Hector was born in Buenos Aires in 1959, did his BS in Caracas, Venezuela, and got his PhD in Computer Science at UCLA. He is a fellow of the American and European Associations for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI, ECCAI), former associate editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR) and the Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ), and member of the European AI Board (EurAI). He taught at the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Aachen University of Technology, Linkoping University, Stanford University, Université Paul Sabatier, and King's College, among other places. He joined ICREA and the UPF in 2001, where he is a Professor in the Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC). He teaches courses on logic, artificial intelligence, and more recently, on social and technological change, and is currently leading an Advanced ERC Project on representation learning for planning (2020-2024).