Ramón López de Mantaras, a member of Fide's Academic Council, receives the National Prize 'Julio Rey Pastor' of Mathematics and Information and Communication Technologies granted by the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Universities

The National Research Awards, represent the most important recognition of Spain in the field of scientific research. Its objective is to distinguish the merit of those researchers of Spanish nationality who are doing outstanding work in scientific fields of international relevance and who contribute exceptionally to the advancement of science, to the better knowledge of the human beings and their coexistence, to the transfer of technology and the progress of humanity.

Ramón López de Mántaras
Ramón López de Mántaras
We are pleased to share this news about one of the members of our Academic Council, Ramón López de Mantaras, Research Professor of the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) and Founder and Director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute of the CSIC. On 5 December, Ramón received the National Prize 'Julio Rey Pastor' of Mathematics and Information Technology and Communications, awarded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Universities.

The jury has unanimously awarded him the prize "for being a pioneer in research in a wide range of areas of Artificial Intelligence, especially the recognition of patterns and reasoning based on cases, leading to innovative applications in the design, diagnosis and music, and for his broad international leadership and service to the community in Artificial Intelligence. " He is the first scientist in the field of Artificial Intelligence to have received very relevant prizes from the three main international associations specific to this area and, according to the jury, "it can be said that he has created a school in Spain in the field of Artificial Intelligence and has placed our country on the international map of that sector. "

Upon learning of the award, researcher López de Mántaras said: "Having received this recognition at a time when Artificial Intelligence is a subject that everyone talks about is certainly important, not only for me personally but above all for my institute, the IIIA. Both the European Union and Spain are preparing strategies in Artificial Intelligence and I hope they are very ambitious since the future of our economies is at stake. " I also want to emphasize that without the efforts of my students and past and present collaborators, both from the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute and from other countries, particularly the USA, France, Germany, Australia, and Brazil, I would never have obtained this award. Personally, I have been saying for a long time that scientific awards should be given to groups of people. Modern science is not done by isolated people, collaborative work is absolutely crucial to progress. Individual prizes should be reserved for scientists in the early stages of their careers as this would give a very important boost to their careers." "On the other hand, after several years without convoking these awards (the last Rey Pastor National Research Award was granted in 2011), the truth is that I thought there would be a long list of excellent candidates with more merit than me so that I had great expectations. Finally, when I saw the names of the five winners I have to say that immediately it came to my mind that there were no women."

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