About Me

Hello! My name is Andrea Barraza. I am a PhD Research student in the field of computer science, studying at the National University of Ireland, Galway and working at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. I work under the supervision of Prof. Mathieu d’Aquin.

My current research aims to adapt techniques and theory from the Reinforcement Learning field to explicitly control the trade-off between exploration and exploitation found in Recommendation Systems.

I hold a Bachelor in Systems Engineering and a Master in Computer Science from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.

I first came to work at the Insight Centre as a Master Student Intern in order to carry out my master thesis as a collaborative effort between the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and the Insight Centre. In my master thesis, I worked on the topic of Diversity for Recommender Systems.

Research Interests

My career ambition is to thrive as an Applied Research Scientist working on cutting-edge projects related to the areas I am most passionate about, which include but are not limited to:

Recommendation Systems Reinforcement Learning Personalization Information Adaptation Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning Data Analytics

Academic Background