Nuria Oliver is co-founder and vice-president of ELLIS (The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems), co-founder of the Alicante ELLIS Unit, devoted to research on "Human(ity)-centric Artificial Intelligence", Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance and Chief Scientific Advisor at the Vodafone Institute. In March 2020, she was named Commissioner for the President of the Valencian Region on AI Strategy and Data Science to fight Covid-19. Since then, she has led a team of 20+ data scientists.
She has also led the ValenciaIA4COVID team, which has recently won the 500K XPRIZE Pandemic Response Challenge. It’s the first time that a Spanish team wins an XPRIZE competition. She has over 25 years of research experience in the areas of human behaviour modelling and prediction from data and human-computer interaction. She has been a researcher at Microsoft Research (Redmond, WA), the first female Scientific Director at Telefonica R&D for over 8 years and the first Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone globally (2017-2019).
Her work in the computational modelling of human behaviour using Artificial Intelligence techniques, human-computer interaction, mobile computing and Big Data analysis - especially for the Social Good is well known with over 160 scientific publications that have received over 20,000 citations and ten best paper award nominations and awards. She is the co-inventor of over 40 filed patents and she is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences.