David Azcona
Applied Scientist - david.azcona@zalando.ie
Postdoctoral Researcher - david.azcona@dcu.ie
Fulbright Visiting scholar - david.azcona@asu.edu

My Blog

My blog contains personal experiences about events and conferences I participate. I hope it is useful and entertaining!

Winners at University of Oxford's Hack 2019

17 November 2019

Amazing weekend at Oxford Hack with my friends Insighters. We developed LocoDrone for Collaborative flying. One drone & many people controlling it from our website, what could go wrong?


11 November 2019

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Runners Up at McKinsey's City Cup 2019 (Madrid)

01 November 2019

I spent a weekend with the most brilliant minds in Spain coming from the best Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Physics programs all over Spain for McKinsey’s City Cup.

Finalist at AI NI Datathon

01 November 2019

Insighters received a finalist award at the AI Northern Ireland Datathon in Belfast.

Best at Predicting Media Memorability using Computer Vision

30 October 2019

I am so pleased to see we performed so well in Predicting Media Memorability at MultimediaEval Benchmarking.

Winners at HackUPC in Barcelona

15 October 2019

Insighters won McKinsey’s Hack the Crash at HackUPC after a weekend full of challenges and events at Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona.

Runners Up at the Digital Edu Hack 2019

06 October 2019

We finished Runners Up at the Digital Edu Hack 2019 in Trinity College Dublin. We built a ChatBot for miners to report hazards in realtime using Computer Vision. Check out our Github repo here

Special Mention in Edinburgh's Hack

24 June 2019

Team OnBank received a Special Mention at Edinburgh’s Hackathon organized by Royal Bank of Scotland. Amazing weekend in Edinburgh where we learn more about banking, Fintech and #BankingTheUnbanked.

Winners at Ulter Bank's Fintech Hackathon

15 April 2019

Team LoanDog won Ulter Bank’s Fintech Hackathon hosted in Dogpatch Labs. Amazing weekend! Our solution was to support students getting a loan by building a digital footprint with banking and social data to predict their creditworthiness.

Geek of the Year 2018

01 April 2019

I was awarded Geek of the Year by Novicell, the first prize of their Student Geek Challenge 2018. Further details can be found on their Facebook’s page: https://www.facebook.com/StudentGeekChallenge/

2019 Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK)

08 March 2019

In March 2019, I went back to Arizona State University to attend the 9th. International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge in Tempe, Arizona, USA. My advisor, Prof Alan Smeaton, also attended the conference.

Insighters visit Huawei China

24 December 2018

As part of the Huawei’s Future of Vision Challenge, my team Insighters won a trip to China to visit Huawei as well as the other first three teams.

BlindSpotAI at StartUp Weekend in Google Dublin

18 November 2018

My team BlindSpotAI, a Deep Learning Object Recogizer App, competed at the StartUp Weekend in Google Dublin sponsored by Bank of Ireland.

Huawei's Future of Vision Challenge at Trinity

04 November 2018

My team Insighters competed at the Huawei’s Future of Vision Challenge Trinity College Dublin this weekend.

Prometheus at the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2018 Worldwide Finals!

26 July 2018

My team Prometheus, a Fire Detection software powered by AI, competed at the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2018 Worldwide finals in Seattle.

CSEDM workshop organization at EDM 2018

15 July 2018

In July 2018, I co-organized and presented at the Educational Data Mining in Computer Science Education (CSEDM 2018) Workshop. This was done in conjunction with EDM 2018 at The University at Buffalo, New York, United States. The objective of the workshop was to facilitate a discussion among our research community around Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Computer Science Education.

2018 Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED)

30 June 2018

In June 2018, I attended the 19th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2018) in London, UK. It was a great experience where I presented some of my work around modelling student learning in McGrawHill’s ALEKS platform used for Arizona State University’s GFA Math courses.

Last day in the US!

31 May 2018

It is time to say goodbye!

Presentation at ASU's EdPlus

24 May 2018

I was invited to speak at ASU’s EdPlus where I talked about my projects in Educational Data Mining & Personalized Learning, Representational Learning using embeddings, Transfer Learning for image analysis and Network Representations.

Teaching coding to kids in a fun way!

24 May 2018

Higher Education in the US is unfortunately only accessible to a minority. I have been volunteering in a local low-income middle-school in the Tempe (Arizona, US) where I lead a group of students and we teach students technology in a fun way!

Prometheus at the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2018 US Finals!

06 May 2018

Recently, I teamed up with two friends (one is an Argentinian Fulbrighter) and submitted a project to Microsoft 2018 Imagine’s Cup. We developed, Prometheus, a Fire Detection software powered by AI. We combine surveillance drone capabilities with concepts of Deep Learning to create software that detects early-stage wildfires.

Fulbright Enrichment Seminar 2018

15 April 2018

One of the best experiences of my time in the US has been attending the Fulbright Enrichment seminar in Philadelphia around Big Data for the Public Good. Philadelphia is an iconic city where you can visit the Liberty Bell or the Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed.

2018 Higher Education Data Warehousing (HEDW)

10 April 2018

I attended the 2018 Higher Education Data Warehousing Forum at Oregon State University with a team from ASU’s University Technology Office.


31 March 2018

I was fortunate to attend the 2018 TEDx event at ASU. The theme was Boundless as there is a limitless number of ideas worth spreading!

2018 Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK)

10 March 2018

In March 2018, I attended the 8th. International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge in Sydney, Australia. I presented a joint workshop paper with Dr.Sharon Hsiao, Assistant Professor at ASU’s School of Computing, and that extended paper has been accepted to International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education (ijAIED). It was a great experience where I met incredible researchers doing really impressive work in a great environment.

Amazon ReInvent 2017!

01 December 2017

I attended 2017 Amazon’s ReInvent Conference in Las Vegas. My advisor at Arizona State University, John Rome, presented how ASU is working with Amazon to create the first voice-enabled campus. Read more details here. The voice-enabled devices becoming more prevalent in our connected world, it only makes sense to bring these capabilities to a university campus.

Thanksgiving in the US

23 November 2017

This academic year I have the opportunity to inmerse myself in the American culture while on my Fulbright program. I could not be more thankful to my advisor John Rome and his family for their continous support, and all the friends and people I met here in the US. Thank you!

Open Data Science Conference in San Francisco (ODSC)

03 November 2017

I got a scholarship from ODSC Selection Committee to attend their San Francisco Conference as an invited student with my Fulbright friend Alicia Tan.

2017 European Conference on Technology Enchanced Learning (EC-TEL)

14 September 2017

In September 2017, I attended the 12th. European Conference on Technology Enchanced Learning in Estonia. It was a great experience where I presented some of my work around detecting patterns of success on a variety of Computer Science courses.

Hi Taoiseach!

16 June 2017

I had the opportunity to showcase my work at this year’s Data Summit in Dublin. The theme of this year’s summit was “What does the Data Society mean to you?” and presented an opportunity for hear leading international, European and Irish speakers debate the social, technical, ethical and cultural issues that arise in the context of our world of total connectivity.

I am a Fulbrighter!

01 June 2017

I have been awarded with a Fulbright scholarship to conduct research as a visiting scholar in Arizona State University. I could not be happier!

Making the move From Industry to Academia

01 November 2015

I was set for a career working in the IT industry with a good, secure position in IBM Ireland. While working for IBM I pursued a Masters in Data Analytics at Dublin City University on a part-time basis. I also started interacting with researchers at DCU such as my current advisor Prof Alan Smeaton and a Master’s lecturer Kevin Casey. The power and potential of applying Artificial Intelligence techniques to areas like Education captivated me and I decided to pursue a PhD in DCU with my advisor’s encouragement and backing.

Starting a Startup during the summer

01 October 2015

In April 2015, my roommates and I participated in a Hackathon in Dublin City University. They were PhD students at the Adapt Centre and their work focused on Natural Langugage Processing for search and translation. At that time, I was a full-time Software Engineer at IBM and a part-time Master’s student in Data Analytics at the same university.