He holds degrees of Ingeniero Industrial (1970) and Doctor (PH.D) Ingeniero Industrial (1976), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and Diplomado en Sociología (1971) and Estadística (1974), Universidad Complutense de Madrid and ITP Business Administration, Harvard University (1972).
He is now Director of Institute UC3M-BS in Financial Big Data and Full Professor Department of Statistics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). He is former Rector of UC3M (2007-2015), Director of the Department of Statistics (2004-2007, 1994-99), member of the Steering Committee and Vice-Rector of UC3M, Full Professor and Director of Statistics Lab, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (1982-1991), and Visiting Full Professor in the universities of Wisconsin- Madison and Chicago.
He has supervised 27 Ph.D. thesis, published 14 books and more than 200 research journal articles on Statistics, Econometrics and Quality, that have received more than 7200 citations in Google Scholar. His research has been recognized with more than 70 invited talks in the most important meeting of Statistics. He has also presented seminars in more than 80 universities around the World, including Stanford, Chicago, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Carnegie-Mellon, British Columbia, South Wales, Toronto, Cambridge, Liverpool, Lancaster, Heilderberg, Dortmund, Toulouse, C. N. d’Artes et Metiers Paris, Livre de Bruxelles, Leuven, Budapest, St. Petersburg and Rome.
His research on Time Series, Robust and Diagnostics methods, Multivariate Analysis, Bayesian Statistics and Econometrics with application to Social Science, Economics and Engineering has received several Awards. Among them, the 2006 Youden Prize for the best paper in Technometrics, the 2011 Jaime I Prize in Economics, the 2011 Award Engineer of the Year by the Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Industriales, Madrid, and the 2010 Lifetime Career Award, Alumni ETSII-UPM. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the Royal Statistical Society and elected member of the International Statistical Institute.
He has directed research project supported by the Plan Nacional since 1982, has six positive research evaluations from the Ministry of Research in Spain and has been Associate Editor of several statistical journals, among others, Statistica Sinica, Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference and Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. Director of the Revista Estadística Española, President of Sociedad Española de Estadística e Investigación Operativa, President of European Courses in Advanced Statistics y and member of the Board of the main international statistical societies.