She is a senior scientist at Inria and currently is the Director of the Inria Research Center in Chile. In 2018, she was also appointed CEO of the Inria Chile Foundation, and, since then, she leads the CIRIC Center of Excellence (Communication and Information Research and Innovation Center). Before joining Inria, Nayat was a professor of Artificial Intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, founding and co-leading the Research Group on Artificial Intelligence and Optimization (RIO Group). She developed her scientific career in Spain, Brazil, France, and more recently in Chile.
She holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the Carlos III University of Madrid, for which she received an Extraordinary Doctorate Award. Nayat's research interests range from artificial intelligence, machine learning, the internet of things, ambient intelligence, and human-computer interaction. Her scientific career is characterized by extensive international experience and a focus on applied research and innovation. She has several publications in high-impact conferences and journals and has been distinguished with several awards. She also has extensive experience leading interdisciplinary R&D teams with industrial and academic partners focused on solving real-world challenging problems generating high social, economic, ecological, and technological impact.