Rogerio Abreu de Paula


Rogerio Abreu de Paula




Sr. Research Scientist & Manager - Tech for Impact Research


IBM Research - Brazil São Paulo, Brazil


Dr. Rogerio A. de Paula is a sr. research scientist at IBM Research in the area of responsible technologies, currently leading a cross lab and discipline research effort on the research and development of responsible foundation models. As a senior member of the Responsible and Inclusive Tech Research team, he drives research projects and efforts pertaining to devising new methods and technologies to assess the impacts of large-language models (a.k.a., pre-trained language models or foundation language models) as well as investigating new algorithms and techniques for making foundation models more responsible and trustworthy.

His main research interest is in the intersection of AI and human machine interaction. He takes a critical and reflexive perspective on the practices of design, development, and use of AI technologies, which investigates and attempts to gain an in-depth understanding of the (social, cultural, and technical) values and meanings that affect and are affected by the production and adoption of such technologies. As result, this research explores the ways in which such technologies co-construct realities and shape our work and how we can devise effective approach for tackling potential risks of negative and/or harmful impacts on business and society at large. He is particularly interested in the situated nature of language and technological mediation of human practices.

He has more than 15 years of experience in computer sciences and cognitive sciences. He has investigated how AI technologies can best support expert everyday practices to devise new theories, technologies, and modes of interactions to shape and improve IBM's cognitive computing solutions. In so doing, he has been exploring news ways of capturing, modeling, and representing expert data, context, and knowledge in support of developing of new intelligent systems.

Before joining IBM, he was a research scientist from Intel in Brazil. His particular research interests rested on understanding how everyday practices and new media affect the design and adoption of computing technologies. Lately, Rogerio led a research and innovation initiative, which aimed at identifying new academic and industry partnership opportunities.

He was a post-doctoral fellow at University of California Irvine, where he investigated the practical issues of privacy and security that emerge as people interact with technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His dissertation work focused on the social and cultural studies of technology, which investigated the design and adoption processes of a social-networking system. He also holds a M.S. in Telecommunications, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

He has more than 50 articles published in international conferences and journals. He has been active contributor to several international conferences, as PC member and PC Chair, such as, ACM CHI, ACM CSCW, ECSCW, and EPIC. He was columnist of the ACM Interactions, where he discussed the interplay of technology and society. He is currently blogging on ACM Interactions about AI and HCI affairs.




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