Nuria Oliver is Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone. 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. Prior to her current position, Nuria worked at Microsoft Research for over 7 years and as the first female Scientific Director at Telefonica R&D for over 8 years. She is also Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Vodafone Institute.

Her work is well known with over 150 scientific publications that have received more than 12000 citations and ten best paper award nominations and/or awards. She is co-inventor of 40 filed patents and she is a regular keynote speaker at international scientific and technology conferences.

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) and the Spanish National Computer Science Angela Robles Award (2016). She has been named “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).

She was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2016, a Fellow of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence in 2016 and an IEEE Fellow in 2017. She has an Honoris Causa Doctorate from the University Miguel Hernandez in Spain (2017)

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 in girls.