Vasco Amaral Obtained his PhD in computer Science in 2005 at the Database Management Systems group at University of Mannheim Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Guido Moerkotte. He got his title as Eng. Informático (5 years pre-Bologna degree) in 1998 at IST - University of Lisbon. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science group Science and Technology of Programming Section (CTP) of UNL (Universidade Nova de Lisboa ). He is also integrated member, and founding member, of NOVA LINCS.

Vasco Amaral current research interests are focused on Model-Driven Development, Software Language Engineering, and use of Domain-Specific Languages for Cyber-Physical Systems Development as well as how to design such systems considering the Human in the Loop as a component of such system (and not only as an end user of such systems). Vasco develops and deploys tools to support the Language Engineering techniques, namely model transformations and for quality assessment of the developed languages in terms of usability. Besides he is interested in building pragmatic solutions that aim at adressing societal concerns such as low Energy consumption, Smart cities engineering, Ambient Assisted Living, Information and Communication Technology for Developing Countries.

In the past, Vasco Amaral was the PI or member of several projects: BATIC3S (PI FCT/MCTES funded 120K), SINFIC IPDMS (PI private funding 120K), ATLAS (CERN), HERA-B (CERN), AMPLE (European Funding). He is presently Vice-chair of the COST action Multi paradigm Modelling for Cyber-physical Systems (MPM4CPS) http://www.mpm4cps.eu/  and MC member of the Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data applications (CHIPSET) network http://chipset-cost.eu/

He is a member of steering, programme committees, and serves as reviewer, of several International Journals, Conferences and workshops among which SoSym, SQJ, COMLAN, IST, JSS, AUTCON, MODELS, SAC, COMPSAC,SLE, VLHCC, FedSis, Winter Sim, Spring Sim, Workshop MPM, among others. He was also the co-organizer of the 10th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology - QUATIC,  and is the PC co-chair of QUATIC 2018.

Vasco is the Programme Committee co-Chair of QUATIC 2018 (http://www.quatic.org).

He was the founder and permanent member of the steering committee of the "International Summer School on Domain Specific Modeling - Theory and Practice DSM-TP", already in its 8th Edition (annual event).

Vasco Amaral was in 2006 Guest Co-Editor of Springer's Software Quality Journal issue: "Quality in Model-Driven Engineering (QMDE)" and is presently Guest Co-editor of the Elsevier’s Computer Languages, Systems and  Structures Journal issue: “Quality in Model Driven Engineering”.

Vasco Amaral is Senior Member and elected member of Quality Council in the Portuguese Engineers Association Ordem dos Engenheiros, (previously, since 2007 was Coordinator of the Southern region of Portugal for the Software Engineers College,  in Portuguese "Coordenador da região Sul do Colégio de Informática da OE"). He is also a Senior member of IEEE and vice chair of IEEE-Portugal Section Computing chapter (since 2014). Besides, he is currently a member of the Portuguese Association for IT Quality (IPQ) : Associação da CS03 para a Qualidade nas Tecnologias de Informação e Comunicações.

Vasco co-organized, in the role of Program Committee chair of the conference CIJE 2012, "Congresso Ibérico de Jovens Engenheiros", that has received the "European Citizen Prize", a distinction by the European Parliament.

Past experience:
Has worked from 1999 to 2005 at the High Energy Physics experiments named Hera-B at the international laboratory DESY Hamburg - Germany (as Software Engineer 1999-2001 and as Database Group Coordinator 2001-2005, grant financed by LIP/FCT project with Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia do Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia). I have also worked at the HEP experiment ATLAS at CERN as Software Engineer (as LIP http://www.lip.pt research collaborator, funded by FCT Project).

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