Curriculum Vitae

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Computing Experience

Back-end programming: 
C, C++, Qt, Java, PHP, SQL (MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server), ASP.NET, C# (+.NET MAUI), Visual Basic.NET.
Front-end programming: 
Javascript (+ReactJS, TypeScript), HTML5 (+Bootstrap), CSS3 (+SCSS/Sass), XML (+XAML), AJAX.
Critical and embedded systems programming: 
SPARK Ada, x86 Assembler, VHDL, Siemens LOGO! Soft.
Parallel computing and multithreading: 
C (w/MPI), C++, OpenGL, OpenCL, Python (w/Multiprocessing).
Big data and machine learning: 
MATLAB, Python (w/Tensorflow), R.
Other languages: 
Lua, UML, LaTeX, R Markdown, VBA.
GIS software: 
QGIS, ArcGIS (w/ModelBuilder).
Additional software and tools: 
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office suite, Visio, Access, SQL Server, MySQL, SVN, Git, VirtualBox, VMWare Workstation.

Employment

Centre for Data Processing (ZDV), University of Tübingen

Research associate
2021 Jun–Present

Software developer for the German Human Genome-Phenome Archive (GHGA) project focusing on the development of the platform’s front-end. The data portal currently uses a technology stack consisting of a Node.js back-end running a TypeScript-based ReactJS App, which uses the Bootstrap framework with Sass for custom styling.

Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, University of Tübingen

Research associate
2018 Feb–2021 Feb

My research sought to address questions of hominin cultural evolution by applying computational methods to the study of early stone tool manufacture. My work involved the development of a machine learning-based program for virtual stone knapping experiments using Python 3 and Tensorflow 2.

B. Braun Medical Central America & Caribe S.A. de C.V.

Chief Information Officer (CIO)
2016 Jan–2016 Aug

Tasks included the administration of IT network and infrastructure, providing technical support, acting as technical adviser for local management, and implementing international IT projects locally.

Education

Universität Tübingen (University of Tübingen)

PhD in Prehistory and Early History (in progress)
2018 Feb–Present

Prifysgol Abertawe (Swansea University)

Advanced Computer Science MSc
2016 Sep–2017 Sep

Universidad Francisco Gavidia (Francisco Gavidia University)

Electronic Engineering
2011 Jan–2015 Dec

ITCA-FEPADE

Technician in Computer Systems Engineering
2011 Jan–2014 Jan

Meeting of Students of Evolution and Ecology (StEvE Meeting) 2020. Tübingen, Germany

Organising committee
2020 Nov

PRIMARCH: New Methodologies in Primate Archaeology. Tübingen, Germany

Co-organiser
2020 Feb

Volunteer Work

Salvadoran Emergencies Association (ASAE)

Graphic designer and translator
2011 Apr–Present

Designed logos and flyers for the organisation, conferences, and courses. Translated official documents and other texts (Spanish–English).

Webmaster
2011 Apr–2015 Feb

Built the organisation website.

Central American and Caribbean Intensive Therapy Consortium (COCECATI)

Graphic designer and webmaster
2010 Oct–Present

Designed the organisation logo and built the website.

Salvadoran Association of Critical and Intensive Care Medicine (ASALMECCI)

Graphic designer and conference collaborator
2010 Jun–2012 Oct

Digitalised and re-worked organisation logo. Participated in two conferences as technical staff.

Languages

Spanish
– Native
English
– Fluent (CEFR C2)
French
– Advanced (CEFR B2–C1)
German
– Intermediate (CEFR B1)
Welsh
– Beginner (CEFR A1)
Armenian
– Basic

Other Skills

German driving license (AM/B/L)
2023–
Salvadoran driving license (P)
2013–

Honours and Awards

Swansea University International Excellence Scholarship
2016 Jul
Diploma of Recognition from the Salvadoran Association of Engineers and Architects (ASIA)
2016 Jul

Computing Experience

Back-end programming: 
C, C++, Qt, Java, PHP, SQL (MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server), ASP.NET, C# (+.NET MAUI), Visual Basic.NET.
Front-end programming: 
Javascript (+ReactJS, TypeScript), HTML5 (+Bootstrap), CSS3 (+SCSS/Sass), XML (+XAML), AJAX.
Critical and embedded systems programming: 
SPARK Ada, x86 Assembler, VHDL, Siemens LOGO! Soft.
Parallel computing and multithreading: 
C (w/MPI), C++, OpenGL, OpenCL, Python (w/Multiprocessing).
Big data and machine learning: 
MATLAB, Python (w/Tensorflow), R.
Other languages: 
Lua, UML, LaTeX, R Markdown, VBA.
GIS software: 
QGIS, ArcGIS (w/ModelBuilder).
Additional software and tools: 
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office suite, Visio, Access, SQL Server, MySQL, SVN, Git, VirtualBox, VMWare Workstation.

Education

Universität Tübingen (University of Tübingen)

PhD in Prehistory and Early History (in progress)
2018 Feb–Present

Prifysgol Abertawe (Swansea University)

Advanced Computer Science MSc (Distinction)
2016 Sep–2017 Sep

Universidad Francisco Gavidia (Francisco Gavidia University)

Electronic Engineering (Excellence)
2011 Jan–2015 Dec

ITCA-FEPADE

Technician in Computer Systems Engineering
2011 Jan–2014 Jan

Employment

Centre for Data Processing (ZDV), University of Tübingen

Research associate
2021 Jun–Present

Software developer for the German Human Genome-Phenome Archive (GHGA) project focusing on the development of the platform’s front-end. The data portal currently uses a technology stack consisting of a Node.js back-end running a TypeScript-based ReactJS App, which uses the Bootstrap framework with Sass for custom styling.

Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, University of Tübingen

Research associate
2018 Feb–2021 Feb

My research sought to address questions of hominin cultural evolution by applying computational methods to the study of early stone tool manufacture. My work involved the development of a machine learning-based program for virtual stone knapping experiments using Python 3 and Tensorflow 2.

B. Braun Medical Central America & Caribe S.A. de C.V.

Chief Information Officer (CIO)
2016 Jan–2016 Aug

Tasks included the administration of IT network and infrastructure, providing technical support, acting as technical adviser for local management, and implementing international IT projects locally.

Publications

For a list of publications, please visit the publications page on my website.

Peer Review

Journal of Archaeological Sciences: Reports

Teaching Experience

Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, University of Tübingen

Substitute lecturer for one session of the module The Evolution of Culture and Cognition
2018 Oct

Faculty of Engineering and Systems, Francisco Gavidia University

Undergraduate teaching assistant for the module Digital Electronics I
2015 Aug–2015 Nov

Held weekly office hours for students, assisting them with revision, explaining example problems, and solving exercises.

Undergraduate teaching assistant for the module Electronics I
2015 Feb–2015 Jun

Held weekly office hours for students, assisting them with revision, explaining example problems, and solving exercises.

Meeting of Students of Evolution and Ecology (StEvE Meeting) 2020. Tübingen, Germany

Organising committee
2020 Nov

PRIMARCH: New Methodologies in Primate Archaeology. Tübingen, Germany

Co-organiser
2020 Feb

Selected Conference Abstracts

Two Iberias: Two Gates of Europe. Tbilisi, Georgia

[Presentation] Between the Colchians and the Medians: Re-Assessing Herodotus’ Saspeires
2024 Jun

Orellana Figueroa JD.

Antiquity in Media Studies Conference 2023. Online

[Presentation] Women in Ancient History Video Games as a Mirror of Modern Misogyny
2023 Nov

Orellana Figueroa JD.

VII Young Researchers International Conference ANIWEH – IX SHRA. Gasteiz, Basque Country

[Presentation] Ancient History and Counterfactuals in Expeditions: Rome
2023 Nov

Orellana Figueroa JD.

15th International Workshop on Science Gateways (IWSG). Tübingen, Germany

[Presentation] The GHGA Metadata Catalog
2023 Jun

Hahn M, Iyappan A, Krüger J, Mauer K, Orellana Figueroa JD, Ravichandran M, Sezer ZH, Surun B, Tremper G, Zajac TJ.

27th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists: Widening Horizons. Online

[Presentation] Virtual Lithic Reduction with Neural Networks: A Proof of Concept for a Novel Raw Material Research Tool
2021 Sep

Orellana Figueroa JD; Reeves JS, McPherron SP, Tennie C.

[Presentation] A Novel Approach for Neural Network-Based Classification with Experimental Bone Surface Modifications
2021 Sep

Orellana Figueroa JD, Sahle Y.

CAA 2021 “Digital Crossroads”. Online

[Presentation] Virtual Knapping with Neural Networks: A Proof of Concept
2021 Jun

Orellana Figueroa JD, Reeves JS, McPherron SP, Tennie C.

Archaeological Fieldwork

Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, University of Tübingen

Langmahdhalde, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
2020 May–2020 Jun

Volunteer Work

Salvadoran Emergencies Association (ASAE)

Graphic designer and translator
2011 Apr–Present

Designed logos and flyers for the organisation, conferences, and courses. Translated official documents and other texts (Spanish–English).

Webmaster
2011 Apr–2015 Feb

Built the organisation website.

Central American and Caribbean Intensive Therapy Consortium (COCECATI)

Graphic designer and webmaster
2010 Oct–Present

Designed the organisation logo and built the website.

Salvadoran Association of Critical and Intensive Care Medicine (ASALMECCI)

Graphic designer and conference collaborator
2010 Jun–2012 Oct

Digitalised and re-worked organisation logo. Participated in two conferences as technical staff.

Languages

Spanish
– Native
English
– Fluent (CEFR C2)
French
– Advanced (CEFR B2–C1)
German
– Intermediate (CEFR B1)
Welsh
– Beginner (CEFR A1)
Armenian
– Basic

Other Skills

German driving license (AM/B/L)
2023–
Salvadoran driving license (P)
2013–

Honours and Awards

Swansea University International Excellence Scholarship
2016 Jul
Diploma of Recognition from the Salvadoran Association of Engineers and Architects (ASIA)
2016 Jul

Computing Experience

Back-end programming: 
C, C++, Qt, Java, PHP, SQL (MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server), ASP.NET, C# (+.NET MAUI), Visual Basic.NET.
Front-end programming: 
Javascript (+ReactJS, TypeScript), HTML5 (+Bootstrap), CSS3 (+SCSS/Sass), XML (+XAML), AJAX.
Critical and embedded systems programming: 
SPARK Ada, x86 Assembler, VHDL, Siemens LOGO! Soft.
Parallel computing and multithreading: 
C (w/MPI), C++, OpenGL, OpenCL, Python (w/Multiprocessing).
Big data and machine learning: 
MATLAB, Python (w/Tensorflow), R.
Other languages: 
Lua, UML, LaTeX, R Markdown, VBA.
GIS software: 
QGIS, ArcGIS (w/ModelBuilder).
Additional software and tools: 
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office suite, Visio, Access, SQL Server, MySQL, SVN, Git, VirtualBox, VMWare Workstation.

Education

Universität Tübingen (University of Tübingen)

PhD in Prehistory and Early History (in progress)
2018 Feb–Present

Modules included:

  • GIS Fundamentals 1 & 2
  • Primate Evolution
  • Introduction to Human Evolution
  • Archaeobotany
  • Modern Human Origins
  • Introduction to Human Osteology
  • The Evolution of Culture and Cognition
  • Ancient Coinage as Source for Classical Studies

Prifysgol Abertawe (Swansea University)

Advanced Computer Science MSc (Distinction)
2016 Sep–2017 Sep

Modules included:

  • Graphics Processor Programming
  • Big Data and Machine Learning
  • Software Testing
  • High-Performance Computing in C/C++
  • Critical Systems
  • IT Security: Theory and Practice

Universidad Francisco Gavidia (Francisco Gavidia University)

Electronic Engineering (Excellence)
2011 Jan–2015 Dec

Modules included:

  • Hardware Description Language
  • Microprocessors II
  • Programming I
  • Digital Electronics II

ITCA-FEPADE

Technician in Computer Systems Engineering
2011 Jan–2014 Jan

Completed (no certificate). Modules included:

  • Systems Development IV
  • Client-Server Applications
  • Web Design and Multimedia II
  • Object-Oriented Programming

Employment

Centre for Data Processing (ZDV), University of Tübingen

Research associate
2021 Jun–Present

Software developer for the German Human Genome-Phenome Archive (GHGA) project focusing on the development of the platform’s front-end. The data portal currently uses a technology stack consisting of a Node.js back-end running a TypeScript-based ReactJS App, which uses the Bootstrap framework with Sass for custom styling.

Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, University of Tübingen

Research associate
2018 Feb–2021 Feb

My research sought to address questions of hominin cultural evolution by applying computational methods to the study of early stone tool manufacture. My work involved the development of a machine learning-based program for virtual stone knapping experiments using Python 3 and Tensorflow 2.

B. Braun Medical Central America & Caribe S.A. de C.V.

Chief Information Officer (CIO)
2016 Jan–2016 Aug

Tasks included the administration of IT network and infrastructure, providing technical support, acting as technical adviser for local management, and implementing international IT projects locally.

Publications

For a list of publications, please visit the publications page on my website.

Peer Review

Journal of Archaeological Sciences: Reports

Teaching Experience

Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, University of Tübingen

Substitute lecturer for one session of the module The Evolution of Culture and Cognition
2018 Oct

Faculty of Engineering and Systems, Francisco Gavidia University

Undergraduate teaching assistant for the module Digital Electronics I
2015 Aug–2015 Nov

Held weekly office hours for students, assisting them with revision, explaining example problems, and solving exercises.

Undergraduate teaching assistant for the module Electronics I
2015 Feb–2015 Jun

Held weekly office hours for students, assisting them with revision, explaining example problems, and solving exercises.

Meeting of Students of Evolution and Ecology (StEvE Meeting) 2020. Tübingen, Germany

Organising committee
2020 Nov

PRIMARCH: New Methodologies in Primate Archaeology. Tübingen, Germany

Co-organiser
2020 Feb

Conference Abstracts

Two Iberias: Two Gates of Europe. Tbilisi, Georgia

[Presentation] Between the Colchians and the Medians: Re-Assessing Herodotus’ Saspeires
2024 Jun

Orellana Figueroa JD.

Women and Sexuality in Classical Video Games. Online/Glasgow, Scotland

[Presentation] The Goddess, the Freed Slaves, and the Adulteress: Women’s Sexuality in Expeditions: Rome
2024 Mar

Orellana Figueroa JD.

Antiquity in Media Studies Conference 2023. Online

[Presentation] Women in Ancient History Video Games as a Mirror of Modern Misogyny
2023 Nov

Orellana Figueroa JD.

VII Young Researchers International Conference ANIWEH – IX SHRA. Gasteiz, Basque Country

[Presentation] Ancient History and Counterfactuals in Expeditions: Rome
2023 Nov

Orellana Figueroa JD.

15th International Workshop on Science Gateways (IWSG). Tübingen, Germany

[Presentation] The GHGA Metadata Catalog
2023 Jun

Hahn M, Iyappan A, Krüger J, Mauer K, Orellana Figueroa JD, Ravichandran M, Sezer ZH, Surun B, Tremper G, Zajac TJ.

14th International Workshop on Science Gateways (IWSG). Trento, Italy

[Presentation] Developing the German Human Genome-Phenome Archive
2022 Jun

Breuer K, Orellana Figueroa JD, Hahn M, Kırlı K, Krüger J, Kuchenbecker L, Ravichandran M, Sezer ZH.

27th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists: Widening Horizons. Online

[Presentation] Virtual Lithic Reduction with Neural Networks: A Proof of Concept for a Novel Raw Material Research Tool
2021 Sep

Orellana Figueroa JD; Reeves JS, McPherron SP, Tennie C.

[Presentation] A Novel Approach for Neural Network-Based Classification with Experimental Bone Surface Modifications
2021 Sep

Orellana Figueroa JD, Sahle Y.

CAA 2021 “Digital Crossroads”. Online

[Presentation] Virtual Knapping with Neural Networks: A Proof of Concept
2021 Jun

Orellana Figueroa JD, Reeves JS, McPherron SP, Tennie C.

Meeting of Students of Evolution and Ecology (StEvE Meeting) 2020. Tübingen, Germany

[Presentation] Machine Learning Classification with Experimental Bone Surface Modifications
2020 Nov

Orellana Figueroa JD, Sahle Y.

ESHE 2020: 10th Annual Meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution. Online

[Poster] A Proof of Concept for Machine Learning-Based Virtual Knapping
2018 Sep

Orellana Figueroa JD, Reeves JS, McPherron SP, Tennie C.

Research Presentations

DFG Center for Advanced Studies “Words, Bones, Genes, Tools”. Tübingen, Germany

[Colloquium] Machine Learning Classification with Experimental Bone Surface Modifications
2020 Jun

Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, University of Tübingen. Tübingen, Germany

[Colloquium] The Case for a Virtual Knapper
2019 Jan

Archaeological Fieldwork

Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, University of Tübingen

Langmahdhalde, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
2020 May–2020 Jun

Volunteer Work

Wikimedia Contributions

User contributions
2012 Sep–Present

Jorellanaf.

Salvadoran Emergencies Association (ASAE)

Graphic designer and translator
2011 Apr–Present

Designed logos and flyers for the organisation, conferences, and courses. Translated official documents and other texts (Spanish–English).

Webmaster
2011 Apr–2015 Feb

Built the organisation website.

Central American and Caribbean Intensive Therapy Consortium (COCECATI)

Graphic designer and webmaster
2010 Oct–Present

Designed the organisation logo and built the website.

Salvadoran Association of Critical and Intensive Care Medicine (ASALMECCI)

Graphic designer and conference collaborator
2010 Jun–2012 Oct

Digitalised and re-worked organisation logo. Participated in two conferences as technical staff.

Languages

Spanish
– Native
English
– Fluent (CEFR C2)
French
– Advanced (CEFR B2–C1)
Ancient Greek
– Intermediate
German
– Intermediate (CEFR B1)
Welsh
– Beginner (CEFR A1)
Armenian
– Basic
Latin
– Beginner

Other Skills

German driving license (AM/B/L)
2023–
Salvadoran driving license (P)
2013–

Honours and Awards

Swansea University International Excellence Scholarship
2016 Jul
Diploma of Recognition from the Salvadoran Association of Engineers and Architects (ASIA)
2016 Jul
Diploma of Academic Merit from the Faculty of Engineering and Systems of Universidad Francisco Gavidia
2015 Nov
Diploma of Academic Excellence from the Faculty of Engineering and Systems of Universidad Francisco Gavidia
2014 Nov