Email: roncardenasacosta [at] gmail [dot] com

Phone: (+51) 959649315

About me

I am a research assistant at the Dept. of EE and CS at Penn State, under the supervision of Professor Julio Urbina, working in classification of radar echoes data. Previously, I worked in the Research Institute of the National University of Engineering (UNI) (Lima, Peru), working in topic modeling and education.

In addition, I lead the Artificial Intelligence and Control Systems Research Lab (GISCIA, for its initial in Spanish), a lab part of the Mechanical Engineering Deparment at UNI.

My research interest spans the intersection of Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Robotics, as well as to understand how humans acquire language at different stages of their lifes.

I graduated from Mechatronics Engineering (Robotics) at UNI. There, I worked with Prof. Alberto Coronado in Topic Modeling and bayesian inference.

Google Scholar: [here]
Resume: [pdf]

News & Activity

  • January 2016: Started working remotely with Professor Julio Urbina in meteor plasma trails classification, modeled as image classification.
  • August 2015: Presented a poster about Topic Modeling and Shallow Parsing applied to Spanish web data at the MLSS 2015 - Kyoto, Japan.
  • August 2015: Attended the Machine Learning Summer School (MLSS 2015) in Kyoto, Japan.
  • July 2015: Paper accepted to ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 2015).
  • June 2015: Paper accepted to the 2nd International Seminar on Mining (MAPLEMIN).
  • July 2014: Attended the Lisbon Machine Learning Summer School 2014 (LxMLS 2014).
  • February 2013: Attended the training camp for ACM-ICPC South American finalist teams (Maratona do Programacao 2013) in Sao Paulo, Brasil.


  • Research Assistant

    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Pennylvania State University

    Jan 2016 - To date

  • Research Assistant

    Research Institute of the National University of Engineering

    Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

  • Vice-president

    Artificial Intelligence and Control Systems Research Lab

    Aug 2014 - To date

  • Co-founder, Software Developer

    Empleatron Start-Up

    Jan 2014 - Apr 2015

  • Research Assistant

    Artificial Intelligence and Control Systems Research Lab

    Jul 2013 - Dec 2013

Education & Training

  • B.Sc. 2015

    Mechatronics Engineering

    National University of Engineering (Lima, Peru)

  • Attendee 2015

    Machine Learning Summer School

    Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan)

  • Attendee 2015

    Summer by Design: Peru

    ESAN University & Penn State U. (Lima, Peru)

  • Attendee 2014

    Lisbon Machine Learning Summer School

    Technological Institute of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal)

  • Attendee 2013

    Competitive Programming Summer School

    Campinas State University (Sao Paulo, Brasil)