Forecast Department, Evaluation SectionSCIENTISTpage tabs Profile Summary: Claudia Vitolo is a hydrologist and data scientist with over 13 years experience in developing tools and algorithms to facilitate the retrieval, modelling and visualisation of environmental data. She holds a PhD from Imperial College London and her thesis explored the use of data mining and machine learning techniques for hydrological modelling applications. She authored several R packages and prototyped a number of web applications for Environmental Virtual Observatories dedicated to water scarcity, climate change, hydrological modelling, and air pollution. Claudia likes to organise meetups in the data science field, hackathons, kaggle competitions as well as initiatives to support women in STEM. She co-founded R-Ladies Global, a world-wide organization to promote gender diversity in the R community. Professional interests: Claudia's research interests are in the development of shared research environments to undertake environmental analysis and provide open access to predictions in data rich and data poor environments. She is passionate about new open technologies (e.g. databases, web services, etc.) and likes to explore their use in the context of environmental applications. Career background: 2016 - present Scientist at the Forecast Department of ECMWF, working on the EU funded ANYWHERE project. 2015 - 2016 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Big Data analytics for environment and health - Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Environment Health and Societies, Brunel University London, Uxbridge (UK). Worked on the British Council funded project "A multi dimensional environment-health risk analysis system for Kazakhstan". 2010 - 2015 Research Assistant/Associate in environmental modelling, uncertainty estimation and web services development - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,, Imperial College London, London (UK). Involved in a number of national and international projects (in Ecuador, India, Italy, Peru, The Netherlands, UK) to develop software applications for improving open data discovery and retrieval, data mining (using supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques), environmental modelling (with a focus on hydrology and water resources) and uncertainty analysis. 2008 - 2010 Hydrologist/Developer in the Flood Risk modelling team, Halcrow Group Ltd (now CH2M Hill), Crawley (UK). Involved in flood forecasting and risk mapping projects for the Environment Agency and the MetOffice. 2007 - 2008 Research Engineer at the LIDAM laboratory, University Consortium for Research on Great Hazards (C.U.G.RI.), Salerno (IT). Worked on a research project to estimate the reliability of existing hydraulic structures within the Consortium of Sarno River in Italy. 2006 - 2007 Research Engineer at the Centre for Analysis and Monitoring of Environmental Risk (A.M.R.A.), Naples (IT). Coordinated a research project to develop an integrated system for forecasting and monitoring of extreme hydrological events in the Campania Region (Italy). 2004 - 2006 Intern at the LIDAM laboratory, University Consortium for Research on Great Hazards (C.U.G.RI.), Salerno (IT). Worked on updating the VAPI procedure. External recognitions: AWARDS Halcrow Technical Paper Award 2010 for the paper "Extreme Rainfall in the Mediterranean" MEMBERSHIPS 2016 Member of the International Advisory Committee - Collaborative Conference on Resource and Environmental Science 2016 2011 Student member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in UK 2010 Member of the British Hydrological Society 2004 Chartered Civil Engineer in Italy Publications Please see my profile on Google Scholar.