He is Full Professor of Computer Science Department and Head of ICT Research Centre at the University of Jaén. His current research interests are linguistic preference modelling, decision making, fuzzy logic based systems, computer aided learning, sensory evaluation, recommender systems and electronic commerce. He co-edited nine journal special issues on fuzzy preference modelling, soft computing, linguistic decision making and fuzzy sets theory and published more than 70 papers in journals indexed by the SCI as well as 30 book chapters and more than 100 contributions in International Conferences related to his areas. It is remarkable that he has been main researcher in 12 R&D projects.
He is member of the European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology, IEEE. Co-Editor in Chief of the of the International Journal of Computational Intelligence Systems and an Associated Editor of the journals IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, Information Fusion, the International Journal of Fuzzy Systems, Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems, the Scientific World Journal, Journal of Fuzzy Mathematics and serves as member of the journal Editorial Board of the Journal of Universal Computer Sciences. He received twice the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems Outstanding Paper Award 2008 and 2012 (bestowed in 2011 and 2015 respectively). And he is Guest Professor in the Southwest Jiaotong University and honourable professor in Xihua University both in Chengdu (China).