Who is David?
I was born in Venezuela and grew up in St. Kitts and Nevis*, W.I. (i.e., West Indies).
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I completed my primary and secondary school education in St. Kitts: I attended the St. Theresa’s Convent High School (referred to as the “Convent School” locally), a private school affiliated with the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Since graduating, it has been renamed to the Immaculate Conception Catholic School (or ICCS). I took a wide array of CSEC subjects (equivalent to the British GSCE O-levels).
After high school, I attended our local community college, the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), where I obtained my Associate’s Degree in General Studies by completing a mix of courses (equivalent to British GCSE A-levels): Pure Mathematics, Computer Science, Communication Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Spanish.
After CFBC, I attended the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) in St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), where I obtained my bachelor degree in Computer Science and graduated in 2014. From there, I attended the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida, USA, to obtain my doctorate in Computer Science & Engineering and graduated in 2020.
What/Why is David?
I am a roboticist and computer scientist.
I was always an avid learner: I was always fascinated by biology, geography, and technology – specifically airplanes, handheld electronics, and coding. It has always been a challenge for me to decide on a single area of focus for the remainder of my life. Somehow, I ended up drawn by computing and programming.
What drew me to this field was the excitement I got from learning about logic and program design for problem-solving. At UVI, I learned that computer science is a diverse and broad field. I thoroughly enjoyed algorithms and machine learning at UVI, and I was curious about robotics and artificial intelligence. I credit my advisors Dr. Marc Boumedine and Dr. Wayne Archibald for motivating me to pursue my doctorate.
I dove into the world of robotics and AI at USF, fields of which I had little to no clue about! I joined the Robot Perception and Action Lab (RPAL) under the supervision of Dr. Yu Sun.
Where is David?
As a postdoc, I aim to develop the skills and experiences needed to lead my own research group one day (while racking up extra paper – not the monetary kind, of course).
I will be on the job market soon!
How is David?
I dunno, you tell me! Feel free to reach out.