I am an Associate Professor (with Habilitation) at the Computer Science Department, Universidade do Minho, and a senior researcher at the High Assurance Software laboratory, HASLab INESC TEC. Since 2014, I am a member of IFIP WG1.3 (Foundations of System Specification).
My main research focuses on program semantics, logics and calculi applied to rigorous software analysis, design, and construction. I am particularly interested in the architectural dimension (interaction, composition, and reconfiguration) of different sorts of software components, namely non deterministic, probabilisitic, continuous, or hybrid). More recently I became interested in exploring connections between Physics and Computation at two levels: the discrete-continuous frontier and the classic-quantum interaction. In this context, I am currently serving as Director of the MSc Degree on Physics Engineering and initiated a research line on Quantum Computation at the QuantaLab Laboratory. Most of my work is framed on Coalgebra and Modal Logic.
I have a second academic affiliation to the United Nations University, currently serving as Deputy Head of its Operational Unit on Policy-driven Electronic Governance. UNU-EGOV is an international think-tank devoted to multidisciplinary research on how digital transformation may contribute to empowered democratic citizenship, trustworthy public infrastructures, more inclusive societies and, in broad terms, to sustainable development.
These two dimensions of my academic work meet together in the scientific coordination of the PT-FLAD Chair on Smart Cities & Smart Governance, established in 2016 at UMinho and entirely funded by the private sector.
Above all, I am very fortunate to work with an amazing team of students and post-docs. Our joint research is framed in the ARCA Software Architecture & Design Calculi group.
Software technology is pre-scientific in its lack of sound mathematical foundations to provide an effective basis to predict and certify programs' behaviour. Compared to other Engineering disciplines, we are somewhere in the 17th century. My research aims at improving scientific standards, seeking rigour and simplicity in software design and architecture through Mathematics.
A proper roadmap for a true Software Engineering discipline, targeting either classical, cyber-physical or quantum systems, has to discuss how systems are modelled and composed, and how properties of their behaviours are anticipated, expressed and verified.
As K. Lewin once put it, `there is nothing so practical as a good theory´..