First Ever LatinX in AI Research Workshop at NeurIPS Recap

Oral Presentations

We brought 60 researchers who identify as Latinx from South, Central America, the Carribean, US, Spain, and Europe to present their work. The researchers came from various distinguished universities and companies such as University College London, University of San Francisco, National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan), MIT Media Lab, Google AI, IBM Research,

Topics presented included: Predicting Criminal Behavior, Singing Voice Detection, Sign Language Recognition, Dopamine Research Framework as well as many others.

If you would like to watch any of these talks, the recording of the live stream will be made available soon!

Poster Sessions

For the workshop, over 30 different researchers were able to showcase their work and connect with others in various fields of Artificial Intelligence. Below are the names of the researchers who presented a poster for the workshop:

  • Hugo Jair Escalante Balderas, Associate professor, INAOE
  • Fernando Alonso Delgado, PhD Student, Cornell University
  • Alejandra Márquez Herrera, MSc Student, San Pablo University(Arequipa-Perú)
  • Leonardo Cayo Leon Vera, Student, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria
  • Paula Kintschev Santana de Moraes, MSc, University of São Paulo
  • Leissi Margarita Castaneda Leon, PhD student, University of Sao Paulo
  • Albert Manuel Orozco Camacho, BSc Student, UNAM
  • Diana Mabel Diaz Herrera, PhD Candidate, Wayne State University
  • Jorge Ortiz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
  • Pablo Fonseca, Visiting Researcher, MILA
  • Francisco Cruz, Universidad Central de Chile
  • Nils Murrugarra-Llerena, PhD Student, University of Pittsburgh
  • Mariano Phielipp. PhD., Senior Deep Learning Data Scientist at Intel AI Labs
  • Javier Andrés Orduz Ducuara, Professor at UNAM
  • Wilbert Santos Pumacay Huallpa, Msc. Student
  • Diana Silvia Patiño Polar, Student, Universidad Católica San Pablo — Arequipa
  • Ximena Gutierrez-Vasques, PhD, UNAM
  • Andres Campero, PhD Student, MIT
  • Karol Baca-Lopez, PhD Student at Autonomous University of the State of Mexico
  • Marcell Llerena Paricahua, Student, Universidad Católica San Pablo — Arequipa
  • Dehua Chen, Msc, Federal University of Minas Gerais
  • José Luis Olivares Castillo, Student, UNAM
  • Rel Guzman Apaza, Research Assistant, Universidad Nacional de San Agustin
  • Romer Rosales, Director of Artificial Intelligence, LinkedIn
  • David Camilo Alvarez Charris, MSc, University of Edinburgh
  • Lisette Elizabeth Espín Noboa, PhD. Student at GESIS and University of Koblenz-Landau
  • Pablo Francisco Hernandez Leal, Researcher, Borealis AI
  • Verónica Vilaplana, Associate Professor, Technical University of Catalonia
  • Héctor Ricardo Murrieta Bello, Computational Engineering, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Alfredo Alejandro De la Fuente Briceño, MSc, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
  • Kevin Christian Rodríguez-Siu, Research and Teaching Assistant at Universidad Católica San Pablo in Arequipa-Perú
  • Sergio Martin del Campo Barraza, Ph.D., Post-doc, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
  • Francisco Xavier Sumba Toral, Student, Concordia University

Global AI Strategy

To conclude, Omar also covered how AI will be impacting the global economy. Many countries have developed an AI strategy, with the US and China competing to be the best. However, Mexico is the only Latin American country with an AI strategy.

Latin America is lagging behind simply because there is not enough adoption of AI and lack of resources and infrastructure for adequate training.

Some of the adoption challenges include:

  • Lack of investment and awareness of the effects of AI
  • Shortage of talent specialized in AI
  • Lack of infrastructure and training data

To address these challenges, LATAM governments should try to seek ways of retaining talent, as part of the shortage comes from many engineers coming to work in the US. They should also be willing to take more risk to incentivize companies to adopt AI as well as incorporate AI into education to generate more talent.

If you are interested in learning more about the State of AI in Latin America, Endeavor, a non-profit specializing in helping LATAM entrepreneurs has published a report on AI Adoption (Spanish). There is also a great podcast from Game Changer that discusses this report.

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