Professor, Departament of Computer Science
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Research Areas : Spatial Statistics and Machine Learning
I am a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) located in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. I received my Ph.D. in Statistics in 1994 from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, having Peter Guttorp as advisor. From 1994 to 2011, I worked in the Department of Statistics, UFMG. I moved to my current position in September 2011. I prefer to work in applied problems where the stochastic nature of the problem requires probabilistic and statistical modeling. My main application areas have been epidemiology social issues, actuarial risk, and demographic analysis. Due to my recent move to the computer science department, I have been adding new application areas to my work. This interdisciplinary work in turn shape my methodological research in statistics and machine learning.
current research is focused on the development of new
algorithms and statistical methods to analyse spatial
data. I am primarily concerned with the spatial analysis of risk
appearing in many fields such as
epidemiological surveillance, geosensor networks, enviornmental
problems, marketing, spatially variable risk spatially
variable, among many
others. The computer revolution, still going on, have
made it possible to manage huge space-time
extraction of interesting patterns from these massive databases create
new, challenging, and interesting problems that
creative algorithmic, statistical and probabilistic solutions.