Bio

I joined the Centre for Argument Technology at the University of Dundee in the summer of 2017. I am a postdoctoral researcher in ADD-up: Augmented Deliberative Democracy, a three-year project (2017-2020), funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

Between April 2014 and May 2017 was Research Associate in the Election Debate Visualisation (EDV) project, working with Anna De Liddo at The Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), to create and evaluate technologies that enhance the experience of viewers of the UK General Election TV debates.

Before joining KMi in April 2014, I completed a PhD in computational linguistics, under the supervision of Paul Piwek and Richard Power from The OU’s Computing and Communications Department. My thesis specialised in analysing and modelling non-cooperative behaviour in political interviews. I am currently extending this work to political debates in the context of the EDV project.

In 2010, I spent 12 weeks working as a summer intern at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies in Playa Vista, California. Under the supervision of David DeVault and David Traum from ICT’s Natural Language Dialogue Group, I designed a new scenario for the SASO series of virtual human systems, and implemented a prototype.

I moved to Milton Keynes in September 2008, after obtaining a MSc in computer science from the Department of Computer Science at the National University of Rosario, Argentina. My MSc thesis on software verification was supervised by Ralph-Johan Back and Johannes Eriksson from the Department of Information Technologies at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, where I spent 6 months in 2007 as a Research Assistant.

Between June 2002 and February 2004, I lived in Lisbon, Portugal, where I worked as an Analyst/Programmer for ATX Software SA. From April to June 2003, I received a Research Initiation Grant from the Foundation of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. I was supervised by Michel Wermelinger and Cristovão Oliveira in extending Community Workbench (the IDE for an architecture description language) to support mobility.