Short Personal Interview


António Grilo was born in 1973, in Lisbon. He is an INESC-ID Researcher since 1999, coordinating the Scientic Area Communication Networks (CN)




How did you get to INESC-ID?

As PhD student.



A Portuguese cutting edge, Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering research institute.


Research project under development

WiMeCOMA Moroccan wireless smart metering solution


How would you explain in the most accessible and least technical language possible, what is the application / expected results of this (these) project (s)?

Tools to help Distribution System Operators to plan and optimize their smart metering (smart grid, in general) communications infrastructure.


Tell us about your favorite project so far (or one of them)?

WiMeCOMA Moroccan wireless smart metering solution


What are the biggest challenges of working in research in this area?

To develop efficient optimization algorithms, and to harmonize the theoretical models with the practical measurements. The latter is seldom an easy task, since increasing the accuracy of theoretical models usually translates into additional time complexity. The latter must be minimized in order to make the tools suitable for practical use.


What book are you currently reading?

In the past few months I seldom had time to read anything other than computer networks engineering related books and articles. Anyway, my current Literature reading is “À la Recherche du Temps Perdu” by Marcel Proust. Since this work has seven volumes, in between I also read my beloved Portuguese classical authors, as well as History books, with focus on Military History.


How would you explain to your child (or your parents or grandparents) what your job is? How do you explain what means to be a researcher in this area?

I research new and improved mechanisms to support communication among people, computer systems and things.


How do you see the mission of INESC-ID “to produce added value to people and society, supporting the response of public policies to scientific, health, environmental, cultural, social, economic and political challenges, in the fields of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering”?

The results of the research carried out at INESC-ID can improve processes belonging to different sectors of society, which, in the long run, is expected to have a significant impact on the quality of life in general. In addition, the close relationship with Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa has creates a symbiotic relationship that enriches engineering education with knowledge resulting from INESC-ID research. At the same time, I have always felt a great motivation of students to actively participate in the research work in the context of MSc and PhD projects.



Academic Degree



Training / Research Area

Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering




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INESC-ID Scientific Area

Communication Networks (CN)