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Research Seminar: Human Behavior Understanding with Big Data

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Speaker: Nuria Oliver Ramirez, Telefonica Research, Barcelona
Event date: Friday, 20 February 2015 02:00 pm - 02:45 pm
Place: Campus Weicker - Room B001 Ground Floor

Abstract: We live in a world of data, of big data. A big portion of this data has been generated by humans, and particularly through their mobile phones. In fact, there are almost as many mobile phones in the world as humans. The mobile phone is the piece of technology with the highest levels of adoption in human history. We carry them with us all through the day (and night, in many cases), leaving digital traces of our physical interactions. Mobile phones have become sensors of human activity in the large scale and also the most personal devices.

In her talk, she will present some of the work that we are doing at Telefonica Research in the area of human behavior understanding from data captured with mobile phones, including some of our work in the area of Big Data for Social Good.

Nuria Oliver is currently the Scientific Director and founder of the User, Data and Media Intelligence research team in Telefonica Research (Barcelona, Spain). She is responsible for the HCI, Mobile Computing, Big and Personal Data Mining, User Modeling and Multimedia Research Areas. Nuria received the BSc (honors) and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the ETSIT at the Universidad Politecnica of Madrid (UPM), Spain, in 1992 and 1994 respectively. She received her PhD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, in June 2000. From July 2000 until November 2007, she was a researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA. At the end of 2007, she returned to Spain to create and lead her research team.

Her research interests include mobile computing, personal and big data analysis, smart environments, context awareness, multimedia data analysis, recommender systems, statistical machine learning and data mining, artificial intelligence, health monitoring, social network analysis, computational social sciences, and human computer interaction. She is currently working on the previous disciplines to build human-centric intelligent systems and improve the work with technology.

Nuria has written over 90 scientific papers in international conferences, journals and book chapters. Her work has been widely recognized by the scientific community with over 7700 citations. According to Google Scholar Nuria is the most cited female computer scientist in Spain. Nuria has over 40 patent applications and granted patents. She is also in the program committee and a reviewer of the top conferences in her research areas (IJCAI, IUI, UMAP, ACM Multimedia, ICMI-MLMI, SocialComp, Interaccion, PervasiveHealth, MIR, LoCA, MMM, CVPR, Ubicomp, MobileHCI, ICCV, AAAI, etc...). She was program co-chair of IUI 2009 and of MIR 2010, general conference co-chair of UMAP 2011, industry-day co-chair of IJCAI 2011, track co-chair of ACM WWW 2013 and track founder and co-chair in ACM MM 2014, among others. She has also given keynote talks at relevant international conferences such as Eusipco, European Wireless, MODELS, NIPS, etc…

She believes in the power of technology to empower and increase the quality of life of people. She has received a number of awards, including a Technical Impact Award (ICMI 2014), a Rising Talent Award by the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society (2009), MIT’s ‘TR100 Young Innovators Award’ (2004) and the First Spanish Award of EECS graduates (1994).

Besides her scientific publications, she is very interested in making science available to the general public. She has been a technology writer for Tecno2000 magazine and ‘El Pais’ newspapers, among others. Her work has been featured on multiple newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations both in Spain and the US. She has been featured in EL PAIS Sunday magazine as one of a few 'female directors in technology' (2012), named Rising Talent by the Women's Forum for Economy & Society (October 2009), one of the 'most influential young women in Spain' (MujerHoy Magazine, 2012), one of '100 leaders of the future ' by Capital Magazine (May 2009) and one of the 'Generation XXI: 40 Spanish youngsters that will make news in the Third Millenium ' by EL PAIS (2000).

She has had the pleasure of speaking at the Spanish Senate and at conferences organized by the ITU and UNFPA. She has given 2 TEDx talks and a WIRED talk. She has co-organized the first TEDxBarcelona event devoted to Education.


For more information: http://www.nuriaoliver.com

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