Paola Buitrago

Director, Artificial Intelligence & Big Data


300 S. Craig St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Paola Buitrago leads the Artificial Intelligence and Big Data group at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, which is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Her group is focused on advancing and supporting the convergence of High Performance Computing (HPC), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data. Paola initiated a new platform for AI research on emerging hardware and software technologies, enabling development of advanced algorithms and modeling approaches. She is also leading PSC’s Big Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) initiative, through which Internet-scale datasets are being integrated with supercomputing resources for cross-cutting research communities.

Paola’s diverse background includes research in deep learning, large scale data, and workflow management for high energy physics experiments at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Paola developed courses in machine learning, simulation, and optimization at her university. She is passionate about education in technology and launched an education-focused start-up.

Paola’s academic background includes a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering, a Bachelors and a Masters in Systems and Computing Engineering.