PhD and Habillitation in Informatics Engineering, Full Professor at the University of Coimbra, where he teaches Artificial Intelligence, Computational Creativity, Programming for Design and other topics. Coordinator of the Cognitive and Media Systems Group (CMS).
He developed pioneering work on Computational Creativity in the 90's, ever since assuming important roles in the area, including: Chair of the Working Group on Computational Creativity of Action COST 282 (2001-2003), co-founder of the series of workshops "Creative Systems" (2001 -2003), member of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Computational Creativity (2006-present).
He currently is involved in the FET Coordination Action ProSECCo - Promoting the Scientific Exploration of Computational Creativity - and in the FP7-ICT STREPS project ConCreTe - Concept Creation Technology.
His research interests also extend to the Affective Computing and Multi-Agent Systems, especially in contexts of creative systems, automatic music composition, social simulation and human-computer confluence.
He has been involved in EC evaluations pannels (Technology-Enhanced Learning, 2009, and Cognitive Systems and Robotics, 2013).
He is currently acting as President of the External Evaluation Commission for the HE Polytechnics programs in Informatics.