The Council of El Colegio Nacional today elected the writer Cristina Rivera Garza and the computer scientist Carlos A. Coello Coello as members of the collegiate body.
Through a statement, the institution reported that the chemist Eusebio Juaristi, current president of the institution, expressed his satisfaction with the election of the new members. In the case of Cristina Rivera Garza, he pointed out that she has stood out as a writer who deals with current issues in our country, with a widely recognized career, whose work at El Colegio Nacional will be essential to promote the literature of our time.
On the other hand, he pointed out that the election of Carlos A. Coello Coello represents a field of science that was not represented in the membership of the Council of El Colegio Nacional, such as computing. “He is an expert, recognized worldwide; he has ventured into an area of Artificial Intelligence, a subject in full development and that currently touches various aspects of our daily life; In this sense, we are also fortunate to have an expert who will be able to promote the understanding and development of this field”, stated Juaristi.
With a prolific literary production in various genres and training as a historian specializing in Latin America, Cristina Rivera Garza has stood out for her work as a writer, a trade that she combines with her academic work.
Through her literature, the author has dealt with current and relevant issues such as migration, the border, mental health, femicides, necropolitics, and identity, among others.
According to Juan Villoro, “the originality of her voice, the poetic spirit of her writing and the suggestive mixture of the literary with the social sciences make Cristina Rivera Garza a unique exponent of our letters”. The collegiate also highlights Nadie me verá llorar, a novel praised by Carlos Fuentes as one of the most discussed in our literature, as well as There was a lot of fog or smoke or I don’t know what, a book in which the narrator explores the labor context in which Juan Rulfo wrote his work. Villoro believes that the literary work of Rivera Garza renewed the Mexican tradition in the border area.
Among her recent work is “The invincible summer of Liliana2”, a title in which she addresses the feminicide suffered by her own sister in 1990. Autobiography of cotton also stands out, which refers to the past of the border between Tamaulipas and Texas, but also to the present marked by migration and the decline of the once prosperous cotton business, now diminished by the war against drug trafficking.
For his part, Carlos A. Coello Coello is a leading computer scientist, pioneer and currently a world leader in the area of research called “multi-objective evolutionary optimization”. He is dedicated to the design and implementation of algorithms inspired by nature to solve highly complex optimization problems, which are known as evolutionary algorithms.
Coello Coello’s work is carried out in a branch of the so-called Artificial Intelligence; some of the algorithms he has proposed have been used for various applications such as the design of supersonic business jets at Stanford University, the design of an autonomous aircraft (developed by the Japan Aerospace Agency) that is programmed to fly over the surface of Marte, the optimization of the sugar cane cutting process in Cuba and the optimization of electrical power distribution networks in Chile.
One of his published works is used as a postgraduate textbook in various parts of the world and he is the first Latin American to serve as editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation journal.
The astronomer Luis Felipe Rodríguez Jorge affirms that Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing the natural and social sciences, for which reason he considers it very good that a scientist as outstanding as Coello Coello, capable of communicating these advances to other researchers as well as to the public and decision-makers decisions, join this academic community.
To conclude the process of ascription to El Colegio Nacional of the next members, during the first semester of the year the respective admission ceremonies will be held, in which the inaugural lecture will be delivered by each one of the academics, as well as the response correspondent.
About Cristina Rivera Garza
Cristina Rivera Garza was born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, in 1964. Since 2016 she has been the MD Anderson Distinguished Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston, where she has also directed, since 2017, the PhD program in Hispanic Studies focused on creative writing in Spanish. , of which she was the founder.
Graduated with a degree in Sociology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, she is a teacher and PhD in Latin American History from the same University of Houston.
She directed the Creative Writing Program and was a professor at the University of California, San Diego. She has also taught at San Diego State University and UNAM, as well as at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Toluca, where she was also co-director of Humanities. She has been a visiting professor at Stanford University; at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; at the University of California at Santa Barbara and at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras.
He has published 28 titles in different genres, including nine novels, seven collections of poems, five books of short stories, four volumes of essays, as well as works of history and hybrid genre. In addition, he has edited three anthologies.
Between prizes, residences, memberships, distinctions in contests and scholarships, he has received more than forty academic and literary recognitions for his career.
In the field of literature, the Punto de Partida Award (1984), the San Luis Potosí National Short Story Award (1987), the José Rubén Romero National Novel Award (1997), the Juan Vicente Melo National Short Story Award (2001), the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz International Prize for Literature at FIL-Guadalajara (2001 and 2009), Anna Seghers International Prize for Latin American Literature in Berlin, Germany (2005), Roger Caillois International Prize for Latin American Literature in France (2013), Excellence Prize in Literature José Emilio Pacheco at the FILEY-Yucatán (2016), Shirley Jackson Award (2019), José Donoso Ibero-American Literature Award (2021), Mazatlán Literature Award (2022), Xavier Villaurrutia Award (2022). She was also part of the National System of Art Creators, received the MacArthur Fellowship in the United States and the María Zambrano scholarship, awarded by the University of Barcelona.
He has carried out academic stays and artistic residencies at various universities and institutions in Mexico, the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland and Spain, in addition to giving literary workshops in different cities in Mexico and the United States, as well as Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Quito. . He has also been a juror for more than fifteen literary awards in Mexico.
About Carlos A. Coello Coello
Carlos Artemio Coello Coello was born in Tonalá, Chiapas, in 1967. He is currently a Cinvestav 3F researcher in the Computer Department of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute.
Graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Autonomous University of Chiapas, he has a master’s degree and a doctorate in Computer Science from Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.
He has published more than 190 articles in indexed journals; four books, including Evolutionary algorithms for solving multi-objective problems (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002; Spinger, 2007), which has been adopted as a text for graduate courses in various parts of the world, as well as the popular book A Brief History of computing and its pioneers (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2003). He has also published 60 book chapters in English and more than 25,700 citations of his work have been reported to date. He has more than 61,800 citations in Google Scholar.
He has received twelve national and international awards and honors, including the 2013 IEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award for “outstanding mid-career contributions to a technology that promises to lead to novel applications,” the National Science Award, and Arts in 2012, the Marcos Moshinsky Chair, the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding Paper Award twice (2013 and 2015), the 2016 TWAS Award in Engineering Sciences, and the 2021 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award.
As of January 2021, he became the first Latin American to hold the position of Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation (published by IEEE Press), the journal with the highest impact factor in its area.
In 2022, the Ranking of Top 1000 Scientist in the Field of Computer Science and Electronics, by Guide2Research, places him in position 284 worldwide and number one in Mexico.
Cristina Rivera Garza and Carlos Artemio Coello, new members of El Colegio Nacional