Carlos is a first year graduate student in the Changing Places group at the MIT Media Lab pursuing a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics at MIT. His undergraduate thesis project involved programming a gestural animation pen to record strokes on paper and respond to physical gestures to produce animations on a computer.
While at MIT, Carlos participated in UROP projects and internships with laboratories and outside universities including the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Media Lab, Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain), and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Santiago, Chile).
At the Media Lab, Carlos's research involves the merging of human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence to augment people's experience at homes and offices, with focus on machine learning, computer vision, and natural language processing. He is currently focused on the smart home and connecting furniture and devices to the Internet of Things. He is a researcher on the group's CityHome project, and is interested in developing an open-source operating system for the home, complete with apps and app store, and integrating artificial intelligence into the home.
Carlos enjoys coding and prototyping, and likes to work with embedded systems and computers. He enjoys programming microcontrollers, computers, and web apps. Current projects are developing an Internet-enabled smart home operating system, experimenting with wireless microcontrollers, and working with cameras and microphones to implement practical artificial intelligence algorithms.