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Juan Cruz-Benito

Senior Software Engineer

IBM Quantum, IBM Research

Juan Cruz-Benito

Juan Cruz-Benito received a Ph.D. in Computing Engineering from the University of Salamanca, Spain, in 2018. Previously, he received the M.Sc. degree in Intelligent Systems, the B.Sc. in Computer Systems, and the Technical Engineering Degree in Computer Systems from the same university in 2013, 2012, and 2011. He is currently Senior Software Engineer at IBQ Quantum, IBM Research’s T.J. Watson Research Center, NY, USA. Before it, he worked for five years in research & development projects at the GRIAL Research Group, University of Salamanca, Spain, where he participated as a software engineer, researcher, and developer in many European and Spanish R&D projects (public and private ones). His research interests involve Human-Computer Interaction, Machine Learning, Data Science, and technologies for educational purposes. He is the co-author of more than 80 publications, serves as a reviewer for many high-respected journals and conferences, and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Global Information Management (JGIM) and the Journal of Information Technology Research (JITR). His research activity conducted him to receive the Research Award “Scientific Computer Society of Spain and BBVA Foundation” as one of the best young researchers in Computer Science in Spain in 2019. As a software engineer and developer, he is involved in many different technical communities and Open Source initiatives.

Interests

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Machine Learning
  • Open Source

Education

  • PhD in Computer Engineering, 2018

    University of Salamanca, Spain

  • MEng in Intelligent Systems, 2013

    University of Salamanca, Spain

  • BSc Degree in Computer Engineering, 2012

    University of Salamanca, Spain

  • IT Systems Engineer, 2011

    University of Salamanca, Spain

Publications

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(2020). AI-Driven Assessment of Students: Current Uses and Research Trends. Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Designing, Developing and Deploying Learning Experiences. HCII 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12205. Springer, Cham.

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(2019). How to Measure Teachers' Acceptance of AI-driven Assessment in eLearning: A TAM-based Proposal. TEEM'19. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality.

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(2019). Measuring Students’ Acceptance to AI-Driven Assessment in eLearning: Proposing a First TAM-Based Research Model. In International Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies. HCI International 2019. Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Designing Learning Experiences Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11590. Springer, Cham.

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(2019). Qiskit: An Open-source Framework for Quantum Computing.

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(2018). A Deep-Learning-Based Proposal to Aid Users in Quantum Computing Programming. In International Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies. HCI International 2018. Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Learning and Teaching (pp. 421-430). Springer, Cham.

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Talks

Using Jupyter: From simple personal notebooks to large deployments with thousands of users

How can we enable a complete online experience for IBM’s Quantum Experience (https://quantum-computing.ibm.com/) users to access all of our …

Trabajando en remoto. Herramientas

(Talk in Spanish) Practical overview about some tools I use when working on remote. Talk given to students of Computers Engineering degree …

Practical Data Science and Machine Learning

In this talk, I give a practical and updated overview about Data Science and Machine Learning to the students of the Master on Intelligent …

Using Jupyter: From simple personal notebooks to large deployments with thousands of users

The project Jupyter (https://jupyter.org/) has revolutionized the world of research and data science in the last years. It comprises a lot …

Introducción a la Inteligencia Artificial

(Talk in Spanish) Intro to Artificial Intelligence. Dissemination talk to general audience. Barferencias, Garrido Neighbourhood

Awards & Accomplish­ments

Qiskit Advocate

This badge earner has gathered a deep level of understanding with Qiskit including circuits, algorithms, simulators, qubits and noise. Through their contributions to the Qiskit and the quantum community, this individual has demonstrated an ability and commitment to educate and influence others by sharing ideas, knowledge and expertise in the field of quantum computing.
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Research Award: best young researchers in Computer Science in Spain

National Award to recognize me as one of the best six young researchers (less than 30 years old) in Computer Science in Spain.
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Cum Laude, International PhD

Best conference paper award

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Media

Feb 06, 2020. Cabalga El Cometa EP-18 "El grial de la computación cuántica con Juan Cruz-Benito"

[ES] Conversation and interview in the podcast Cabalga el Cometa by Marc Alier. We talk about Quantum Computing, AI, and tools for scientific research in an open-minded environment

Jan 24, 2020. "El español que democratizará la computación cuántica"

[ES] Interview in Spanish newspaper La Razón. Section Innovadores by Inndux. El español que democratizará la computación cuántica by Alberto Iglesias Fraga

Dec 17, 2019. "El catedrático de la UPNA Humberto Bustince recibe el Premio Nacional de Informática"

[ES] Mention in the press release El catedrático de la UPNA Humberto Bustince recibe el Premio Nacional de Informática, published by the media noticiasdenavarra.com. Mention related to the SCIE-BBVA award

Nov 08, 2019. "BBVA premia a dos investigadores de universidades madrileñas por su contribución a la informática"

[ES] Mention in the article BBVA premia a dos investigadores de universidades madrileñas por su contribución a la informática, published by the digital newspaper madridpress.com. Mention related to the SCIE-BBVA award

Nov 07, 2019. "La Fundación BBVA premia a dos investigadores de universidades madrileñas por su contribución a la informática"

[ES] Mention in the article La Fundación BBVA premia a dos investigadores de universidades madrileñas por su contribución a la informática, published by the digital media madridactual.es. Mention related to the SCIE-BBVA award

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Senior Software Engineer (contractor)

IBM Quantum, IBM Research

Jan 2018 – Present Yorktown Heights, NY, USA / Remote
 
 
 
 
 

Teaching assistant. Human-Computer Interaction

Computer Science Department. University of Salamanca

Jan 2017 – Jul 2017 Salamanca, Spain
 
 
 
 
 

Software engineer & researcher

GRIAL Research Group. University of Salamanca

Sep 2013 – Dec 2017 Salamanca, Spain
 
 
 
 
 

Software engineer

Service of Professional Insertion, Practices and Employment, University of Salamanca

Mar 2012 – Dec 2012 Salamanca, Spain
 
 
 
 
 

Intern. Testing Factory

Ingeniería de Software Avanzado (INSA)

May 2011 – Sep 2011 Salamanca, Spain

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