Tomàs Aluja has been professor of statistics and data analysis of the UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Barcelona Tech) since 1983. Former director of the Department. of Statistics and Operations Research of the UPC, where also he served as vice-dean of Statistics in the Mathematics and Statistics School and vice-dean for Corporate Relations of the Barcelona School of Informatics. Chairman of the European Board of the IASC (International Association of Statistical Computing, section of the International Statistical Institute) from 2006-2008. He has been a member of the Scientific Committees of several international conferences, in particular the International Meeting on Multidimensional Data Analysis (1987-1997), COMPSTAT (2002-2008) and the International Symposium on PLS, where he organized the fourth edition in 2005. At present he is member of the ISI-IASC Committee on Computational Statistics and Data Mining for Knowledge Discovery, deputy director of the Dept. of Statistics and Operations Research; referee of several international journals such as Computational Statistics, CSDA and the Italian Journal of Applied Statistics among others.
His main research interests include methodological aspects of Multivariate Analysis and Data Mining, including their software implementation; particularly segmentation and profiling of consumers, definition of commercial targets, data fusion (merging) of two different data sets (questionnaires or official records) sharing a common set of variables and modeling and measuring of consumer intangibles through PLS path models.
Up until now, he has supervised 10 Ph.D. theses now and he is author of 65 articles, published as scientific reviews or as a chapter of two books, two books, one on Principal Components Analysis and another on PATHMOX segmentation for PLS-PM modeling. He usually teaches courses on Multivariate Analysis and Data Mining in the Barcelona School of Informatics and in the Mathematics and Statistics School of the UPC. Actually, he is coordinator of the European Erasmus Mundus Master on Data Mining and Knowledge Management. He has been partner in several European and Spanish research projects in the field of statistical data treatment and data fusion, and he is statistical consultant of La Caixa, Kantar Media, Idescat and the City Council of Barcelona among others.