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Master in Computational Social Science faculty

UC3M FACULTY

GONZALO GÉNOVA FUSTER

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Associate Professor at the Computer Science and Engineering Department of the Carlos III University of Madrid.

He has an MS degree in Telecommunications Engineering, an MS degree in Philosophy and a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. His main lines of research and teaching, which reflect his strong interdisciplinary character, focus on modeling and modeling languages in software engineering and requirements engineering, as well as the philosophical foundations of information systems, artificial intelligence and ethics for engineers.

As a popularizer he writes in Spanish the blog "Of machines and intentions - Reflections on technology, science and society".

REGINA KAISER REMIRO

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Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics of the Carlos III University of Madrid since 2002. She studied Business Sciences at the Autonomous University of Madrid and she has a doctorate and a master's degree, both in Economics, from the European University Institute.

She has published several articles in international journals and a book as a result of her research in time series, linear filters, business cycle, atypical data, etc. She has directed the State Lottery Studies Service, where she designed a business indicators model and developed several monitoring reports, trends and competencies in the gaming market. She has led numerous consulting and advisory works for public institutions (National Energy Commission, Lotteries and State Betting) or private (Technical Systems Lotteries, McDonalds Association).

Finally, she has tried to combine her teaching and research work with the management of academic positions. Along these lines, she has served as deputy director of the Department of Statistics of the Carlos III University during the period 2004-2012, and now from 2020.

ILONA LAHDELMA

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PhD from University of Oxford in 2020.

In her PhD, she studied the causal effects of immigration at the local level on opinion formation and policies. As a result, she has a keen research interest in both quantitative methods of causal inference as well as its application to trace people's opinion formation and to design and evaluate social policies.

ESTEBAN MORO EGIDO

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Professor at the Carlos III University of Madrid and the MIT IDSS and a member of the IBiDat (UC3M).

He has published more than 100 articles and participated in more than 20 projects financed by administrations and companies. His areas of interest are big data and computational social sciences with special attention to problems such as viral marketing, natural disaster management, dissemination of information on social networks, segregation in our cities or labor markets.

He was awarded the "Shared University Award" from IBM in 2007 for modeling the dissemination of information on social networks and applying it to viral marketing. And the Research Excellence Award in 2013 and 2015 by the Carlos III University of Madrid.

Esteban's work has appeared in journals such as PNAS, Nature Communications or Science Advances and is frequently covered in media such as The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal or El País (Spain).

JAVIER NOGALES

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Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). Senior member in the Research Institute UC3M-Santander of Financial Big Data. Ph.D. in Mathematics (2000) from (UC3M). Young Investigator Award for Research Excellence (UC3M) in 2010, 2013, and 2017.

He has extensive expertise in developing quantitative tools for making better decisions, with the help of Analytics and Data Science, in areas like energy, economics and finance.  He has published more than 30 articles in top journals, and has received more than 3000 citations in the literature (source: ISI Web of Science), having an h-index = 16. Finally, he participates in and leads quite a few research projects (grants), and has consulting experience for both financial and energy companies in areas like price forecasting, trading strategies and risk management.

For more information, please visit his web page: www.est.uc3m.es/nogales

ANXO SÁNCHEZ

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PhD in Theoretical Physics and Mathematical Physics from the Complutense University of Madrid, with an extraordinary award.

After a Fulbright postdoctoral stay at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he obtained a tenured position in the Department of Mathematics at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he is currently Professor of Applied Mathematics. He is also a research associate at the Institute of Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems of the University of Zaragoza since 2004. He has been coordinator of the European project IBSEN (Horizon 2020, 2015-2018).

His hobbies include reading, series and gastronomy, both in front of and behind the stove. He likes the sea, sailing, snorkeling and, from time to time, diving.

MARGARITA TORRE FERNÁNDEZ

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PhD in Sociology (University Pompeu Fabra), a master’s degree in Big Data & Data Science (Afi School of Finance) and is Specialist in Applied Research and Data Analysis (Spanish Centre for Sociological Research, CIS).

Her areas of research are occupational segregation and other inequalities in the labor market, quantitative data analysis and network analysis. She has published in prestigious journals such as Gender and Society, Work and Occupations, Social Forces, Sociological Perspectives and International Migration.

Currently, she is leading two research projects: Social networks in gender perspective: Virtual ceiling or window of opportunity? (funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation; co-IP Dr. Javier Lorenzo) and Dynamics of international scientific collaboration: an analysis of networks with a gender perspective (funded by the CM-UC3M; co-IP Dr. Iñaki Úcar). She has also worked with private companies (AIRBUS GROUP, 40dB) and public organizations (Institute of Youth).

She is currently Associate Editor of European Societies (official journal of the European Sociological Association, ESA) and member of the editorial board of Work Employment and Society, Sociology, International Journal of Sociology and Papers.

IÑAKI ÚCAR

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Postdoctoral Fellow at UC3M-Santander Big Data Institute (IBiDat), open-source advocate and R package author. He received his MEng in Telecommunications Engineering and MScEng in Communications from Universidad Pública de Navarra (Spain) in 2011 and 2013 respectively, and his MScEng and PhD in Telematic Engineering from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in 2014 and 2018 respectively.

He has developed expertise in statistical software, high-performance computing, simulation, data wrangling and visualisation, network analysis and Markov processes. His current research interests are varied, including interpretability of ML models, and the application of data science to problems related to social networks, collective behaviour, inequality and misinformation.

FRANCISCO VILLAMIL

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Postdoctoral researcher at the Carlos III-Juan March Institute, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. PhD from ETH Zurich, and Juan Linz Prize to the best doctoral dissertation in political science from the CEPC.

His research focuses on the consequences of political violence and armed conflicts.He uses quantitative methods extensively, and relies on a variety of data sources and data collection strategies, including digitization of historical archives, web scraping, and geospatial data. He has published in several international journals, such as Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, or Research & Politics.

EXTERNAL FACULTY

JOSÉ ANTONIO NOGUERA FERRER

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Associate Professor of Sociology at the UAB and director of the Group of Analytical Sociology and Institutional Design (GSADI). He has been visiting researcher at the University of California-Berkeley and the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as visiting professor at the UC3M and Deusto.

His research areas are social policy, fiscal sociology, sociological theory, analytical sociology, behavioural experiments, and social simulation. He has been principal investigator in many competitive research projects and contracts in those areas (including four within the National R+D Plan). He has also participated in Consolider-Ingenio and FP7 projects.

He has published in journals such as: Social Policy & Society, PlosOne, Advances in Complex Systems, Journal of Law & Society, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Social Science Information of South European Society & Politics. He was editor of Papers. Revista de Sociologia from 2015 to 2019 and deputy editor from 2009 to 2015. He has collaborated with different research evaluation agencies in Spain and the European Union.

JORGE CIMENTADA

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Data Scientist at Ryanair. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Pompeu Fabra University where he specialized in the field of Computational Social Science.

He has held research positions at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research as well as consulting jobs for organizations such as the United Nations Population Division.

Outside of academia, he’s held various data scientist positions, spanning a wide range of industries. He’s also a research fellow at the Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM), where he continues to explore new research avenues at the intersection of social science, big data and data science.

For more information, please visit his website at cimentadaj.github.io.

SEBASTIAN DAZA ARANZAES

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Sociologist, demographer, and data scientist.

His research focuses on how socio-economic mobility affects health and mortality, the consequences of incarceration for health, reentry experiences of women just released from prison. His research relies on statistical and computational methods, emphasizing data science, and agent-based modeling.

He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Bachelors and Masters in Sociology from the Catholic University of Chile.

CARMEN TORRIJOS CARUDA

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Degree in Translation and Interpreting and Hispanic Studies (UAM), a Master in Intercultural Communication (UAH) and an Advanced Course in Project Management (EOI).

For 8 years she has been dedicated to Natural Language Processing side by side with linguists, software developers and architects and data scientists, leading the creation of resources for the training of Machine Learning models. She is a humanistic profile oriented towards technology and the future, passionate about innovation.

She currently works in digital transformation and technology integration in companies and institutions. She still thinks that there is a need for more mixed profiles, more multidisciplinary teams and less borders between humanities and science.

MARÍA MEDINA PÉREZ

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Senior Data Scientist at Microsoft, where she helps other companies improve their operations with the use of AI.

She studied computer science and mathematics and found the perfect combination of both fields in the data world, in which she specialized with a Master's degree in Data Science and Big Data. As a data science consultant, she has worked for many different industries and technologies, and loves sharing that knowledge as an instructor in several academic entities and as a speaker in tech conferences. She is also an advocate for diversity in technology and co-organizes the PyLadies Madrid meetup.

JUAN CARLOS IBÁÑEZ RODRÍGUEZ

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PhD in Applied Computational Statistics from Lancaster University (UK); MSc in Mathematical from Universidad Carlos III (Spain), and Ingeniero Superior en Geodesia from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain).

Currently he is Chief Data and Analytics Officer at Wecity and lecturer in Data Science for several institutions in Madrid: IE, AFI y UCJC.  Recent roles are CDO for Atresmedia , CDO for Urban Data Analytics, Academic Director at AFI, and previously head in analytics for multinational companies like Orange, SAS or Accenture.