I am a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Houston. My research interests lie in the field of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. I am particularly interested in addressing the problem of named entity recognition in noisy data. Another thread in my research is the computational analysis of linguistic code-switching. Additionally, I study multimodal approaches that combine lexical (i.e., phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics) and visual information framed around named-entity-related tasks.
I work at Research in Text Understanding and Analysis of Language (RiTUAL) lab, and my advisor is Dr. Thamar Solorio.
Prior to entering the PhD program
Before starting my Ph.D., I worked at Beyond Games Inc. as a Game Developer for 2 years and 9 months. I contributed to an MMO mobile game for iOS in many technical aspects (Gameplay, game logic on the server side, UI, etc.). I also contributed as a co-leader of the gameplay engineering team. The project is massive and is still in progress.
I was a professional chess player for more than 10 years. I became the National Chess Champion of El Salvador in 2012. Now, I sporadically play chess at The Chess Refinery club in Houston. I also follow the news for the top players and you may see one or two posts on my blog about it :).