Arlindo Oliveira

I am a professor of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). I am presently the President of IST and member of its executive board.

I obtained a PhD from UC Berkeley in 1994, after a BSc and a MSc from IST, in 1986 and 1989, respectively. My major areas of interest are Algorithms and Complexity, Machine Learning, Bioinformatics and Digital Circuit Design. I have worked at CERN, Cadence Laboratories and INESC-ID.

I am a member of the Portuguese Academy of Engineering and a senior member of IEEE.


Computer Architecture

A book on computer architecture that I co-authored (in Portuguese), published by IST Press. It covers digital circuits, basic computer architecture, assembly programming and a bit of more advanced architectures, using the P3, a small and simple processor developed in the book.


The Digital Mind: How Science is Redefining Humanity

A book I authored, published originally in English by MIT Press and, in a Portuguese version, by IST Press. It covers the relations between computers, evolution, complexity, life, brains, and minds and its implications on the future of intelligence (also avaliable at Amazon).


Digital Minds, the Blog

A blog that addresses the many questions raised by new technologies, in the areas of computers, artificial intelligence, bioengineering, neurosciences, bioinformatics and related matters. It is closely related with the topics addressed in the book.


Computer Generated Art

A few samples of computer generated art. Using algorithms that adapt the input to the style of particular artists, you too can transform your personal pictures into works of art. Your milleage may vary but, in some cases, quite surprising results can be obtained using these simple optimization algorithms.


Público: Chronicles

My monthly chronicles in the Portuguese newspaper Público, covering technology, information and communication technologies and science, in general (sorry, only available in Portuguese).


Book Reviews

Some book reviews I have been making, which are also part of the blog Digital Minds. They cover mosttly topics related with digital and artificial minds, but anything goes, really.


Learn to change the world

Give a man a fish, and feed him for one day. Teach a man to fish, and feed him for a lifetime. Now, teach a man to think, and he will change the world!


Técnico Learning Center

The Técnico Learning Center, a new space to learn and experiment, a forthcoming important facility for the city of Lisbon.


A different breed of people

We are a different breed of people. In a way, we never stopped being children. The same insatiable curiosity, the same fascination with the unkown...


ELIXIR Portugal Node

The ELIXIR Portugal Node, an infrastruture dedicated to the task of making bioinformatics useful to the Portuguese Scientific Community, where I serve as Head of Node. ELIXIR Portugal specializes in woody plants, but it provides services in all areas.


Scientific Publications

Journal and conference articles, in public and private databases, covering the period of 1984-2015, in the areas of algorithms, machine learning, bioinformatics, computational biology and computer aided design.


Current and former students

Current and former post-doctoral researchers, doctoral and master students, who have worked with me or have graduated under my supervision, from Instituto Superior Técnico.



INESC-ID, a research institute connected to IST, which develops work in the areas of computer science and electrical enginnering, in the topics of Energy, Information and Decision Support Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Electronics and Communication Networks.


Instituto Superior Técnico

Instituto Superior Técnico is the engineering school of the University of Lisbon, where I am professor and, currently, president. The largest engineering school in Portugal, it has more than 12000 students and ranks amongst the top 20 engineering schools in Europe.


CERN: Accelerating Science

Seeking and finding answers to questions about the universe, advancing the frontiers of technology, bringing nations together through science, training the scientists of tomorrow.


UC Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, where I obtained a PhD degree in 1994. Great place to live and to study, specially if you love idiosyncratic people and ideas, intelectual challenges and good food. Settled in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, it is truly a unique place to live and to study.



The beautiful city of Lisbon, full of wonderful views, smart restaurants and curious streets. The place to be if you love history, good food and friendly people. Also a great place to work, study or, simply, enjoy yourself in the company of friends.


Valores Próprios

The magazine of IST, featuring the many events that happen regularly in the school, covering education, research, entrepreneurship, sporting events and much, much more. The name is a play on words that, regrettably, is lost in translation.


Conferences and journals

Conferences that I organized or where I participated in the program committee and journals where I was editor, reviewer or contributor, in some other category.


Travel pictures

Some chosen pictures, mostly of places, landscapes and people, chosen from my favorites, in no particular order. The list will keep growing as I find the time to select the pictures.



Yeastract (Yeast Search for Transcription Regulators And Consensus Tracking) is a curated repository of more than 200.000 regulatory associations between transcription factors and target genes in Saccharomices cerevisiae.