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Juan de Lara is an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science of the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid where he teaches Software Engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in June 2000, with a doctoral thesis on Web-based simulation. In 1996 he became a Higher Engineer in Computer Science. He is also a Technical Engineer in Computer Science, graduating in 1994 with a Top of Class Award. His research interests include Web-based simulation, multi-paradigm modelling, distance learning and social agents.

School of Computer Science
McGill University

e-mail: Juan.Lara@ii.uam.es, jlara@cs.mcgill.ca

Manuel Alfonseca has a doctorate in Electronics Engineering (1972) and Computer Science (1976), both degrees obtained at the Universidad Politecnica of Madrid. He teaches and does research at the Department of Computer Science of the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid, where he is director of the Technical School of Computer Science. Previously, he was Senior Technical Staff Member at the IBM Madrid Scientific Center, where he worked from 1972 to 1994. He is a member of the SCS, the New York Academy of Sciences, the IEEE Computer Society, the ACM, the British APL Association and the Spanish Association of Scientific Journalism. He has published papers and books on computer languages, simulation, complex systems, graphics, artificial intelligence, object-orientation and theoretical computer science, as well as popular science and juvenile literature.

Dept. Ingeniería Informática,
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Ctra. De Colmenar, km. 15,
28049 Madrid,

e-mail: Manuel.Alfonseca@ii.uam.es

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