EEUM professor receives Career Award in Colombia

Paulo Novais, professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Minho, was awarded the “Career Recognition Award” by the Ibero-American Society of Artificial Intelligence (IBERAMIA), for his scientific contributions to artificial intelligence and to the development of the community in this area.

The distinction was awarded during the 17th Ibero-American Conference on Artificial Intelligence, held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. IBERAMIA brings together since 2009 the various associations of artificial intelligence in Ibero-America, aiming to strengthen common bonds and promote activities and projects related to teaching, research and technology transfer and innovation.

Paulo Novais considers that this award “has a special meaning”, by recognizing his path started 30 years ago, when he chose the specialization in Artificial Intelligence in the graduation in Engineering and Computer Systems of UMinho. “It also gives me a greater responsibility, for the present and the future, in the promotion and development of artificial intelligence as a determinant vehicle for the society we aspire”, he stresses, thanking all those who contributed to his path.

Biographical note

Paulo Novais was born 55 years ago in São Torcato, Guimarães. He has a PhD in Computer Science from UMinho, where he is a full professor at the Computer Science Department and leads the ISLab laboratory at the ALGORITMI Center. He also coordinates the largest associated laboratory in Portugal, LASI, with more than 500 scientists from seven academies. He also chairs the general assembly of the Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence, of which he was the president of the board in 2016-2019.

On the other hand, he represents Portugal in the Artificial Intelligence committees of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). In addition, he collaborated as an expert for the European Commission, won scientific awards in several countries, coordinated and participated in several R&D projects, supervised more than a hundred dissertations and theses and is (co)author of more than 400 scientific publications.