Daniel Villatoro

Artificial Intelligence | Data Mining | Social Computing

ABOUT

Daniel loves identifying opportunities to exploit his knowledge on AI and data mining to provide innovative and imaginative solutions to both existing problems and new unperceived challenges.
His research interest have evolved along the years from behavioural game theory and complex systems dynamics to urban computing, using different sort of machine learning and data mining techniques to overcome the scientific questions. Daniel has recently collaborated with Barcelona Digital Technology Centre where he has acted as an Urban Researcher exploring the SmartCities field, targeting specifically in the citizen as a sensor and the provision of newly identified services in this ubiquitous era. His research has been presented in several important conferences such as ECCS, NetMob or NoSQLMatters Conference.
Daniel brings a balance between his scientific commitment to problem resolution with his knowledge of engineering tools to provide with functional and efficient working prototypes.
The work developed during his PhD thesis at the IIIA-CSIC resulted in two different awards (IFAAMAS-11 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award and Outstanding PhD Thesis - UAB Computer Science Department), result from his hard work and research stays at different international centers (King's College London, the ISTC-CNR, and the University of Tulsa).

EDUCATION

PhD in Computer Science Artifical Intelligence
IIIA-CSIC & Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
PhD Thesis under the supervision of Dr. Jordi Sabater-Mir, titled: “Social Norms for Self-Policing Multiagent Systems and Virtual Societies”.

SEPTEMBER 2007 - JULY 2011

Masters in Advanced Computer Science: Specialization in Artificial Intelligence.
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

OCTOBER 2006 - JULY 2007

Degree in Computer Engineering
Universidad de Granada
Degree thesis written with Professor Andrea Bonarini from Politecnico di Milano about “Dynamic Coalition Formation in Multiagent Systems: Easing Optimization Problems”

2001 - 2006

Studies in Computer Science, Software and Computer Engineering
Politecnico di Milano
Erasmus Exchange Program

2005 - 2006

Studies in Computer Science, Software and Computer Engineering
University of Ottawa
Bilateral Exchange Program

2004 - 2005



WORK

Urban Computing Researcher
Barcelona Digital Technology Centre

Applied scientist focusing on Urban Computing, Smart-cities and Citizen Sensor Networks.

JANUARY 2012 - FEBRUARY 2014

Associate Professor
University of Barcelona

Instructing Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Artificial Intelligence.

SEPTEMBER 2012 - FEBRUARY 2014

Machine Learning Researcher
Cognicor

Data-Driven Automated-Decision Making Module Design and Development.

MAY 2012 - OCTOBER 2012

Researcher
IIIA-CSIC

Researcher at several projects such as eRep, EVE or MacNorms.

OCTOBER 2006 - DECEMBER 2011



AWARDS

DECEMBER 2013

DECEMBER 2013

IFAAMAS-11 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award
Best PhD Thesis within the area of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems in 2012.

MAY 2012

MAY 2009


PORTFOLIO

Urbeo

Urbeo provides an integrated automated solution for the real economic impact calculation of an event, by combining BBVA InnovaChallenge Data with geo-social media information. Urbeo provides useful information to city managers mainly about associated location and economic impact of an event, and could be easily transported into a real-time fashion.

Cicerone

This prototype presents an in-situ location-based recommender system, where the venue recommendations are built upon the users' location at request-time, but also incorporating the social dimension and the expertise of the neighboring users knowledge used to build the recommendations. It bases its functioning in the participatory social media platforms Twitter and Foursquare. This prototype was featured at the NoSQLMatters Conference 2013.

Citizen as a Sensor

Our geo-enabled social media analysis that converts citizens with mobile devices into sensors for the automated detection of events in urban environments was featured by this magazine, featuring the front cover.

Commutio

This mobile app transforms citizens into real-time sensors for public transport through a gamification oriented.



ORGANIZATION

Urban Beers BCN
Informal event to gather urban researchers from all scientific/artistic areas to discuss about cities, with a few beers.

Workshop on Citizen Sensor Networks
The Citisen Workshop aims to bring together researchers from different scientific areas to discuss their scientific progress when dealing with distributed information acquisition and actuators from the most important social sensor in the city, the Citizens.



CONTACT

Email
dvillatoro5555@gmail.com

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