ECE Distinguished Speaker Series: Nuria Oliver - Data Science against COVID-19

Oct 8

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Naura Oliver


Nuria Oliver


In my talk, I will describe the work that I have been doing since March 2020, leading a multi-disciplinary team of 20+ volunteer scientists working very closely with the Presidency of the Valencian Government in Spain on 4 large areas: (1) human mobility modeling; (2) computational epidemiological models (both metapopulation, individual and LSTM-based models); (3) predictive models; and (4) citizen surveys via the COVID19impactsurvey with over 600,000 answers worldwide.

I will describe the results that we have produced in each of these areas, including winning the 500K XPRIZE Pandemic Response Challenge and best paper award at ECML-PKDD 2021. I will share the lessons learned in this very special initiative of collaboration between the civil society at large (through the survey), the scientific community (through the Expert Group) and a public administration (through the Commissioner at the Presidency level). WIRED magazine just published an article describing our story.


Cofounder and Scientific Director of ELLIS (The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems) Unit Alicante Foundation; Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance; Chief Scientific Advisor at the Vodafone Institute


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