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Santiago Ontanon

Santiago Ontanon, PhD

Associate Professor of Computer Science

College of Computing & Informatics

Ontañón's research focuses on artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. His lab is developing artificial intelligence algorithms that can play video games and create stories. He can comment about how these algorithms are developed and what their future applications could be.
Prior to coming to Drexel, Ontañón spent time as a postdoctoral researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute in Barcelona, Spain. He has published more than 150 scientific papers about the intersection of artificial intelligence, machine learning and gaming and has led a number of international conferences and workshops in these areas of study. Ontañón’s work has been mostly funded by the National Science Foundation, and is currently the PI of two NSF projects on using machine learning to automatically diagnose medical conditions from driving behavior, and on using artificial intelligence to develop better computer science educational games.

In the News

  • How this Drexel Program is Strengthening the Region’s STEM Pipeline

    Jeffrey Popyack, PhD, a professor in the College of Computing & Informatics, was quoted in an Aug. 24 Technically Philly post about Drexel’s REThink program, which places local teachers in Drexel research labs over the summer. Rachel Greenstadt, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Computing & Informatics, Santiago Ontanon, PhD, an associate professor in the college, and Mark Zarella, PhD, a research assistant professor in the College of Medicine, were also mentioned in the post.

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