Short Personal Interview

Arlindo Oliveira was born in 1963 in Negage, Angola. He is an INESC-ID Researcher since 1984 (then INESC), and integrates the Scientific Area Information and Decision Support Systems (IDSS).

Arlindo Oliveira is a Distinguished professor of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), with the Computer Science and Engineering Department.

PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from UC Berkeley in 1994, with a Fulbright fellowship. BSc (1986) and MSc (1989) in EECS from IST.

Arlindo Oliveira is also President of INESC Holding.

For you, INESC-ID is…

A nice place to perform research.

Research project(s) under development



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

Use machine learning to model and fight COVID-19.

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


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

Lack of good data

What book are you currently reading?

Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth

How would you explain to your child (or your parents or grandparents) what your job is?

Make machines learn from experience, like children

Academic Degree


Training / Research Area

Machine Learning

INESC-ID Scientific Area

Information and Decision Support Systems (IDSS).