Delfina Martinez Pandiani
PhD candidate, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Bologna
Delfina works at the intersections of science, technology, and art. Their work plays with and challenges assumed dichotomies, such as public/private, male/female, white/colored, and nature/culture, with a focus on decoding how organic and artificial agents navigate the fluidity of the world. Currently a doctoral candidate in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Bologna, Delfina's dissertation is centered on the automatic modeling and detection of highly abstract concepts from visual data. Their work combines cognitive research, semantic technologies, and computer vision, while their ongoing research interests lies at the conflux of computational visual studies, situated knowledge representation, and decolonial and ethical AI. Delfina holds an M.A. in Digital Humanities and Digital Knowledge from the University of Bologna, as well as a B.A. in Human Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University, where they were selected as George Peabody Gardner Fellow and Radcliffe Research Partner. They have worked as a visiting researcher at the Digital Humanities Research Lab at the KNAW Humanities Cluster (Amsterdam), and at the National Research Council of Italy.