Creating and sharing knowledge for telecommunications

João Gonçalves

on 04-06-2020

... Currently I work for Babylon Health, in London, as a technical lead in a backend development team. (see more)

Born and raised in Coimbra, I took the Computer Science and Software Engineering 5 year pre-bologna degree there. As I finalised the degree in the summer of 2006 I joined IT as a researcher where I worked on European Projects C-Mobile and C-Cast. In those projects I had the pleasure to work in close collaboration with Professors Rui Aguiar and Diogo Gomes, designing and implementing proof-of-concept architectures for context information management. In the tackled scenarios context information (e.g. location, proximity, activity, ...) was gathered and used by an application or service for adaptation, in order to improve the user experience. In 2008 I was hired by Portugal Telecom Inovação (now Altice Labs) and simultaneously enrolled in the MAP-i Doctoral Programme. After a curricular year I had to submit a thesis proposal and I asked Professors Rui Aguiar and Diogo Gomes if they would be my supervisors for a thesis targeting the privacy of context information - something familiar to us from our European projects work but that hadn't been specially focused at the time. They kindly agreed to collaborate once again. Back in 2009 privacy wasn't a hot topic, but that changed dramatically in the following of years, especially after the Snowden case in 2013. Throughout this period I often worked in the IT Aveiro premises and collaborating with the ATNoG research group there, where I got support setting up infrastructure for my experiments and taking my first steps in machine learning, as it became a need for my thesis. I defended my PhD in 2015, at a time when I had already left Portugal Telecom Inovação and moved to Belgium. This was the last professional collaboration to this date with IT, as since then I have been focusing mostly in industry software development positions, but I've kept informal contact with my supervisors. Currently I work for Babylon Health, in London, as a technical lead in a backend development team. We use Scala (programming language), semantic web technologies and machine learning to build services that support a medical chatbot.