Vanessa Frias-Martinez

Vanessa is an Assistant Professor in the iSchool and in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. Vanessa is the director of the Urban Computing Lab and she is also affiliated with the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing (CLIP) Lab, the Maryland Transportation Institute (MTI) and the Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC). Her main research objective is to advance the field of data science for social good with a focus on enhancing decision making processes through data-driven approaches using novel sources of information. Vanessa received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Columbia University in the City of New York. From 2009 to 2013, she was a Researcher in the Data Mining and User Modeling Group at Telefonica Research in Madrid, Spain. Vanessa is a recipient of La Caixa Fellowship, and her research is funded by the National Science Foundation, including an NSF CAREER Award, and by the World Bank. In her free time, she enjoys running and traveling to places with no Internet.

The Columbia Engineering Magazine interviewed me a while ago about my work in big data.


PhD in Computer Science. Columbia University,  USA. October 2008

MSc. in Computer Science. Columbia University, USA. September 2003

BSc. in Computer Science. Universidad de Valladolid, Spain. June 1999
(one year abroad with an Erasmus Grant @ Politecnico di Milano AIRLab)