Paola Pesantez-Cabrera

Paola Pesantez-Cabrera

Research Assistant Professor

Washington State University - AgAID Institute

Biography

Paola Pesantez-Cabrera is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University working on the AgAID Institute - AI for Transforming Workforce and Decision Support in Agriculture and the Soil Health Initiative (SHI). She is driven, innovative thinker, detailed oriented, and lifelong learner. She is a experienced team leader, researcher, and teacher with a proven track record of implementing unique methodologies to difficult problem sets to deliver exceptional results. She is interested in the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning applications with a direct impact in agriculture and its environmental and economical sustainability. She is an avid advocate of accessible education, generation of knowledge, respect for diversity, and visualization and engagement of Latin American women in STEM.

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
Interests
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Management
  • Graph Mining
  • Extension and Outreach
Education
  • PhD in Computer Science, 2018

    Washington State University

  • MSc in Computer Science, 2013

    Washington State University

  • BSc in Computer Science, 2009

    Universidad de Cuenca

Skills

R

90%

Statistics

100%

Photography

10%

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
Washington State University
Research Assistant Professor
Washington State University
Aug 2022 – Present Pullman, Washington
 
 
 
 
 
AgAID Institute at Washington State University
Researcher - Data Manager
Sep 2021 – Present Pullman, Washington
 
 
 
 
 
IOET Inc.
Software Engineer
IOET Inc.
Jun 2021 – Aug 2021 Quito, Ecuador
Development of risk and control mitigation measures in legacy code for an American online retailer of prescription glasses and sunglasses based in NY city. Tech stack - Python, JavaScript, Postgresql
 
 
 
 
 
Universidad de Cuenca
Associate Professor
Universidad de Cuenca
Oct 2009 – Aug 2020 Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Teacher of different subjects such as programming (data structures), differential calculus, discrete mathematics, graph theory, introduction to computer technology, and basic computer concepts in the Schools of Computer Science, Civil Engineering, and Telecommunications.
  • Contributor of several research projects in different areas such as using Learning Analytics to improve Higher Education in Latin America, designing Architectures and Interaction Models for Assisted Living Environments aimed at elderly people, Active Mobility and Urban Environment, and using Intelligent Assistants for Spatial Data Infrastructures.
  • Coordinator of social volunteer projects within the computer science career. Extensive experience in managing them and formulating collaboration agreements with institutions. Leader of the project “Knowledge Generation in Information and Communication Technologies” with the aim of expanding employment opportunities, entrepreneurship, and educational reintegration, favoring personal, social, and educational growth of children and adolescents. Participation in the project “Schools as healthy spaces: promotion of healthy practices” through the analysis and design of an application whose main objective was to motivate a nutritious diet and physical activity in children and adolescents.
 
 
 
 
 
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PhD Data Science Intern
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
May 2015 – Aug 2015 Richland, Washington
Development of automated knowledge graph and natural language processing (relation extraction, entity disambiguation) from Twitter. Tech stack - Scala, Perl, R, Python
 
 
 
 
 
ITSDP, Department of Surgery of Virginia Commonwealth University and COBUS
Software Developer
ITSDP, Department of Surgery of Virginia Commonwealth University and COBUS
Feb 2009 – Apr 2009 Quito, Ecuador
Development of an online/offline Trauma Registry System. It supported multiple languages. Tech stack - .NET, SQL.
 
 
 
 
 
Electro Generadora del Austro S.A.
Software Developer
Electro Generadora del Austro S.A.
Aug 2008 – Sep 2009 Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Development of software to perform monitoring, control, and verification of the processes and activities that environmental employees should complete as part of the Environmental Handling Plan.
  • Implementation of a content manager to handle the documentation associated with each completed activity. Tech stack - Oracle Forms, Oracle database, Java, Alfresco (Content Management platform).

Accomplish­ments

Coursera
Neural Networks and Deep Learning
See certificate
Formulated informed blockchain models, hypotheses, and use cases.
See certificate
DataCamp
Object-Oriented Programming in R
See certificate

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(2013). An example conference paper. In ICW.

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