Virgilio Almeida - Secretary for IT Policy for the Ministry of Science, Brazil

Secretary for Information Technology Policy for the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil

Virgilio A. F. Almeida is the Secretary for Information Technology Policy of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil. He is also a professor of the Computer Science Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. His areas of research interest include large scale distributed system, Internet, social computing, autonomic computing and performance modeling and analysis. He received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University, an MS in Computer Science, from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro and a BSEE from UFMG, Brazil. He was a visiting professor at Boston University (1996), Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona (2003), Polytechnic Institute of NYU (2007) and held visiting appointments at Santa Fe Institute (2008), Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratory (2001) and 2004) and Xerox Research Center (PARC 1997).

He published over 120 technical papers and co-authored five books on performance modeling, including "Performance By Design" (2004) "Capacity Planning for Web Services" (2002), and "Scaling for E-business" (2000) published by Prentice Hall. He has also been a member of the program committees of more than 20 national and international conferences as well as member of the editorial board of some important journals in his area of research. He has supervised more 50 PhD theses and MSc dissertations.

Prof. Almeida has received, among others, the National Award in Informatics (1991) and the Great Cross of the National Order of the Scientific Merit in 2009. Prof. Almeida is a full member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and TWAS, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.

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