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Vicenç Torra
Professor, University of Skövde, Sweden
Personal web page here
Address:U. of Skövde
PO Box 408
SE-54128 Skövde, Sweden
Tel: +46 500-448396
vtorra (at) his (dot) se
vtorra (at) ieee (dot) org
vtorra (at) iiia (dot) csic (dot) es

V. Torra (2016) Scala: from a functional programming perspective, Springer. In press (scheduled for September 2016).
Text based on my lectures in the course Advanced Programming in the Master of Data Science (University of Skövde)
Transactions on Data Privacy
(current volume: vol. 9)
Indexed at DBLP, ACM Digital Library, MathSciNet, DOAJ, Elsevier (Scopus, EI)
ENISA Report on "Privacy by design in big data": (downloadable from here)
G. D'Acquisto, J. Domingo-Ferrer, P. Kikiras, V. Torra, Y.-A. de Montjoye, A. Bourka (2015) Privacy by design in big data: An overview of privacy enhancing technologies in the era of big data analytics, European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), 2015. ISBN: 978-92-9204-160-1, DOI: 10.2824/641480.
Near future:
Invited talk at the IFIP Summer School 2016 on Privacy and Identity Management for Life (information here)
Talk on Big Data Privacy and Anonymization.
I have written or edited (selection) the folloging books:

I am busy organizing
PC co-chair:

Selected activities
Recent invited talks:
Big Data Privacy and Anonymization (IFIP Summer School 2016 on Privacy and Identity Management for Life); Choquet integral: distributions and decisions (83rd EWG-MCDA 2016); Transparency and Disclosure Risk in Data Privacy (PAIS 2015)

Editor: Transactions on Data Privacy

Editorial board: Fuzzy Sets and Systems (2004-), Information Sciences (2009-), Progress in Artificial Intelligence (2011-), J. of Advanced Computational Intelligence and Intel. Informatics (2007-), Int. J. of Computational Intelligence System (2008-), Mathware and Soft Computing (2001-2010), EUSFLAT newsletter (Editor, 2005-2009), ACIA Newsletter (Butlletí de l'Associació Catalana d'Intel·ligència Artificial; NODES), Journal of Privacy Technology (2004-2007), Intelligent Decision Technologies (2007-2009?)

Conferences (organization): MDAI 2004 (Barcelona), 2005 (Tsukuba), 2006 (Tarragona), 2007 (Kitakyushu), 2008 (Sabadell), 2009 (Awaji Island), 2010 (Perpinyà), 2011 (Changsha), 2012 (Girona), 2013 (Barcelona), 2014 (Tokyo), 2015 (Skövde), (PC co-chair); PST 2015 and (Privacy track PC co-chair); PSD 2004 (PC co-chair); CCIA 1998 (General chair)

Scientific associations: EUSFLAT (European Soc. for Fuzzy Logic and Techn.) (board 2001-2009; 2013-). ACIA (AI Catalan Assoc.) (Founding member, board 1996-2000; president 2010-2014). IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (member 1996-, senior member 2003-).

Research interests My research interests are between computer science and applied mathematics. I am interested in approximate reasoning, data privacy, machine learning (data mining and statistical learning), decision making, data aggregation and information fusion, fuzzy set theory.
My specialization is in data privacy and in approximate reasoning.
In more details:
  • Approximate reasoning: Some more specialized keywords include: fuzzy sets and systems, fuzzy measures and integrals, measure theory, decision making, belief functions. I am interested in mathematical properties of these models, and their application.
  • Data privacy: Keywords: disclosure risk, masking methods, record linkage, transparency and disclosure risk. I have worked on data privacy for matrices and standard databases, search logs, texts and documents, and social networks.
  • Information fusion and integration: My research is focused on the integration of information at large, from particular aggregation operators as e.g. WOWA (Weighted OWA) and fuzzy integrals to software for database integration (e.g. record linkage). I have studied formal aspects (e.g. non-additive (fuzzy) measures, modeling capabilities, data in ordinal scales) as well as algorithms for parameter selection/determination. Applications include data privacy and decision making. Two papers at RIMS Kokyuroku: Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Kyoto University:1630-02, 1683-06
  • Clustering: I have applied clustering and fuzzy clustering to a variety of problems in data privacy (microaggregation and information loss assessment) and information retrieval. GAMBAL, a tool for information retrieval, is one of the tools developed. See: here.
  • Probability distribution: I introduced a new probability distribution based on the Choquet integral. There are a significant number of problems that can be solved effectively using the Choquet integral. Applications range from computer vision to decision making. I propose this type of distributions to represent the type of data that we encounter in these problems. See: here (first definition, Information Sciences) and here (ACUTM).

Brief biographical history 1991. B. Sc. in Computer Science, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
1992. M. Sc. in Computer Science, UPC
1994. Ph. D. in Computer Science (Ph.D. Program on AI), UPC
1994. Assistant Professor (tenured), Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)
1994-1995. Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering, URV
1997. Associate Professor (tenured), URV
1999. Tenured Scientist (Associate Professor - Research Track), IIIA-CSIC
2004. Acreditation for Full Professorship
2008. Research Scientist (Senior Associate Professor - Research Track), IIIA-CSIC
2010. ECCAI Fellow
2013. ISI Elected member
2014. Professor in Informatics, University of Skövde, Sweden
Papers (selection) Detailed list of papers here: PAPERS. In addition, links to: DBLP, MathSciNet, Scholar Google
- V. Torra, The mathematics go to the ballot box (in Spanish), 2014, RBA. Translated into Russian.
- V. Torra, Y. Narukawa, Modeling Decisions: Information Fusion and Aggregation Operators, Springer, ISBN: 978-3-540-68789-4.
- V. Torra, Fonaments d'intel·ligencia artificial, Edicions UOC, 2007, ISBN: 978-84-9788-606-2.
- V. Torra, Del ábaco a la revolución digital, 2010, RBA Editores, ISBN: 978-84-473-6964-5. Translated to: English, português, française, italiano, polski
- V. Torra, Fibonacci i els seus números, 2011 (25 pages)
- V. Torra, Y. Narukawa, M. Sugeno (Eds.) (2013) Non-additive measures, Springer (preface here)
- V. Torra, (Ed.), Information fusion in data mining, Springer 2003, ISBN 3-540-00676-1. (link to Springer).

Information fusion / aggregation:
- V. Torra, Aggregation Operators and Models, Position paper in the special issue on ``Forty years of fuzzy sets'', Fuzzy Sets and Systems, 156:3 (2005) 407-410. paper.pdf
- Y. Narukawa, V. Torra, Fuzzy measure and probability distributions: distorted probabilities, IEEE Trans. on Fuzzy Systems, 13:5 (2005) 617 - 629. paper.pdf
- V. Torra, Y. Narukawa, A view of averaging aggregation operators, IEEE Trans. on Fuzzy Systems 15:6 (2007) 1063-1067. PDF @ IEEE
- V. Torra, Y. Narukawa, The h-index and the number of citations: two fuzzy integrals, IEEE Trans. on Fuzzy Systems, 16:3 (2008) 795-797. PDF @ IEEE
- V. Torra, The Weighted OWA operator, Intl. J. of Intel. Syst., 12 (1997) 153-166. PDF at Interscience restricted.access.pdf
Privacy Preserving Data Mining / SDC i seguretat: (More detailed information and papers here )
- V. Torra, Constrained Microaggregation: Adding Constraints for Data Editing, Transactions on Data Privacy 1:2 (2008) 86-104. PDF (open access) / abstract
- J. Nin, J. Herranz, V. Torra, Rethinking rank swapping to decrease disclosure risk, Data & Knowledge Engineering, 64:1 (2008) 346-364. PDF @ Elsevier
- J. Domingo-Ferrer, V. Torra, Ordinal, Continuous and Heterogeneous k-Anonymity Through Microaggregation, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, 11:2 (2005) 195-212. PDF @ Springer
- J. Domingo-Ferrer, V. Torra, Disclosure control methods and information loss for microdata, in P. Doyle, J. I. Lane, J. J. M. Theeuwes, L. V. Zayatz (Eds), Confidentiality, Disclosure and Data Access: Theory and Practical Applications for Statistical Agencies, (ISBN:0-444-50761-2, North-Holland, 2001), 91-110. here
- J. Domingo-Ferrer, V. Torra, A quantitative comparison of disclosure methods for microdata, in P. Doyle, J. I. Lane, J. J. M. Theeuwes, L. V. Zayatz (Eds), Confidentiality, Disclosure and Data Access: Theory and Practical Applications for Statistical Agencies, (ISBN:0-444-50761-2, North-Holland, 2001), 111-133. here
Information retrieval and clustering:
- V. Torra, S. Miyamoto, S. Lanau, Exploration of textual databases using a fuzzy hierarchical clustering algorithm in the GAMBAL system, Information Processing and Management, 41:3 (2005) 587-598.
Approximate reasoning:
- V. Torra, K. Stokes, A formalization of record linkage and its application to data protection, Int. J. of Uncertainty, Fuzziness and Knowledge-Based Systems 20:6 (2012) 907-919. Abstract
- V. Torra, A review on the construction of hierarchical fuzzy systems, Int. J. of Intelligent Systems, 17:5 (2002) 531-543. PDF at Interscience restricted.access.pdf

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