Short Personal Interview


Miguel Pupo Correia was born in 1968, in Figueira da Foz, Portugal. He is an INESC-ID Researcher since 2011, integrating the Scientic Area Distributed, Parallel and Secure Systems (DPSS). Miguel Pupo Correia is also member of the Scientific Council of INESC-ID.



How did you get to INESC-ID?

When I was contracted by IST early 2011, I naturally joined INESC-ID and the Distributed Systems Group. I was with INESC years before, until 1997, before INESC-ID existed.



A great place for doing research!


Research project(s) under development

QualiChain – Decentralised Qualifications

DE4A – Digital Europe for All


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

Blockchain-based applications for improving (ex-)student mobility and contracting.


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

A great project was SafeCloud. The persons involved were great and we had very nice results on cloud security.


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

Similarly to most Computer Science and Engineering subareas, in mine there are too many researchers world-wide and industry producing new products fast, so the area evolves so quickly that it’s hard to see which directions will have impact in the medium term, not to say long term.


What book are you currently reading?

One that I’ve read recently and enjoyed was “Saint Peter’s Fair”, a medieval mystery novel by Ellis Peters. I have also been enjoying some old books by Armando Ferreira, a 20th century journalist who was an IST graduate.


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

In short: teaching and investigating, which are deeply entangled activities.


How do you see the mission of mission 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”?

As a researcher my main focus is on academic research: keeping up to date with the literature and producing new results. However, I also interact with society in different ways, from roles in external organizations (EBP, .PT) to collaborations with industry. These interactions are useful to fertilize more fundamental research, but also to understand what society needs from us as researchers and teachers.




Academic Degree



Training / Research Area(s)

Cybersecurity, Dependability, Distributed Systems


INESC-ID Scientific Area

Distributed, Parallel and Secure Systems (DPSS)




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