Joan Torruella holds a PhD in Linguistics by the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a Masters in Philosophy by the University of Manchester, and a Masters in Lexicography by the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He obtained a research grant by the Ministero degli Affari Esteri of Italy to conduct research on Romance Studies at the University of Florence. Later he worked at the University of Manchester as a Lecturer of Spanish and Catalan, while in turn he conducted his Masters in Philosophy. He has worked on a wide range of computing tools and resources in collaboration with the Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche in Pisa (Italy). He is ICREA Research Professor since January 2005. He is also co-director of the journal "Scriptum Digital" and a member of the Seminar of Philology and Computer Science. In 2009 he was awarded the Research Excellence Prize (PREI 2008).