I'm Maria, welcome to my website :). At the moment, I'm a postdoctoral research associate at the Computer Laboratory in the University of Cambridge, very 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. I hold a Bachelor degree in Computer Science (2011), a Master degree in Intelligent Systems (2012) and a PhD in Machine Learning (2015).
In my research I have mostly worked towards the development of new machine learning methods, focusing on ordinal classification, support vector machines and imbalanced datasets. But I have also been always eager about applying these techniques to different fields: I have worked with a liver transplantation team to create a machine learning model for organ allocation (which is being tested in several hospitals in Spain now, to be used as decision support system), I have contributions in the field of climate dynamics using time series analysis (because of a project performed with a team of the European Spacial Agency), I have worked in an agricultural research institute for creating a model to detect weeds using drones and image analysis and, most recently, I have collaborated on a project to create a machine learning based model to detect cancer skin and predict its stage. At the moment, I’m working on a project using psychophysics and machine learning to better understand human visual perception, a project in collaboration with Apple and the University of Liverpool.
My current interests can be summarised in: The future of machine learning and its impact on our society (changing job market, positive computing), the analysis of non standard data (such as image, speech or text mining), how to transfer expert knowledge to AI and virtually any topic slightly related to AI (Computer vision? I'm in! Natural language processing? Hell yeah! Bioinformatics? Yes please! Robotics? Whoa!). 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 (went from an English A2 to a C2 level in 3 years and presented my PhD at the age of 24), but my forgetting rate is also extremely high (a defense mechanism not to overfit). Also, I'm social event organiser at Women@CL.