Education

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science (1998). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • M.S. in Computer Science. (1994) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • B.S. in Computer Engineering (1989). Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.
 

Employment

  • Associate Professor (2009-Present). Department of Computer Science, University of Houston.
  • Assistant Professor (2002-2009). Department of Computer Science, University of Houston.
  • Visiting Professor (2007-2008). Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • Research Member (1998-2002). IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor (2001). Fordham University, NY.
  • Computer Engineer (1990-1991). IBM Mexico.
 

Awards, Distinctions

  • Vicepresident Astroinformatics (2017). International Astrostatistics Association (IAA).
  • Senior Member (2013). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
  • Research Member (2007). National Institute of Researchers (SNI), Mexico.
  • Excellence in Research Award (2005). Dept. of Computer Science, University of Houston.
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2005). National Science Foundation.
  • Best Paper Award (2003). 14th European Conference on Machine Learning.
  • Invention Achievement Award (2001). IBM Research.
  • Fulbright scholarship (1991-97). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Valedictorian (1989). Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.
 

Editor & Conference-Workshop Organization

  • Associate Editor (2018-present): Statistical Analysis and Data Mining Journal.
  • Editorial Board (2016-present): The Scientific Letters of Artificial Intelligence Journal.
  • Editorial Board (2012): Intelligent Data Analysis for Real-Life Applications: Theory and Practice.
  • Guest Editor (2004) Machine Learning Journal; special issue on Meta-Learning.
  • Associate Editor (2000): International Conference on Artificial Intelligence.
  • Workshop Chair (2013): Astroinformatics. IEEE International Conference on Data Mining.
  • Session Chair (2011): Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy V.
  • Workshop Co-Chair (2007): Meta-Learning; International Joint Conference on Neural Networks.
  • Workshop Co-Chair (2005): Meta-Learning; International Conference on Machine Learning.
  • Workshop Chair (2000): What Works Where Well?; 17th International Conference on Machine Learning.
 

Membership

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
  • Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
  • International Astronomcal Union (IAU).
  • Informatics and Statistics Science Collaboration (ISSC) of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).
  • International Astrostatistics Association (IAA).
  • Working Grup on Cosmostatistics (IAA).
  • Astromining Task Force IEEE.
  • Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES).
 
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