Academic Work

I obtained my Ph.D in Computer Science at University of California, San Diego under the guidance of Professor Serge Belongie at the UCSD Computer Vision Lab.


I got my Engineering degree in Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science at University of Chile, working with Professor Ricardo Baeza-Yates and co-advised by Professor Nello Cristianini in information retrieval and machine learning.


Previously I was a Director of Engineering, Computer Vision and Media Technology at Set Media Inc., developing new computer vision algorithms for video content analysis. The startup was acquired by Conversant in 2014.


My work interests intersect the areas of machine learning and computer vision, startups and education. I'm particularly excited about developingand deploying machine learning algorithms to production that can bring value to startups, building teams and educating people about machine learning and computer vision.


Research interests

Computer vision and machine learning


Ph.D. in Computer Science – University of California, San Diego March 2011
Computer Science Department
"Beyond Appearance Features: Contextual Modeling for Object Recognition"
Advisor: Serge Belongie

Master in Computer Science – University of California, San Diego June 2008 Computer Science

Engineering – University of Chile August, 2005
Computer Science
”Information Extraction from the Web: Extraction and Identification of Specific Content in Non-Structured Text.”
Advisors: Nello Cristianini, Ricardo Baeza-Yates

Bachelor’s degree – University of Chile March, 2004
Computer Science

Honors, Awards and Fellowships

Postdoctoral Computing Innovation Fellowship, National Science Foundation (NSF) 2011 (renounced)

IGERT Fellowship, National Science Foundation (NSF) 2007-2009

Graduate Student Fellowship, U.C. San Diego 2005-2006

Chilean Government and BID Internship Award, Silicon Valley Internship July 2003

Industry Experience

Thumbtack, San Francisco, California
Software Engineer, Machine Learning. August 2015 - Present

Conversant LLC., San Francisco, California
Director of Engineering, Computer Vision and Media Technology. March 2014 - August 2015

SET MEDIA Inc. San Francisco, California
Lead Classification Engineer. December 2012 - February 2014

Hewlett-Packard Co. San Diego, California
Computer Vision Expert. September 2011 - 2012

Honda Research Institute U.S.A, Mountain View, California
Research Engineering Intern, Object Recognition for ASIMO Robot. August 2010 - October 2010

Google Inc, Santa Monica, California
Engineering Intern, Computer Vision Group. August 2007 - October 2007

Google Inc, Mountain View, California
Engineering Intern, Machine Translation Group. June 2006 - September 2006

VIVO POSITIVO, Santiago, Chile (National HIV/AIDS Coordinator)
Programmer and Webmaster. March 2002 - 2004

More About Me in the Web

Publications in Machine Learning and Computer Vision

Publications in Google Scholar here

Work Experience

Checkout my LinkedIn Profile here


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