Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance and Chief Scientific Advisor for the Vodafone Institute. She holds a Telecommunications engineer degree from UPM and a PhD in Perceptual Intelligence from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has more than 20 years of research experience at MIT, Microsoft Research (Redmond, WA) and as the first (female) scientific director at Telefónica I + D (2007-2016) and the first Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone (2017-2019).
Her work on the computational modeling of human behavior, human-computer interaction, mobile computing and Big Data analysis -especially for Social Good- is internationally known with more than 180 scientific publications, cited more than 16,000 times. Ten of her scientific papers have awards or nominations to best scientific article.
Nuria is the only Spanish researcher recognized by the ACM both as Distinguished Scientist and Fellow. She is also a Fellow of the IEEE and the European Artificial Intelligence Association. She has received an Honorary Doctorate from the Miguel Hernandez University. She is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in Spain, the Academia Europaea and CHI Academy (only Spanish researcher).
Nuria is a member of the scientific advisory committee of several European universities, Mahindra Comviva and the Future Digital Society. In addition, she advises the Spanish Government and the European Commission on issues related to Artificial Intelligence. She is a member of a Global Future Council in the World Economic Forum.
She is a regular member of the program committee of the top international conferences in her fields. She has been in the organizing committee of 19 international conferences and she is a member of the editorial board of five international journals.
Nuria’s work has been recognized internationally with numerous awards. She graduated number one of her promotion at the School of Telecommunications of Madrid and received the National Prize of Telecommunications (1994). She is the first Spanish researcher to receive the MIT TR35 Young Innovator Award (2004) and the Rising Talent Award for the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society (2009). She has received the Ada Byron Award to the European Digital Woman of the Year (2016), the Business and Social Merit Medal of the Valencian Government (2017), the EVAP Diversity Award (2017), the 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 of Artificial Intelligence in the world by Pioneering Minds (2017), one of the wonderful Spanish minds in technology by the newspaper EL PAIS (2017), “a leading technology director” (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 other distinctions.
She is the inventor of 41 patents. Her work has contributed to the improvement of services, the creation of new services, the definition of strategies and the creation of new companies. Nuria is a guest speaker regularly in both scientific and technological international conferences.
In addition to her scientific work, Nuria devotes part of her time to scientific-technological outreach and to inspire young people and adolescents – and especially girls – to study technical careers. He has given talks to more than 10000 adolescents, has contributed with the chapter entitled “Digital Scholars” in the book “Digital natives do not exist” (Deusto, 2017), has written articles for EL PAIS, The Guardian, TechCrunch among others and has been co-organizer of the first TEDxBarcelona event dedicated to emerging education, among other activities. Her talks on WIRED, TEDx and similar events have been seen thousands of times.
She is a firm believer in the power of technology to improve our quality of life, both individual and collectively. She devotes her professional life to achieve it.