Joana Matos Fonseca de Trindade

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Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
PhD Student
1st Year

HOMETOWN: Porto Alegre, Brazil

UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN YOUR CURRENT FIELD/WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT IT? 

Growing up I was always the tech-savvy and math inclined person at our house. It was only in high-school, however, when a friend showed me some of proofs they learned in discrete math, that I decided to major in Computer Science. What I love about this field, and in particularly database research, is how much it empowers researchers and practitioners in all sorts of areas, ranging from geneticists trying to find a cure for cancer, to PokemonGo game developers.

PERSONAL RESEARCH SUMMARY:

I am involved in research that tries to answer the question of how to efficiently navigate the sea of data sets that is big data today. Software development has matured to a state where we have pretty good ways of discovering and reusing source code, yet developers and data scientists still share data sets by passing around spreadsheets. This is a terribly error-prone and inefficient process, and in our group we are looking at how to automatically discover related data sets and other ways to solve some of those inefficiencies.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: I love indie films, horror comic books, and music (radio show host at MIT’s student radio).