Data Science for Social Good: Opportunities and Challenges

Dr. Nuria Oliver

Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance

Chief Scientific Advisor at the Vodafone Institute

Co-founder and Director - Institute of Humanity-centric AI (Alicante ELLIS Unit)

Co-founder and Vicepresident of ELLIS (The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems)

BIO: Dr. Nuria Oliver is co-founder and Director of the “Institute of Humanity-centric AI (Alicante ELLIS Unit); Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance, Chief Scientific Advisor at the Vodafone Institute and co-founder and vicepresident of ELLIS (The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems). She is a Telecommunications Engineer from the UPM and holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

She has over 25 years of research experience in the areas of human behavior modeling 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). Between March 2020 and April 2022 she served as Commissioner for the President of the Valencian Region on AI Strategy and Data Science to fight COVID-19. As an advisor, Dr. Oliver has been/is an advisor to several governments and the European Commission on issues related to Artificial Intelligence. She has been a member of a Global Future Council at the World Economic Forum and is a member of the Theme Advisory Group at the European Central Bank to propose the theme of the new euro banknotes. She is a member of the board of trustees of TTIC, president of the board of trustees at UNED and has been a member of the board of Bankia.

Her work in the computational modeling of human behavior using Artificial Intelligence techniques, human-computer interaction, mobile computing and Big Data analysis - especially for the Social Good is well known with over 180 scientific publications that have received more than 23000 citations and a 11 best paper award nominations and awards. She is co-inventor of over 40 filed patents and she is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences.

Dr. Oliver's work has been recognized internationally with numerous awards. She is the first Spanish scientist to receive the MIT TR100 (today TR35) Young Innovator Award (2004) and the Rising Talent award by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society (2009). She has been awarded Data Scientist of the Year in Europe (2019), Engineer of the Year Award by the COIT (2018), the Medal for Business and Social Merit by the Valencian Government (2018), the European Digital Woman of the Year award (2016), the Spanish National Computer Science Angela Robles Award (2016), the Abie Technology Leadership Award (2021) and the King James I Award on New Technologies (2021). She has been named one of the top 11 Artificial Intelligence influencers worldwide by Pioneering Minds (2017). Nuria is the only Spanish researcher recognized by the ACM as Distinguished Scientist (2015) and Fellow (2017) at the same time. She is also a Fellow of the IEEE (2017) and the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (2016). She holds an honorary doctorate from the University Miguel Hernandez.

Dr. Oliver firmly believes in the value of technology to improve the quality of people, both individually and collectively, and dedicates her professional life to achieving it. She is also passionate about scientific outreach. Hence, she regularly collaborates with the media (press, radio, TV) and gives non-technical talks about science and technology to broad audiences, and particularly to teenagers, with a special interest on girls.Her talks on WIRED, TEDx and similar events have been viewed thousands of times.

Twitter: @nuriaoliver

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ACM Rockstar Award Keynote

Xinyu Zhang

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California San Diego

BIO: Xinyu Zhang received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 2012. Prior to joining the University of California San Diego in 2017, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California San Diego. His research interests include wireless systems and ubiquitous computing. He was a recipient of two ACM MobiCom Best Paper Award in 2011 and 2020, the Communications of the ACM Research Highlight in 2018, the ACM SIGMOBILE Research Highlight in 2018, the NSF CAREER Award in 2014, the Google Research Award in 2017, 2018, and 2020, and the Sony Research Award in 2018 and 2020. He served as the TPC Chair for ACM MobiCom 2019, IEEE SECON 2017, a Co-Chair for NSF millimeter-wave research coordination network, and an Associate Editor for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MOBILE COMPUTING from 2017 to 2020.

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Ada Poon

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering
Stanford University

Member, Bio-X

Member, Cardiovascular Institute

Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

BIO: Ada received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the EECS department at the University of California at Berkeley. Her dissertation attempted to connect information theory with electromagnetic theory so as to better understand the fundamental limit of wireless channels. Upon graduation, she spent one year at Intel as a senior research scientist building reconfigurable baseband processors for flexible radios. Afterwards, she joined her advisor’s startup company, SiBeam Inc., architecting Gigabit wireless transceivers leveraging 60 GHz CMOS and MIMO antenna systems. After two years in industries, she returned to academic and joined the faculty of the ECE department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Since then, she has changed her research direction from wireless communications to integrated biomedical systems. In 2008, she moved back to California and joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She received the Okawa Foundation Research Grant in 2010 and NSF CAREER Award in 2013. She is a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub investigator.