Pedro Rodriguez

Research Scientist in Natural Language Processing

Pedro Rodriguez

I am an NLP research scientist at Meta Reality Labs in Seattle. I recently defended my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Maryland at College Park titled "Evaluating Machine Intelligence with Question Answering". I worked in the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing (CLIP) Lab with Jordan Boyd-Graber.

Methodologically, my research focuses on improving methods for dataset construction and evaluation. I am especially interested in re-imagining leaderboards and NLP benchmarks so that they better support long-term research. Thematically, I am interested in question answering, conversational information-seeking, and adjacent areas.

In my free time, I am an avid skier, climber, hiker, and violinist.

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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 which resulted in an EMNLP 2020 publication. 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.


I defended my PhD dissertation in computer science at University of Maryland at College Park in April 2021. 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.


  • ARR 2021 Reviewer
  • EMNLP 2021 Program Committee (Reviewer)
  • 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 as well. Fun fact: I got my nickname "Pinguino" while teaching in Argentina (e.g., the favicon for my site is a penguin).