Ana Freire

Ph.D. Computer Science

Researcher and Lecturer

Director Centre for Sustainability

Founder Wisibilízalas

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona


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awards and grants

My primary research interests belong to the area of web science and social computing. I apply 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).
Last organised events:

  • Yearly since 2016
  • Wisibilízalas
  • Founder
  • International contest for Primary and Secondary Schools to reduce the gender gap in technology
  • December 2016
  • 26th IEEE International Conference in Data Mining - IEEE ICDM 2016
  • Publicity, Web & Social-Media Chair
  • The world’s premier research conference in data mining. It provides an international forum for presentation of original research results, as well as exchange and dissemination of innovative, practical development experiences.
  • November 2018
  • Artificial Intelligence Women Challenge
  • Women Leader TIC
  • Award for 5 women with remarkable contribution to Artificial Intelligence
  • September 2018
  • CASA Fellowship
  • Consortium for Studies Abroad
  • Scholarship to do research at Weill Cornell Medicine for 3 months
  • July 2017
  • Quality Teaching Awards
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Award for the application of innovative teaching techniques in the Degree in Telecommunication Engineering
  • April 2017
  • Equit@T Awards
  • COEINF Catalunya
  • Honorable Mention for the organization of Wisibilizalas, a contest to reduce the gender bias in tecnology in Primary and Secondary schools
  • November 2015
  • Big Data Talent Award
  • BigDataCoE Barcelona
  • Award to the PhD Thesis with the most social-economical impact
  • June 2012
  • Google Anita Borg Scholarship (Finalist)
  • Google Inc
  • Scholarship for distinguished ICT female students