Enric Trillas Ruiz is one of the first Europeans devoted to fuzzy logic. The advances in this field of research are particularly valuable for the development of artificial intelligence, since the theoretical models designed by scientists allow machines to handle imprecise information and make decisions in the same way that the human brain does. For example, these theoretical models make possible for an automatic washing machine to choose properly the program depending on the load, the dirt, and characteristics of garments.
He studied at the University of Barcelona, where he graduated in 1964 and received his Ph.D. in 1972 in sciences (Mathematics section). In 1974, he became, by opposition, a professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, institution where he held various academic positions as deputy director of the School of Architecture, Dean of the Faculty, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (1980 - 1982) and Vice Chancellor of University Extension (1982-1983).
In 1989 he moved to the Polytechnic University of Madrid, where in 1990 he took up the Chair of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of Computer Science. There he worked in the Department of Artificial Intelligence until 2006.
He has been president of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), between 1984 and 1988; general manager and vice president of the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA), from 1989 to 1995; general secretary of the National Scientific and Technological Research and secretary of the Interministerial commission of science and technology, between 1995 and 1996; and president of the company Aerospace Engineering and Services (INSA).
Author of over 200 scientific publications and articles, he has directed 16 doctoral thesis and more than 20 dissertations and final projects. His books include: “Fuzzy sets ” (1980),“ introduction to fuzzy logic ” (1995), “first lessons of fuzzy logic ” (1998) and“ artificial intelligence: machines and people ” (1998), the latter of popular science.
Moreover, he has won the three most important prizes to be awarded in the field of fuzzy logic: the Pioneer Award of the European Society For Fuzzy Logic and Technologies (EUSFLAT), in 1999; the "Fellow” of International Fuzzy System Association (IFSA), in 1999; and “Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award” of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, in 2005.