Education

2016 – Present   –    Ph.D. candidate, Specialization in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. 

Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. 

2004 – 2009   –    B.S in Computer Sciences (Honour Student “Título de Oro”, Grade: 5.18 / 5). Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas, Havana, Cuba.

 

Professional and Research Experience

2016 – Present – Research Assistant (Project Manager and Data Scientist), Cultureplex Lab, Western University, Canada.

Cultureplex Lab, run by Prof. Juan Luis Suárez, is a multidisciplinary lab focused on Digital Transformation, Cultural analytics, and Peace innovation. It presented an unprecedented scale and diversity of opportunity in my career. I have been able to expand my network and experience working as a Software Manager and Data Scientist in several projects with an impact in the public and private sector in the London area, Canada and globally.

I have gained valuable expertise running digital transformation partnerships from the conceptualization phase, writing grant applications, software development, testing and knowledge transfer. The projects related to artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, complex networks, social media analysis, and data analysis have demanded up-to-date knowledge of these topics. 

I had the opportunity to co-found the Datapoints Project, short publications that communicate the results of our lab’s recent projects for a wider audience, not only academics. #Science for #everyone.

Our work has been recognized by the media, and funded by the Mitacs Accelerate Internship Program, VIP Ontario Centre of Excellence, Western University, among others. See Projects

2016 – Research Assistant, Faculty of Electrical and Software Engineering, Western University, Canada.

I was invited by Prof. Luiz F. Capretz to conduct an empirical study exploring the social implications of the tester role in the software industry in Cuba, Canada, China, and India. We published four papers on the topic. This research was funded by the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program. See Empirical studies on Software Testing Profession.

2015-2016 – Software developer, Appollo Systems, Germany.

Apollo Systems GmbH is a cloud-based Digital Innovation Platform that offers comprehensive consulting in the areas of process analysis and optimization, digitalization and industry. It offers an efficient digitalization of internal and cross-company processes with seamless interconnection of humans, machines and internet of things. I worked effectively with a SCRUM methodology, dev issues management, and test-driven model approach. I developed front-end and back-end components in JAVA, Google Web Toolkit, Javascript, CSS, HTML, JPA. 

2011 – 2015 – Project Manager, Software Analyst and Developer, Centro de Gobierno Electrónico, Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas, Cuba.

I lead the execution of an award-winning project for the Digitalization of Legal Documents. The software, used in Cuba and overseas, automates all the processes in a Digitalization Centre complying with all the standards of privacy, security, transparency, persistence and availability for documents with legal value. We reached the certification of CMMI Level 2. I also had a major role in analysis and implementation tasks. Tech: Java EE, Glassfish, JSANE, OCR.  See Digitalization of legal documents

2009 – 2011 –  Software Developer – Chronos Systems, Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas, Cuba.

Chronos is an award-winning platform for asynchronous replication in PostgreSQL. I developed, deployed and supported the multithreaded data access layer responsible for data replication in real-time. Tech: C++, Parallel Programming (PVM), PostgreSQL, NetBeans, Debian OS. See Project Chronos. 

 

Teaching Experience

Sept 2020 – Present – Department of Language and Cultures, Western University

TEACHING ASSISTANT – Responsible for teaching laboratories, student supervision and engagement, course evaluation and student academic support. Course: DH2120F Digital Creativity – Prof. Juan Luis Suárez. 

Jun 2019INSTRUCTOR, Faculty of Education, Western University  –  Training Workshop: “Networks Analysis: Applications  and Current Challenges.”

Fall 2018, Winter & Summer 2019 – Department of Language and Cultures, Western University

INSTRUCTOR – Responsible for full-time teaching, student supervision, course evaluation and student academic support. Participation in activities related to community-engaged learning and community outreach.  Course: SP1030 Spanish. Supervisor: Ana García-Allén. 

TEACHING ASSISTANT–  Responsible for part-time teaching, course design, student supervision and engagement, course evaluation and student academic support. Courses:  IC 2200G “Not Lost in Translation”: Practice and Theory of Intercultural Communication. Prof. Angela Borchert,  SP 2215F Exploring Hispanic Cultures, DH1011B Digital Humanities Prof. William Turkel.

2009 –2015 –  Department of Software Engineering, Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR – Responsible for full course design and instruction, grading, student supervision and engagement, course evaluation, and student academic support.  Courses: Advanced Topics in Databases, Software Engineering I, Software Engineering II, Project Management, Algebra, Discrete Math.  

 

Skills

Areas of Expertise: Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Statistical computing, Complex Networks, Natural Language Processing, Digital Transformation.

Soft Skills: Collaboration and Leadership, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Social responsibility, and Communication.

Technical Skills:

Programming Languages: Python, R, JavaScript, JAVA, C++.

Tools: SPSS, Hadoop, Google Cloud Plattform, Social Media APIs (Twitter, Facebook, Insta), Tableau Software, IBM Bluemix, iPython, Bootstrap, Google Web Toolkit (GWT), JSE (Swing), J2EE (EJB, RMI), JPA, JUnit, Parallel Programming (PVM), Java Spring Boots, HDBase, CSS, HTML, XML, JSON.

Databases: Hive, PostgreSQL, MySQL, H2, SQLite.

Languages:  Spanish (Native), English (Fluent), French (Basic).

 

Publications   

Suárez, Juan-Luis, and Yadira Lizama-Mué. “Why Language Matters? Colombia’s Passing Theory of Peace.” Journal of Peacebuilding. Oxfordshire, UK: Taylor and Francis, 2021. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/21647259.2021.1895614

Waychal, Pradeep; Capretz, Luiz Fernando; Jia, Jingdong; Varona, Daniel; Lizama, Yadira. “Practitioners Testimonials about Software Testing” IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering (SANER), Hawaii, March 2021, pp. 582-589. https://arxiv.org/pdf/2103.06343.pdf

Varona, Daniel, Yadira Lizama-Mué, and Juan Luis Suárez. “Machine Learning’s Limitations in Avoiding Automation of Bias.” AI & SOCIETY, June 1, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-020-00996-y.

Suárez, Juan-Luis, and Yadira Lizama-Mué. “Victims of Language: Language as a Pre-Condition of Transitional Justice in Colombia’s Peace Agreement.” In Transitional Justice in Comparative Perspective: Preconditions for Success, edited by Samar El-Masri, Tammy Lambert, and Joanna R. Quinn, 97–127. Memory Politics and Transitional Justice. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-34917-2_5.

Lizama-Mué, Yadira, Daniel Varona, Pradeep Waychal, and Luiz Fernando Capretz. “The Unpopularity of the Software Tester Role Among Software Practitioners: A Case Study.” In Advances in RAMS Engineering: In Honor of Professor Ajit Kumar Verma on His 60th Birthday, edited by Durga Rao Karanki, Gopika Vinod, and Srividya Ajit, 185–97. Springer Series in Reliability Engineering. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2020. https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/electricalpub/179/.   

Capretz, Luiz Fernando, Pradeep Waychal, Jingdong Jia, Daniel Varona, and Yadira Lizama. “Studies on the Software Testing Profession.” 2019 IEEE/ACM 41st International Conference on Software Engineering: Companion Proceedings (ICSE-Companion), May 2019, 262–63. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSE-Companion.2019.00105.

Joel Ochoa Reyes, Alexeis, Arturo Orellana Garcia, and Yadira Lizama-Mué. “System for Processing and Analysis of Information Using Clustering Technique.” IEEE Latin America Transactions 12, no. 2 (March 2014): 364–71. https://doi.org/10.1109/TLA.2014.6749558.

Varona, Daniel, Yadira Lizama-Mué, and Luiz Fernando Capretz. “A Comparison of Junior and Senior Software Engineering Students’ Personalities.” In Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering, 131–132. CHASE 2014. Hyderabad, India: Association for Computing Machinery, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1145/2593702.2593724.

Lizama-Mué, Yadira. “Problemas actuales de la Informática Jurídica Documental.” In Género, código y juventud: Construir sociedades más justas e inclusivas, edited by Yarina Amoroso, 428-440. UNIJURIS. Havana: Sociedad Cubana de Derecho e Informática, 2013. [Link]

Lizama-Mué, Yadira and Lissuan Fadraga. “Acceso a datos en aplicaciones multihilos orientadas a objetos.” Revista Cubana de Ciencias Informáticas 3(2), 2010. [Link]

 

Conferences Presentations and Panels

Lizama-Mue, Yadira. “Humanidades Digitales e Inteligencia Artificial” Semillero de Investigacion INNOVARE, Universidad Abierta y a Distancia UNAD. July 1, 2021. Colombia.

Lizama-Mue, Yadira. “¿Negociamos en la paz sobre lo que nos afecta en la guerra?: Una perspectiva desde el análisis del lenguaje de las disposiciones sobre los niños y niñas en acuerdos de paz desde 1990” LVII Congreso – Asociación Canadiense de Hispanistas, Jun 1-4, 2021. Online

Lizama-Mue, Yadira. “Las deficiencias actuales en el tratamiento del bias en Machine Learning” Centro de Estudios de Tecnologías Inteligentes. Academia Nacional de Ciencias, Buenos Aires, Dec 23, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29d3RwF7JIY

Lizama-Mue, Yadira. “The historical and geographical patterns of the provisions for children in world peace agreements since 1990.” Canadian Society of Digital Humanities Conference. Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, 2020. https://hcommons.org/deposits/item/hc:30177/

Vickzo, Melody and Yadira Lizama-Mue. “Political representation as justice in #WelcomeRefugees.” American Educational Research Association Conference. Toronto, 2019. https://www.aera.net/Publications/Online-Paper-Repository/AERA-Online-Paper-Repository/Owner/1012832

Lizama-Mue, Yadira and Juan-Luis Suarez. “A Natural Language Processing Perspective on Victims in Colombia’s Peace Agreement.” Arts and Humanities’ Research Day, 2018. http://www.yadiralizamamue.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SuarezLizama.pdf

Lizama-Mue, Yadira and Daniel Varona. “A Bibliometric Approach to the Structure and Dynamic of the Transatlantic Studies Network.” Arts and Humanities’ Research Day, 2018 http://www.yadiralizamamue.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/LizamaVarona.pdf

Lizama-Mue, Yadira. “Plataforma para la digitalización de documentos legales: un proyecto desde la perspectiva  Universidad-Empresa” Encuentro Nacional de Gestión del Conocimiento y Empresas de Alto Desempeño. Havana: TECNOGEST, 2015. 230-247.

Lizama-Mue, Yadira. “Modelo de Referencia para la Digitalización de Antecedentes Penales.” IX Conferencia Internacional de Derecho e Informática de La Habana. Havana, 2011.

Lizama-Mue, Yadira. “Digitation of legal documents: Practical experiences and current challenges.” 15’ International Convention and Fair Informática 2013. Havana, 2013.

 

Media

“Researchers analyze peace with computer science” by Aniruddho Chokroborty-Hoque at Western News 

Suarez, Juan-Luis and Yadira Lizama-Mué. “Colombia’s 2018 Elections on Twitter”. Cultureplex Data Points. Vol 1 (1). Jan 23, 2018. http://www.cultureplex.ca/datapoints/cultureplex-data-point-colombias-2018-elections-on-twitter/

Suarez, Juan-Luis and Yadira Lizama-Mué. “Alliances for 2018 Colombia’s Presidential Elections: Can you trust the candidates?”. Cultureplex Data Points. Vol 1 (2). Feb 22, 2018. http://www.cultureplex.ca/datapoints/alliances-for-2018-colombias-presidential-elections/

Suarez, Juan-Luis and Yadira Lizama-Mué. “De La Calle is the (only) option for the Centre: Retweets point the way forward”. Cultureplex Data Points. Vol 1 (3). March 22, 2018. http://www.cultureplex.ca/datapoints/de-la-calle-is-the-only-option-for-the-centre-retweets-point-the-way-forward/

Suarez, Juan-Luis and Yadira Lizama-Mué. “March sees an astounding 142% increase in activity”. Cultureplex Data Points. Vol 1 (4). Apr 9, 2018. http://www.cultureplex.ca/datapoints/march-sees-an-astounding-142-increase-in-activity/

Suarez, Juan-Luis and Yadira Lizama-Mué. “In a month of debates, interest (and aggression) reached new peaks”. Cultureplex Data Points. Vol 1 (5). May 14, 2018. http://www.cultureplex.ca/datapoints/in-a-month-of-debates-interest-and-aggression-reached-new-peaks/

Suarez, Juan-Luis and Yadira Lizama-Mué. “If Twitter were an opinion poll…Petro would win on Sunday”. Cultureplex Data Points. Vol 1 (6). May 25, 2018. http://www.cultureplex.ca/datapoints/if-twitter-were-an-opinion-pollpetro-would-win-on-sunday/

 

Awards and Grants  

2020 Voucher for Innovation and Productivity, Ontario Centre of Excellence, PI: Juan Luis Suárez

2019 Mitacs Accelerate Internship Program, Mitacs, PI: Juan Luis Suárez

2018 Western Strategic Support for SSHRC Success Seed, Western University, PI: Melody Vizcko

2018 Graduate Thesis Research Award, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Western University

2016 – 2019, 2021 Western Research Graduate Scholarship, Department of Language and Cultures, Western University

2016 Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP),  Western University PI: Luiz Fernando Capretz

2015, 2012 & 2010 Premio a la Excelencia a Profesores vinculados a la Industria de Software. Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas, Havana, Cuba.

2010 Premio al Equipo de Mayor Contribución Tecnológica y Científica. Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas, Havana, Cuba.

2010 Premio al Mayor Aporte Científico. Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas, Havana, Cuba.

2009 “Título de Oro” [Honour Student] Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas, Havana, Cuba.

 

Certifications

2019 Reviewer of International Journal of Transitional Justice. 

2020 Reviewer of American Journal of Software Engineering and Applications. 

2020 SHARCNET Summer School, Compute Canada.

2016 Project Management Certification, Mitacs.