Nuria OliverNuria Oliver

Nuria Oliver is currently Scientific Director of the Multimedia, HCI, Data Mining & User Modeling Research Areas in Telefonica Research (Barcelona, Spain). She 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 take on her current position as Scientific Director and help create the Scientific Teams at Telefonica Research. It is an exciting opportunity to do research in her own country.
Her research interests include mobile computing, multimedia data analysis, search and retrieval, smart environments, context awareness, statistical machine learning and data mining, artificial intelligence, health monitoring, social network analysis, computational social sciencies, and human computer interaction. She is currently working on the previous disciplines to build human-centric intelligent systems.
Nuria has written over 70 papers in international conferences, journals and book chapters. Her work has been widely recognized by the scientific community with over 3100 citations. Nuria has over 30 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, Interaccion, PervasiveHealth, MIR, LoCA, MMM, CVPR, Ubicomp, MobileHCI, ICCV, AAAI, etc...). She was program co-chair of IUI 2009 and of MIR 2010. She is general conference co-chair of UMAP 2011, industry-day co-chair of IJCAI 2011 and sponsorship co-chair of ICMI 2011.

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 the ‘Rising Star’ 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 named one of the '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 is proficient in multiple foreign languages and she studied classical ballet for 13 years. Her hobbies include traveling, cinema, art, classical music, yoga, Formula Dodge racing, dance and swimming.



Urban Computing and Smart Cities: Opportunities and Challenges

City-wide urban infrastructures are increasingly reliant on networked technology to improve and expand their services. As a side effect of this digitalization, large amounts of data –digital footprints-- can be sensed and analyzed to uncover patterns of human urban behavior and to augment the city experience of its citizens. In my talk, I will introduce the main concepts, opportunities and challenges in this emerging area of urban computing  and will present some recent work on analyzing the digital footprints from the urban infrastructure. I will show how these digital footprints can be used to infer cultural and geographic aspects of the city and predict aspects of the city’s behavior. Finally, I will also illustrate a few examples of mobile applications that enhance the experience of the city by seamlessly combining digital and physical information.


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