Olac Fuentes

Chemistry and Computer Science Building
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Olac L. Fuentes
Professor, Computer Science - Bioinformatics - Computational Science

Professor Fuentes' main research area is machine learning in science, in particular, the development of systems that can help scientists extract knowledge and insight from the large amounts of scientific data currently available. His is particularly interested in issues such as the use of unlabeled data, active learning, intelligent optimization feature selection and creation, noise-insensitive and noise-aware algorithms, and the use of prior knowledge. He has worked in applications in astronomy, optics, geology and biology. Dr. Fuentes received a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Chihuahua, in Chihuahua, Mexico, in 1989, an M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at El Paso, in 1991, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Rochester, in 1997. From 1998 to 2005 he was a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the Instituto National de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica. Dr. Fuentes was a co-organizer of the First Iberoamerican Workshop on Machine Learning for Scientific Data Analysis, held in conjunction with IBERAMIA 2004, in Puebla, November 22, 2004.


  1. Machine learning
  2. Computer vision
  3. Natural language processing
  4. Artificial intelligence