancing in assembly lines. She has participated in several projects funded by the National Plan of I+D+i of the Spain Government and has published in various journals and conferences. RAP

Rubén Rami-Rivas

Rubén Rami Rivas is Mechanical Engineer and Master in Engineering and Industrial Management for Automotive from UPC. He participated in several collaborative projects between the UPC and the CIM Center. He was working in Nissan since 1989 until today, where he has played the roles of training and coordination of new projects in Production Control (Europe and Japan), responsible for developing and manufacturing components from suppliers; leader in engineering projects Production, Quality, Production Control, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Design and Finance; responsible of the activity about V-up in Nissan's plants in Spain, acting in the launch of 2 new vehicles at the plant in Avila, and responsible of the Department of Production Management Changes. He is V-Pilot -black belt six sigma- and V-Expert -máster black belt six sigma- by Nissan. Actually, he is associated professor at DOE - ETSEIB - UPC.

Manuel Chica-Serrano

Manuel Chica holds a BSc and MSc on Computer Science by the University of Jaén (2004 and 2006, respectively), a Master on Soft Computing and Intelligent Systems (2009) and a PhD degree with distinction cum laude by the University of Granada in 2011. He holds an associate researcher position at the European Centre for Soft Computing since 2012 where he leads a team of researchers for applying computational intelligence techniques to real-world problems. Previously, he was contracted by Inspiralia for 3 years and a half to lead the intelligent systems group for FP7 SMEs projects. During his research career he has applied single and multi-objective metaheuristics, data mining, machine learning, fuzzy logic for classification, and image processing. This research track contains diverse engineering and business applications such as assembly lines and industrial engineering, healthcare systems, marketing, energy prediction, and food engineering. He is co-inventor of 1 international patent about a specialty bed for healthcare assistant. The patent is registered in EU and US and it is under exploitation by a private company. In addition, he has published papers in JCR-indexed journals (most of them in the first quartile) and book chapters. He co-authored contributions in international conferences and in national conferences, all of them subject to peer review. He has participated in 14 projects since 2007, being the principal investigator in 8 of them. Among the projects led by Manuel Chica we can find EU FP7 projects and research contracts with private companies. He performed two international research stays, one pre-doctoral stay in Apple Computer (Ireland, 2007) and another one as post-doctoral visiting researcher at the University of Auckland (New Zealand, 2012). MChS

Imma Ribas-Vila

Imma Ribas-Vila · IRV

Mariona Vilà-Bonilla

Mariona Vilà-Bonilla · MVB

Affiliated Researchers

Francisco Herrera-Triguero

Francisco Herrera Triguero. Full Professor. Head of Research Group SCI2S (Soft Computing and Intelligent Information Systems). Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación e Inteligencia Artificial en la ETS de Ingenierias Informática y de Telecomunicación de la Universidad de Granada, E-18071 Granada, Spain. Areas of Interest: Knowledge extraction based on evolutionary learning, Genetic fuzzy systems, Data Mining, Data preparation, Subgroup discovery, Computing With Words and Decision Making, Bibliometrics, Real Coding Genetic Algorithms, Memetic Algorithms. FHT

Óscar Cordón-García

Oscar Cordón, Full Professor wih the University of Granada and Scientific Consultant with the European Centre for Soft Computing (Mieres, Asturias), where he acted as Principal Researcher between 2006 and 2011. Ph.D. in Computer Science, founder of the Virtual Learning Center (CEVUG) (2011) and Young Researcher Career Award (2004) of the latter University. In 2011, he was granted with the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Outstanding Early Career Award (the first such award conferred) and with the IFSA Award for Outstanding Applications of Fuzzy Technology. He has published around 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications on evolutionary algorithms and metaheuristics, fuzzy logic, and its applications (including a research book on genetic fuzzy systems and 76 JCR-SCI-indexed journal papers), advised 15 PhD dissertations, participated in 35 research projects and contracts (being the coordinator in 21 of them), and co-edited 9 special issues in international journals and 3 research books. By October, 2013, his publications had received 2271 citations in Thomson's Web of Knowledge (h index=24) and 7442 in ScholarGoogle (h index=38), and being included in the 1% of most cited researchers in the world. He has been in the Editorial Board of 14 international journals and is reviewer for more than 30 international journals. OCG


Sergio Damas received a M.Sc. degree and PhD in Computer Science at the University of Granada (Spain) where he has been Assistant Professor since 1995. He was granted with a temporal leave to start working at the European Centre for Soft Computing in 2006, and achieved his habilitation in 2007. Dr. Damas has been involved in several projects funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, on topics related to the application of soft computing techniques to pattern recognition. He is co-author of more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He regularly serves as a reviewer for major journals and conferences. Dr. Damas is also member of the "European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology (EUSFLAT)", of the "Soft Computing in Image Processing (SCIP)" working group and of the "Soft Computing and Intelligent Information Systems" research group. His main research interests are in the field of soft computing, with particular regard to evolutionary computation, fuzzy logic, metaheuristics, and their application to problems as image registration, medical imaging, forensic anthropology, logistics, assembly line balancing, etc. SDA

Ignacio Moya Señas

Ignacio Moya graduated his MSc in Computer Science & Engineering (2012) by the Complutense University of Madrid, where he also completed the Computer Science Research Master (2013). After working a few moth as a research assistant at the UCM, in 2014 he moved to Asturias to join the European Centre for Soft Computing, where he stayed until the closing of the centre. Since 2015 he develops his PhD thesis in the University of Granada, under the supervision of Manuel Chica. His research is currently focused in agent-based modelling and social simulation, also including other topics as optimization using metaheuristics.

José M. Peña

Prof. José M. Peña is professor at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and scientific subdirector of the CeSViMa-UPM Supercomputing Center. He has PhD in Computer Science from the UPM. Prof. Peña has developed his career in the field high-performance data analysis and modelling and soft computing (data mining and heuristic optimization) with an intensive application to several scientific and engineering domains: bioinformatics, neuroscience, aeronautics, logistics and economics. He has more than 15 years of research experience backed-up by participation in more than 20 national and international projects, leading 5 of them. He is member of the Intelligent Data Analysis (IDA) Council and associate editor of several journals. In 2006, he was granted with the Best Young Reseracher Award from FGUPM for researchers under 35 years old. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed contributions (in international journals and conferences). JMP

Christian Blum

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Luis Onieva-Giménez

Luis Onieva Giménez is Full Professor of Management (650), Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Seville, President of the Association for the Development of Organization Engineering (ADINGOR), Head of the Organization Engineering Research Group (TEP-127) of the University of Seville and Director of the MP Corporation Chair. His research interests focus on the fields of production & operations management, operations research, transport and logistics, DSS, services management and vertical transportation. He has been Vice-rector for Technology Transfer of the University of Seville, Director General of the Research Foundation of the same University, Head of the Department of "Industrial Organization and Business Management", Head of the Doctoral Program "Organization Engineering", which was awarded the Quality Label by the National Agency for Quality Assessment, General Manager of Association for Research and Industrial Cooperation of Andalusia (AICIA) and Academic Secretary of the School of Industrial Engineering of Seville. He has led a large number of R & D projects financed by public funds (European Commission, the National R & D and Junta de Andalucía) and private funds. He has published numerous books and articles in prestigious national and international journals. He was organizer and head of several masters, expert courses and subjects related to Organization Engineering. He has also conducted numerous evaluations for ANEP, ANECA, AGAE and several Spanish Ministries. LOG

Pablo Cortés-Achead

Pablo Cortés Achedad, Professor in Industrial Engineering (Field 650), PhD in Industrial Engineering from US, Special Doctoral Award in Industrial Engineering US. Research interests focus on the fields: Soft Computing, Computational Intelligence, Operations Research, transport and logistics, telecommunication networks, and vertical transportation. Author/referee of academic articles in JCR journals such as: Applied Soft Computing, Computers & Operations Research, Interfaces, International Journal of Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing, Journal of the Operational Research Society, International Journal of Production Research, Simulation, Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, Information Sciences y European Journal of Operational Research, among others. He has been appointed as Guest Editor for the journal International Journal of Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing leading the Special Issue "Recent advances and future trends in vertical transportation". Member of the research group “Ingeniería de Organización” TEP-127 of US. He has been Project Leader in 3 projects of the Spanish Research and Development Programme, as well as project leader in numerous technology transfer projects funded by PROFIT, AVANZA or CENIT programmes. He is Leader Project in 14 research contracts with private companies and inventor I 3 patents with international PCT extension. He is evaluator for the ANEP, RTD Plan in Castilla León and Galicia, and the 7th Framework Programme. Currently, he is the General Manager of the Office for research and technology transfer in the University of Seville. PCA

Jesús Muñuzuri-Sanz

Jesús Muñuzuri Sanz got his PhD in Industrial Engineering at the School of Engineering of the University of Seville, and is an Associate Professor at the same institution, within the research group “Organization Engineering” TEP-127. He is also a member of the Association for the Development of Organization Engineering (ADINGOR), and one of the founders of the Center for the Promotion of Logistics in Andalusia (CPLA). He has completed research stages in the Universities of Delft (Netherlands) and Lyon (France), and has acted as the national expert in the Bestufs European Network for City Logistics. Dr. Muñuzuri has taken part in many publicly funded projects at European, national and regional level, including several projects of the IV, V and VI Framework Programs of the European Union, projects funded in the Interreg Medocc and ERA-Star European calls, projects funded by the National R&D Plan, Excellence Projects funded by the Andalusian Administration and projects funded by the Ministry of Public Works through the Cedex. He has also participated in many technology transfer projects, and taught in many courses and official master degrees. His research work is focused on the fields of transport and logistics, with special interest in urban transport and intermodal freight transport, evaluation of policies and preferences and application of operational research to industrial engineering problems. On the scientific side, he is coauthor of two international patents and author of many publications in international impact journals, as well as books, book chapters and contributions to many national and international conferences.

José Guadix-Martín

Jose Guadix Martin is Associate Professor of Business Administration and a PhD in Industrial Engineering in 2004. He has participated in numerous projects of the National R + D + I and has been Principal Investigator in several projects funded knowledge transfer in competitiveness by public entities. He has also conducted technology transfer contracts with different companies. He is also the inventor of four patents with extension PCT licensed to private companies. He has participated as a researcher in projects of V, VI and VII Framework Programme of the European Commission. Currently it has in place two six-year research. He has written seven books teaching and research as well as tutor three doctoral theses. He is currently Director General Knowledge Transfer, Director General of the Research Foundation of the University of Seville and coordinator of the Campus of International Excellence Andalucía TECH. He previously held the positions of Vice President of Technology Transfer from October 2015 to February 2016, Director of the Secretariat of Knowledge Transfer and Entrepreneurship at the University of Seville between June 2014 and October 2015, Deputy Director General of the Research Foundation University of Seville between January 2014 and September 2014 and Coordinator of the MP Chair of the University of Seville since 2006. He is a member of the Board of the Association for the Development of Engineering Organization, ADINGOR. His areas of interest in research are transport, engineering organization and the prevention of occupational hazards. He is the author of more than thirty articles in scientific journals (JCR), highlighting in recent years in the Journal of Business Research, Service Industries Journal, Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Cities, among others.

Francisco Javier Llovera-Sáez

Llovera Javier Saez. Degree and PhD in Law from the University of Barcelona. Technical Architect. Sociologist. University Professor Emeritus of Management. Director of four doctoral theses defended in the period 2009 to 2013. Participate as a research collaborator in projects funded by the National R + D + i plan (MICINN Reference, DPI2010-16759 PROTHIUS-III, 2010 to 2013). Director of the Master in Construction (UPC and Universidad Peruana de Ciencias). Regular contributor to the newspaper "El País" and "El Periódico de Catalunya" in charge of the section of professional responsibilities.

Sara María Llovera-Laborda

Sara María Llovera Laborda. Law degree from the UB and a PhD in Management and Business Administration at the UPC. Master in Management and Organisation by the UPC. Postgraduate Studies in Legal Practice from the College of Lawyers of Barcelona. Assistant and Associate Professor in the EPSEB from 2004 to 2011. Superior Technique of Research from 2011 to 2012 in the UPC. Collaborator researcher in projects funded by the National R + D + i, being the Doctor Joaquín Bautista Valhondo the principal investigator. Since 2006 year as a lawyer in partial time. He has presented papers and presentations at various congresses and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the "Family Business Magazine" published by the University of Málaga and the Banco Santander. Currently she is assigned to the Research Group, Production and Company Organisation (OPE) approved by UPC and recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya, as Superior Technique of Research and is advocate in the Office of Research Jordi Fernández.

Miguel De Aguilera-Moyano

Miguel de Aguilera Moyano PhD in Political Science and Sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid ( 1983). Professor of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising at the University of Malaga ( 1995). It has 5 research sections ( six-year ) . The UMA has held various positions of responsibility, among them his condition Dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences (1996-2002) and Director- General for Communication and Information ( 2004-2011 ) . Holder of the UNESCO Chair in International Communication (universities of Lyon and Grenoble ) in 2006. Faculty ( Visiting Researcher ) in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of California - San Jose (2003 ) . Secretary General of the Research Committee on Communication , Knowledge and Culture of the International Sociological Association ( 1990-1994 ) . He has researched , lectured , courses and seminars , advised or assisted in various ways with many Spanish , European, American and African universities. Author of over 80 publications including books and book chapters, monographs and articles ( with publishers and magazines in Germany , UK, Italy, France , Cameroon , Burkina Faso , United States , Mexico , Brazil and Austria , in addition to Spanish ) . His research specializes generally in popular culture and its users (especially young people) , covering various phenomena ( in particular video games , music and , in general, new media and audiovisual innovation). As for applied research, also specializes in corporate communications and fashion communication. MdAM

Rafael Santamaría-Aquilué

Rafael Santamaría Aquilué , Professor of Financial Economics and Accounting of the public university of Navarra. His main areas of interest are the markets and financial assets. The results of his research have been published in journals such as the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting , Journal of Futures Markets, European Journal of Operational Research, Quantitative Finance , International Review of Economics and Finance, Empirical Economics, International Business Review , Journal of Financial Research Service , Accounting and Finance, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade , Technovation , Journal of Behavioral Finance , Applied Economics , Applied Financial Economics , The Service Industries Journal, Management Research , Journal of Asset Management, among others. He has received the Research Award of University -Caja Navarra 2006 Areas of Humanities and Social Sciences , Law and Economics to the entire research career , and the University / BBV Research Award 2000 in the category of Young Researchers in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Mª Paz Sánchez-González

Mª Paz Sánchez González is currently Professor of civil law at the University of Cádiz. She is degree in law since 1985 and PhD since 1989. She is the author of several monographs. Among them, Bases de las Obligaciones contractuales en la Constitución, Publisher Trivium, Madrid, 1991; La impropiamente llamada objeción de conciencia a los tratamientos médicos, Publisher Tirant Lo Blanch, Valencia, 2002; La extinción del derecho a la pensión compensatoria, Publisher Comares, Granada, 2005; Los animales como agentes y como víctimas de daños, Publisher Bosch, Barcelona, 2008, (with J.M. Pérez Monguió and L. Ruíz), Daños y especies cinegéticas, Publisher Bosch, Barcelona, 2009 (with J.M. Pérez Monguió). She has published more than thirty articles in specialized magazines and more than twenty chapters in collective works on diverse civil legal subjects. Among them, it is figurative her participation in the work Derecho Europeo de contratos. Libros II y IV del Marco Común de Referencia (Publusher Atelier, Madrid, 2012), work which also coordinates (with A. Vaquer and E. Bosch). Actually, she has gained four periods of six-years research work. She directs the research group "Contratos y Derecho de Familia" (SEJ-327), from the Andalusian Plan of research, since its creation in 1999; Having also been a principal researcher and member of the carried out research of different projects R+D. She has carried out research at several foreign universities: Bologna, Católica de Lyon, Coimbra, as well as the institutes of comparative law in Lausanne and Florence, among others. She has developed management as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of law at the University of Cádiz and Director of the Department of private law at the same University. Since 2009, she is a member of the Committee of social sciences and legal of the assessment program of the Faculty of ANECA.

Eloisa Carbonell-Porras

Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Jaén , with four recognized research. Previously , Professor at the University of Cordoba and the Complutense University of Madrid. She is the author of Administrative Law intercity road transport regime monographs; Collegial bodies ( organization, operation, procedure and legal status of their actions ); Agencies and administrative proceedings in the United States of America, ( with JL Muga ) and, urban transport , ( with T. Cano) . She has directed the public works and transportation law in cities: renovation and new prospects for urban mobility ( with T.Cano ) and statutory reform and local government ( with L.Cosculluela ) . She has published numerous articles in journals and chapters in collective books on subjects relating to the administrative organization in general and local government in particular, and on the Law of the land transport . She has directed several intercollegiate R + D + i National Research Plan. She is Principal Investigator of the National Project Plan I + D + i Collective Interests: representation and defense before the Government and the Courts. The other justifications ( ref. DER2011 - 26080 ) . She has conducted research at Harvard University in the U.S. and Paris I ( Pantheon- Sorbonne ) in France . She is a member of the Institute of Public Law of Barcelona, ​​member of the Institute of Local Law at the Autonomous University of Madrid, member of the editorial boards of the Journal General Administrative Law and the Yearbook of Municipal Law , Member of the Board of the Spanish Teachers Association of Administrative Law. Director of Department of Public Law of the University of Jaén . External Evaluation of the most prestigious journals of administrative law and ANECA , ANEP and autonomous.

Mª Ángeles Luengo-Martín

M ª Angeles Luengo Martin is Doctor of Psychology , Specialist Professor of Clinical Psychology and Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment , University of Santiago de Compostela. She has extensive teaching experience in the fields of personality and psychological assessment and intervention with children, adolescents and young offenders. She is the author of numerous publications in international and national magazines such as: Personality and Individual Differences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The Journal of Genetic Psychology. Journal of Research in Personality. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. The International Journal of Addictions, Psicothema, Psychology, Crime and Law, International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, Transportation Research Part F. His research interests focus around the psychobiological variables of personality, impulsivity and sensation seeking , drug use , delinquency and behavior problems . His work has been awarded several prizes : Prize extraordinary doctorate in 1982. First Prize at the call for Addictions Research from the Xunta de Galicia in 1986. Research Award for working women. Is coordinator UDIPRE "Research Unit in prevention and treatment of behavior problems" and has been Principal Investigator of numerous research projects on drug use and antisocial behavior funded by the Directorate General for Research of the Ministry of Education and Science, the national Plan on Drugs and the Autonomous Government of Galicia.

Mercedes Pardo-Buendía

Mercedes Pardo Buendia. Professor and researcher of sociology in the climate change and sustainable development of the Carlos III University of Madrid, UC3M. DRA. Sociology (UCM) and Master in environmental management of development (CIFCA). She has been an associate researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and a visiting professor at the Universität Bremen. Among his current institutional responsibilities are: national representative of the European Alliance of Global Change Research Programmes. She has had several academic institutional responsibilities, such as: President of the Spanish Committee for research on Global environmental change (CEICAG); Secretariat of the Committee Spanish of the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP);Vice President of the research group of sociology and environment of the International Sociological Association; Dean of the College of doctors and graduates in sociology and political sciences of Navarre; Spanish Federation of Sociology: Responsible for the research of sociology and environment group. She has made 61 investigations in the field of sociology and the environment. She has written academic books and articles reporting on the sociology of the environment, climate change, environmental education, energy, Agenda Local 21.