• Born in 1954, Oliveira de Frades, Viseu. 
  • Secondary school in the city of Viseu, 1970-72
  • Degree of Electrical Engineering in the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, 1977
  • Pós-graduation studies at LAAS du CNRS (Laboratoire d'Automatique et d'Analyse des Systèmes du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique),  Toulouse, France: the degree of DEA (MsC),1981,  and Docteur Ingénieur (PhD), 1983,  both on Automatic Control.
  • Agregação (Habillit.) degree, Faculy of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra, February 1977


  • since April 2002: Professor Catedrático (Full Professor), DEI-UC
  • 1994-2002: Associate Professor at Departament of Informatics Engineering, Uiversity of Coimbra (DEI-UC)
  • 1991-1994: Associate Professor at DEE-UC
  • 1984-1990: Professor Auxiliar (Assistant Professor), DEE-UC
  • 1981-1984: Assistant, DEE-UC
  • 1978-1980: Assistente Estagiário, Department of Electrical Engineering, (DEE-UC)
  • 1975-1977 : Monitor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Coimbra (DEE-UC)


  • soft computing (fuzzy systems, neural networks, genetic algorithms) 
  • and its applications to automatic control, optimization and computer vision in industry and biomedical engineering
  •  director and/or participant of several research projects in cooperation with portuguese industries (pulp and paper, cement, ceramics) and in several international programs (Comett, ESF- European Science Foundation, EU-TMR, etc.). I have also supervised several MsC and PhD thesis.
  • one of the founders of CISUC- Center for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra, where he created and directs the Adaptive Computation Group  ( with research activities concerning neuro-fuzzy systems, adaptive, on-line learning and intelligent control; genetic multi-objective optimization; hierarchical and large scale optimization; computer vision for industrial quality inspection).
  • neuroinformatics: applications of soft-computing and computational intelligence to model and analyse brain signals, namely EEG and functional imaging (iFMR), and to apply them to seizure prediction in epilepsy and to pattern analysis of brain signals in aging people in order to find early indications of possible evolution to aging diseases.
  • data-mining for industrial process monitoring and for neuro-informatics studies.


Google Scholar profile:

ORCID: : 0000-0002-5445-6893

Research activity

Scientific coordinator of the Adaptive Computation Group of CISUC

Research Projects  Of the Adaptive Computation Group (present and past):

Has been coordinator of EPILEPSIAE – Evolving Platform for Improving Living Expectations of Patients Suffering from IctAl Events, an FP7 ICT eHealth project, for the Development of a preventive transportable intelligent alarming system for epileptic patients based on semantic mining, multisignal and multidimensional processing with improved sensitivity and specificity.  

Has been researcher in BIOINK (Incremental Kernel Learning for Biological Data Analysis): development of computationally efficient ways to exploit large scale datasets using kernel machines, focusing on the design of incremental learning techniques. Funded by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia).

Member of EUREKA IBEROAMERICA- Red Iberoamericana de Descubrimiento de Conocimientos (


Some Recent Publications list here  


Free software to download:

VisRed – Visualization by Space Reduction

Version 1 VisRed  

            Version 2  VisRedII with Genetic Algorithms and Simulated Annealing

            Version 3 VisRedIII With Neural Networks, Support Vector Machines, Evolving Fuzzy Systems (19 February 2009)


eFSLab- Evolving Fuzzy Systems Laboratory


          Version 1 eFSLab

          A computational framework to develop fuzzy systems from data, creating and evolving the fuzzy rules accordingly to the     novelty content of the data.   



Teaching activities




You can reach me at:

Postal Address:

Departamento de Engenharia Informática
Polo II - Pinhal de Marrocos
3030 Coimbra

Tel: +351.239.79 00 00/79 00 06 (direct)
fax: +351.239.701266

Latest update: April  16, 2014


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