I still remember the day my primary school teacher told my mother: “Your son will never be good at school”.
I finished high school at the top of my class and went on to University to study CS. Instead of looking for a job, after my Bachelors I went on for a MSc in data science, where I attended Language Understanding Systems, the most difficult course I had ever taken.
Of course, I decided to write my dissertation on it and to do an internship in the lab that developed such systems. As you might have guessed, I love challenges.
I am a Programmer. I love to design and write programs and see how every single module, function and line of code falls into place, in endless forms most beautiful. This is why I’ve been attracted to informatics since a very young age and after years of studies it still keeps me passionate in this field. Generally, my main interests are distributed systems and web development, but lately I became fascinated by natural language processing and the careful work of machine learning involved. This project offers me a chance to test and expand my abilities in this new, exciting field.
While her first MSc was in Linguistics, during her internship in Edinburgh Alessandra had the crazy idea to write a dissertation that connected Automatic Speech Recognition and Natural Language Understanding, because she found it interesting. Naturally this required a tremendous amount of learning, but she had so much fun, she went back to Edinburgh to do a MSc in Speech and Language Processing. Apparently she still hasn’t had enough of research, because after one year in the industry in dialog development, she left her job to pursue a PhD in Computer Science; and she plans to have a whale of a time playing with dialogues and virtual agents.
In her spare time, you can spot Alessandra in small theatres either impersonating characters on stage or writing them down for a play.