I am a second-year PhD student in Computer Science, USC Viterbi. I am fortunate enough to be advised by Professor Shrikanth Narayanan at SAIL. Previously, I got my M.Sc. in Computer Science from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

My research interests lie somewhere in between Social Computing and Natural Language Processing.

Thanks for the pic, Karel!



Ph.D Computer Science
University of Southern California


MSc. Computer Science (summa cum laude)
Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico


BSc. Computer Engineering (magna cum laude)
Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico

BSc. Applied Mathematics
Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico

Professional Experience


Graduate Research Assistant at University of Southern California


Research Assitant at BlueMessaging
Improved the accuracy of a natural language question answering system by comparing different machine learning algorithms. Developed an specific language model for entity detection in natural dialog systems.


Graduate Research Assitant at Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico
Characterized an urban environment by studying topics and sentiments found in tweets submitted. Results published in LNCS.


Undergraduate Research Assitant at Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico
Designed a system to help patients suffering from Alzheimer’s decease, based in expert and patient interviews, and following a user-centered approach. Paper submission published in ACM CHI’12.


Journal Articles

Victor R. Martinez, Miguel A. Escalante, Mariano Beguerisse-Diaz, Elmer Garduño, and Victor M. Gonzalez. (2016). Understanding Human Behavior in Urban Spaces using Social Network Data: A Mobility Graph Approach. International Journal of Web Services Research (IJWSR), 13(4), 54-66.

Conference Papers

Anil Ramakrishna, Victor R. Martínez, Nikolaos Malandrakis, Karan Singla and Shrikanth Narayanan. (In press). Linguistic analysis of differences in portrayal of movie characters. ACL 2017.
Jesus Garcia-Mancilla, Victor R. Martinez, Victor M. Gonzalez, and Angel F. Fajardo. (2016). Social Influence and Emotional State While Shopping. In International Conference on HCI in Business, Government and Organizations (pp. 386-394). Springer International Publishing.
Victor R. Martinez, Luis Eduardo Perez, Francisco Iacobelli, Salvador Suarez Bojorquez, and Victor M Gonzalez. Semi-supervised Approach To Named Entity Recognition In Spanish Applied To A Real-world Conversational System. In Pattern Recognition, pages 224–235. Springer International Publishing, 2015
Victor R. Martinez and Victor M. Gonzalez. Spatial-temporal Characterization Of An Urban Environment Using Twitter. In International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS), pages 80–84, IEEE, 2014.
Victor R. Martinez and Victor M. Gonzalez. Sentiment Characterization Of An Urban Environment Via Twitter. In Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence. Context-Awareness and Context-Driven Interaction, volume 8276 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 394–397. Springer International Publishing, 2013
Oscar Daniel Camarena Gomez, Rodrigo Juarez Armenta, Hugo Huipet, and Victor R. Martinez. WeRemember: Letting Ad Patients To Enjoy Their Home And Their Families. In CHI ’12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA ’12, pages 1255–1260, New York, NY, USA, 2012. ACM
Victor M. Gonzalez, Daniel Camarena, Victor R. Martinez, and Rodrigo Prieto. Análisis de Usabilidad en formato físico en teléfonos inteligentes: “candy-bar” vs “one-hand mini”. In Memorias del 4o Congreso Interna- cional en Ciencias Computacionales, CiComp 2011, pages 2–4. CiComp, 2011



CONACYT's international graduate fellow
Fellowship for pursuing graduate studies in the U.S.


CONACYT's national graduate fellow
Fellowship for pursuing graduate studies in Mexico City


FIRST Lego League Distinguished Volunteer Award


FIRST Robotics Competition Rookie All-Star Award
I was a first-generation member of Panteras 2283 FRC!