Profile

Education

Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University, 2007
Areas: Digital Signal Processing, Computer Engineering, Modern Control
Dissertation: A method for enhancing digital information displayed to computer users with visual refractive errors via spatial and spectral based processing

M.S.     Computer Engineering, Florida International University, 2003
Thesis: On-screen pre-deblurring of digital images using the wave froxnt aberration of the human eye to improve computer access for the visually impaired

B.S.      Computer Engineering, Florida International University, 2001

Teaching and Research (Areas of Interest)

Research Areas: Deep Computer Vision for Autonomy, Autonomous Robotics and Autonomous Navigation, Visual SLAM, UAV for Agriculture Analysis, Machine Learning for Mycotoxin Prediction, Deep Learning towards full end-to-end autonomy 

Teaching Areas: Image Processing, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Data Science, Data Mining, Modern Control Systems, Robotics

Professional Appointments

Associate Professor (Visiting), School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University. Miami, FL, (2018-present)
Associate Professor, Data Science, Florida International University. Miami, FL, (2017- 2018)
Director of Research and Economic Development, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Florida International University. Miami, FL, (2016-2017) 
VP/Senior Software Engineer, Electricity Labs LLC. Miami, FL, (2015-2016)
Chief Technology Officer, Inceptures LLC., Hollywood, FL, (2014-2015)
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Slingshot Labs LLC. Miami, FL, (2014-2017)
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Doxio.co. Miami, FL, (2012-2014)
Chairperson, Department of Engineering, Miami Dade College. Miami, FL, (2011-2014)
Associate Professor, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Miami Dade College. Miami, FL, (2010-2014) 
Assistant Professor, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Miami Dade College. Miami, FL, (2007-2010)
Software Engineer, Algorithm Research and Development Group, Beckman Coulter Inc. Miami, FL, (2007)
Computer Engineer, CPS Products Inc. Miami, FL, (2001-2002)

Administrative Activities

Director, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, FIU, (2017-present)
Graduate Program Director, MS Data Science – Hospitality Track, (2017-2018)
Director of Research and Economic Development, FIU, (2016-2017)
Director, Computing Research Lab, Miami Dade College, (2009-2014)
Chairperson, Engineering, Miami Dade College, (2011-2014)

Invited Talks

Hype Miami: It’s a H.I.T, Talking Hospitality Industry and Technology, (2016)
Tech Talks: Entrepreneurship as a pathway for Engineering Students, (2014)
“Customer Development: The Lean Way”, Lean Startup Machine Workshop, (2014)
“Data Analysis: Using R for robust analysis of experimental data”, MDC School of Science Lecture Series, (2013)
“Bridging the Gap between Education and Industry – MDC’s Nuclear Power Technology”, The American Association of Community Colleges Workforce Development Institute, (2012)
“Affinity Research Groups: Empowering Undergraduates in Mobile Computing Research”, Mobile Technology Consortium, Miami, FL, (2010)
“The Affinity Research Group Model: Integrating Undergraduate Research at MDC”, Analysis of Teaching Research Presentation, Miami, FL, (2009)
“Adaptation of Digital Displays for Users with Visual Aberrations”, Invited Lecturer for the Lecture Series ‘Science under the Stars’, presented at St. Thomas University, Miami, FL, (2008)

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

IEEE – Senior Member
ACM – Member
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society – Member
Eta Kappa Nu – Member
Order of the Engineer – Member