Paulo Novais is a Full Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Informatics, the School of Engineering, the University of Minho (Portugal) and a researcher at the ALGORITMI Centre in which he is the leader of the research group ISLab - Synthetic Intelligence lab, and the coordinator of the research line Computer Science and Technology (CST).
Coordinator of LASI (Intelligent Systems Associate Laboratory).
He is the director of the PhD Program in Informatics and co-founder and Deputy Director of the Master in Law and Informatics at the University of Minho.
He started his career developing scientific research in the field of Intelligent Systems/Artificial Intelligence (AI), namely in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Machine Learning and Multi-Agent Systems. His interest, in the last years, was absorbed by the different, yet closely related, concepts of Ambient Intelligence/Ambient Assisted Living, Conflict Resolution, Behavioural Analysis, Intelligent Tutors and the incorporation of AI methods and techniques in these fields.
His main research aim is to make systems a little smarter, intelligent and also reliable.
He is the co-author of over 450 book chapters, journal papers, conference and workshop papers and books.
President of General Assembly and Former president of APPIA (the Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence) between 2016 and 2019, Senior member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Member of the IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) - TC 12 Artificial Intelligence and of the executive committee of the IBERAMIA(IberoAmerican Society of Artificial Intelligence), and Coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the Gulbenkian Scholarship Program “New Talent in Artificial Intelligence” of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
He has served as an expert of several institutions such as EU Commission, FCT (Portuguese agency that supports science, technology and innovation), A3ES (Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education) and ANI (National Innovation Agency).