Nuria Oliver

Scientific Director and Cofounder


Nuria Oliver is Scientific Director and one of the founders of the ELLIS Alicante Foundation. She is co-founder and vice-president of ELLIS.

She is Chief Scientific Advisor at the Vodafone Institute, Chief Data Scientist at DataPop Alliance and Commissioner to the President of the Valencian Government on AI and Data Science against COVID-19. She advises several universities, governments and companies.

Previously, she was Director of Data Science Research at Vodafone, Scientific Director at Telefónica and researcher at Microsoft Research. She holds a PhD from the Media Lab at MIT and an Honorary Doctorate from the University Miguel Hernández.

She is an IEEE Fellow, and ACM Fellow, and EurAI Fellow and elected permanent member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain. She is also a member of CHI Academy and the Academia Europaea. She is well known for her work in computational models of human behavior, human computer-interaction, mobile computing and big data for social good. Named inventor of 40 patents. She has received many awards, including the MIT TR100 Young Innovator Award (2004), Spanish National Computer Science Award (2016), Engineer of the Year (2018), Valencian Medal to Business and Social Impact (2018), Data Scientist of the Year (2019), Jaume I Award in New Technologies (2021) and Abie Technology Leadership Award by (2021).


Publications in association with the ELLIS Unit Alicante


Alt, F., Kostakos, V., & Oliver, N. (2022). Out-of-the-Lab Pervasive Computing. IEEE Pervasive Computing Journal , 21(1), 7-8.
De Nadai, M., Roomp, K., Lepri, B., & Oliver, N. (2022). The Impact of Control and Mitigation Strategies during the Second Wave of coronavirus Infections in Spain and Italy. Nature Scientific Reports , 12(1), 1-13.
Martínez-García, M., Sansano-Sansano, E., Castillo-Hornero, A., Femenia, R., Roomp, K., & Oliver, N. (2022). Social Isolation during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Spain: A Population Study. MedRxiv .
Top 5% of research outputs scored by Altmetric


Xue, H., Salim, F. D., Ren, Y., & Oliver, N. (2021). MobTCast: Leveraging Auxiliary Trajectory Forecasting for Human Mobility Prediction. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems , 34, 30380-30391.
Martinez-Garcia, M., Rabasa, A., Barber, X., Polotskaya, K., Roomp, K., & Oliver, N. (2021). Key factors affecting people’s unwillingness to be confined during the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain: a large-scale population study. Nature Scientific Reports , 11, 1-18.
Lozano, M.A., Garibo, O., Piñol, E., Rebollo, M., Polotskaya, K., Garcia-March, M. A., Conejero, J. A., Escolano, F., & Oliver, N. (2021). Open Data Science to fight COVID-19: Winning the 500k XPRIZE Pandemic Response Challenge. Joint European Conference on Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases 384-399.
Best paper award!
Luca, M., Barlacchi, G., Oliver, N., & Lepri, B. (2021). Leveraging Mobile Phone Data for Migration Flows. arXiv preprint arXiv:2105.14956 .
Lepri, B., Oliver, N., & Pentland, A. (2021). Ethical machines: The human-centric use of artificial intelligence. iScience , 24(3), 102249.
Nanni, M., Andrienko, G., Barabási, A. L., Boldrini, C., Bonchi, F., Cattuto, C., Chiaromonte, F., Comandé, G., Conti, M., Coté, M., Dignum, F., Dignum, V., Domingo-Ferrer, J., Ferragina, P., Giannotti, F., Guidotti, R., Helbing, D., Kaski, K., Kertesz, J., Lehmann, S., Lepri, B., Lukowicz, P., Matwin, S., Jiménez, D. M., Monreale, A., Morik, K., Oliver, N., Passarella, A., Passerini, A., Pedreschi, D., Pentland, A., Pianesi, F., Pratesi, F., Rinzivillo, S., Ruggieri, S., Siebes, A., Torra, V., Trasarti, R., Van Den Hoven, J., & Vespignani, A. (2021). Give more data, awareness and control to individual citizens, and they will help COVID-19 containment. iScience , 23(1), 1-6.


Oliver, N., Barber, X., Roomp, K., & Roomp, K. (2020). Assessing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Spain: Large-Scale, Online, Self-Reported Population Survey. Journal of Medical Internet Research , 22(9), e21319.
Oliver, N., Lepri, B., Sterly, H., Lambiotte, R., Deletaille, S., De Nadai, M., Letouzé, E., Salah, A. A., Benjamins, R., Cattuto, C., Colizza, V., de Cordes, N., Fraiberger, S. P., Koebe, T., Lehmann, S., Murillo, J., Pentland, A., Pham, P. N, Pivetta, F., Saramäki, J., Scarpino, S. V., Tizzoni, M., Verhulstand, S., & Vinck, P. (2020). Mobile phone data for informing public health actions across the COVID-19 pandemic life cycle. Science Advances , 6(23), eabc0764.
Roomp, K., & Oliver, N. (2020). ACDC-Tracing: Towards Anonymous Citizen-Driven Contact Tracing. arXiv preprint arXiv:2004.07463 .
Oliver, N., Letouzé, E., Sterly, H., Delataille, S., De Nadai, M., Lepri, B., Lambiotte, R., Benjamins, R., Cattuto, C., Colizza, V., de Cordes, N., Fraiberger, S. P., Koebe, T., Lehmann, S., Murillo, J., Pentland, A., Pham, P. N., Pivetta, F., Salah, A. A., Saramäki, J., Scarpino, S. V., Tizzoni, M., Verhulst, S., & Vinck, P. (2020). Mobile phone data and COVID-19: Missing an opportunity?. arXiv preprint arXiv:2003.12347 .
Partially funded by the Generalitat Valenciana Conselleria de Innovacion, Universidades, Ciencia y Sociedad Digital and the European Union European Regional Development Fund