Scientific Director and Cofounder
Nuria Oliver is Scientific Director and one of the founders of ELLIS Alicante. She is co-founder and vice-president of ELLIS.
Previously, she was Chief Scientific Advisor to the Vodafone Institute, 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 also Chief Data Scientist at DataPop Alliance. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she held an honorary position as Commissioner to the President of the Valencian Government on AI and Data Science against COVID-19. She advises several universities, governments and companies.
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, the Academia Europaea and corresponding member at the Academy of Engineering of Mexico. 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 AnitaB.org (2021). According to Research.com, she is the Spanish female computer scientist with largest scientific impact (2022-2024) .