Hello and welcome to my website! My name is Diego, I am passionate about many things in life, including science and engineering. Here you will find information regarding my academic life, my work experience, as well as some cool projects I have worked on.
I always aim to balance creativity with structure. On one hand, creativity allows us to see and understand the world in many different ways; it enables us to formulate ideas and solutions to problems, sometimes in an unexpected way. On the other, structure makes our solutions solid and long-standing. I often compare creativity and structure in the engineering world with my passion for classical music. I am a Bach aficionado (he changed my life when I was a teenager). All the voices, all the echos, every part at the right time, contributing to the whole, an engaging expression of creativity and structure.
My love for these two elements took me on a very interesting path in my professional life. My undergraduate degree in engineering gave me the basic tools to understand the more complex ideas and concepts that would come later on during my Master’s and PhD degrees. All along, I was fascinated with the beauty and simplicity of mathematics, and how basic elements could be combined to obtain theoretical frameworks that solved human problems. I had a very similar experience with software: some of my favourite topics during my Master’s degree were software design and architecture, components, and software engineering. Later on in life, I was able to put these ideas to work in real, large-scale projects.
I have held many positions during my work life: software analyst, developer, project manager, instructor. These experiences have taught me how important it is to communicate well and to develop good interpersonal skills. Good working relationships are just as important as the work product. People need to feel that they are contributing to an ideal and that their contribution is valued. According to Myers Briggs there are different personality types: some people are highly analytical, other are doers and like to take action, and others look for consensus. As a project manager it is extremely valuable to acknowledge these types to be able to listen and be open to new ideas. To lead a team is to facilitate group and individual work maintaining workplace values and high technical standards.
During my post-doctoral fellowship I implemented two projects on the application of deep learning in medical imaging. The first project dealt wit the automatic recognition of anatomy in ultrasound (more info here). The second one, with the prediction of tissue features (histopathology) from magnetic resonance imaging.
In November 2016, I joined Awake Labs. I am very excited in my new appointment, working on behavior analysis in the mental healthcare space.