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I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science faculty at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras and thereby fulfilling three lifelong dreams - living in a Spanish speaking country, becoming a professor (Assistant Professor, actually, but close enough), and having the opportunity to make a greater difference in the world. My research interests are in applying machine learning, data mining, and visualization to multivariate time series analysis, specifically to large repositories of clinical data. There are so many techniques that have been applied to financial and marketing data that can make a significant impact to improve the way medicine is practiced today. Thru collaboration between computational scientists, medical professionals, and others, tools can be developed to create clinical decision support systems so that medical providers make better diagnosis and treatment plans by learning from the experience of previous providers who have had similar patients. I founded the Symposium of Health Informatics for Latin America and the Caribbean as a major step in addressing that objective through international collaboration. I am also passionate about diversifying the field of computer science and thereby am active in mentoring and developing mentoring communities at the high school level, college and graduate school level, and in creating assistive technologies for programming and communication.
The Kavita Project
The Kavita Project is focused on developing a generic, spoken, C-based programming language (Kavita) in an open source speech recognition software, SIMON. The framework that is being integrated into the open source software is being referred to as SIMON CODES. The framework is being designed so that it can crowd sourced and people can used it with different IDEs, editors and C-based programming languages. The project is named after Kavita Krishnaswamy, a PhD student at UMBC
who inspired the project. It is designed for anyone who may have limited mobility in their hands, but wants to program.
Multivariate Time Series Analysis
This project is a continuation of my dissertation research. In collaboration with physicians at Johns Hopkins University and my advisors at UMBC, I developed techniques for the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units to provide clinical decision support. We created a visualization tool to assist providers in analyzing the patient's data from a multivariate perspective over time. Clicking on the image will begin a download of a tutorial video of the latest visualization. I am currently working on developing a similarity metric that will assist physicians in determining how similar a patient is to another physiologically and
in terms of experiencing similar medical events using Machine Learning techniques. I am also expanding the visualization and a presentation on an older version of the visualization as well as a technique for data mining multivariate time series data can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFQt1aO0drg.
Computer Science for High Schools in Puerto Rico
This Google-sponsored project under its CS4HS program consists of offering a MOOC once a year for high school teachers of Puerto Rico, however, anyone can join. The course is designed as an outreach tool to recruit the future computer science teachers of Puerto Rico and to build the self-efficacy of all teachers in computing and in how to incorporate computational thinking into their curriculum. http://cs4hspuertorico.org.
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