15 Feb Successful research projects: IBSEN / DUNDIG
The last three years have been quite hectic, focusing most of my research effort on two main projects, IBSEN and DUNDIG. IBSEN, supported by the European Commission under the FET Open program of Horizon 2020, was about carrying out large scale behavioral experiments and showing how the lessons learned from those can be implemented in simulations models. DUNDIG, supported by Fundación BBVA, was about studying the structure of personal relationships, both in the real and in the virtual/digital domains. IBSEN was a much larger scale project than DUNDIG: it involved teams from seven universities in Spain, UK, The Netherlands and Finland, while DUNDIG was carried out by a team of three people, namely Ignacio Tamarit, María Pereda and myself. The two projects finished a few months ago, and I believe we got very nice results on both of them. A few weeks ago, my belief about IBSEN was confirmed by the external experts evaluation, who reported that we have carried out an “exemplary research project” (you can read about this in the official IBSEN website). Today I received the evaluation report for DUNDIG, and it has also been highly praised by the external experts, and we have received the Fundación BBVA’s congratulations. Yes, it has been a lot of hard work, but in the end somebody patting your shoulder and saying “well done” feels so very good. I am proud of the work done, and particularly so of the great teams I have the honor to coordinate. I am very grateful also to the Commission and to Fundación BBVA for the trust they put on me and the opportunity they gave me to learn so much (and, why not saying it, having so much fun while working). Last, but not least, a special “thank you” is due to María and Ignacio, who took part on both projects and had a pivotal role on the success of both projects; we would not be here without you two guys!