Pedro Rodriguez


PhD Candidate in
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing

About Pedro

I am a final year PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Maryland at College Park. I work in the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing (CLIP) Lab with Jordan Boyd-Graber.

My primary research interest in natural language processing is improving Question Answering evaluations through building better datasets, improving evaluation protocols, and re-imagining shared task leaderboards so that they better support longer-term research. I am also interested in conversational information-seeking, named entity linking and coreference resolution in factually rich text, fact verification, and reproducibility. I am defending my PhD on "Evaluating Machine Intelligence with Question Answering" in April 2021. Afterwards, I will be joining Facebook as a research scientist in Seattle. In my free time, I am an avid skier, climber, and hiker.

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Industry Experience

Throughout my undergraduate and graduate studies I have interned extensively and accumulated over three years of industry experience. I was a research intern at Google AI-Z├╝rich working on question answering and fact verification during Winter 2019/20. At Facebook Conversational AI I worked on conversational information seeking (paper in-submission). During summer 2018 I was a research intern at Microsoft Research in the Information and Data Science Group. I was a data science intern at Riot Games and Oracle/Datalogix. Prior to starting my PhD, I was a data scientist at Zillow Group/Trulia.

Education

I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in December 2014. During my undergraduate degree, I was a research assistant in UC Berkeley's AMPLab, UC Berkeley's Astronomy Department, and Boise State University's Cryosphere Group.

Service

  • ACL 2021 Sub-committee Co-Chair for Diversity and Inclusion
  • ACL 2021 Program Committee (Reviewer)
  • NAACL 2021 Program Committee (Reviewer)
  • EMNLP 2020 Secondary Reviewer
  • ACL 2019 Secondary Reviewer
  • Founding member and former captain of the Colorado Data Science Team.

Certifications and Professional Organizations

Avalanche Education

As a bilingual avalanche safety instructor, I have taught hundreds of students throughout Idaho, Oregon, California, Colorado, Argentina, and Chile how to safely enjoy backcountry skiing and riding. In my blog, I've posted several of my lectures and written on snowgeek.org as well. Fun fact: I got my nickname "Pinguino" while teaching in Argentina (e.g., the favicon for my site is a penguin).