Paola Pesantez-Cabrera

Washinton State University - AgAID Institute


Paola Pesantez-Cabrera is a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University. She is also the data manager/scientist for 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

Recent Publications

  1. AIAFS (accepted)
    Multi-Task Learning for Budbreak Prediction
    Aseem Saxena, Paola Pesantez-Cabrera, Rohan Ballapragada, Markus Keller, and Alan Fern
  2. AIAFS (accepted)
    Persistent Homology to Study Cold Hardiness of Grape Cultivars
    Welankar Sejal, Paola Pesantez-Cabrera, Bala Krishnamoorthy, Lynn Mills, Markus Keller, and Ananth Kalyanaraman
  3. AAAI (accepted)
    Grape Cold Hardiness Prediction via Multi-Task Learning
    Aseem Saxena, Paola Pesantez-Cabrera, Rohan Ballapragada, Kin-Ho Lam, Markus Keller, and Alan Fern