Diana Benavides Prado

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Research Fellow

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5097

Email: diana.benavides.prado@aut.ac.nz

Qualifications:

  • PhD Candidate in Computer Science, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2012 – Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering and Computing Sciences, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia
  • 2010 – Bachelor of Engineering in Systems Engineering, Fundacion Universitaria San Martin, Colombia

Memberships and Affiliations:

Biography:

Diana completed her Bachelors degree in Systems Engineering in 2010, and Masters in Systems Engineering and Computing Sciences in 2012, both in her native country, Colombia. From 2010 to 2016 she worked as a researcher in science and technology for a variety of Colombian government institutions in sectors such as finance, healthcare, justice and science. Diana moved to New Zealand in 2016. Since then she has been working as a research fellow in data science for the Centre of Social Data Analytics, AUT. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at The University of Auckland.

Teaching Areas:

  • Data Mining and Machine Learning (Tutoring)
  • IT in Organisations
  • Algorithms and Object-Oriented Programming
  • Transactional Systems and Databases

Research Areas:

  • Machine Learning Fundamentals, Transfer Learning, Classification Techniques
  • Data Science Applications

Research Summary:

Diana’s research interests span transfer learning, lifelong machine learning and the learning to learn paradigm. She is currently interested in the aspects of interpretability and transparency of machine learning algorithms and their applications.

Current Research Projects:

  • A Framework for Long-Term Learning Systems (PhD Research Project), The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Allegheny Family Screening Tool, Centre for Social Data Analytics, AUT

Publications:

  1. Benavides-Prado, D., Koh, Y. S. and Riddle, P. (2018). Machine Learning in the Long-Term. In submission.
  2. Chouldechova, A., Benavides-Prado, D., Fialko, O. and Vaithianathan, R. (2018). A case study of algorithm-assisted decision making in child maltreatment hotline screening decisions. In Conference on Fairness, Accountability and Transparency, pp. 134-148.
  3. Benavides-Prado, D., Koh, Y. S. and Riddle, P. (2018). Selective Hypothesis Transfer for Lifelong Concept Learning. Submitted.
  4. Benavides-Prado, D., Koh, Y. S. and Riddle, P. (2017). AccGenSVM: Selectively Transferring from Previous Hypotheses. In IJCAI Proceedings, pp. 1440-1446.
  5. Benavides-Prado, D. (2017). A Framework for Long-Term Learning Systems. In IJCAI Proceedings, pp. 5167-5168.
  6. Marin, O.C., Castro, I.F.C., Fajardo, F.R., Cifuentes, O.J.A., Prado, D.K.B. and Diaz, M.R. (2016). Impacto del proyecto Arquitectura Empresarial en la gestion de informacion geocientifica en el Servicio Geologico Colombiano: caso de estudio. In Universidad de Los Andes, Centro CIFI-Informatica.
  7. Prado, D.B. (2015). MOGACAR: A Method for Filtering Interesting Classification Association Rules. In MLDM Proceedings, pp. 172-183.
  8. Prado, D.K.B. and Villamil-Giraldo, M.P. (2013). KDBuss Framework: Knowledge Discovery with Association Rules in the Business Context. In MLDM Poster Proceedings, pp. 59-72.
  9. Prado, D.K.B. (2012). KDBuss Framework: Knowledge Discovery with Association Rules in the Business Context. Masters dissertation, Universidad de Los Andes.
  10. Prado, D.K.B. (2010). Descriptive and predictive modelling of customer behaviour for Sarmiento Montes Ltda. Undergraduate dissertation, Fundacion Universitaria San Martin.

Awards:

  • 2018 – Best Technical and Interdisciplinary Paper, Conference on Fairness, Accountability and Transparency – FAT*
  • 2017 – Computer Science Paper Award, The University of Auckland
  • 2017 – Computer Science Graduate Student Travel (CSGST) Award, The University of Auckland
  • 2017 – Colfuturo Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies
  • 2010 – Best Bachelor of Engineering in Systems Engineering, Fundacion Universitaria San Martin (2010)
  • Best Student of Engineering in Systems Engineering, Fundacion Universitaria San Martin (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)