Persevering, motivated and enthusiastic.

I am a Ph.D. in Computer Science, eager and passionate to learn about science and technology. I want to be part of the progress and innovation of Computer Science in my home country Ecuador (South America). I have been an engineering professor for more than ten years and I have learned that transferring knowledge is energizing and nourishes my soul.

Favorite quotes:

"Knowledge, like air, is vital to life. Like air, no one should be denied it." - Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

Awards and Honors

  • ACM-BCB 2016 NSF Travel Award                                                                                                                                                                        08/17/16

  • Outstanding Performance Award at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory                                                                                              08/15/15

  • ACM-BCB 2015 NSF Travel Award                                                                                                                                                                        08/07/15

  • ACM-BCB 2014 Big Life Sciences Travel Award                                                                                                                                                  08/21/14

  • EECS Outstanding TA award                                                                                                                                                                                  04/10/14

  • Academic award to continue PhD. program at Washington State University                                                                                               05/10/13

  • Fulbright Scholarship to study in the United States                                                                                                                                          04/01/11

  • Graduated with honors, Universidad de Cuenca, ranked # 1 in a class out of 20                                                                                       05/15/09

  • Prize “Benigno Malo” in recognition of academic merit, Universidad de Cuenca                                                                                        10/21/08

  • Engineering Student Representative to the Engineering Faculty Council                                                                                                             2009

  • Member of the Subcommittee of Internal Evaluation of the Engineering Faculty                                                                                              2008        

  • Judge in the Third Inter-Collegiate Contest of Oratory at “Técnico Salesiano” high school                                                                              05/03

  • Second Place in the First Regional Inter-Collegiate Contest of Oratory about “The National Identity and Acculturation”                    05/27/02

  • First Place in the Second Inter-Collegiate Contest of Oratory about “Youth ready for anything”                                                              01/31/02

  • Second Place in the Seventh Inter-Collegiate Contest of Oratory about “Abdón Calderón”                                                                       05/21/01

  • First Place in the First Inter-Collegiate Contest of Oratory about   “The juvenile reality and freedom of speech”                                  02/09/01

  • Top graduate at “Unidad Educativa Sagrados Corazones” High School.                                                                                                        07/11/03

Research Interests

  • Data Science:  bipartite networks, modularity, graph mining, community detection, clustering, information extraction, relationship clustering, entity disambiguation.

  • Bioinformatics: Kinetic models, irradiation of skin cells, Monte Carlo simulations, gene-disease interactions, drug repurposing, pathogen-hosts interactions.

  • Learning Analytics: adoption and implementation of learning analytics in Latin American universities.

  • HCI: tactile user interfaces, accessibility mechanisms, use of pictograms in assisted living environments for elderly people.