Full professor position at UPV

On November 12th, I got the position of Full Professor at the Dept. of Applied Mathematics of UPV. It has been a long and winding trip of almost 22 years since I started my PhD. I did not think about this when I started. I did not dream of it. I neither consider it as the measure of academic success.

After getting the tenure position in 2009, I did not think about it for some time. However, 8 years ago I simply thought one day: Maybe I can get it, why not? Essentially, it is to keep on working day after day and getting more results. And I started to keep on working even at night or before dawn. Later, three years ago in the lobby of a hotel in Boston, reading the new criteria for becoming a full professor I thought, I absolutely will get it.

Many people have asked me if I am happier or if I have celebrated. Truth be told that happiness only lasted some days, later you return to your daily tasks and almost forget it. Besides, celebrations are very limited in these strange times, so almost anything has changed in my life after it.

Does it worth all the time invested? I honestly do not know. I enjoyed quite a lot during the path, but for the things you meet along the way, not because of the position, and to be focused on the path you missed many things. You can never have it all and you have to decide.



DaLiCo Summer School on Open (Governmental) Data

Within the context of the collaborative university project «Data Literacy in Context» (DaLiCo), the first summer school with international students as participants and lecturers from all partner countries of the project took place in the last week of September. It was organized by the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg (HAW Hamburg), in a team led by Prof. Christine Gläser (project coordinator, Department Information) with contributions from the partner universities Stichting Hogeschool Utrecht (Netherlands), University of Debrecen (Hungary), and Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain).

During the summer school with the topic of Open (Governmental) Data, the participants studied intensively in lectures and workshops the infrastructures of open data sources, data analysis and visualization as well as data ethical questions and concepts, and finally the aspects of data sharing in the research context.

In data projects, the international teams of PhD, Master and Bachelor students deepened their newly acquired knowledge and put it to practical use. Using the World Happiness Report, I mentored some groups that developed their own research questions and examined whether aspects such as gender equality or unemployment have an influence on the happiness index in different countries. The research results of these projects can be viewed on the project website projects.dalico.info


Invited talk at the Master’s Degree in Languages and Technology

Today I have been invited to deliver a talk at the In this talk I have briefly introduced several notions of data science, and in particular network science, in connection with linguistics. Among other things we have discussed that many structural patterns are inherent to linguistics, and are common to different languages.

Master's Degree in Languages and Technology

Among these patterns, we can find Zipf’s law, Benford’s law, and unusual frequencies of certain motifs. We have also seen a tool called SocioViz that permits to download and visualize tweets from Twitter.

Inauguración Campus Científicos FECyT

J¡unto a Rafael Crespo de la UV, vengo coordinando los Campus Científicos de Verano que organizan la UPV, la UV y el CSIC en el marco del Campus de Excelencia Internacional VLC Campus. En la décima edición de este programa han venido los ministros Duque y Celaá a inaugurarlos.

Inauguración de la edición de 2019 de los Campus Científicos de Verano en Valencia.

El programa consiste en que alumnos de 4º ESO y de 1º de Bachillerato, realizan talleres en torno a las Matemáticas, la Física, la Química y la Física Médica, así como visitas a institutos de investigación y actividades transversales em torno a la ciencia.

Praktikum UPV – ¿Has probado a resolverlo con grafos?

Durante los últimos años, vengo participando en el Campus Praktikum UPV, dirigido a alumnos de 1º de Bachillerato y de Ciclos Formativos de Grados Superior. El objetivo es dar a conocer las titulaciones que imparte la UPV mediante talleres y visitas por el campus.

En particular, imparto un taller en el que se examinan algoritmos de Teoría de Grafos para la resolución de problemas de planificación de rutas. Además, se examinan como algoritmos como el de los caminos más cortos sirven para describir conjuntos de datos.

J.A. Conejero accreditated as Full Professor

Last may I have received the acreditation as Full Professor from ANECA (Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación), deppending from the Spanish Ministry of Education.

It has been a long and winding road since I started my PhD on 1999, and I did not even think about this then. There have been many collaborators and supervised students that have come along with me during these years. I want to thank them for all what I have learned from them and for sharing a little of their time and their life their time with me.

As W. Churchill said: Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

Premio SAPIENS para el TFM de Carlos Torró

EL Trabajo Final de Máster de Carles Torró, que lleva por título «Sistema de gestión y análisis estratégico de las competencias transversales en Ingeniería Informática» y que he codirigido junto a José Luis Poza Luján, ha recibido el Premio SAPIENS del Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Informáticos de la Comunitat Valenciana al mejor trabajo realizado basándose en la Norma Técnica para la realización de la Documentación de Proyectos en Ingeniería Informática (CCII-N2016-02).

Dicho trabajo se ha desarrollado en el marco del proyecto europeo Erasmus+ CoSki21 (Core Skills for the 21st Century), en el que participa la UPV junto a universidades e instituciones de otros cinco países (Finlandia, Holanda, Portugal, Austria, y Eslovenia). La herramienta que ha desarrollado Carlos permite ayudar a las empresas a organizar organizar las Soft Skills requeridas por los puestos de trabajo de los que consta. Más información en Premios SAPIENS 2019 y Noticias UPV.