The NortonLifeLock Research Group Graduate Fellowship
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Industrial PhDs 2017
- Scientist in charge: Dr. Jose Félix KUKIELKA, Research Associate Professor, IMDEA Networks Institute
- Industry partner: Telcaria Ideas S.L.
- Industrial PhD student: Jose María ROLDÁN GIL
Funding to promote the effective collaboration and transfer of knowledge between the academic world and the industry. It is based on the promotion of the recruitment of young researchers to develop research projects, and allow them to obtain an industrial PhD. The PhD student will be hired by the company, but the industrial PhD project will be carried out in the company and in the research center at the same time.
The research project to be undertaken is «Software and Virtualization Techniques for the Improvement of Performance and Scalability in the Integration of SDN and Network Services based on the Cloud in 5G Technologies».
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MIT-SPAIN - "la Caixa" Foundation SEED FUND (2018-2019)
- Dr. Antonio FERNÁNDEZ ANTA, Research Professor, IMDEA Networks Institute
- Dr. Iyad RAHWAN, Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences, MIT Media Lab
Online services have the capacity of learning the preferences and interests of individual customers based on their online activity. Using this knowledge, the online services can be personalized. This personalization filter is referred to as the filter bubble, and it is built from the actions of the user by algorithms run by the services. However, the algorithms used by the online services are not public and carefully kept private. But the filter bubble of users strongly influences the information they access, which has a big impact in society. Therefore, properly understanding the algorithms for filter bubbles is an important and open question.
The goal of MyBubble is modeling the influence of algorithms in the users’ filter bubble in the online advertising ecosystem. To this end, we will leverage a methodology developed by researchers of the MyBubble team. This methodology allows creating personas, bots that visit carefully selected websites, referred to as training websites that assign them a specific behavior. Once the persona profile has been created, we make the persona visit training and control websites. Control websites are those from where we collect the ads shown to our persona. We keep visiting the training websites so that our persona retains its behavior during the whole execution of the experiment.
The experiments we plan to run with this methodology will allow to unveil existing algorithmic biases, how the personalization modifies the behavior of the online advertising algorithms under different personas, and how the algorithms change the filter bubble when the persona changes its behavior.Read more arrow_right_alt
TEAM Erasmus Mundus Programme Scholarships (2016)
- Foivos MICHELINAKIS, PhD Student
The TEAM Erasmus Mundus project brings together world class higher education and research institutions as well as industrial partners in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). As an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Programme, funded by the European Commission, the TEAM partnership offers scholarships to talented junior and senior ICT researchers for a mobility in Europe or Japan and Republic of Korea.
Foivos Michelinakis has been awarded a mobility scholarship to perform a 6 month stay, from January to July 2017, in South Korea, where he will pursue a research plan approved by the evaluation committee of the TEAM programme.Read more arrow_right_alt