Lately my focus has been Deep Learning, Big Data, Robotics, and Genomics.
With AI, I have focused on Deep Learning, as I see much potential with that technology. To that end, I have been using Jupyter Notebook, Mahout, H2O, etc
In Big Data, I developed scripts for Mahout, Hadoop, Spark, Flink, etc, I have tested and studied distributions (Cloudera, MapR, Hortonworks, etc)
With Robotics, I am programming my drones and Arduino boards with new capabilities and better interaction.
Finally, with genomics, I worked with comparative genomics using tools such as H2O in order to find promising DNA strands
On a more corporate level, I have a long experience with IT sales (>US$1M) for mostly large enterprises, interacting with the sales people to find new opportunities and offer innovative and unthough of solutions.
Why, you say? So I can experiment with new technologies in a full bare metal enviroment: a much more realistic and hands on experience than a cloud or a virtual OS in a laptop
In fact, on Big Data, I have MapR installed with Spark, Hadoop, Solr, Kafka, etc. On AI, I have Mahout and H2O. On BDs, I have Couchbase as NOSQL and MySQL as SQL. Plus other AI tools I'll talk about below.
This assures to anyone who requires my services that I am fully aware of all the new technologies and that I can respond to something others would need months of paid courses as usually happens.
In fact, I pride myself of being an autodidact. And, to be honest, I've always preferred to hire people with this level of thinking.
Master’s degree Computer Engineering University of South Florida (USA) 1990-1992
I am invited to speak on topics such as Big Data, Genomics, IT, etc. Some examples:
1 – Big Data applied to the new BIS banking rules for the EU (Ukraine, September 2017) - https://itarena.ua/speaker/alvaro-costa/
2 – Genomics and Big Data (London, 2016) - http://www.smartiotlondon.com/speakers/al-costa
Courses (as professor)
1 – EOI Escuela de Organización Industrial (Spain) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2m5O8r3uI8
1 - E-Commerce: Marketing na Internet - Published in 1998 in Brazil when the internet was barely starting
2 - Propaganda e Midia Digital - Published in 2000 on digital advertising
3 - Big Data - Hands-on manual A no-nonsense approach at big data
I have held positions in UK, Spain, Brazil, and USA, and actually lived in over 10 countries. This allows me to adapt to different environments.
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