Rafael Lahoz-Beltra received the B.S. degree in biological sciences and the Ph.D. degree in biostatistics from the Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, in 1985 and 1989, respectively. He was a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at the Department of Systems Science, T. J. Watson School of Engineering, State University of New York at Binghamton, Vestal, NY, USA, from 1989 to 1990, and continued his work under his Fulbright Scholarship, and later on FPI/MEC, from 1990 to 1992, at the Department of Anesthesiology, Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA. In 2008 he worked with a UCM grant at the School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK. At present he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Complutense University of Madrid. He authored several books (in Spanish) and he was awarded in 2004 and 2007 the "2nd Contest of Spin-Off Companies" proposed by Researchers from Madrid and "II Competition of Ideas and New Technology Based Companies UCM" by the project entitled Sinapgen Solutions S.L. He has performed research in cellular automata, the origin of life, neural plasticity, and synaptic regulation in biological and artificial neural networks, molecular automata in structural biology, cytoskeletal and microtubule participation in information processing, and the identification of architectures for biomolecular computers. Also he used to collaborate with other colleagues performing the statistical analysis of data. At present, his main research interests include evolutionary computation, embryo development modeling, and the design of bioinspired algorithms.
Biography Updated on 31 January 2013