My research interests are to investigate and envision technologies to better understand human needs and support us, as a society, to target complex problems in the health and social care domain. In particular using a combination of semantic, natural language and learning technologies to capture, integrate, search and query diverse data, and apply it to solve real challenges, like for Integrated Care, to support the care of the most vulnerable citizens and to ultimately obtain better outcomes.
My current and past research and developing experience is:
Team lead of a project to extract actionable knowledge for healthcare text policies to support Fraud, Waste and Abuse investigations on healthcare claims
Investigating and developing cognitive approaches that combine NLP, Knowledge Graphs / Linked Data and learning to support care professionals in capturing and interpreting the right information about an individual to take better informed decisions. By continuously learning from the actual practice of care professionals based on this holistic semantic-picture, obtained from structured and unstructured health records as well as external data, the system can present ranked highlights extracted from patients' case notes, identify missing information and course of actions
Creating Question answering interfaces to interact with users naturally, and which are able to take advantage and cope with the large number of structured and semi-structure data available on the Web of Data, as well as harnessing (enterprise or public) urban data as knowledge, in order to answer user queries by interpreting and combining facts across these heterogeneous KGs.
Before IBM, I was a research associate and a part-time PhD at KMi, Open University, where I was the project champion of AquaLog and PowerAqua, pioneering prototypes for Natural Language interfaces for the Semantic Web / Linked Data, published in in major international journals and conferences. I worked in several EU projects on the topics of IR, query disambiguation, ontology augmentation and semantic search. Prior to that I worked at the European Space Agency (ESA) and graduated in 2002 at the UPM, with an intership in the AI department.