Director of Data Science at SmartyGrants Innovation Lab
Country - Australia
Paola is the Director of Data Science at the SmartyGrants Innovation Lab. A research scientist trained in astrophysics, she designs algorithms to improve understanding of social sector data, with the goal of facilitating human-centred artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. She is actively involved in AI ethics discussions at the Innovation Lab and as a member of the Standards Australia AI Committee.
Paola graduated in physics in Honduras and later completed a PhD and post-doc in astrophysics at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. In 2016 she co-founded Astrophysics in Central America and the Caribbean (Alpha-Cen) to support students in developing countries pursuing careers in science. She is currently the organisation’s vice-president. Paola has been with SmartyGrants since 2018.