The 6th International Conference on Audio, Language and Image Processing
July 16-17, 2018, Shanghai, China
Ofelia Cervantes Villagómez

University of the Americas (Universidad de las Américas Puebla, UDLAP), Mexico


  • Director of the Innovation for Development Research Group at Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP)
  • Vice-President of Innovation and Technology at the Mexican Council of Foreign Trade, Chapter South
  • AMEXCOMP fellow
  • Former President of the Mexican Artificial Intelligence Society
  • Former President of the Mexican International Education Society
  • Co-founding member of the National Laboratory of Advanced Informatics in Mexico
  • Honorary Consul of France in Puebla since 2003

Plenary/Keynote Speakers

Ofelia Cervantes Villagómez

Presentation Information

Title:  Natural Language Processing: Challenges and Trends


Natural language processing has recently increased more attention for representing analyzing and understanding human language. There are many applications available such as machine translation, spam detection, information extraction, text summarization, recommendation systems, sentiment analysis, question answering, social network analysis, etc. In particular, text analytics can empower users to rapidly transform the key content in text documents into quantitative, actionable insights.

But there are still theoretical questions and implementation problems that need to be solved. Interesting challenges such as scalability in languages, scalability in domains, scalability in medium, ambiguity, automatic context analysis and semantic interpretation need to be addressed.

In this talk, new emerging trends for tackling natural language modeling problems using machine learning techniques will be presented as well as their potential application for better understanding semantics in social media.


Speaker Biography 

Dr. Ofelia Cervantes Villagómez is professor of computer science and director of the Innovation for Development (INNOVA4D) research group at Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), Mexico. She holds a Master of Sciences in Computer Systems from École Supérieure en Informatique in Grenoble, France and a Ph. D. degree  from  Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.

Dr. Cervantes-Villagómez is co-founding member of the Laboratorio Nacional de Informática Avanzada, A.C. (National Laboratory for Advanced Informatics, A.C.) established in Jalapa. Ver. She has served in several CONACYT committees to promote cooperation among Information Technologies research groups from Mexico, France, the United States, and Germany. Dr. Cervantes participated in the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) invited by the US Department of State.  She received the award of the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund for organizing at UDLAP the Summer Leadership Program for Indigenous University Students. Her research interests lie in the areas of Data Science, Natural Language Processing and Human-Computer Interaction. She has been a visiting professor at the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble France and the Université du Québec à Trois Rivières, Québec, Canada. She has served as president of the Mexican Artificial Intelligence Society, president of the Mexican Association for International Education, founder and president of the first Chapter of the International Association of International Educators Phi-Beta Delta and has been a member of the National Researchers System.  She is also Honorary France Consul in Puebla since 2003.

In April 2014, she was decorated by the President of the French Republic as Chevalier de l´Ordre National du Mérite in recognition for her services to French citizens and active collaboration to strengthen cooperation links between Mexico and France.


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