We are the public innovation lab of the School of Government

GobLab UAI is the public innovation lab of the School of Government of Adolfo Ibáñez University. It focuses on the use of data science to improve public policy and management. It seeks to contribute to the community through three main lines: research, education and applied projects.

Its mission is to improve people’s quality of life through the transformation of the public sector with innovation and data science.

Our team


María Paz Hermosilla

Master in Public Administration, NYU. Director of the GobLab UAI, Academic Director of the Big Data for Public Policy Certificate Program.

María Paz Hermosilla is the founder and director of GobLab UAI, the innovation lab of the School of Government of Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Chile. GobLab UAI focuses on the use of data science to improve public policy and management. She has a Master of Public Administration from New York University. She is the Academic director of a certificate program in Big Data and Public Policy and professor and researcher of Data Ethics. She was appointed by the Chilean Ministry of Science in the expert advisory committee to create the national strategy for Artificial Intelligence. María Paz is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Quality, Transparency and Impact of Public Spending, created by the Ministry of Finance. She is a consulting fellow for The Governance Lab at NYU. A former public servant, she led the redesign of citizen information services and open data efforts at the Ministry of Public Works.
Research Director

Luis Herskovic

Assistant Professor of the School of Government at University Adolfo Ibáñez and Research Director of GobLab UAI.

Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and Master in Economics from the Catholic University of Chile. He has been a researcher in the area of urban economics at the Furman Center of NYU and a researcher at the Social Observatory of the Alberto Hurtado University (OSUAH). He is currently a Research Associate of COES. His research focuses on the application of data science tools to public problems, focusing on the areas of access to education in urban areas and the analysis of factors that affect traffic accidents.
Data Scientist

Claudio Aracena

Master in Information Technology and Master in Administration in Information Technology, University of Sydney.

Industrial Civil Engineer, University of Chile. Data Scientist GobLab UAI . Professor Master in Data Science, Universidad del Desarrollo. He was a project engineer at the Mathematical Modeling Center of Universidad de Chile, software engineer at Data61 and CSIRO in Australia and is co-founder of Chatbot Chile.
GobLab UAI Project Coordinator

Amaris Arroyo Muñoz

Social Worker with mention in Public Policies, Diploma in Human Rights, sexual diversity and Public Policies.

Current master student for the Education for diversity, inclusion and interculutral
Research Associate

Luis Enrique Santana

PhD in Communication (2015) and Master in Public Administration (2010) from the University of Washington.

PhD in Communication (2015) and Master in Public Administration (2010) from the University of Washington. Social and organizational psychologist at the University of Santiago de Chile.
Researcher Associate

Mayra Feddersen

PhD in Philosophy with a specialization in Jurisprudence and Social Policies, University of California - Berkeley.

Master in Law, University of California-Berkley. Degree in Legal and Social Sciences, Universidad Diego Portales.
Research Associate

Florencia Borrescio

PhD in Economics, Brown University, United States, 2013.

Master of Arts in Economics, Brown University, United States,Bachelor of Economics, Torcuato di Tella University, Italy.
Research Associate

Matías Garretón

Doctor in Urban Planning and Planning from the University of Paris, Master of the Institute of Urban Planning in Paris.

Architect, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.
Researcher Associate

María Josefina Escobar

PhD in Psychotherapy, Joint Program of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, University of Chile and the Universität Heidelberg, Germany, 2014.

Master in Psychotherapy, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Master in Clinical Psychology, mention in Child and Juvenile Clinical Psychology, Universidad de Chile.
Researcher Associate

Daniel Loewe

PhD in Political and Moral Philosophy, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Alemania, 2001.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 1994.
His areas of expertise are political philosophy, moral philosophy, and ethics, with a special emphasis on egalitarian theories, multiculturalism, liberal theories, animal ethics, environmental ethics, and theories of international justice.
Researcher Associate

Gabriela Denis

Master in Applied Economics UCLA (2017).

Master in Economics and Public Policies UAI 2011, Commercial Engineer UAI 2011.
Currently a professor of Microeconomics II and Industrial Organization at the UAI for students of Commercial Engineering.
Previously, she served as coordinator of the Gender Parity Initiative in ComunidadMujer (2017-2018) and Analyst of profitability data of funds in Capital Advisors (2012-2016).
Researcher Associate

María Nieves Valdés

PhD in Economics, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain.

Master of Arts in Economics, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain,Degree in Economics, National University of Córdoba, Argentina.
Her area of specialization is Applied Microeconometrics to issues of Education Economics, Health Economics and Labor Economics. In her most recent works she has studied the impact of various public policies.
Researcher Associate

Romina Garrido

Lawyer Universidad de Valparaíso, Master in New Technologies Laws Universidad de

Diploma in Computer Law. Certified in Leadership and Strategy in Cybersecurity by the Florida International University, United States. She has collaborated since 2008 in the Ibero-American Data Protection Network and is the founder of the NGO Datos Protegido. She is a specialist in personal data protection, has taught various courses and seminars in Chile and abroad and currently advises the public and private sector. In 2019, she was a finalist in the Leading Lawyers Ranking in the Data Protection category and an outstanding woman in Cybersecurity by the Chilean Cybersecurity Alliance.
Data Science Intern

Alejandra Neely


Master in Psychology UAI, Master of Science in Data Science UAI
Research assistant and coordinator at the Centro de Neurociencia Social y Cognitiva UAI
GobLab Intern

Bruno Odone

Commercial Engineering student, mention in Business Administration UAI

Student of the Master in Economics and Public Policy of the Adolfo Ibáñez University,
currently intern at GobLab UAI
GobLab Intern

Magdalena Cortina

Bachelor of Economic Sciences and Master's Thesis of Economics from UAI

Bachelor of Economic Sciences and Master's Thesis of Economics from UAI