Bio



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Vanessa Frias-Martinez

Assistant Professor in the iSchool 
Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department
University of Maryland, College Park

vfrias@umd.edu
2123B Hornbake Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

I am an assistant professor in the iSchool at University of Maryland and an affiliate assistant professor at the Computer Science Department. Before that, I spent five years at Telefonica Research, developing algorithms to analyze ways in which mobile digital traces can help to understand human behaviors and promote social development in areas like Smart Cities, Public Health or Education. I obtained my PhD and MSc in Computer Science from Columbia University and enjoyed internships at Google, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). I am a recipient of La Caixa Fellowship. I have extensive experience in international development having worked on pilot studies in Bolivia and Peru. In my free time, I enjoy running and travelling to places with no Internet.

The Columbia Engineering Magazine interviewed me recently about my work in big data.

You can find my CV here


EDUCATION

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

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

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