From the terrace of "Seu Universitària d'Alacant" at the TIME 2007 conference (Alicante, Spain)
I am currently a Ph.D. student (third year of ??) of the Artificial Intelligence program at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), working under a governmental grant at the Natural Language Processing Group, which is itself part of the LSI (Software) Department . I am currently engaged on the Spanish-government-funded Text-Mess project (Intelligent, Interactive and Multilingual Text Mining based on Human Language Technologies). I also participated in the European CHIL project (Computers in the Human Interaction Loop), closing in 2007.

At the moment, I am holder of a FPU scholarship (Formación de Profesorado Universitario - Training of University Professors) from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (MEC), starting April 2006 and (at most) until December 2009. Before that, I had enjoyed a similar FI scholarship (Formació d'Investigadors - Training of Researchers) from the Catalan government, for three months.

My research activities are in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP), and, more specifically, Information Extraction (IE). I had also slightly dabbled in the area of Statistical Machine Translation previously. The topic of my (future) Ph.D. thesis will deal with the combination of Machine Learning methodologies in order to automatically extract time expressions (interchangeably, other types of token sequences) occurring in natural language documents. My thesis co-advisors are Mihai Surdeanu and Jordi Turmo.

Research Interests

Specific/Current: Information Extraction, Statistical Machine Learning, Symbolic Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Question Answering, Information Retrieval


Knowledge Interests

These are topics in which I hold a keen interest, but about which I don't actively conduct research at the time. They range from topics of which I have some degree of knowledge to those from which I'd like to know more about, or that exert some kind of fascination on me.

Artificial Intelligence: Machine Learning, Soft Computing (Neural Nets/Evolutionary Computing), Agents, Search and Planning

Computer Science: Multimedia, Computer Languages, Internet Technologies (Web, P2P, Protocols, etc.)

Outside Computer Science: Language Development, Representation of Language in the Brain, Mind and Language, Human Languages (features, typology, diversity), Consciousness and Brain, Cognitive Science, Philosophy of the Mind, World Religions



Mailing Address:
Despatx S107, Edifici Omega
Campus Nord UPC
C/ Jordi Girona Salgado, 1-3
08034 Barcelona
Office S107, Omega Building
Campus Nord UPC
1-3 Jordi Girona Salgado St.
E-08034 Barcelona

Phone: (+34) 93 413 7950
Fax: (+34) 93 413 7833
E-mail: jpoveda at lsi dot upc dot edu