Rafael Collantes-Bellido was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1967. He obtained the Ingeniero Industrial degree in 1992 from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas. In 1992 he received a Mombusho scholarship from the Japanese Government. From Oct-1993 to July 1994 he was with the Laboratory of Information Electronics, Nagoya University, Japan. He was working towards his Doctor Ingeniero degree at the Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas. He is member of the Ateneo de Madrid.