Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Informatics, in the School of Engineering of the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal) and a researcher at the ALGORITMI Centre in which he is the Leader of the research group ISlab - Synthetic Intelligence , and the coordinator of the research line Computer Science and Technology (CST). From the same university he received a PhD in Computer Sciences in 2003 and his Habilitation in Computer Science (Agregação ramo do conhecimento em Informática) in 2011.
He is the director of the PhD Program in Informatics and co-founder and Deputy Director of the Master in Law and Informatics at the University of Minho.
He started his career developing scientific research in the field of Intelligent Systems/Artificial Intelligence (AI), namely in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Machine Learning and Multi-Agent Systems. His interest, in the last years, was absorbed by the different, yet closely related, concepts of Ambient Intelligence, Ambient Assisted Living, Intelligent Environments, Behavioural Analysis, Conflict Resolution and the incorporation of AI methods and techniques in these fields. His main research aim is to make systems a little more smart, intelligent and also reliable.
He has led and participated in several research projects sponsored by Portuguese and European public and private Institutions and has supervised several PhD and MSc students. He is the co-author of over 300 book chapters, journal papers, conference and workshop papers and books.
He is the president of APPIA (the Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence) since 2016 and member of the executive committee of the IBERAMIA (IberoAmerican Society of Artificial Intelligence).
Senior member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).
Member of the IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) - TC 12 Artificial Intelligence.
Member of the executive committee of the IBERAMIA (IberoAmerican Society of Artificial Intelligence).
During the last years he has served as an expert/reviewer of several institutions such as EU Commission and FCT (Portuguese agency that supports science, technology and innovation).
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