Javier Parra-Arnau received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Telematics Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Technical University of Catalonia, UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 2009 and 2013 respectively. During his doctoral studies, he was a visiting researcher at NEC Laboratories Europe in Heidelberg, Germany, and also a lecturer of a course on telematics and communication networks.
From 2014 to 2015, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher with the Privatics Team, at INRIA Grenoble, Rhônes-Alpes, France. Since December 2015, he is a Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral fellow with the CRISES research group at the Dept. of Computer Science and Mathematics, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain. His research attempts to leverage mature concepts and techniques amply utilized in information theory, convex optimization and stochastic estimation, to tackle the increasingly controversial problem of privacy in information systems from a perspective that is mathematically systematic and adheres to the principles of engineering optimization.
Among other honors, he received the prize to the Best Ph.D. Thesis on Information and Communication Technologies in Banking, from the Official College of Telecommunication Engineers (COIT) and Banco Sabadell; he has been awarded the competitive postdoctoral fellowship “Juan de la Cierva” from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and has recently received the prize Data Protection by Design, by the Catalan Data Protection Authority.