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  • Planning under uncertainty
  • Action selection in probabilistic domains
  • Decision making with partial information
  • Efficient planning in POMDPs
  • Integration of planning and learning methods
  • POMDP planning on robots
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Science
  • Cognitive Robotics


  • Dr.rer.nat. Computer Science, 2020

    University of Osnabrück

  • M.Sc. Cognitive Science, 2015

    University of Costa Rica

  • Lic. Computer Science, 2012

    University of Costa Rica

Research summary

My work focuses on algorithms for efficient planning under uncertainty and how to transfer them to agents such as robots, that must make decisions quickly with only partial information about their domains. Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes (POMDPs) correctly model robotic task planning under uncertainty and the effect of information gathering actions, but they become quickly intractable even in simple tasks. My research aims to exploit the structure of task-planning problems in order to improve perfomance by designing goal-oriented criteria for action selection and state abstraction, allowing agents to generate their own simplification criteria internally and autonomously.

Academic Record

  • Dr.rer.nat. Computer Science
    Osnabrück University
    Sep 2015 – Jun 2020
  • M.Sc. Cognitive Science
    University of Costa Rica
    Mar 2007 – Aug 2015
  • Lic. Computer Science
    University of Costa Rica
    Aug 2006 – Jun 2012

Professional Career

  • Research Associate
    Osnabrück University
    Feb 2020 – today
  • Research Associate
    Osnabrück University
    Sep 2015 – Jan 2020
  • Research Assistant
    PRIS-Lab, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Costa Rica
    Jun 2014 – Jun 2015
  • Tutor/Instructor
    School of Computer Science, University of Costa Rica
    Mar 2012 – Jul 2015
  • Research Associate
    National Collaboratory for Advanced Computing (CNCA), CeNAT, Costa Rica
    Jan 2009 – Jul 2015
  • HPC cluster administrator
    Center for Geophysical Research (CIGEFI), University of Costa Rica
    Jan 2007 – Jun 2008