Ms. Nuria María Oliver Ramírez

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Nuria Oliver, is Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone, Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance and Chief Scientific Advisor at the Vodafone Institute.  She has over 20 years of research experience in the areas of human behavior modeling and prediction from data and human-computer interaction.


She holds a PhD in perceptual intelligence from MIT (2000). She worked as a researcher at Microsoft Research, as the first female Scientific Director at Telefonica R&D and the first Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance and Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone. In addition, she is Chief Scientific Advisor to the Vodafone Institute


She is a Fellow of European Association of Artificial Intelligence (2016), the IEEE and the ACM (2017), a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering and the Academia Europaea (2018).


Her work is well known with over 180 scientific publications that have received more than 15000 citations and a ten best paper award nominations and awards. She is named inventor of 40 filed patents and she is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences. She is an advisor to several computer science departments in Spain, UK and Portugal. She is also an advisor to the Spanish Government on the strategic research plan and on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, to the European Commission on AI and to the World Economic Forum as a member of one of the Global Future Council on New Metrics.


She devotes part of her time to service to the scientific community. She has held/will hold a co-chair role of 18 ACM/IEEE international conferences and is a member of the program committee of the top international conferences in her field.


Nuria’s work and professional trajectory has received several awards, including the MIT TR100 (today TR35) Young Innovator Award (2004), the Rising Talent award by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society (2009), the European Digital Woman of the Year award (2016), the Spanish National Computer Science Angela Robles Award (2016), the Medal to Business and Social Merit by the Valencian Government (2017) and the Spanish Engineer of the Year Award by the Professional Telecommunication Engineers Association (2018). She has been named one of the top 11 Artificial Intelligence influencers worldwide by Pioneering Minds (2017), one of Spanish wonderful minds in technology by EL PAIS newspaper (2017), “an outstanding female director in technology” (El PAIS, 2012), one of “100 leaders for the future” (Capital, 2009) and one of the “40 youngsters who will mark the next millennium” (El PAIS, 1999), among other distinctions. She received an Honorary Doctorate by the University Miguel Hernandez in 2018.


Her passion is to improve people’s quality of life, both individually and collectively, through technology. She is also passionate about scientific outreach. Hence, she regularly collaborates with the media (press, radio, TV) and gives non-technical talks about science and technology to broad audiences, and particularly to teenagers, with a special interest on girls.


Twitter: @nuriaoliver