Antonio Dias de Figueiredo is an emeritus professor of Information
Systems at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of
Coimbra (FCTUC), Portugal, where he acts as a senior researcher at the
Center for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra
(CISUC). He also acts as an independent consultant.
He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of
Manchester, U.K., in 1976. Between 1984 and 2007 he was Full Professor
of Informatics and Information Systems at the FCTUC, where he created,
in 1994, the Department of Informatics Engineering.
For a period of six years he represented Portugal in the
Intergovernmental Informatics Program of UNESCO, Paris, where he was
elected Vice-President for the Western Europe Region (1994/1996). He
integrated for a period of four years the NATO Special Program Panel on
Advanced Educational Technology, Brussels. He has participated in
various European projects, and acted on various occasions as a
consultant to the European Commission. He was the Chairman of PROMETEUS
(PROmoting Multimedia access to Education and Training in EUropean
Society), in 2000/2001. In 2004 he was the chair of the Context &
Learning SIG of the European project Kaleidoscope.
He was awarded an Honoris Causa by the Portuguese Open University, in
1997, and the Sigillum Magnum by the University of Bologna, Italy, in
2000. He has been granted the title of Information Society Personality
of the Year 2005 by APDSI, Oracle Portugal and Sun Portugal.
He co-edited several books and is the author of about two hundred
papers and book chapters. He has integrated many organizing and science
committees of national and international conferences. He co-authored,
with one of his research students, US Patent 7319998, Method and System
for Supporting Symbolic Serendipity. He is a member of the editorial
boards of various international and national journals.