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.
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:
Doctorate Degree in Computer Science
Research fields: Recommendation Systems, Reinforcement Learning, Information Adaptation, Machine Learning.
Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering and Computing
Emphasis on: Business Intelligence, Machine Learning, Recommendation Systems, Information Adaptation, Distributed Systems, Innovation Management, Enterprise Architecture, Project Management, Mobile Computing, Multi-Agent Systems.
My master's dissertation can be found here.
Emphasis on: Intelligent Systems, Software Construction, Information Systems and Management, Networks and Distributed Systems. Complementary work on: Business Management.
My undergraduate dissertation can be found here.
High School Diploma