Board of Directors
Director of Communication

Obtained M.Sc. in telecommunication engineering from the Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao, Spain, and received his PhD in telecommunication engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid with a dissertation on “Contributions to the electromagnetic inverse problem”. He was also awarded with a M.A. in Philosophy by the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). He is currently visiting professor at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, investigator at the University of León (Spain) and at the Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena (Ecuador). He is co-founder and coordinator of the BITrum Research Group for the interdisciplinary Study of Information (Spain), Vice-president of Communications of the International Society for Information Studies, board of directors of the Science of Information Institute (USA), member of the Unified Theory of Information Research Group (UTI, Austria), board of the Institut für Design Science (Germany), Fellow of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (Austria), Board of the International Center for Information Ethics.

He was research fellow at the Vienna University of Technology and at the Technical University of Madrid. He also served as professor at the University Alfonso X el Sabio in Madrid between 1997 and 2009. He has been visiting lecturer at Mälardalen University (Sweden), University of Furtwangen (Germany), Sankt Pölten University of Applied Sciences (Austria). Since 2008 he has organised or co-organised many international activities related to the interdisciplinary study of information and systems. He currently coordinates the glossariumBITri (interdisciplinary glossary of concepts, metaphors, theories and problems concerning information) and belong to the scientific board of several scientific journals in the field of information and systems.

Membership at the boards of scientific organisations in the field

BITrum Group for the interdisciplinary Study of Information (Spain, President)

International Society for Information Studies (ISIS, Vice-president for Communications)

International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE)

Unified Theory of Information Research Group (UTI, Vienna)

Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS, Vienna)

Institut für Design Science (IDS, Germany)

Institutional Affiliation

Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Education, Universidad de León

Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Munich University of Applied Sciences

Researcher at the Department of Systems and Telecommunication of the Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena

Relevant Publications

DÍAZ NAFRÍA, J.M.D.; ZIMMERMANN, R.E. (2013): Emergence and Evolution of Meaning: The General Definition of Information (GDI) Revisiting Program—Part 2: The Regressive Perspective: Bottom-up. Information 20134, 240-261.   Available in: http://www.mdpi.com/2078-2489/4/2/240; See also Part 1: The progressive Reference, 2012)

COENEN, C.; HOFKIRCHNER, W.; DÍAZ NAFRÍA, J.M. (2012): Special Issue: New ICTs and Social Media: Revolution, Counter-Revolution and Social Change. International Review of Information Ethics, Vol. 18 (12/2012), 244 pp.

DÍAZ, J.M. & PÉREZ-MONTORO, M. (2011). Is Information a suficient basis for cognition? (Part 1: Critique on Dretske’s vision; Part 2: physical fundations). Triple C, 9(2). http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/285

DÍAZ NAFRÍA, J.M. (2011). Messages in an Open Universe. In R. Capurro & J.Holgate (Hrsg.): Messages and Messangers, Munich: Fink Verlag.

DÍAZ, J.M., PÉREZ-MONTORO, M. & F. SALTO (eds.) (2010). Glossarium BITri: Glossary of concepts, metaphors, theories and problems concerning information. León: Universidad de León. Web edition.

Organisation of Scientific Gatherings in the field

I International Meeting of Experts in Information Theories. An Intedisciplinary Approach (León, Spain, 2008)

Colloquium BITae – Around 20 fundamental questions on Information concept (León, Spain, 2009)

Co-organiser of the 4th International Conference on the Foundations of Information Science (FIS 2010, Beijin, China, August 2010)

Organiser of the international academies on Social Networks at the University of León

Coordinator of the PRIMER initiative (PRomoting Interdisciplinary Methodologies in Education and Research)

Research focus

Philosophy of science and engineering, Science of Information, Information ethics, Information Society, Observation & Measurement Problem, Inverse problem, Communication theory, Systems Science and Complexity

Contact: jdian@unileon.es