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Curriculum Vitae [PDF] (updated 11 February 2014)

Short Bio

Pedro A. Ortega is a researcher in the foundations of machine learning and cybernetics. He grew up in Zürich, Switzerland and then moved to Santiago, Chile, where he graduated in 2005 as a Computer Engineer from the University of Chile. In 2011, he obtained his PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge (Prof. Zoubin Ghahramani). Since then, he has been a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Engineering in Cambridge (Prof. Simon Godsill), at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics/Intelligent Systems (Daniel A. Braun) and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Prof. Naftali Tishby). He is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the GRASP Robotics Lab, University of Pennsylvania, working with Prof. Daniel D. Lee.


  • 2006-2011: PhD in Engineering, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1998-2005: Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Universidad de Chile
  • 1995-1997: Secondary, Liceo Experimental Manuel de Salas, Santiago, Chile
  • 1990-1994: Secondary, Gymnasium Typus B&C, Kantonsschule Oerlikon, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1984-1990: Primary, Schulhaus Probstei, Zürich, Switzerland

Academic Experience

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, GRASP Robotics Lab, University of Pennsylvania, 2013-
  • Postdoctoral Visitor, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 2013.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, 2011-2013.
  • Research Associate, Engineering Design Centre and Signal Processing Group, Univ. of Cambridge, 2010-2011.
  • Lecturer, Information Theory and Neural Networks, Univ. of Chile, 2005.
  • T.A., Mechanics, Univ. of Chile, 2000-2001, 2003.
  • T.A., Computing I, Univ. of Chile, 2000.
  • T.A., Artificial Intelligence, Univ. of Chile, 2003, 04.
  • T.A., Theory of Neural Networks, Univ. of Chile, 2003.
  • T.A., Evolutionary Computation, Univ. of Chile, 2004.

Professional Experience

  • 2006: Yahoo! Search Engine Marketing, DMX Group, USA
  • 2006: Embedded System Design, Olimex, Chile
  • 2003-2005: Datamining for customer segmentation, fraud detection and forecasting, Chile
  • -2005: Website development

Honors & Scholarships

  • 2006-2010 : Graduate Studies Scholarship, Beca Presidente de la República, Government of Chile
  • 1998-2002: Honor roll student (top 5%), School of Engineering, University of Chile
  • 1996: Scholarship, Liceo Manuel de Salas, Santiago, Chile
  • 1996: Winner of the National Physics Olympics, Chile
  • 1996: Winner of the Metropolitan Physics Olympics, Santiago, Chile
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