Short Personal Interview



Rui Henriques was born in 1987, in Lisbon he is an INESC-ID Researcher since 2010, integrating the Scientic Area Information and Decision Support Systems (IDSS).




How did you get to INESC-ID?

Master thesis at IST



highly supportive, particularly team-, staff- and logistic-wise. Impeccable project support, HR contracting, budget execution facilities, access to legal opinion, acquisition processes, and formalization of bilateral agreements.


Research project(s) under development

ILU – Integrative Learning from Urban Data and Situational Context for City Mobility Optimization (ILU (IDSS))


WISDOM – Water Intelligence System Data

Data2Help – Data Science for Optimization of Emergency Medical Services

iCare4U – Decision Support System for Personalized Medicine in ICUs




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

Biomedical data analysis for disease study, therapeutics and prognostics (primary research); Urban data analysis to assist mobility planning; Sensor data analysis for detecting fault behavior in utility supply/distribution systems; Spatiotemporal data analysis to optimize resource allocation



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

Multi-omic data analysis to identify the frontiers between psychiatric disorders, especially psychotic (such as schizophrenia) and affective (such as bipolar disease), and assess the adequacy of molecular therapies (specially antipsychotic drugs and mood stabilizers) at a personalized level.


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

Maybe time. The necessary time for validating therapeutic possibilities and translating the contributions into the daily clinical practice.


What book are you currently reading?

“Cada um vê o que quer num molho de couves” by Isabel Abecassis Empis


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?

Study diseases, especially mental illnesses, dementia, and cancer, in order to offer better therapies for restoring our natural states of health and well-being.







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Training / Research Area(s)

Machine Learning, Data Science, Epigenetics, Health Informatics



INESC-ID Scientific Area

Information and Decision Support Systems (IDSS)