Manuel Chica is Ramon y Cajal Senior Researcher (RYC-2016-19800), granted by the Spanish Government, at the University of Granada (Computer Science and AI Deparment). He is also Chief AI Officer at ZIO Analytics and Conjoint Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Current research interests include agent-based modeling, evolutionary game theory, single and multi-objective evolutionary optimization, data science, and complex systems.

His applied research in the last 15 years was focused on solving complex problems from a diverse range of fields: marketing, industrial engineering, climate and social dilemmas, healthcare systems, and sustainability.


  • Artificial intelligence

  • Social simulation

  • Agent-based modeling

  • Evolutionary game theory

  • Optimization

  • Data Science

  • Marketing

  • Industrial optimization

  • Sustainability


PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science (cum laude)
University of Granada, 2011

Master in Soft Computing and Intelligent Systems
University of Granada, 2009

MEng in Computer Science
University of Jaen, 2006

BSc in Computing Engineering (Management)
University of Jaen, 2004

current positions

Ramon y Cajal Senior Researcher
University of Granada, from 2018

Conjoint Lecturer
University of Newcastle (Australia), from 2017

Chief AI Officer
ZIO Analytics, from 2016


  • Deputy Principal Investigator
    European Centre for Soft Computing, 2012-16

  • R&D Principal Engineer
    Inspiralia TecnologĂ­as Avanzadas, 2008-12

  • Research Assistant
    European Centre for Soft Computing, 2007-08

  • IT Testing Trainee Engineer
    Apple Computer, Ireland, 2007


Publications: +100

JCR-indexed papers: 56

Q1-ranked papers: 45

Scholar citations: + 1,7k

Projects: + 20

Patents: 2

Among the 2% most cited researchers in Computer Science


Modeling / programming 30 %

Scientific writing 20 %

Direction & product 20 %

Project management 10 %

Analytics 10 %

UX design 10 %