Concha Bielza received the M.S. degree in Mathematics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, in 1989 and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, in 1996 (extraordinary doctorate award). She is currently (since 2010) a Full Professor of Statistics and Operations Research with the Departamento de Inteligencia Artificial, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Her research interests are primarily in the areas of probabilistic graphical models, decision analysis, metaheuristics for optimization, data mining, classification models, and real applications, like biomedicine, bioinformatics, neuroscience and industry. She has published more than 100 papers in impact factor journals and has supervised 9 PhD theses. She was awared the 2014 UPM Research Prize.