I studied Physics, oriented to Geophysics and Meteorology, at the University of Barcelona (Spain). I obtained my PhD in the same university with a dissertation on maximum entropy spectral analysis (1982). In 1978 I got a position as a lecturer in the Escuela de Ingeniería de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC, Barcelona, Spain), teaching several topics on Applied Mathematics. In 1983 I started teaching Probability and Statistics. I became Associate Professor in 1985, and Full Professor in 1989, at the UPC, where I have been vice-chancellor of the university (1986-1988) and Chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics III (1992-1998). I retired from UPC in January, 31, 2016 and become Professor Emérito (UPC) on September, 1st, 2016.
My research activities are presently centered in two lines: estimation of natural hazards using Bayesian methods; and statistical analysis of compositional data, with special emphasis in the geometry of the sample space, represented by the simplex. While most activity on compositional data analysis was related to geosciences as application framework, recently my interests have progressively expanded to other fields like microbiome data, economic and social sciences.
I have been leader of several research projects. Most of them related to hazard and vulnerability of coastal and port structures under action of severe ocean-waves. At present, I participate actively in projects on compositional data analysis supported by the Spanish Ministry for Education and Science.
The CoDa-Association is a very young scientific association. Consolidation of the Association is one of my main goals. Development of by-laws and relationships with other scientific associations will be a priority. The general goal of the CoDa-Association is to make CoDa-methodologies visible in the scientific world. While the visibility is mainly attained by the publishing activity of the members of the association, the CoDa-Association itself should look after networking opportunities, publishing CoDa-news and providing a place for discussion and exchange of ideas related to CoDa analysis. CoDaWork is the first tool to this end; it should be maintained for future editions in a continuous effort to improve organization and scientific achievement. Also, courses on CoDa methodologies have to be promoted in order to both spread CoDa-ideas in different branches of science and to expand the CoDa-association beyond our present limited influence. All this should be accomplished with a very limited budget and relaying on the efforts of the CoDa-Association members.