Curriculum Vitae

DG_SlamDr. David Garcia

email:      phone: +41 44 632 06 93
ETH Zürich, WEV G 201
Weinbergstrasse 56/58, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland

ResearcherID: A-2113-2014

ORCID: 0000-0002-2820-9151
Scopus: 56817130300

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Research and Professional Experience

  • Senior researcher – ETH Zurich.                                                             Since January 2015
    Research on emotions and polarization in participatory media, funded by the Swiss SNF
  • Postdoctoral researcher – ETH Zurich.                            September 2012 to December 2014
    Research on digital traces of emotions, privacy, and resilience in social media
  • Research Assistant – Chair of Systems Design.                   September 2009 to August 2012
    Participation in EU FP7 project Cyberemotions, taking part on project reporting and reviews
    Responsible of the ICT infrastructure of the chair. User and systems administration
  • Research Assistant – Network Visualization.                       November 2008 to August 2009
    Developer of Cuttlefi sh a graph visualization project Java
  • Master Thesis and Research Assistant – ETH Zurich.            September 2008 to March 2009
    Analysis of higher-order structures of equilibrium networks, supervised by Prof. Peter Widmayer
  • Semester Project – International Conflict Research.                              March to June 2008
    ETH Zurich. Supervisor: Prof. Lars-Erik Cederman. Agent-based modeling of resource conflict.
  • Student Internship, Knowledge Engineering Institute UAM.    June 2006 to February 2007
    Development of machine learning systems for fraud detection

Teaching experience

Advisory positions in industry


  • Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators 2016 (1.6 Million Euro)
  • Research on social resilience listed in MIT Technology Review Best of 2013
  • 1st prize in the 6th and 8th ETH Science Slams and in the Zurich Euraxess Slam
  • Comunidad de Madrid: University access (2003) and Excellence Scholarships (2004 and 2005)

Research Skills

  • Computational social science. Statistical analysis of digital traces of human behavior
  • Information retrieval technologies, in particular social networks and sentiment analysis
  • Dynamical systems analysis applied to agent-based models of collective social behavior
  • Project proposal design for the Swiss SNF, funded between April 2013 and March 2016
  • Interdisciplinar and international collaboration experience. Successful collaboration with psychologists, political scientists, physicists, and computer scientists
  • Open dissemination of research results in Github and through online visualization

Technical Skills

  • R statistical language: Frequentist and Bayesian statistics, machine learning
  • Python for data processing, natural language processing, and information retrieval
  • SQL database administration and design
  • Spark and MongoDB: user-level experience
  • Unix scripting for automated testing and data processing
  • Java and C: Software engineering experience


Research Interests

  • Quantitative analysis of human behavior through digital traces: Human-Computer Interaction and Computational Social Science
  • Emotions, cultures, and social networks
  • Computational modeling to explain collective human behavior

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