Marc Torrens
Lecturer, Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences at ESADE
Contracted Doctoral Professor URL

Academic Director, Master Business Analytics

Education

  • Docteur ès sciences en Inteligencia Artificial. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Enginyer en Informàtica. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Areas of interest

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Science
  • Recommender Systems
  • Entrepreneurship

Biography

Marc Torrens is a Computer Science engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC, Barcelona) and holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Lausanne).

Marc has published more than 20 papers in international conferences and journals, and is the inventor of more than 20 patents on recommendation and personalization technologies. He also co-chaired the ACM Conference on Recommender systems in 2010 with more than 400 experts from the academy and the industry. He also regularly participates as reviewer in several international conferences on Artificial Intelligence. His research focusses on how Artificial Intelligence can be applied to solve problems business and people are facing. Marc is convinced AI technology will help humans to overcome some of the challenges we always had and dramatically improve our lives.

Rather than following a traditional academic career, Marc spent more than 20 years creating startups around Artificial Intelligence. He cofounded Strands, Inc. in 2004, an established and recognized global Fintech company working for top tier banks worldwide including Barclays, Deutsche Bank, BBVA, ING, Bank of Montreal, BNP Paribas, Santander, Discount Bank, just to mention a few. From 2004 to 2018, Marc has been working at Strands as Chief Innovation and Product Officer and currently serves the company as member of the Board of Directors. One of the most remarkable achievements of the company was to build a portfolio of 20+ patents around recommendation technology that was acquired by Apple, Inc.

His genuine motivation is to bridge the gap between the outputs of scientific research and the inputs needed by real-world AI systems. Marc is passioned about bringing all his state-of-the-art knowledge in Artificial Intelligence and Entrepreneurship to ESADE to develop brilliant managers, executives and entrepreneurs that transform the world in which we live.

For further information, please visit https://marctorrens.net



Selected publications

Torrens, M., Cortés, U., Valogianni, K., Valor, J., Ruiz Hontangas, A., Almirall , E. & et al. (2020). Los retos éticos de la inteligencia artificial. Harvard Deusto Business Review, (296), pp. 34-59.

Pardo-Bosch, F. & Torrens, M. (2019). La Inteligencia Artificial para impulsar los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible. In Aguilar, L. F. (Ed.),Cabrero, E., Pardo-Bosch, F., Muñoz , J., Torrens, M., Coronado, A. A. & Macías, D. A., Hacia el gobierno digital en México: Conceptos y experiencias (pp. 41-54). [S.l.]: Prometeo Editores SA.

Nguyen, J., Montserrat Adell, J., Armisen-Morell, A., Torrens, M. & Agell, N. (2019). Measuring rating exigency: Identifying relevant consumer reviews. In Sabater-Mir, J., Torra, V., Aguiló , I. & González-Hidalgo, M. (Eds.), Artificial intelligence research and development (pp. 256-265). Amsterdam: IOS Press. DOI: 10.3233/FAIA190132.

Torrens, M., Rodriguez, L. & Tabakovic, A. (2019). Modelos innovadores en banca: Propiciar una disrupción o sufrirla. Harvard Deusto Business Review, (289), pp. 22-33.

Parra, S. & Torrens, M. (2017). La inteligencia artificial: el camino hacia la ultrainteligencia. Barcelona: RBA.

Torrens, M. (2016). Banking on innovation through data. In Chishti, S. & Barberis, J. (Dirs.), The FinTech Book (pp. 232-234). Barcelona; Copenhagen; New York: John Wiley & Sons. DOI: 10.1002/9781119218906.ch60.

Martin, F. J., Donaldson, J., Ashenfelter, A., Torrens, M. & Hangartner, R. (2011). The big promise of recommender systems. AI Magazine, 32 (3), pp. 19-27. DOI: 10.1609/aimag.v32i3.2360.

Holmberg, G. & Torrens, M. (2005, September). MusicStrands: A platform for discovering and exploring music. In International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), Barcelona 2005. Symposium conducted at the meeting of ICMC, Barcelona.

Torrens, M., Hertzog, P. & Arcos, J. (2004, October). Visualizing and exploring personal music libraries. In 5th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) 2004. Symposium conducted at the meeting of International Society for Music Information Retrieval, Barcelona.

Pu, P., Faltings, B. & Torrens, M. (2004, September). Effective interaction principles for online product search environments. In ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence, Beijing 2004. Symposium conducted at the meeting of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, Beijing.

Faltings, B., Torrens, M. & Pu, P. (2004). Solution generation with qualitative models of preferences. Computational Intelligence, 20 (2), pp. 246-263. DOI: 10.1111/j.0824-7935.2004.00237.x .

Hertzog, P., Torrens, M., Pu, P. & Faltings, B. (2004, March). Context-aware computing for business traveler care. In IADIS International Conference on Applied Computing, Lisbon 2004. Symposium conducted at the meeting of International Association for the Development of the Information Society (IADIS), Lisbon.

Torrens, M., Hertzog, P., Pu, P. & Faltings, B. (2004, March). Towards an intelligent mobile travel assistant. In ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC), Melbourne 2003. Symposium conducted at the meeting of ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, Nicosia.

Hertzog, P. & Torrens, M. (2004, January). Context-aware mobile assistants for optimal interaction: A prototype for supporting the business traveler. In 2004 International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (ACM IUI). Symposium conducted at the meeting of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Funchal.

Faltings, B., Pu, P., Torrens, M. & Viappiani, P. (2004, January). Designing example-critiquing interaction. In 2004 International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (ACM IUI). Symposium conducted at the meeting of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Funchal.

Pu, P., Faltings, B. & Torrens, M. (2003, August). User-involved preference elicitation. In Workshop on Configuration (IJCAI), Acapulco de Juárez 2003. Symposium conducted at the meeting of ESADE, Acapulco de Juárez.

Torrens, M., Hertzog, P., Samson, L. & Faltings, B. (2003, March). Reality: A scalable intelligent travel planner. Decision support for the business traveler. In ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC), Melbourne 2003. Symposium conducted at the meeting of ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, Melbourne.

Torrens, M. (2002). Scalable intelligent electronic catalogs (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Lausanne: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). DOI: 10.5075/epfl-thesis-2690.

Torrens, M. & Faltings, B. (2002, July). Using soft CSPs for approximating pareto-optimal solution sets. In AAAI Workshop on Preferences in Constraint Satisfaction 2002. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Edmonton.

Torrens, M., Faltings, B. & Pu, P. (2002). SmartClients: Constraint satisfaction as a paradigm for scaleable intelligent information systems. Constraints. An International Journal, 7 (1), pp. 49-69. DOI: 10.1023/A:1017940426216 .

Torrens, M. & Faltings, B. (2001). Constraint satisfaction for modelling scalable electronic catalogs. In Dignum, F. & Sierra, C. (Eds.), Agent mediated electronic commerce (pp. 214-228). Berlin: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/3-540-44682-6_12.

Willmott, S., Calisti, M., Faltings, B., Macho González, S., Belakhdar, O. & Torrens, M. (2000, July). CCL: Expressions of choice in agent communication. In 2000 International Conference on MultiAgent Systems (ICMAS). Symposium conducted at the meeting of Uiversity of Trier, Boston.

Macho González, S., Torrens, M. & Faltings, B. (2000, June). A multi-agent recommender system for planning meetings. In International Conference on Autonomous Agents. Workshop on Agent-based Recommender Systems, Barcelona (WARS 2000). Symposium conducted at the meeting of Workshop on Agent-based Recommender Systems (WARS), Barcelona.

Torrens, M., Weigel, R. & Faltings, B. (1998, November). Distributing problem solving on the web using constraint technology. In IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence, Taipei 1998. Symposium conducted at the meeting of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, Taipei.

Weigel, R., Faltings, B. & Torrens, M. (1998, July). Interchangeability for case adaptation in configuration problems. In AAAI Workshop on Case-based Reasoning Integrations 1998. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Madison.

Torrens, M., Weigel, R. & Faltings, B. (1997, July). Java constraint library: Bringing constraints technology on the internet using the java language. In AAAI Workshop on Constraints and Agents 1997. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Providence.