Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2008-2011: PhD in Computer Science, UNED.
  • 2006-2008: MSc in Language Technologies on the Web, UNED.
  • 2000-2005: MEng in Computer Science and Information Engineering, Mondragon Unibertsitatea.

Current and Past Employment

  • 2018-: Assistant professor, University of Warwick, Coventry.
        Module organiser for CS918 Natural Language Processing (MSc, 80 students) and module co-organiser for CS909 Data Mining (MSc and MEng, 145 students). Supervision of PhD, MSc and undergraduate students.
  • 2016-: Visiting professor, NLP&IR Group, UNED, Madrid.
        Teaching the "Social media mining" in the online MSc course on "Language Technologies".
  • 2014-2017: Post-doctoral research fellow, University of Warwick, Coventry.
        Research in social media mining, particularly on the EC-funded PHEME project dealing with social media rumours. My research studied use of social media data in the context of journalism for different purposes such as newsgathering, news reporting and analytics. I also researched other social phenomena such as independence movements. I assisted with supervision of PhD students, while also giving guest lectures.
  • 2013-2014: Post-doctoral research fellow, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin.
        As a research fellow at the Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research (CeADAR), funded by Enterprise Ireland, I worked on research and development of effective data analytics interfaces. The aim of the research project is to develop interfaces that facilitate extracting insight from business data for users that are not necessarily skilful in analytics.
  • 2012-2013: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Queens College and Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York.
        I worked in the group of Prof. Heng Ji on information extraction for social media, especially applying such techniques to process newsworthy information. Among others, I developed a social media based newsgathering tool, which I experimented with journalism practitioners. Further focusing on assisting journalists with social media data, we studied verification of social media updates, as well as optimal journalism practices to guarantee maximum diffusion of contents on social media.
  • 2010: Visiting researcher at the Knowledge Management Institute, Graz University of Technology, Graz.
        I spent three months as a visiting researcher, under the supervision of Prof. Markus Strohmaier. During that time, we collaborated on the behavioral analysis of users on social tagging systems, with the aim of finding the users that most accurately help produce a social book classification.
  • 2008-2011: Research fellow at the NLP&IR Group, UNED, Madrid.
        As part of the NLP&IR Group at the university, I pursued my graduation as a PhD in Computer Science on the study of user annotations from social tagging systems to accurately categorise resources, under the supervision of Dr. Raquel Martínez and Dr. Víctor Fresno. Additionally, I investigated on real-time mining social media updates to provide users with updated summaries of ongoing events, as well as characterising and identifying the origin of emerging trends on social media. I also collaborated on various research projects (see below) on text and resource classification by leveraging social media data.
  • 2007: Freelance web developer, Barcelona.
        I was self-employed working on the development of numerous web sites.
  • 2006-2007: Web developer, VilaWeb, Barcelona.
        I worked at the Catalan online news media VilaWeb on the development of a online video news platform VilaWeb.tv.
  • 2005-2006: Programmer, ULMA Handling Systems, Oñati.

Languages

  • English: Full professional proficiency.
  • Basque: Native.
  • Spanish: Native.
  • Catalan: Professional working proficiency.

Programming Skills

  • Programming: Python, PHP.
  • Web Programming: XHTML, CSS, XML, PHP, Javascript, AJAX.
  • Statistical Computing: R.
  • Databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL.
  • Visualisation: d3.js

Research Projects

  • 2017: PETRAS, Internet of Things Research Hub, funded by EPSRC.
  • 2017: Language sensing study for dementia monitoring and diagnosis.
  • 2014-2017: PHEME, Computing Veracity, the 4th Challenge of Big Data. Funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Program.
  • 2015: Developing a Flood Memory App: Sustainable Social Informatics for Flood Risk and Resilience. Funded by ESRC.
  • 2013-2014: Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research (CeADAR). Funded by Enterprise Ireland.
  • 2012-2013: Army Research Lab’s INARC (Information Network Academic Research Center). Funded by the US Army Research Lab.
  • 2012-2013: DARPA BOLT (Broad Operational Language Translation). Funded by DARPA.
  • 2011: Holopedia: The Automatic Encyclopedia of People and Organizations. Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.
  • 2010-2011: OPENMT-2: Hybrid Machine Translation and advanced evaluation. Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.
  • 2008-2011: MAVIR/MA2VICMR: Mejorando el Acceso, el Análisis y la Visibilidad de la Información y los Contenidos Multilingüe y Multimedia en Red para la Comunidad de Madrid. Funded by the Regional Government of Madrid.
  • 2008-2010: QEAVis: Quantitative Evaluation of Academic Websites’ Visibility. Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards

  • 2017: Best paper award at CHI 2017.
  • 2012: Best PhD award, UNED.
  • 2011: Scholarship to attend Wikimania 2011, Wikimedia Foundation.
  • 2009: Scholarship to attend ACM DocEng 2009, ACM SIGWeb.
  • 2009: Scholarship to attend Wikimania 2009, Wikimedia Foundation.
  • 2009: Scholarship to attend the TrebleClef Summer School on Multilingual Information Access, TrebleCLEF.
  • 2008-2011: Research Fellowship at the NLP&IR Group of the UNED University, Region of Madrid.

Community Service

  Coordination

  • Co-organiser of RDSM 2018, the workshop on Rumours and Deception in Social Media at CIKM 2018.
  • Co-guest editorship of Online Information Review Special Issue on "Social Media Mining for Journalism".
  • Co-guest editorship of Information Processing & Management journal Special Issue on "Processing Social Media in Real Time".
  • Co-organiser of M-WePNaD 2017, a shared task on the disambiguation of person names on the multilingual Web at IberEval 2017.
  • Co-organiser of RumourEval 2017, a shared task on determining rumour veracity and support at SemEval 2017.
  • Co-organiser of SMnews 2016, the Social Media in the Newsroom workshop at ICWSM-16.
  • Co-organiser of TweetMT 2015 at SEPLN 2015
  • Co-organiser of TweetLID 2014 at SEPLN 2014.
  • Social Media, Networks, Systems and Services Track co-chair at SocialCom 2014.
  • Co-organiser of Tweet-Norm 2013, the Tweet Normalization Workshop at SEPLN 2013.
  • Co-organiser of RAMSS 2013, the Real-Time Analysis and Mining of Social Streams workshop at WWW 2013.
  • Co-organiser of RAMSS 2012, the Real-Time Analysis and Mining of Social Streams workshop at ICWSM-12.
  • Workshop Chair for Hypertext 2012, the 23rd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media.

  Program Committee Membership

I've been part of the program committee or served as a reviewer for:

Publications

See section Publications