María Pérez Ortiz

University of Cambridge & Hughes Hall College
Investigadora Postdoctoral
Speaker | 2018

María Pérez Ortiz was born in Córdoba (Spain) in 1990. She graduated in Computer Science in 2011 and obtained her Master’s degree in Intelligent Systems in 2012 and her PhD in Artificial Intelligence in 2015 from the University of Córdoba, where she was a collaborating and honorary student of the Department of Computer Science and Numerical Analysis during most of this stage. Her doctoral thesis has received seven national and regional awards, including from the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence, the BBVA Foundation and the Spanish Scientific Society for Information Tech- nology. She is one of the most influential researchers under 30 in information technology in Spain.

With regard to her professional activity, she has worked as a researcher at the University of Córdoba and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, and as an assistant professor at the Loyola University of Andalusia, also carrying out different research stays in the Kingdom of Spain. The United Kingdom and Spain. He currently holds a postdoctoral contract in the department of Com- puter science at the University of Cambridge and Hughes Hall College.

She has collaborated in research projects with institutions such as the Space Agency European, Apple, the University of Birmingham, the University of Liverpool and various hospitals in Spain. At her 27, she has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed international journals and confer- ences, some of which are considered some of the best journals in the field of artificial intelligence.

Her research is focused on developing new theoretical models of artificial intelligence or machine learning, but also on their practical applications, having worked on innovative applications in areas as diverse as sustainable agriculture, organ transplants, climate change and oncology. One of the models developed with the Reina Sofia Hospital in Cordoba, which is looking for the recipient with the best chance of survival given a donor in liver transplantation, is currently in the validation phase before being established as a system to help the medical expert decide before a transplant. Current- ly, she is working on a project working with human vision scientists to try to better understand our visual perception and develop a new generation of more realistic screens, having applications in virtual and augmented reality, video games, cinema, etc.

In her spare time, María collaborates in different initiatives to promote the work of women in tech- nology and makes scientific dissemination. Maria also maintains an interest in nutrition and well-be- ing, having also studied a master’s degree related to this subject at the Institute of Integral Nutrition in the United States and completed her elementary degree at the dance conservatory, a hobby she still practices today.