Summarized biographical information

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Manuel Alfonseca See article in the Wikipedia

  • Ingeniero de Telecomunicacion (master in electronics Engineering), Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, 1970.
  • Doctor Ingeniero de Telecomunicacion (Ph.D. in ELectronics Engineering), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 1971.
  • Licenciado en Informatica (master in Computer Science), Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, 1976.

Manuel Alfonseca was born in Madrid in 1946.

He has been a faculty member at the Universidad Politecnica (1971-72, 1974-75 and 1977-93), Complutense (1972-73) and Autonoma of Madrid (since 1993), where he is a member of the Department of Computer Engineering and was director of the Escuela Politécnica Superior between 2001 and 2004. He worked at the U.A.M.-I.B.M. Scientific Center (1972-94), where he reached in 1986 the I.B.M. professional category of Senior Technical Staff Member.

His research work has been devoted to the following themes:

  • Digital Continuous Simulation
  • Complex systems
  • Artificial life
  • Fractals and Parallel Development Grammars
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Efficient Methods to Build Interpreters
  • Data and Graphics
  • User Interfaces

He has collaborated with scientists from the I.B.M. Scientific and Research Centers in Winchester (U.K.), Yorktown Heights, Hawthorn, San Jose and Santa Teresa (U.S.A.), and Tokyo (Japan).

His research has appeared in prestigious specialized journals and books like the I.B.M. Journal of Research and Development, the I.B.M. Systems Journal and A.C.M publications. He has also published five textbooks, several books of science for the layman and many articles of this kind in a major Spanish newspaper. He has been the technical leader of diverse international projects that have generated sixteen international I.B.M. products, plus another five for internal I.B.M. use. He is principal investigator in a project from the Spanish National Research Plan and has directed seven Ph.D. thesis. He has dictated conferences about his research work in prestigious institutions in U.S.A., Japan, and the European I.B.M. user conferences.

He has published several books on popular science and 24 novels classified as books for children and juveniles. In this genre, he obtained in 1988 the Lazarillo Award, and in 2012 the IV La Brújula Award.