I am currently a Ph.D. student (third year of ??) of the Artificial Intelligence program at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), working under a governmental grant at the Natural Language Processing Group, which is itself part of the LSI (Software) Department . I am currently engaged on the Spanish-government-funded Text-Mess project (Intelligent, Interactive and Multilingual Text Mining based on Human Language Technologies). I also participated in the European CHIL project (Computers in the Human Interaction Loop), closing in 2007.
At the moment, I am holder of a FPU scholarship (Formación de Profesorado Universitario - Training of University Professors) from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (MEC), starting April 2006 and (at most) until December 2009. Before that, I had enjoyed a similar FI scholarship (Formació d'Investigadors - Training of Researchers) from the Catalan government, for three months.
My research activities are in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP), and, more specifically, Information Extraction (IE). I had also slightly dabbled in the area of Statistical Machine Translation previously. The topic of my (future) Ph.D. thesis will deal with the combination of Machine Learning methodologies in order to automatically extract time expressions (interchangeably, other types of token sequences) occurring in natural language documents. My thesis co-advisors are Mihai Surdeanu and Jordi Turmo.
These are topics in which I hold a keen interest, but about which I don't actively conduct research at the time. They range from topics of which I have some degree of knowledge to those from which I'd like to know more about, or that exert some kind of fascination on me.
Artificial Intelligence: Machine Learning, Soft Computing (Neural Nets/Evolutionary Computing), Agents, Search and Planning
Computer Science: Multimedia, Computer Languages, Internet Technologies (Web, P2P, Protocols, etc.)
Outside Computer Science: Language Development, Representation of Language in the Brain, Mind and Language, Human Languages (features, typology, diversity), Consciousness and Brain, Cognitive Science, Philosophy of the Mind, World Religions
Phone: (+34) 93 413 7950
Fax: (+34) 93 413 7833
E-mail: jpoveda at lsi dot upc dot edu