Nayat Sanchez-Pi appointed head of Inria Chile
Nayat Sanchez-Pi, director of Inria Chile - © Inria
Nayat Sanchez-Pi has just been appointed head of Inria Chile, an international laboratory created in 2012 to facilitate Franco-Chilean scientific and industrial exchanges.
Nayat Sanchez-Pi pursued Master (2007) and Ph.D. (2011) degrees in Computer Science from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), receiving the Extraordinary Ph.D. Thesis Award.
Before that, she got a degree in Computer Science from the Universidad de La Habana. Since 2015, she is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), co-leading the Research Group on Intelligence and Optimization (RIO Group). In 2018, she joined Inria working at TAU project team in Inria Saclay research centre.
Nayat Sanchez-Pi has also been a Senior Researcher at Instituto de Lógica Filosofia e Teoria da Ciência (Rio de Janeiro) acting as Chief Science Officer at ADDLabs/UFF (2012-2015), an assistant professor at UC3M (2006-2012), visiting researcher at the Universidade de Lisboa (2009) and the University College in Dublin (2010) and a postdoctoral researcher at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (2011-2012).
Her research interests range from Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Ambient Intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction developing real-world applications in several R&D projects with top-level industry and academic partners. She has been distinguished with a Prociência Project-Fellowship Award and a Young Scientist of the State of Rio de Janeiro Chair.
Digital transformation in Chile is gaining track in sectors like mining, astronomy, energy generation, transportation, etc. Inria Chile should position itself as a strategic partner in priority areas like machine learning, artificial intelligence, internet of things, human-computer interaction, modeling, cybersecurity, among many others. We must further cultivate an image of excellence and innovation articulating projects that have a significant social, economic, ecological, scientific and technological impact.
Nayat Sanchez-Pi, Head of Inria Chile