Ramón López de Mántaras is a Research Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA). He has an MSc in Computer Science from the University of California Berkeley, a PhD in Physics (Automatic Control) from the University of Toulouse, and a PhD in Computer Science from the Technical University of Barcelona. López de Mántaras is a pioneer of artificial intelligence (AI) in Spain, with contributions, since 1976, in pattern recognition, approximate reasoning, expert systems, machine learning, case-based reasoning, autonomous robots, and AI and music. He is the author of nearly 300 papers and an invited plenary speaker at numerous international conferences. Former Editor-in-Chief of AI Communications, he is an editorial board member of several top international journals, an ECCAI Fellow, and the co-recipient of five best paper awards at international conferences. Among other awards, he has received the “City of Barcelona” Research Prize in 1981, the 2011 “American Association 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 (EurAI), and the 2017 “IJCAI Donald E. Walker Distinguished Service Award.” He is a member of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC). He serves on a variety of panels and advisory committees for public and private institutions based in the USA and Europe, such as the EC Joint Research Center High-Level Peer Group. He is presently working on case-based reasoning, machine learning, and AI applications to music.
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