Women in AI at Khipu Reception hosted by Google 
on Thursday, November 14th from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM at Montevideo, Uruguay.


The purpose of this event is to unite women in AI and to foster, encourage and support greater diversity in the field of AI in the Latin American community, while highlighting diverse career paths: from academia, to industrial research, to applied machine learning. Our eminent panellists will each discuss their personal career journey and their experiences in machine learning. Participants will also have the opportunity for Q&A with the panelists as well as a chance to network. 

Priority will be given to female attendants, but we also welcome non-female allies in AI. Participants will be notified by November 5th. 

This event is for Khipu attendees only and participation is non-transferable. All participants must appear on the guest list and be registered to attend the event.

Meet our speakers



Sandra Avila

 Professor, University of Campinas, Brazil 


Chelsea Finn

Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, Stanford Research Scientist, Google


Maria Simon

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Universidad de la República, Uruguay


Giulia Pagallo

Senior Manager, Apple


Guillermo Moncecchi

Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining Republic of Uruguay


Nando de Freitas

 Principal Scientist, DeepMind

Speaker Bio

Sandra Avila is a Professor at the University of Campinas, Brazil (since 2017). Her current research interests include Machine Learning and AI techniques for healthcare, sensitive media analysis, precision agriculture, and other tasks. Sandra has a Ph.D., double degree, in Computer Science from the Pierre and Marie Curie University (now Sorbonne University), France, and from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 2013, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil, in 2006. Her passion is to encourage more girls and women to pursue STEM fields. 

Chelsea Finn is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at Stanford University. Dr. Finn's research interests lie in the ability to enable robots and other agents to develop broadly intelligent behavior through learning and interaction. She received her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and her PhD in Computer Science at UC Berkeley. She has also spent time at Google, as part of the Google Brain team. Her research has been recognized through an NSF graduate fellowship, the C.V. Ramamoorthy Distinguished Research Award, the MIT Technology Review 35 under 35 Award, and the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Maria Simon is a Uruguayan engineer, professor and politician. She was president of Antel, the public telecommunications company of Uruguay, between 2005 and 2007. She also served as Minister of Education and Culture, which is also in charge of science and technology, between 2008 and 2010, and as Deputy Minister of the same portfolio between 2010 and 2012. This political activity was developed during the government of the Uruguayan party Frente Amplio. Since March 2015, she is the Dean of the School of Engineering of the University of the Republic, Uruguay, a position she also held between 1998 and 2005. 

Giulia Pagallo is a senior manager at Apple. Her team's mission is to deliver global state-of-the-art on-device solutions for text input and text understanding. Giulia has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a master degree in Computer Science from Universidad Central de Venezuela. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Giulia worked in academia before she joined Apple. At Apple, Giulia has worked on handwriting recognition, intelligent assistants, and OCR. Recently, she is focusing on Natural Language Processing. She has over 30 publications & patents.

Guillermo Moncecchi is the Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining of the Republic of Uruguay since January 31, 2019. Previously, he held the position of Deputy Secretary of State in the same ministry. He began his university studies in 1991 at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the Republic (UdelaR) and obtained the degree of Computer Engineer in 1997. He completed his postgraduate studies in 2007, obtaining a PhD. from the UdelaR and Paris Ouest University in 2013. He has been for more than 15 years a researcher in the Natural Language Processing field, presently holding an Assistant Professor degree at the UdelaR.

Nando obtained BSc and MSc degrees at Wits University, and a PhD on Bayesian methods for neural networks at Cambridge University. This was followed by a postdoc in AI at Berkeley in 2000. After, he became a Professor at the University of British Columbia and subsequently at the University of Oxford. In 2017, he joined DeepMind full-time as a principal scientist to help with the vision of solving intelligence so that future generations can have a better life. Nando is also a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and has been the recipient of several academic awards.