Professor Arlindo Oliveira
Professor Oliveira was born in Angola and lived in Mozambique, Portugal, Switzerland and California. He obtained his BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and his PhD degree, also in EECS, from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He was a researcher at CERN, the Electronics Research Laboratory of UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Cadence Laboratories.
He is a distinguished professor of IST, president of INESC, member of the board of Caixa Geral de Depósitos and a researcher at INESC-ID. He has authored three books, translated into different languages, and more than 200 articles in international conferences and journals in the areas of algorithms, machine learning, bioinformatics and computer architecture. He has been on the boards of a number of companies and institutions and is a past president of Instituto Superior Técnico, of INESC-ID and of the Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Portuguese Academy of Engineering. He received a number of prizes and distinctions, including the Technical University of Lisbon / Santander prize for excellence in research, in 2009.