Short CV

David Riaño, PhD

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David Riaño graduated of Comuter Science at the Technical University of Catalonia in 1992. He got a PhD in Artificial Intelligence at the same university in 1997.


David Riaño holds a tenure as Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at Univeristat Rovira i Virgili (Spain) since 1999. Before that he promoted to tenure in 1995 as Assistant Professor at that same university. From 1992 to 1995 he was interim of that same position.

Charges and Memberships

Since January 2015, David Riaño is Coordinator of the Master on Artificial intelligence at URV ( He is also the current head of the Research Group on Artificial Intelligence at the URV, since 1998. In the past he was subdean of Computer Science Studies at the School of Engineering (ETSE), at URV, between Janunary 2002 and February 2005. He was also responsible of international relations for studies at the School of Engineering between 1993 and 2001.
From 1995 to 2000, David Riaño was Coordinator of the Software Section at the Deptartment of Computer Science and Mathematics at URV.

David Riaño is founding member of the Catalan Association of Artificial Intelligence and member of the Spanish Society for Medical Informatics. Since May 2015 he is also member of the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Society.

Research Interests

David Riaño is working in the modeling of knowledge about medical procedures for chronic and multimorbid patients. He is also developing machine learning (data mining) technologies for the modelling of medical procedures from the data registered in hospital information systems.

Research Projects

David Riaño was general coordinator of the FP6 EU project K4CARE IST-026968. He was also general coordinator of the Spanish Ministry project HYGIA TIN2006-15453, and coordinator of the URV group during the last year of the FP5 EU project hTechSight IST-2001-33174, and the Catalan project COSYS AATRM 199/2000. He has participated as researcher in many other competitive projects.


David Riaño has published forteen journal papers and more than eighty conference papers. He is author of a book on Computer Theory and editor of eight Springer LNAI books on Knowledge Representation for Health Care.

Stays in Research Centers

David Riaño was invited researcher at Stanford Medical Informatics (Stanford University) between June and December 2005. He was also finishing his PhD at the Center voor Wiskunde and Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam between September and December 1994, and invited student at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Bath in the UK between July-Sept 1992 and July-Sept 1991. During 1991 he was part-time researcher at the Center for Advanced Studies at Blanes (CEAB), now IIIA, Spain.


David Riaño has collaborated with multiple health care institutions: Department of Emergencies at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona (Dr. Jose-Ramon Alonso); Grup SAGESSA (Dr. Antoni Collado); Corporació Sanitaria, Hospital Clínica de Barcelona (Dr. Albert Alonso); Palliative Care Unit at the Hospital de Santa Tecla i Sant Pau in Barcelona (Dr. Antonio Pascual); Paediatric Unit at the Hospital Joan XXIII in Tarragona (Dr. Xavier Allué) and the Epidemiology Unit at the same hospital (Dra. Montserrat Olona).

PhD Students

David Riaño is advisor of two PhD students. In the past he was advisor of three PhD students: Aida Kamisalic, Joan Albert López-Vallverdú, and John A. Bohada. In the last ten years he has also supervised eleven MsC thesis.