Diego Collarana, PhD

Dr. Diego Collarana is a Senior Research Engineer and Co-Director of the ICI institute. He has more than 15 years of experience conceptualizing and developing enterprise information systems using state-of-the-art technologies, i.e., Knowledge Graphs and Deep Learning. Additionally, he serves as component manager and team leader “Knowledge Graphs” at Fraunhofer IAIS. He received a master’s diploma (double degree Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Technische Universität Kaiserslautern) in Software Engineering. He obtained a Ph.D. (Magna Cum Laude) at the University of Bonn on Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Collarana’s experience allows him to solve complex problems in enterprises, including knowledge representation and integration, linked data, and conversational assistants. He is the founder of several open-source projects, including MINTE, a semantic integration technique that allows companies to go from heterogeneous data to actionable knowledge.

Profiles:  LinkedIn, Google Scholar, Researchgate, DBLP


Lesly Zerna, MsC

Lesly is our Innovation and Research Leader, she is an outstanding professional in ITC and Innovation. Lesly completed her studies in Telecommunications Engineering in Bolivia and Computer Science in Belgium. In 2016, Lesly worked as intern at the AI and Robotics labs in Politecnico di Milano, Italy, since then, she has been very enganged about learning/using Artificial Intelligence in her projects. In 2019, she got accepted at the Google Developer Expert program in the Machine Learning field, the same year, she started promoting training in AI for young girls in Bolivia. Lesly also teaches Data Science and Machine Learning in different universities in Bolivia, for grad and undergrad students, as well as leading tech innovation projects for the public sector in the country.

Profiles:  LinkedIn, Researchgate

Martin Arispe, Ing, CSD

Ing. Martin Arispe is our Senior Project Manager and Software Engineer. Martín got his degree in Software Engineering from the Catholic University of Bolivia. He has more than seven years of experience in developing software. He was a visiting researcher at Fraunhofer IAIS in 2018. His research areas include User Experience for Conversational Assistants, Natural Language Processing for Spanish, Knowledge Graph Construction, and Virtual Environments. He is an active member of Google Developer Group.

Profiles:  LinkedIn, Researchgate

Research Staff

Carla Florida

Carla Florida is completing her studies in Systems Engineering. She is active in local and international Machine Learning and Data Science communities. Carla leads the community “Pyladies Cochabamba,” and she was awarded the prestigious Grace Hopper Celebration scholarship. She is as well a Cisco Networking Academy instructor. Her general areas of interest are Machine Learning and Deep Learning. Carla supports our group as an Associated Research Engineer developing state-of-the-art deep learning models for Conversational AI.

Fernanda Martínez

Fernanda is completing her studies in Computer Systems Engineering at Universidad Privada Boliviana. Her general area of interest is integrating Artificial Intelligence on different scopes through Computer Vision, Generative Algorithms, Neural Networks, and Natural Language Processing. Fernanda supports our group as Student Researcher working mainly on Automatic Speech Recognition with transformer-based models.

Juan Diego Guzmán

Juan Diego Guzmán is completing his studies in Business Engineering. His general area of interest is building innovation ecosystems and enterprises around artificial intelligence and computer science. Juan supports our group as a Junior Business Developer and Artificial Intelligence Engineer developing state-of-the-art deep learning models and looking at potential markets for these solutions in the Latinoamerican region.

Erika Fernandez

Erika is completing her studies in Economics. Her general area of interest is modeling complex domains, such as Finances, with knowledge graphs to apply artificial intelligence algorithms. Erika supports our group as a Junior Knowledge Engineer developing state-of-the-art models.


Former Members

Jens Bürger, PhD (Former Director)
Jorge Calvimontes
Ana Paola Montero