Brief Biography

I was born in Porto, Portugal and I live in Senhora da Hora, a small town in Matosinhos, Portugal.

I am a researcher on Quantum Intelligent Systems at LIACC, a Software Engineer Consultant and co-founder & CEO of Masdima, a company created after the research performed during my PhD.

I want to contribute to a more useful, responsible and trustworthy artificial intelligence and my PhD and MSc on artificial intelligence and intelligent systems, help me to achieve this goal.

Using my software engineering and artificial intelligence (AI) background, I design, implement and deploy medium to large scale software systems, using AI paradigms and techniques, including: distributed multi-agent systems, reinforcement learning and optimisation (evolutionary algorithms).

I perform short to medium term research on AI related fields and I use the outcomes to improve existing products or create new ones.

I like to share knowledge and help others to achieve their potential. My previous role as an Invited Assistant Professor at Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, was a fantastic opportunity to help my students in reaching their goals. It helped me too, because teaching is the best way for us to learn.

I was also a software engineering consultant and the Datakink (ACARS) Programme manager at TAP Air Portugal, responsible for software projects related with airline operations control and flight operations. Leading such an extraordinary team of engineers, besides contributing to a better leadership, allows me to contribute to different projects, from vision to a full deployed system, useful for all the company-wide users.

Along my career I have performed the following roles:
– AI Researcher Supervisor (LIACC, Masdima)
– AI Researcher (PhD, LIACC, Masdima)
– Product manager (Datalink/ACARS program, Masdima)
– Product owner (Portal DOV, EFB, Digital Cabin, Masdima)
– Scrum master (early days of Portal DOV, Masdima)
– DevOps engineer (Crew Management and Planning System, Portal DOV, Masdima)

I am passionate about space exploration and I believe that AI already is, and will be even more, a huge contribution to this endeavour.

I speak Portuguese (my native language), English and French and I have a special interest in cutting edge technologies. I also like photography, cinema and reading.

My main personal characteristics are: vision, pragmatism and goal oriented. I also think that I’m good at managing and leading people. But it is better to ask to my colleagues for this one. 🙂

Summary of my education and professional experience:

  • Researcher at LIACC-Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science – Distributed Artificial Intelligence & Intelligent Simulation Group.
  • MASDIMA, Lda CEO & Co-founder since August 2014.
  • PhD in Informatics Engineering from University of Porto, Faculty of Engineering since July 2013.
  • Postgraduate in Air Transport Operations from ISEC since 2008.
  • Post-graduation Course (attended) in Astrobiology from New University of Lisbon and ESA (European Space Agency) since 2008.
  • Assistant professor at University of Porto, Faculty of Engineering, from October 2006 to March 2011.
  • Master Degree in Artificial Intelligence in University of Porto, Faculty of Engineering (Blog related with my research) since 2007.
  • Consultant at TAP Portugal since 2003, for IS/IT and Datalink (ACARS) projects.
  • Web Application Developer at I2S – Informática Sistemas e Serviços, from 2001 to 2002
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in Windows 2000 since Jan 2001
  • (2 year graduate) Information Systems Engineering from ISEP, Porto in 1997
  • BsC in Informatics Engineering from ISEP, Porto in 1995
  • Software Engineer, Network Administrator and Crew Manager in TAP Portugal, Porto Base, from 1990 to 2001