I am a professor of Computer Science at the Federal Institute of Ceara (IFCe), Brazil. My research interests lie in advancing machine learning to deal with structured data (e.g., graphs, sequences) appearing in a broad range of applications. Currently, I am particularly interested in understanding the key design mechanisms behind the success of a variety of graph neural networks.
Previously, I was a postdoc at Cornell University working on deep learning under Prof. Kilian Weinberger. I did my Ph.D. and M.Sc. at the Federal University of Ceara under the supervision of Prof. Guilherme Barreto. During my Ph.D., I also spent one academic year in the Environmental and Industrial Machine Learning (EIML) group at Aalto University (Finland). You can find my full CV here.
As for my hobbies, I enjoy practicing jiu-jitsu (blue-belt), taking photos, and playing the guitar. Besides that, you may find me either reading psychology books or hanging out with friends or family.