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Scientific Director at Telefonica Research in sunny Barcelona, leading a team of Machine Learning, Networks, HCI and Systems researchers.  My own research is in the area of Deep Learning, Recommendation, Personalization, Learning to Rank and Information Retrieval. My research in the area has been awarded with three best-paper Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 09.46.37l-cBrf_6awards at ECML/PKDD 2013, RecSys 2012 and ECML 2008.

I currently teach courses on “Deep Learning” and “Computational Machine Learningat the UPF Graduate School of Economics Masters Course in Data Science in Barcelona and at the GSE Data Science Summer School.

I’m also the author of kernlab, a fairly popular Machine Learning package for R, and of CoFiRank, a collection of algorithms in C++ for Collaborative Ranking.

Received my PhD in Machine Learning from the Vienna University of Technology, while also being a frequent visitor at the Statistical Machine Learning group at NICTA in Canberra, Australia.

In my spare time, I enjoy kite-surfing, snowboarding, riding my bicycle, or learning to dance lindy hop.