Pedro Rodriguez

PhD Candidate in Artificial Intelligence, Data Scientist, Snow Geek

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Pedro Rodriguez is a 3rd year PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder advised by Jordan Boyd-Graber. His PhD research is centered on developing algorithms in machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing. His current area of focus in on developing question answering systems that automatically answer questions posed by humans in a natural language. Pedro earned his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in December 2015. In addition to his PhD research experience, he has worked as a data scientist or research scientist at Riot Games, Zillow Group/Trulia, Oracle, UC Berkeley's AMPLab, UC Berkeley Astronomy Department, and Boise State University's Cryosphere Group. Pedro is also the team captain and a founding member of the Colorado Data Science Team. Combined Pedro has over 4 years of experience in data science and research science. In his free time he is a member of a volunteer ski patrol, a certified avalanche safety instructor, and an avid skier. Pedro will be moving to the University of Maryland at College Park during spring 2018.

Pedro is currently looking for research internships for summer 2018. To contact Pedro send an email.

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PhD Research

The primary focus on my dissertation research has been in developing an AI (QANTA) that can play Quiz Bowl, a popular trivia game amongst school-aged and college students. This research is primarily funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant with additional funding from an Amazon Web Services (AWS) research grant. You can see our system defeat a strong team of human players 260-215 during our exhibition match at the 2017 Quiz Bowl high school national championships. Note that we did not play against high school students, the opposing team were comprised of helpers at the tournament, many of which had themselves been previous champions in their high school or college days.