Ramón López de Mántaras
Research Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Founder and former director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA). Master of Sciences in Computer Science from the University of California Berkeley, PhD in Physics (Automatic Control) from the University of Toulouse, and PhD in Computer Science from the Technical University of Barcelona. A pioneer of Artificial Intelligence in Spain, with contributions, since 1976, in Pattern Recognition, Approximate Reasoning, Expert Systems, Machine Learning, Case-Based Reasoning, Autonomous Robots, and AI & Music. Author of nearly 300 papers. Former Editor-in-Chief of Artificial Intelligence Communications, editorial board member of several top international journals. Fellow of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence. Recipient, among other awards, of the “City of Barcelona” Research Prize in 1981, the “2011 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Robert S. Engelmore Memorial Award”, the “2012 Spanish National Computer Science Award” from the Spanish Computer Society, the “2016 Distinguished Service Award of the European Association of Artificial Intelligence”, the “2017 IJCAI Donald E. Walker Distinguished Service Award” of IJCAI, and the “2018 National Research Award in Mathematics and ICT” of the Spanish Government. Member of the “Institut d’Estudis Catalans”. Presently working on case based reasoning, reinforcement learning and the hybridization of both Techniques.