Ana Freire

Ph.D. Computer Science

Researcher and Lecturer

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

I am a Lecturer at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (UPF). I am also the Director of the Centre for Sustainability Studies (UPF). I got my PhD in Computer Science in 2014 at the University of A Coruña (Spain), in collaboration with the University of Glasgow (UK) and the National Research Council (Italy). At the last steps of my PhD I joined Yahoo Labs (Barcelona) as a visiting researcher.


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My primary research interests belong to the area of web science and social computing. As a postdoctoral researcher I have been working in projects with a common core: applying data science to different claims of society. For instance, I solve optimization problems for energy conservation of large-scale web search engines (such as Google) and I perform analysis of social media and clinical data for detecting mental and neurological issues. This multidisciplinary research has allowed me to collaborate with several institutions and companies such as Yahoo Labs, the University of Glasgow, the National Research Council (Italy) or the Clínic Hospital (Barcelona).
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