Chief Scientific Adviser
Nuria Oliver has been director of research in data science at Vodafone since early 2017 and is also chief data scientist at Data-Pop Alliance and a Fellow at the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering. She has 20 years of research experience in human behaviour modelling, human-computer interaction and using Big Data for social good. Prior to joining Vodafone, she was Scientific Director at Telefonica R&D, the first woman to hold that position. Before that, she spent over seven years at Microsoft Research. She holds a PhD in perceptual intelligence from MIT and was named European Digital Woman of the Year in 2016 and Engineer of the Year in Spain in 2018. She holds an honorary PhD from the University Miguel Hernandez.
Her work is well known with over 150 scientific publications that have received more than 12000 citations and a ten best paper award nominations and awards. She is co-inventor of 40 filed patents and she is a regular keynote speaker at international 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) and the European Digital Woman of the Year 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 became an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2016, a Fellow of the European Association of Artificial Intelligence in 2016 and an IEEE Fellow in 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 on girls.