AI for Good in Action – Crowdsourcing AI for Future Resilience – Part 2

The world has come together in an unprecedented way to fight COVID-19. One recent example is the Pandemic Response Challenge, launched by XPRIZE in partnership with Cognizant, ITU, Oxford University and other partners. This global challenge demonstrated how humans and AI could quickly join forces to take on one of the greatest challenges of our time.

During this webinar, we will hear from the two Grand Prize winning teams and learn more about their winning solutions. These teams created AI models that helped facilitate critical decision-making to reopen the world’s economies and societies, safer and faster.

Part 3 of the webinar in this series will introduce the Pandemic Response Challenge technical team leads from Cognizant, data partner, Oxford University, and other critical partners.

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    Commissioner of the Presidency
    Generalitat Valenciana

    Nuria Oliver is Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance, Chief Scientific Advisor at the Vodafone Institute, co-founder and vice-president of ELLIS (The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems) and co-founder of the Alicante ELLIS Unit, devoted to research on "Human(ity)-centric Artificial Intelligence".  She is a Telecommunications Engineer from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  In March 2020, she was named Commissioner for the President of the Valencian Region on AI Strategy and Data Science to fight Covid-19. Since then, she has led a team of with 20+ data scientists. She has also led the ValenciaIA4COVID team, which has recently won the 500K XPRIZE Pandemic Response Challenge. It’s the first time that a Spanish team wins an XPRIZE competition. 

    She has over 25 years of research experience in the areas of human behavior modeling and prediction from data and human-computer interaction. She has been a researcher at Microsoft Research (Redmond, WA), the first female Scientific Director at Telefonica R&D for over 8 years and the first Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone globally (2017-2019).

    Her work in the computational modeling of human behavior using Artificial Intelligence techniques, human-computer interaction, mobile computing and Big Data analysis - especially for the Social Good is well known with over 160 scientific publications that have received almost 20,000 citations and a ten best paper award nominations and awards. She is co-inventor of over 40 filed patents and she is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences.  Her work has contributed to the improvement of services, the creation of new services, the definition of business strategies and the creation of new companies.

    Nuria is the only Spanish researcher recognized by the ACM as Distinguished Scientist (2015) and Fellow (2017) at the same time. She is also a Fellow of the IEEE (2017) and the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (2016). She has received an Honorary Doctorate from the Miguel Hernandez University (2018). Dr. Oliver is the youngest and fourth female member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering (2018) and an elected member of the Academia Europaea (2016) and CHI Academy (2018), where she is the only Spanish scientist. 

    As an advisor, Dr. Oliver is a member of the scientific advisory committee of several European universities, the Gadea Ciencia Foundation, Mahindra Comviva and the Future Digital Society, among others. In addition, is/has been an advisor to the Spanish, Belgian and Valencian Governments, the European Commission and the World Economic Forum on issues related to Artificial Intelligence.

    Dr. Oliver is a member of the program committee of the main international congresses in her research areas. She has also been a member of the organizing committee of 20 international conferences and is a member of the editorial committee of five international magazines.

    Dr. Oliver's work has been recognized internationally with numerous awards. She graduated top of her class at the UPM and received the First National Telecommunications Award (1004). She is the first Spanish scientist to receive the MIT TR100 (today TR35) Young Innovator Award (2004) and the Rising Talent award by the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society (2009). She has been awarded Data Scientist of the Year in Europe (2019), Engineer of the Year Award by the COIT (2018), the Medal for Business and Social Merit by the Valencian Government (2018), the European Digital Woman of the Year award (2016) and the Spanish National Computer Science Award (2016). 

    She has been named one of the top 11 Artificial Intelligence influencers worldwide by Pioneering Minds (2017), one of Spanish wonderful minds in technology by EL PAIS newspaper (2017), "an outstanding female director in technology" (El PAIS, 2012), one of "100 leaders for the future" (Capital, 2009) and one of the "40 youngsters who will mark the next millennium" (El PAIS, 1999). 

    Nuria firmly believes in the value of technology to improve the quality of people, both individually and collectively, and dedicates her professional life to achieving it.

    Her passion is to improve people's quality of life, both individually and collectively, through technology. She is also passionate about scientific outreach. Hence, she regularly collaborates with the media (press, radio, TV) and gives non-technical talks about science and technology to broad audiences, and particularly to teenagers, with a special interest on girls. She has given talks to more than 10,000 adolescents, has contributed to the book "Digital natives do not exist" (Deusto, 2017) with the chapter "Digital scholars", has written articles for EL PAIS, The Guardian, TechCrunch among others and has been co -organizer of large congresses with thousands of attendees, such as the first TEDxBarcelona event dedicated to emerging education, the I and II International Congress on Artificial Intelligence and the I International Congress on Aging. Her talks on WIRED, TEDx and similar events have been viewed thousands of times.

    Director of the Applied Mathematics Department
    Universitat Politècnica de València
    Alberto Conejero is Full Professor of Applied Mathematics at the School of Computer Science (ETSINF). He is a researcher at the Mathematical Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IUMPA). He is also the director of the master program on Mathematical Research at UPV. He has a degree in Mathematics from Universitat de València (1998) and a doctorate in Applied Mathematics from UPV (2004), receiving the Outstanding Dissertation Award. He also has a master's degree in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and Universitat de Barcelona (2020). He has been teaching for more than 20 years different mathematics courses: Algebra, Mathematical Analysis, Discrete Mathematics, Graph Theory, Network Science and Data Science Projects in the degrees of Computer Science and Data Science. He has also taught Synthetic Biology, Soft Skills, and Art and Science at UPV. He also has two MOOCs at edX, that were awarded by Universia and Telefonica (2013). He has also received the Excellence Teaching Prize of Social Council of UPV (2014).

    His research activity started in the areas of Functional Analysis and Operator Theory in Pure Mathematics. In the last years, he has been interested in Biomedical Data Analysis, Network Science, and mathematical applications to Computational, Systems and Synthetic Biology, and Communication Networks. He is the author of more than 80 research articles published in international research journals. Besides, he has stayed at the following academic institutions for short periods: in Bowling Green (OH) and Kent (OH) (USA), Lecce (Italy), Prague Academy of Sciences (Czech Rep.) And Tübingen (Germany). 

    Before being Director of the Department of Applied Mathematics, I held other positions at UPV: Deputy Dean of the ETSINF (formerly Faculty of Informatics) (2004-2009), Secretary of the Commission of the Strategic Plan of the UPV for the period 2007-2014 (2005-2007), Director of Academic Performance and Curricular Students Assessment Area (2009-2013), and Deputy Secretary-General (2013-2016). He has been co-leader of the ValenciaIA4COVID team, which has recently won the 500K XPRIZE Pandemic Response Challenge. It has the first time that a Spanish team has won an XPRIZE competition. He has also been an instructor of the VALENCIA_UPV Team that won the Grand Prize (Undergraduate level) at the iGEM Competition on Synthetic Biology (2018).
    Head of the Ambient Intelligence Group
    Jozef Stefan Institute
    Mitja Luštrek is the head of the Ambient Intelligence Group at the Department of Intelligent Systems at Jožef Stefan Institute. He has a PhD in computer and information science from the University of Ljubljana. His main research interests are personal health systems and interpretation of sensor data using machine learning. He has been a principal investigator in a number of international research projects. He has been successful in several scientific competitions, including winning the SHL Challenge on activity recognition twice, and placing second in the $500k XPrize Pandemic Reponse Challenge. He has also served two terms as the chair of the Slovenian Artificial Intelligence Society, and is on programme committees of several conferences.
    Chief Innovation Officer; Chair of the AI for Good Programme Committee
    My general focus is on identifying and developing emerging and transformative technologies that can impact society in significant and exponential ways. I do this by helping create interdisciplinary frameworks for understanding and planning new developments and the funding required to bring new innovations to market. I help start, grow, and run innovative ventures, and focus on working with startups and growth-oriented companies on products and initiatives that could trigger significant breakthrough with substantial economic and societal impact. Particular emphasis on machine learning and predictive systems, IoT, knowledge sharing and crowdsourcing, Education, and digital health. I usually help teams on initial market opportunity validation, product roadmap strategy, pricing and business model, go-to-market operations, fundraising and mentorship, Mergers and high-growth partnerships. I also have managed a few private and public technology investment and venture capital funds and know how to establish fund operations and their overall strategies and requirements. I enjoy teaching and have been a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, HEC Paris, Chapman University, Claremont McKenna College, and UC Irvine.
    Technical Lead, Prize Operations
    Neama Dadkhahnikoo comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with 12 years of experience in entrepreneurship and technology management. He leverages his expertise in artificial intelligence and startup development as Technical Lead on the IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence XPRIZE. Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Dadkhahnikoo was most recently the CTO of CaregiversDirect (AI startup for home care), co-founder and COO of Textpert (AI startup for mental health), and a startup consultant. He started his career as a Software Developer for The Boeing Company. Mr. Dadkhahnikoo holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson; an MS in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology; and a BA in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, with a minor in Physics, from UC Berkeley.
    Principal Project Manager
    Haneen Khalaf comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with 4 years of experience in the hospitality industry and 2 years of experience in International Development. Ms. Khalaf draws on her experience in both client and nonprofit management to support the Adult Literacy XPRIZE as an Associate of Prize Development and Execution. Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Khalaf worked and conducted research within extremely impoverished communities in both rural Uganda and Tanzania, providing business skills training and micro-finance opportunities to improve wellbeing and to end the cycle of poverty. Ms. Khalaf holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business/Tourism Management from Arizona State University and a Master’s in International Relations from Harvard University. Her thesis on happiness won the Dean’s Outstanding Thesis Award in International Relations. Haneen was born in Detroit, Michigan and has since lived all over the world, including Hawaii, Boston, Arizona, Uganda, and now California. Having traveled around the globe, she calls the world her playground. She enjoys spreading happiness, attending concerts, hiking, talking to strangers, and swimming with sharks in the ocean.


08 Apr 2021


CEST, Geneva
16:00 - 17:00