Research

I find that the Web is a fascinating world full of many diverse areas to explore, which allows us to combine different types of studies and offers the possibility of thoroughly researching online and offline aspects. The combination of different techniques applied to the Web allows us to have a complete and fascinating view of the world.

Although I am still in the first stage of my PhD, I can say that I love working with data extracted from the web, creating visualizations and looking for answers to the behavior of all its components.

The following list of interests shows the different general areas that attract me most from the study of the Web: Cybermetrics, Patents, Social Network Analysis, Network Theory, Web Data Mining, Search Engines, Online Visibility, Open Data, Web Indicators, eMarketing, Link Analysis.

Interests

  • Link Analysis
  • Cybermetrics
  • Network Theory
  • Web Analysis
  • Patents

Research Projects

  • eMarketWine

    eMarketWine

    Design of a method and development of an intelligent information online tool oriented towards recommendations in the wine market

    Starting from a previous project (Trademetrics), based on the cybermetric analysis of Spanish companies in the wine and fashion sectors to gauge their web visibility level, the need of expanding the analysis model arises by including new textual metrics (keywords) and composite indicators. A model of this kind (named keymetrics), and empirically validated, would achieve not only a more comprehensive and granulated radiography of a company’s web visibility, but also capturing more accurately alternative evidences aimed at calibrating and facilitate opportunities for international marketing of certain Spanish products in foreign markets, through the direct comparison of web contents offered by companies (supplyers) and user-generated contents (demand) in the different markets of interest.

    The main objective of eMarketWine is therefore to design, develop and implement a cybermetric analysis model based on big data which allows obtaining useful information to facilitate Spanish products’ commercialization in international markets (online information intelligence). Given its economic interest, we decided to focus the application of the model in the study of the Spanish wine sector and its international marketing in the United States. Finally, the development of an online product that allows us installing and operating the analysis model through different  business models (B2C, B2B2C, ROPO), in order to produce reports on demand, useful for decision-making in the sector.

    This project is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. Project reference: CSO2016-78775-R

      More information about the project can be found here.

    • Trademetrics

      Trademetrics

      A cybermetric analysis on the presence of Spanish wine and fashion on the web

      It seems there is a lack in using cybermetrics applied to industry in general, and in particular for the design and development of advanced market reports, focusing specifically on the international market (both offline and online). The application in other sectors with industrial activity is still very scarce, and being held by commercial firms in most cases, it prevents the access of certain content (due to issues of intellectual property). Advanced market reports on the web are based on information provided by users about products or brands, so what evaluators are actually evaluating is the end of the chain, forgetting the creation and diffusion processes, for which an approach based on Cybermetrics provides indicators and processes for obtaining released data.

      The objective of this project was to develop and validate a model-oriented cybermetric sectorial analysis of Spanish Brands niches on internationalization, focusing on the presence, use and impact of web companies products and brands. It also aims to identify the factors that influence the market regarding the diffusion of Spanish web products, brands and companies by sector. The result of the research is an optimized cybermetric product, brand, people and companies analysis from the Spanish online market.

      This project was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. Project reference: CSO2013-46138-P

      More information about the project can be found here.

    • Rare Diseases on the Web

      Rare Diseases on the Web

      Comparative analysis of the behavior of different search engines in the treatment of research on Rare Diseases

      Rare Diseases are those who affect a small portion of the population, with the related problems in research and financial problems that this has. To give visibility to them on the Internet, it’s necessary to know how the search engines manage the online information. Internet searches are essential to find information, because of this, knowing about the visibility and presence of Rare Diseases association’s portals in the web through search engines is required, analysing the bias applied by them to the Rare Diseases information.

      To do this, an analysis of interest on Rare Diseases is made, listing all related associations drawn from various sources of information, and developed an unified directory with 438 entries. Selected a top 50 diseases and, after crossing the data with the list of associations, a hundred associations are chosen. Data extraction is performed on several indicators, using different programs developed for this project, which automatically collect data from two search engines, Google and Bing. Finally, data is processed and analysed to determine how the search engines manage rare diseases information. Of the hundred portals analysed, only 25% has good results. The overall impact is not good, the average stands at 5,25 points according to Web Impact Factor (WIF). Regarding the correlation between the results, Google is the best suited to find information on Rare Diseases. Depending on the results, it is concluded that the presence and visibility on the Web of Rare Disesase should be improved.

      More information about this project can be found here.

    • ParticleAI

      ParticleAI

      A forecasting system for studying several air particles

      ParticleAI is a centralized artificial intelligence system capable of analyzing, monitoring and predicting the state of particles in suspension in the past, present and future to improve the quality of life of people. The application has two parts: the first one is a multi-platform web to visualise a study of the particles analised. The second is a Virtual Assistant that communicates in real time to the users the air and particle quality and quantity, sending alerts while dangerous levels appear.

      ParticleAI won the 2nd national & local prize in the VI Hackathon Telefónica HackForGood 2018.

      The application can be found here.

    • bikeXplorer

      bikeXplorer

      A forecasting system for bike rental services

      An application to predict the demand of Valenbisi stations(Valenbisi is a bike sharing system from the city of València). We use data about the historical demand of the different Valenbisi stations in the city. The application allows the user to obtain an estimation of the future demand in each Valenbisi station as well as the best route to reach a target station. In addition, the system is able to show the potential use of a new station in any point of the map, depending on the type of neighbourhood and census data.

      bikeXplorer won the 1st local prize and the 3rd national prize in the IV Hackathon Telefónica HackForGood 2016.

      The application can be found here.

    • airVLC

      airVLC

      An application for real-time forecasting urban air pollution

      airVLC is an application to forecast in real-time urban air pollution in the city of Valencia (Spain). Although many cities provide air quality data, in many cases, this information is presented with significant delays (three hours for the city of Valencia) and it is limited to the area where the measurement stations are located. The application employs regression models able to predict the levels of four different pollutants (CO, NO, PM2.5, NO2) in three different locations of the city. These models are trained using features that represent traffic intensity, persistence of pollutants and meteorological parameters such as wind speed and temperature. We compare different learning techniques to get the better performance in the prediction of pollutants. According to our experiments, ensembles of decision trees (Random Forest) outperforms the rest of methods in almost all of our tests. airVLC incorporates the best regression models and, by a distance-weighted combination of the predictions, is able to generate a real-time pollution map of the city of Valencia. The application also includes a warning system for sending notifications to users when a nearby risk pollution concentration is detected.

      airVLC won the  3rd local prize in the III Hackathon Telefónica HackForGood 2015. 

      The application can be found here.

    • TransparecyScience

      TransparecyScience

      Very short description of the project.

      The aim of this project is to provide reliable information about public investment in science, in order to allow citizens to exercise their rights: to be informed in a transparent way, to control their government’s actions and to bring their ideas to guide the country’s policies on public investment in science.

      The web application Transparency Science has been developed to cover these needs. It presents the topics and the amount of investment in science by collecting and processing the data from several open sources of the Spanish government. Different visualizations facilitate the understanding of the return of investment in science by citizens. Their participation are promoted through three ways: the first, a voting system; the second, a commenting system for collecting citizens’ opinion in natural language; finally, a crowdfunding system for proposed actions/petitions/etc, driven by the citizen himself, based on the detected topics with the feedback system. The application uses the most popular social networks to spread the proposals and promote the participation of the community.

      TransparencyScience was Finalist on the international iConference’s Social Media Expo 2015.