My career in science has been devoted to two main fields: Astronomy and Astrophysics (in particular, gravitational waves and Radioastronomy) and Data Science (especially Artificial Intelligence). To access more content on these topics, please visit my Science page.
Astronomy and astrophysics
I did my PhD in Astrophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hannover (Germany), the place where gravitational waves were observed for the first time in the history of science, leading to the Nobel Prize in Physics of 2017. Prior to my PhD, I studied Physics at the University of Seville (Spain) and did a Master in Nuclear Physics at the University of Münster (Germany). I have attended a dozen summer schools and lecture series in Physics, Astronomy and Data Analysis (in Australia, France, Germany, Poland, USA, UK, and Spain) and did a three-month-long internship in Quantum Information Theory at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona.
After completing my PhD, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne (Australia) and at the School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University in Melbourne.
The main focus of my research was gravitational wave astronomy. I have done both theoretical and observational work in this field. I have been a member various international collaborations: the European Pulsar Timing Array (EPTA), the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array (PPTA), the International Pulsar Timing Array (IPTA) and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO).
During the years that I have been working in Academia I have given talks and lectures in numerous conferences, universities and research centres around the globe, and have published articles in high-impact journals.
Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
The field of gravitational wave astronomy is dominated by data analysis. In the case of LIGO, observing these waves involves disentangling tiny waveforms buried in noise, and by tiny I mean waves which typically produce a vibration of a millionth of a millionth of a millionth the size of the detector. In the case of Pulsar Timing, an observation involves correlating decades of data from different radio telescopes, made of milli-second pulses. Thus, by doing research in this field I had to work with Bayesian and frequentist statistics, but also with common machine learning algorithms.
In 2017 I started working at GFT (a technology consultancy company in Barcelona) as a full-time data scientist, in different applications of Artificial Intelligence for the finance sector. In particular, I have worked in applications of Natural Language Processing (such as document classification and entity extraction), and Computer Vision (detection and tracking certain patterns in images), as well as other projects using Machine Learning and Deep Learning algorithms.
Working at GFT I have had the chance to present my work on applied AI in a number of events in Spain and Germany, which include the site of Google in Madrid, the German stock exchange (Deutsche Börse) in Frankfurt, and the headquarters of first tier banks.
While I have learned a lot and grown professionally by working in the finance sector, by the end of 2018 I left GFT and started working in a different area. One that, at least in my view, has a much more direct and positive impact in the world: the renewable energy sector. I am currently working at Holaluz, using statistical and Machine Learning techniques applied to time series forecasting.
I studied music at the Jerez School of Music and Seville Professional Conservatory of Music, with piano as my main instrument. I have written my own compositions since I was a child, and have performed as a piano soloist and in bands in various events and concerts in Spain, Germany and Australia. The music styles I play range from classical to pop, rock and latin (especially Brazilian and Cuban) and something in between.
Film music has always been one of my passions. All videos in my YouTube channel have music made by me, which include soundtracks of documentaries and short films.
I have produced several short videos, most of which I have directed, filmed and edited. I attended a Filmmaking Summer School at the University of Melbourne and a course on documentary-making at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. I have edited videos for universities, NGOs and other private events, and have collaborated in a documentary with an Emmy-awarded director.
Science communication is another one of my passions, which is why most of my videos are about science. In fact, two of them have won awards in international contests.
In the last four years I have been experiencing a sort of personal metamorphosis. Over time I have become aware of many things that we usually do that unknowingly have a negative impact somewhere else, and the many things we do not do, that could easily have a positive one.
Put simply, I want to live a life that does not imply the suffering of others.
Veganism, conscious consumerism, effective altruism, common good… These are concepts that used to be foreign to me, yet all are now central to the way I think and live. I believe that our society would benefit hugely from them, but unfortunately there are still many misconceptions and habits that keep us astray. For example, there is the common misassociation of veganism with esotericism and naivety, or the common belief that things are the way they have always been and we do not have responsibility towards them nor the power to change anything.
Our world is changing rapidly, and we increasingly have more access to information and tools to firstly, construct a well-informed, fact-based picture of current affairs, and secondly, make our life choices more in line with our principles. There are simple ways to adjust your lifestyle to not only live healthily and happily, but also minimise the negative impact on other people, animals, and the environment.
I try to minimise the negative impact of my actions by not contributing to the industry of animal products or industries which pollute the environment or use unfair labor. I also use renewable energies, support ethical banks and investments, make regular donations to charities and do volunteer work, and I try to collaborate with similarly-minded cooperatives and start-ups.
Currently, I am investing a large fraction of my time developing my career as a Data Science and Artificial Intelligence expert, and hope that at some point soon I can find a way to use it for the common good, and to make that my career.
If you want to access more content on these topics, soon I will add an Activism page to my web site.