Álex Pérez

Álex Pérez

PhD in Computer Science

Machine Learning Scientist & Full-Stack Developer
AGE
E-MAILalexdemartos@gmail.com
BASED ATValencia (Spain)

What do I do

SOME OF MY WORK

About me

PROFESSIONAL PATH

I studied Computer Science and a master's degree in Artificial Intelligence, Pattern Recognition and Digital Imaging in the Universitat Politècnica de València. I completed my PhD at UPV in June 2022, entitled Deep Neural Networks for Speech-to-Speech Translation of Open Educational Resources. I have been working for different research projects in the Machine Learning and Language Processing group since 2012, all of them about applying speech technologies (automatic speech recognition, machine translation and speech synthesis) in the area of education. I am leading speech synthesis (TTS) developments using deep learning technologies for AppTek since 2019. I am also experienced in full-stack web development technologies (PHP, NodeJS, SQL, JavaScript and frameworks like jQuery, React or Angular; AWS, Docker, etc).

Python
PyTorch
TensorFlow
Bash
JavaScript
PHP
HTML5 & CSS3
SQL

Work Experience

PREVIOUS JOBS

MACHINE LEARNING / RESEARCH

AppTek
APRIL 2019 - PRESENT

I am leading speech synthesis (text-to-speech) developments and research in AppTek.

MLLP @ UPV
SEPTEMBER 2012 - PRESENT

I have worked for different research projects related with Natural Language Processing (NLP):

  • 2022: EXPERT (Valencia)
  • Educational eXplanations and Practices in Emergency Remote Teaching (EXPERT). Erasmus+ KA2 research project supported by the Erasmus+ Education program under grant agreement no.20-226-093604-SCH.


  • 2020 - 2021: Multisub (Valencia)
  • Multilingual subtitling of classrooms and plenary sessions. Research project supported by the Spanish Ministry of Science under ref. no. RTI2018-094879-B-I00 (MCIU/AEI/FEDER, EU)


  • 2018 - 2020: X5GON (Valencia)
  • X5gon is an EU H2020 project which aims to create a solution that will help users/students find what they need not just in OER repositories, but across all open educational resources on the web.


  • 2016 - 2017: MORE (Valencia)
  • More (Multilingual Online Resources for Education) is a MINECO founded project which aims to dramatically foster Open Education by providing multilingual access to OER and by enabling multilingual online communication in MOOC platforms.


  • 2015 - 2016: EMMA (Valencia)
  • The European Multiple MOOC Aggregator is a 30-month pilot action supported by the European Union. It aims to showcase excellence in innovative teaching methodologies and learning approaches through the large-scale piloting of MOOCs on different subjects.


  • 2012 - 2014: transLectures (Valencia)
  • transLectures was an EU-funded project to develop innovative, cost-effective tools for the automatic transcription and translation of online educational videos.


  • 2012: La Vie (Ljubljana)
  • The Harvest project La Vie developed a proof-of-concept recommendation system to provide users of VideoLectures.NET with advice on suitable videos for their needs.

WEB MASTER / WEB DEVELOPER

FREELANCE

My interest on designing web pages and applications began at the age of 14, where I created some of my first personal websites using Adobe Dreamweaver. Since 2015 I also work as a freelance full-stack web developer. Here is some of my work:

Education

ACADEMIC CAREER

PHD IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

UNIVERSITAT POLITÈCNICA DE VALÈNCIA
JUNE 2022

I completed my PhD thesis at Universitat Politècnica de València on improving neural speech synthesis technologies for cascaded speech-to-speech translation in the context of automatic dubbing. It is entitled Deep Neural Networks for Automatic Speech-To-Speech Translation of Open Educational Resources.

MASTER'S DEGREE IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, PATTERN RECOGNITION AND DIGITAL IMAGING

UNIVERSITAT POLITÈCNICA DE VALÈNCIA
JULY 2014

I studied a master's degree on artificial intelligence where I learnt the basics about many different topics related to artificial intelligence, machine learning and pattern recognition (probability theory, neural networks, deep learning, support vector machines, Hidden Markov Models...)

BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

UNIVERSITAT POLITÈCNICA DE VALÈNCIA
JULY 2012

I studied Computer Science Engineering at Universitat Politècnica de València, where I chose the specialization on Artificial Intelligence for the 5th year.

Publications

My scientific publications