About Me

Who am I?

Here's a little summary about myself:

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but since I was a young child, I have lived most of my life on the small (but tallawah!) twin-island federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. (If you're interested, there's a map on the side so you see where it is!)

Here is where I completed my primary and secondary school education. I attended the St. Theresa's Convent High School (colloquially called "Convent School"), a private school that is affiliated with the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. However, a few years after I graduated from high school, it was renamed to the Immaculate Conception Catholic School (or ICCS). From there, I attended our local community college, Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), where I obtained my Associate's Degree. The coursework I have done is equivalent to British GCSE A-levels.

After CFBC, I went to the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), where I obtained my Bachelor's in Computer Science; from there, I went to the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, to obtain my doctorate.

Okay.. so where are you really from?

Short answer: I'm of mixed race and I'm a Caribbean fellow.

Long answer: Although I was born in Venezuela, I am a Kittitian at heart. Sometimes I visit my maternal family in Venezuela for holidays, but I have not lived there for an extended period since I was a young child (hence why my Spanish is not very good looking in my opinion). My maternal family migrated to Venezuela from Madeira; I have many relatives in Madeira, Portugal, and Spain through my mother. My paternal family has Caribbean, West African, and Anglo-European roots. My closest relatives from this side are mostly living in St. Kitts & Nevis, Anguilla, and St. Lucia.

What are my interests?

I have always had an interest in the way technology works, and I have a natural aptitude for mathematics and science.

It started from my fascinations of how modern technology such as airplanes and handheld electronics worked, and then it evolved to other ideas in biology and geography. It was a challenge for me to decide on a single area of focus for the remainder of my life. To this day, I still have a passion to learn a bit of everything.

However, later in high school, what mainly caught my interest was computers!

What drew me to this field was the excitement I got from learning about logic and program design while a student at Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC). It was then that I decided to pursue computer science through higher-level education. However, when I attended the University of the Virgin Islands, I realized that computer science is a diverse and broad field! With my indecisiveness, it made matters worse because there came new areas that I wanted to explore. However, thanks to my undergraduate research experiences at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and course projects, I narrowed down my interests to a prospective set of candidates to study in graduate school: algorithms (I enjoyed this course), robotics (a trip to Carnegie Mellon I made back in 2013 sold this area for me), network security, and artificial intelligence. I credit my advisors, Dr. Marc Boumedine and Dr. Wayne Archibald, for pushing me to pursue my doctorate.

I ended up at the University of South Florida, where I dove into the world of robotics and AI, which were fields I had little to no clue about! I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as a research assistant at the Robot Perception and Action Lab (RPAL) under the supervision of Dr. Yu Sun. There is still so much I do not know, and yet that is what excites me about the work I have been doing. Currently, as a postdoctoral researcher in the Human-centered Assistive Robotics (HCR) group at the Technical University of Munich, I am developing the skills and experiences I need to lead a research group one day (while racking up extra paper - not the monetary kind, of course).

I hope that with my research in robotics, I can make a meaningful contribution to society and inspire others to pursue research.