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Vanessa Frias-Martinez Ph.D.

Vanessa Frias-Martinez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Information Studies
4105 Hornbake
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-2032


  1. Ph.D., Computer Science, Columbia University, October 2008
  2. M.Sc. Computer Science, Columbia University, September 2003
  3. B.Sc. Computer Engineering, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain, June 1999


I'm interested in social computing with a focus on the intersection between big data, policy and social development. I combine data mining and applied machine learning techniques to extract socially significant information from digital traces of mobile and ubiquitous technologies. My ultimate goal is to reveal behavioral fingerprints that might be useful to organizations and policy makers working for social development.