Rapha Gontijo Lopes

Rapha is an AI Resident at Google Brain, where he is working on representation learning and computer vision. He is passionate about creating better, unsupervised, disentangled representations of the visual world. He is also a founding organizer of Queer in AI.

Prior to Google Brain, he got out of Georgia Tech with a Bachelors in CS, where he worked with Prof. Irfan Essa and Prof. Thad Starner in various research endeavors such as data-free knowledge distillation, American Sign Language translation systems, and investigating causes and properties of steganography in image-to-image translation. He also presided over The Agency, Georgia Tech’s undergraduate AI/ML club, giving talks and leading projects with other undergraduates. More background information can be found on his website.

He was introduced to the Residency program (and to machine learning research in general) while on an undergraduate internship at Google, where he watched internal research talks intended for new residents. These inspired him to do undergraduate research and apply to the program. The Residency has been an incredible opportunity to collaborate with leaders in the field and to work with state-of-the-art tools on improving representation learning.

When he is not ssh'd in, you can find him on a quest to perfect his from-scratch pasta recipe, or at a bar watching RuPaul's Drag Race.