My name is Valentina, and I'm a PhD candidate at the University of Tilburg. I specialize in the intersection of machine learning and neuroscience, with a  focus on understanding the impacts of poverty on brain function and structure. Building on my MSc research into Graph Neural Networks, I'm now venturing into pioneering statistical methods that delve into the intricacies of brain networks. Integral to my work is the integration of Explainable AI techniques, ensuring that AI research is both transparent and ethically sound.

My mission extends beyond the academic, aiming to provide actionable insights that can inform real-world policies and interventions. Outside of research, I enjoy rock climbing, cooking and music. I have been the lead singer in multiple rock and jazz bands.

Currently, I'm immersed in crafting a novel framework that intertwines AI and socio-economic dynamics, aspiring to shed light on the nexus between poverty and brain development.

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