I am Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Buenos Aires, and Researcher at CONICET (National Research Council). I am also member of the Applied Artificial Intelligence Lab.
In 2009 I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University (New York). Thesis: "Turn-Taking and Affirmative Cue Words in Task-Oriented Dialogue". Advisor: Prof. Julia Hirschberg. In 2001 I had completed the Licenciatura in Computer Science at the CS Department at the University of Buenos Aires.
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My main research topic consists in understanding and modelling the extraordinary degree of coordination exhibited by human beings while holding a conversation, both at a temporal level and along other dimensions of speech. The ultimate goal is to include this knowledge into spoken dialogue systems, aiming at improving their naturalness.
Besides, I seek contributing to the development of speech technologies in Spanish, by creating new resources, such as corpora and tools specific to this language. The goal is to encourage the virtuous circle: more willingness to use speech technologies – more interest in developing such technologies (in both the Academia and the Industry).