I have previously worked on environmental problems as floods alerts provided by Probabilistic Graphical Models (PGMs), with my collaboration with Rosa F. Ropero and Rafael Rumi (Universidad de Almería).
I would like to invest my expertise and knowledge of Machine Learning and Modelling in the field of earth sciences, so that I can work on real applications and also learn how and in which phases Machine Learning tools can be useful for this area.
Brief Research CV:My current position is Titular de Universidad (since 2012) in Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha (UCLM), having worked in academia since 2000. My PhD thesis (2005) was focused on advanced inference algorithms for Bayesian Networks. Its strongest contributions were incremental inference techniques and the development of new abductive methods. My research career has later evolved towards machine learning and data science where not only probabilistic graphical models (PGMs) were used, but also other paradigms such as evolutionary computation, rule systems, SVMs, decision trees, neural networks, ... I have also worked on modelling and expert elicitation, more especially during my collaboration(s) with Prof. Ann Nicholson and her team in Monash Univ. (Australia).
I have wide experience on particular applications in multiple domains such as medicine, robotics, farming, environmental sciences (in collaboration with university of Almería) or multimedia data.
1995 - 1998: Computer Science Engineering (BSc). First National Award (link)
1998 - 2000: Computer Science Engineering (MSc). Erasmus grant for Final Master Thesis Project
2000 - 2005: PhD Student in Computer Science & Assistant Professor
2005: Doctoral thesis.- Bayesian networks Inference: Advanced algorithms for triangulation and partial abduction. Thesis supervisors: José Antonio Gámez (UCLM) and Serafín Moral (UGR). Oral Defence: 21 November 2005. European Doctorate. Download pdf file here.
2000 - 2005: Assistant Professor
2005 - 2012: Contracted Lecturer
2012 - today: Permanent Associate Professor
Pre- and post-doctoral research stays
2003: 6-month stay, Feb to July at Aalborg University (Denmark). Collaborator: Kristian G. Olesen
2008: 3-month stay, Feb to Apr at Monash University (Australia). Collaborator: Ann E. Nicholson
2011: 1-month stay, Apr at Nantes Polytech (France). Collaborator: Phillipe Leray
- New models and algorithms for semi-naive Bayesian classification focused on the AODE paradigm (2012). Ana M. Martinez (link)
- Non-Standard classification algorithms for image-based problems (2021) . Fernando Rubio Perona (link)
Currently, I co-supervise four theses with these three main topics:
- Assesment of image quality from the aesthetics perspective
- Learning intelligent systems for music information retrieval
- Reinforcement learning applied to Probabilistic Graphical Models
Projects, publications & research-related activities
The results from my research have been communicated in the scientific community, being especially remarkable 22 papers in international journals (20 of them JCR-indexed: 7 in Q1, 11 in Q2 and 2 in Q3), 3 book chapters, and more than 30 conference papers.
I have collaborated in more than 10 research projects: national, regional and also R&D in collaboration with companies.
I have participated in the organisation of international conferences (BMWA, WiDS, PGM).
I belong to many program committees, including UAI, NeurIPS, ICML and ECML.
As reviewer, I have participated in more than twenty JCR-indexed international journals of my research areas, and I have evaluated research projects from national calls (ANEP in Spain and NWO in the Netherlands).