Nuria Oliver is a computer scientist with over 20 years of research experience in Artificial Intelligence, Human Computer Interaction and Mobile Computing at MIT, Microsoft Research, and as the first female Scientific Director at Telefonica R&D, the first Chief Data Scientist at DataPop Alliance and the first Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone.
She graduated top of her class and top of Spain in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the ETSIT at the Universidad Politecnica of Madrid (UPM), Spain in 1994. She received her PhD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, in June 2000. From July 2000 until November 2007, she was a researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA. After 12 years in the US, she returned to Spain to co-create the Research organization at Telefonica R&D by creating and leading an internationally recognized industrial research team in Barcelona.
She is honored to be the first female computer scientist in Spain named both a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM and an ACM Fellow. She is also a Fellow of the European Association of Artificial Intelligence (eurAI) and an IEEE Fellow. She is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering.