My research interests are lossless data compression, information theory, and AI. Data sources usually have some type of structure, such as graphs and sets. This means we can compress them better by taking this structure into account during compression. Unfortunately, existing methods that do this are either sub-optimal (don’t achieve the Shannon bound) or computationally intractable. I’m interested in building computationally efficient compression algorithms that can be used with deep generative models on structured data, as well as their connections to bayesian methods.
Originally, I am from Florianópolis (Brazil) but I’ve lived in New Jersey, Orlando, Toronto (now), São Paulo, as well as other smaller cities in the south of Brazil.
I spend more time than I should on Twitter.
Check out my CV (last updated: March/2023).
Latest News #
March/2023 - Check out our ICML 2023 Workshop on Neural Compression and Information Theory
February/2023 - I was selected as a finalist for the Meta Research PhD Fellowship, 2023. Congrats to all the winners!
Selected Publications and Preprints #
For a complete list, please see my Google Scholar profile.
* Equal contribution
Finalist for the Meta Research PhD Fellowship, 2023
The Meta Research PhD Fellowship program awards PhD candidates conducting research on the cusp of emerging topics across computer science, engineering, and behavioral science. To support their commitment to furthering research in some of Meta’s key interest areas, Fellows receive full coverage of tuition and university fees for up to two academic years, as well as a $42,000 stipend.
Over 3200 applicants, 62 finalists (top 2%), and 17 award winners (top 0.5%).
Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence Recipient, 2020-21
The Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence supports the recruitment of top students to AI-related master’s programs in Ontario. Valued at $17,500 for one year of full-time study at an Ontario university, these merit-based entrance awards recognize exceptional candidates pursuing a master’s program recognized by the Vector Institute or who are following an individualized study path that is demonstrably AI-focused.
NSERC Applied Research Rapid Response to COVID-19 Grant, 2020
Our project titled “Canadian Hospital Simulator For Management of COVID19 Cases and Contact Tracing” was awarded $75,000.00.
Virtual Design Challenge Winner, 2019
Won 1st place at the VDC hosted by The University of British Columbia with my paper Proof of Novelty. Received a cash prize of $ 3,000.00.
Student Merit Award & Medal, 2015
Science Without Borders Scholarship, 2013
Talks and Media #
- IT@UofT Source Coding with Latent Variable Models, 2021
- Two ECE grad students receive Vector Institute Scholarships in AI., 2020
- Commit 77338d2 Pursuing a Career in Data Science (pt-BR), 2020
- Hipsters #106 Cool Data Science Cases (pt-BR), 2018
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