• Curriculum Vitae

    Education

    University of Trento, Trento, Italy
    Doctor of Philosophy, Information and Communication Technologies, 2017
    Dissertation: Empowering Online Idea Management for Civic Engagement with Public Displays and Social Networking Services
    Dissertation Committee: Luca Cernuzzi (chair), Barbara Pernici, and Vincenzo D’Andrea

    Catholic University “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción,” Asunción, Paraguay
    Informatics Engineering, Department of Electronics and Informatics, 2010

    Catholic University “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción,” Asunción, Paraguay
    Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Informatics, Department of Electronics and Informatics, 2006

    Academic and Research Appointments

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Life Science, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain, February 2019 – present

    Research Fellow, Department of Electronics and Informatics, Catholic University “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción,” Asuncion, Paraguay, September 2018 – January 2019

    Data Scientist Fellow, Data Science for Social Good, The University of Chicago, USA, Summer 2018

    Research Fellow, Department of Electronics and Informatics, Catholic University “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción,” Asuncion, Paraguay, February 2016 – May 2018

    Ph.D. Researcher, Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, University of Trento, Italy, 2011-2015

    Visiting Scholar, Center for Information Technology Research in Interest of the Society (CITRIS), University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA, Summer-Fall 2014

    Visiting Researcher, Information Analysis Division, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Palo Alto, California, USA, Fall 2013

    Experiences as a Software Engineer

    Software Engineer, NGO Paraguay Educa, 2010-2011. Technologies: Python, Javascript

    Software Engineer, Catholic University of Asuncion with Ministry of Education and Culture, Inter-American Development Bank and Organization of Inter-American States, 2008. Technologies: Python, Javascript

    Experiences as a Software Developer

    Software Developer, Azucarera Iturbe, 2007. Technologies: Ruby on rails and Javascript

    Software Developer, Casa Escauriza I.C.S.A., 1999 (High-school Internship). Technologies: Visual Basic

    Teaching Experiences

    Research Mentor. Catholic University “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción,” Asuncion, Paraguay. Tutor of the undergraduate final projects SmartParking: a tool to optimize the use of public parking spaces and Heuristics-based algorithms to identify social bots, January 2019 – present

    Research Mentor. Catholic University “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción,” Asuncion, Paraguay. Cotutor of the undergraduate final projects Context-aware civic participation and Automatic processing of civic contributions through Machine Learning and Data Visualization, February 2016 – July 2018

    Lecturer. Catholic University “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción,” Asuncion, Paraguay. Course: Data Science with social impact. October 2017 – December 2017

    Research Mentor. University of Trento, Italy. Cotutor of the master thesis Analyzing and visualizing citizen opinions collected from social networks. November 2014 – March 2015

    Teaching Assistant. University of Trento, Italy. Course: Web Programming Technologies, which was focused on J2EE web technologies (e.g., Servlet, JSP, JSTL, JavaBean). February 2015 – September 2015

    Lecturer. Polytechnic School, National University of Asuncion. Course: Development for Sugar Operating System. May 2010 – July 2010

    Lecturer. NGO Paraguay Educa. Course: Sugar Operating System. October 2008 – December 2008.

    Teaching Assistant. Catholic University “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción,” Asuncion, Paraguay. Course: Programming Languages, which was focused on algorithms and data structures (C language). February 2006 – July 2007

    Presentations

    Conference Papers

    Jorge Saldivar, “Online Idea Management for Civic Engagement: A Study on the Benefits of Integration with Social Networking,” ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Glasgow, Scotland, May 2019 → Slides Youtube

    Jorge Saldivar, “Strengthening civic participation in Paraguay through online technology,” The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, April 2018 → Slides

    Jorge Saldivar, “Idea Management in Social Networks: A Study of how to Tap into the Ideas of Facebook Communities,” International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS)Orlando, Florida, USA, October 2016. → Slides

    Jorge Saldivar, “Idea Management Communities in the Wild: An exploratory study of 166 online communities,” International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS)Orlando, Florida, USA, October 2016. → Slides

    Invited Talks

    Jorge Saldivar, “Machine Learning for Social Good: A case study in the health-care sector,” DataBeers, Barcelona, Spain, December 2019 → Slides Youtube

    Jorge Saldivar and Cristhian Parra, “Redes sociales en tiempos electorales,” Superior Court of Electoral Justice, Asunción, Paraguay, November 2018. → Slides

    Jorge Saldivar, “Ciencia de los datos aplicada al sector público,” Science, Technology, and Innovation Workshop, Asunción, Paraguay, November 2018. → Slides

    Jorge Saldivar, “Ciencia de los datos aplicada a políticas públicas,” Ministry of Social Development, Asunción, Paraguay, September 2018. → Slides Media

    Jorge Saldivar, “Civic CrowdAnalytics: Machine Learning para el análisis de contribuciones cívicas,” JIT-Cita Conference, Asunción, Paraguay, November 2017. → Slides Program

    Jorge Saldivar, “Empowering Online Idea Management for Civic Engagement with Public Displays and Social Networking Services,” Charles III University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, May 2017. → Slides

    Cristhian Parra and Jorge Saldivar, “Civic Technologies,” Catholic University of Asuncion, Asunción, Paraguay, April 2017. → Slides

    Jorge Saldivar, “Civic CrowdAnalytics,” VTech, Asunción, Paraguay, December 2016. → Slides

    Jorge Saldivar, “Participa.PY: Generando espacios de participación cívica por medio de la tecnología,” Expo Gobierno Abierto, Asunción, Paraguay, September 2016. → Slides

    Jorge Saldivar, “Voz y voto: Hacia una democracia más participativa,” Partido Patria Querida, Asunción, Paraguay, July 2016. → Slides

    Jorge Saldivar, “Social Networks for Enhancing Idea Management Systems Used in the Civic Domain,” Data and Democracy Group, CITRIS, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA, July 2014. → Slides

    Gianluca Schiavo and Jorge Saldivar, “Agora 2.0: Increasing Engagement with Onsite Public Display,” IdeaScale Webinar, October 2013 → Slides Video

    Invited Panelist

    “Gamify Democracy,” World Forum For Democracy, Strasbourg, France, November 2016. → Photos Podcast

    Collaboration in Research Communities

    Program Committee, Participatory Design Conference (PDC) 2020

    Program Committee, International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS) 2016

    Reviewed scientific articles and papers for the following conferences and journals: WWW (Int. Conf. on World Wide Web), ISOC (Int. Conf. on Service Oriented Computing), CTS (International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems), ICEIS (Int. Conf. on Enterprise Information Systems), Academic Mindtrek, JSMO (Journal of Social Media for Organization), ISD (International Conference on Information Systems Development)

    Awards and Honors

    Recipient. STARS Post-doctoral Fellowship. EU Horizon 2020 Programme, 2018

    Recipient. Data Science for Social Good Fellowship. The University of Chicago, USA, 2018

    Co-Recipient. Best Paper Award. Academic Mindtrek Conference, October 2016

    Recipient. Ph.D. student fellowship. University of Trento, Trento, Italy, 2011-2014

    Recipient. Ph.D. on the move scholarship. Trento RISE Association, Trento, Italy, 2013

    Recipient. FC-UPM-IB scholarship for post-graduate studies at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, 2011

    Recipient. Golden-medal for the best graduate student of 2000 class at San José High-School, Asuncion, Paraguay, 2000

    Voluntary Work and Other Experiences

    Member of the Board of Directors of the Movimiento Peregrino. Asunción, Paraguay, 2017-2018

    Eleven years as a leader of the Movimiento Peregrino. Activities: group work and group management, seminars, team coordination for the organization of events, including retreats, conferences, and meetings. Asunción, Paraguay, 1999-2011

    Two years as a General Coordinator of the Board of Directors of the Movimiento Peregrino. Asunción, Paraguay, 2009-2011

    Four years as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Civil Association Movimiento Peregrino. Asunción, Paraguay, 2007-2011

    Founder of the NGO Paraguay Educa, which was in charge of the local deployment of the project One Laptop per Child, 2008

    Electoral delegate in the Paraguayan 2003 and 2008 national elections