Creating and sharing knowledge for telecommunications

Rui Morais


on 04-06-2020

... From there on I’m engaged in the participation of national and international research projects as well as in the design of optimization algorithms for the company planning tool. (see more)







I started my story with IT in 2007, after I finished my pre-Bologna course in Applied Mathematics and Computation. At that time I joined the Optical Communications group of IT Aveiro under the supervision of Prof. Armando Nolasco Pinto. The task was to develop statistical tools for the dimensioning of multilayer networks and the project was funded by IT and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN). At that time I didn’t even know that optical fibers existed! This project was also the opportunity to pursuit an MSc in Mathematics and Applications. After, I had collaborated in various research projects regarding the optimization of multilayer networks, funded either by FCT and PT-Inovação. This was also an important time as allowed me to gain experience in industry and academia oriented research (not always both have the same goal). However, the big step was done in 2011 when I was invited by Prof. Paulo Monteiro to join the research group of NSN as a PhD candidate. It was a big decision as I needed to move to Lisbon but attend all my PhD classes in Aveiro, resulting in a lot of time on the road! Transport networks were moving from point-to-point optical networks to multilayered meshed networks, and the optimization tools where key in this business. During my PhD I developed heuristic algorithms and ILP models that take into account the proprietary constraints of the equipment. Apparently, my job went well and in 2014 I was invited to join the research group of Coriant (in the meanwhile Coriant was formed comprising NSN optical business, Tellabs and Sycamore). From there on I’m engaged in the participation of national and international research projects as well as in the design of optimization algorithms for the company planning tool. As aforementioned, I still collaborate with IT and try to help new students to pursuit the same road as I. IT really changed my mind, and if in 2007 I would say that with some sadness inside, today I can said with proud that “I have entered IT as a mathematician and left as an engineer”.