Interview with… Guillermo Vinué Visús

Guillermo Vinué Visús completed his degree in Mathematics in 2008, granted by the Universitat de València (Spain). He also holds a Master’s degree in Biostatistics from the same university. After working at the Drug Research Center of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona (Spain) for a year, he is currently a PhD student in the Department of Statistics and Operations Research at the Universitat de València. His doctoral thesis focuses on Statistics applied to Anthropometry.

1. Why do you like Biostatistics?

I like Biostatistics because it allows me to apply Maths to different real life problems.

 2. Could you give us some insight in your current field of research?

 I am working on  a research project aiming to develop statistical methodologies to deal with anthropometric data, in order to tackle some statistical problems related to Anthropometry and Ergonomics.

3. Which are, in your opinion, the main advantages of being a researcher?

The main advantage is the possibility to learn everyday a bit more. Research is a continuous learning process.

4. Your whole professional experience has been within the public sector and  the University. How do you see the present and future of research in the Spanish public sector?

The current situation of economic difficulties has caused that unfortunately the government budget for scientific research is more and more limited, so I am concerned about both present and future of the public Spanish research.

5. What do you think of the situation of young biostatisticians in Spain?

Neither better nor worse than other young people in the country. Nowadays, I guess the best way to make progress is to move abroad.

6. What would be the 3 main characteristics or skills you would use to describe a good biostatistician?

 Enthusiasm, effort and a little bit of R knowledge.

7. Which do you think are the main qualities of a good mentor?

To be attentive and available when needed.

Selected publications:

  • Ibañez M. V., Vinué G., Alemany S., Simó A., Epifanio I., Domingo J., Ayala G., “Apparel sizing using trimmed PAM and OWA operators”, Expert Systems with Applications 39, 10512-10520, 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eswa.2012.02.127
  • Epifanio I., Vinué G., Alemany S., “Archetypal analysis: Contributions for estimating boundary cases in multivariate accommodation problem”, Computers & Industrial Engineering 64, 757- 765, 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cie.2012.12.011

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