Daniel Gatica-Perez

unknown Crowdsourcing the Campus, the City, and Beyond
"The space of our life is neither continuous nor infinite, homogeneous, isotropic. But do we precisely know where it breaks, where it curves, where it disconnects, and where it reassembles?" From this question in Georges Perec's Species of Spaces classic essay, I will discuss my group's recent research on mobile crowdsourcing, which integrates youth participation, smartphone sensing, machine learning of mobile sensor and media, and inference of properties of human spaces and everyday life patterns. We aim to deepen our understanding of how mobile and social technology can support communities and other stakeholders engaged in their own spaces for the common good.

Prof. Daniel Gatica-Perez directs the Social Computing Group at Idiap and EPFL in Switzerland, affiliated with the School of Engineering and the College of Humanities. His research integrates theories and methods from ubiquitous computing, social media, machine learning, and social sciences to understand human and social behavior in everyday life for social good applications. His current work includes mobile crowdsensing in cities; large-scale analysis of mobile social media, smartphone data, and open data; and analysis of face-to-face and online conversational behavior. His research has been supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation, the European Commission, and several industry partners. He also works with cities and local organizations in social innovation projects.

Beatrice de Gelder

unknown Beatrice de Gelder is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University in Maastricht, The Netherlands, and a member of the Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre (M-BIC). Prior to her current assignments, she was a Senior Scientist at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Harvard University. She received an MA in Philosophy, an MA in Experimental Psychology and a PhD in Philosophy from Louvain University in Belgium. Her current research focuses on face and body recognition and, recently, on the neuroscience of art. She has received various research grants and in 2012 was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) scientific grant for the study of body language and emotional body expression. Her research has resulted in over 220 peer-reviewed articles and 22 invited chapters in professional books. Scientific American published an invited article expanding on the broad impact of her work on unconscious vision (2010, updated in 2017) and in July 2011, Discovery Science broadcast an episode covering her work as part of the US science program “Through the Wormhole.” She has authored or co-authored three professional books covering her work. Her book on “Emotions and the Body” was recently been published by Oxford University Press (2016). She serves on the editorial board of several professional journals and is currently Editor in Chief of Frontiers in Emotion Science. She is/has been a member of several advisory panels of the European Commission for FET, ICT programs of FP6, FP7, ESF and ERC and outside EU, of NIH and NSF. Extensive documentation of her work can be found at