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PIReT members, from left: Michael Ekstrand, Oghenemaro Anuyah, Amifa Raj, Devan Karsann, Mucun Tian, Sandra Ambriz, Sole Pera, Ion Madrazo Azpiazu, and Michael Green.


Michael Ekstrand and Sole Pera in front of a tree
Michael Ekstrand and Sole Pera

Current Students

Ion Madrazo Azpiazu

I am Ion Madrazo Azpiazu, a PhD candidate at Boise State University, USA, mentored by Dr. Maria Soledad Pera. My research area includes Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, and Machine Learning, with an emphasis on multi- and cross-lingual scenarios. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, as well as my Master’s degree in Intelligent Systems and Computation at the University of the Basque Country, where I actively collaborated with IXA NLP research group. I have also collaborated with Zalando Research and I am currently an active member of People and Information Research Team (PIReT).

Oghenemaro Anuyah

Oghenemaro Anuyah is a second year Masters candidate in Computer Science here at Boise State. She completed her Bachelor’s in Computer Science in Nigeria. She currently works as a Research Assistant with Dr. Sole Pera. Her research involves making search engines suitable for kids, and she has engaged in several volunteering events organized for kids such as the stem night and e-girls. She is a supported by the NSF grant, with award number 1565937. Further information about her can be found on her web site.

Amifa Raj

Amifa Raj is a first year PhD student in Computer Science at Boise State University, She is currently working with Dr. Michael Ekstrand on Recommender System. She completed her Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has been an active member of the People and Information Research Team (PIReT) from Fall 2018.

Michael Green

Michael Green is a first year Masters candidate in the Computer Science Department at Boise State. He received his Bachelors in English with a focus in Literature with a minor in Visual Art from Boise State University in 2008. He currently works as a Research Assistant with Dr. Sole Pera on subjects such as using recommender systems to leverage large data sets to enhance recommendations for sparse datasets, as well web development used to locate informational texts for engaging readers and teachers equitably. Prior to this he worked for the CS department as a TA and Tutor for 4 semesters.

Sandra Ambriz is a junior in the Computer Science program at Boise State University. She works as an Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Ekstrand and she received the HERC Fellowship to participate in undergraduate research for the Fall 2018 semester. Her current research focuses on exploring gender bias in word embeddings. She joined the People and Information Research Team in the summer of 2018.

Devan Karsann

My name is Devan Karsann and I’m a senior in Computer Science. This past summer I participated in a NSF-funded software engineering research program at Rochester Institute of Technology. This fall I started working under Dr. Sole as an undergraduate research assistant and I’m looking forward to being involved with and contributing to information retrieval and recommender systems project in the PIReT group. I enjoy working on extracurricular projects such as my Sudoku puzzle solver and my Chess AI game in my free time. If you’d like to learn more about me, see my personal website!

Additional Students:

  • Jason Hall (MS)
  • Mucun Tian (MS)


  • David McNeill (BS 2016)
  • Nevena Dragovic (MS 2016)