The US investment bank JP Morgan named professor Manuela Veloso, a Técnico alumna, head of artificial intelligence research. The researcher currently heads the machine learning department at Carnegie Mellon University. In her role, professor Manuela Veloso, will establish an AI research capability at the bank, will work closely with the data analytics and the quantitative research teams and will help drive the bank’s efforts in applying machine learning technology across its business. According to a JP Morgan announcement “this expanded effort will be aimed at identifying further opportunities”.
Professor Manuela Veloso was born in Lisbon and graduated in Electrical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico. She got a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon where she ended up staying as a professor and researcher. She was president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, she was one of the founders of RoboCup – robot football championship and Coral research group. The alumna has recently attended an IST Distinguished Lecture, where she shared her knowledge and showed how AI can help humans.