Nuria Oliver is Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance and Chief Scientific Advisor for the Vodafone Institute. She graduated with a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from UPM and holds a PhD in Perceptual Intelligence from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has over 20 years of research experience at MIT, Microsoft Research (Redmond, WA) and was the first female scientific director at Telefónica R&D and Vodafone. Her work in computational modelling of human behaviour, human-machine interaction, mobile computing and Big Data analysis (especially for Social Good) is internationally known: she wrote more than 180 scientific publications, was cited more than 15,000 times and awarded ten prizes and nominations for best scientific article. Nuria is the only female researcher in Spain recognised by the ACM as a Distinguished Scientist, Fellow and member of CHI Academy.
She is also an IEEE Fellow and Fellow of the European Association of Artificial Intelligence; recipient of an honorary doctoral degree from Miguel Hernandez University and a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering and the Academia Europaea. Nuria is a member of the scientific advisory committee for six European universities, the advisory board of Mahindra Comviva and the Future Digital Society as well as advisor on Artificial Intelligence for the Spanish Government and the European Commission. She is a member of the Global Future Council of the World Economic Forum as well as the program committee for the main international conferences in her field, having been a member of the organising committee for 19 international conferences and a member of the editorial committee of 5 international journals. Nuria’s work has been recognised internationally with numerous awards. She was number one in her class at the Higher School of Telecommunications in Madrid and awarded with the National Telecommunications Award (1994). She was the first Spaniard that received the MIT TR100 (today TR35) Young Innovator Award (2004) and the Rising Talent Award for the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society (2009). She has also received the Ada Byron Prize (2016) as well as the European Digital Woman of the Year (2016), the Medal of Business and Social Merit from the Generalitat Valenciana (2017), the EVAP Award for Diversity (2017), the Spanish Angela Ruiz Robles National Computer Science Award (2016) and the Engineer of the Year Award (2018), among others. She has been named one of the 11 most influential people in Artificial Intelligence in the world by Pioneering Minds (2017), one of Spain’s wonderful minds in technology by the newspaper EL PAIS (2017), “an outstanding director of technology” (El PAIS, 2012), one of the “100 leaders for the future” (Capital, 2009) and one of the “40 young people who will mark the next millennium” (El PAIS, 1999), among others.
She is the inventor of 40 patents.
Her work has contributed to the improvement of services, the creation of new services, the definition of strategies and the incorporation of new companies. Nuria is a regularly invited speaker at international scientific and technological conferences. In addition to her scientific work, Nuria dedicates part of her time to scientific-technological outreach and inspiring young people and teenagers (especially girls) to study technical degrees. She has given lectures to more than 8,000 adolescents, has contributed the chapter entitled “Digital Scholars” to the book “Digital Natives Do Not Exist” (Deusto, 2017), has written articles for EL PAIS, The Guardian and TechCrunch, among others, and co-organised the first TEDxBarcelona event dedicated to emerging education. Her talks for WIRED, TEDx and similar events have been seen thousands of times.