Prof. Rodrigo Rodrigues,

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal


Cloud computing is a fast growing, multi-billion dollar industry, with
several forecasts predicting an annual growth rate for this market that
is well above 20% during the remainder of the current decade. In this
talk I will give an overview of cloud computing, its history, its
particular characteristics that distinguish it from conventional
distributed systems, and some interesting research challenges that stem
from these distinctive features. I will also present two projects that
members of my group have worked on over the past few years addressing
some of these research challenges, and discuss some open problems in
this area.


Rodrigo Rodrigues is an associate professor at the Universidade Nova de
Lisboa and a member of the NOVA-LINCS research lab. Previously, he was a
tenure-track faculty at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
(MPI-SWS) where he led the Dependable Systems Group, and an assistant
professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and a researcher at
INESC-ID. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
with a doctoral degree in 2005. During his PhD, he was a researcher at
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, under the
supervision of Prof. Barbara Liskov. He received his Master’s degree
from MIT in 2001, and an undergraduate degree from the IST in 1998. He
has won several fellowships and awards, including a best paper award at
the 18th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP), a special
recognition award from MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science, and was awarded the first ERC (starting) grant in
Computer Science in Portugal. (


Maria Inês Camarate de Campos Lynce de Faria


IST, room EA3