I'm Maria, welcome to my site :-)! I'm a postdoctoral researcher at the Computer Laboratory (University of Cambridge) and a research associate at Hughes Hall College, happily enjoying the British weather and doing research on the intersection of machine learning, computer graphics and psychophysics, under the supervision of Dr Rafal Mantiuk in the Rainbow group.
In my research I have mostly worked towards the development of new machine learning methods, but I have also been eager about applying these to different fields, mostly biomedicine and environmental applications. At the moment I'm working on human visual perception and colour.
My current interests can be summarised in: The future of AI and its impact on our society, the analysis of non standard data and how to transfer expert knowledge to AI. A few curiosities: I also hold a Master degree in Health Coaching, I have been dancing since I was 3 years old (ballet, flamenco, you name it!), I'm an avid reader (now very into audiobooks) and I believe my learning rate is quite high, but my forgetting rate is also extremely high (a defense mechanism not to overfit). I'm also social event organiser at Women@CL, I'm currently trying to write a book on AI for children and I run a reading group on ML at the Computer Lab.
I am the sum of the prints my parents left on me. Literature and mathematics. Logic and letters. Poetry and computers. I am between worlds, but not only those, also the ones that I have chosen. I won't try to define myself, because I haven't reached a static point yet, and I hope I never do.
Latest things that I have been working on, some of my writing and super exciting news!
I have started a reading group on machine learning for imaging at the Computer Lab. Join us!Read More
...that wanted to surf the equations of life! (introductory story to my PhD dissertation).Read More