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Professor/Researcher in the Applied Computing Graduate Program Program (UNISINOS); Dean of UNISINOS Polytechnic School. Head of the UNISINOS Graduate Degree Program in Applied Computer Science (2016-2017). Head of the UNISINOS Undergraduate Degree Program in Computer Science (2011-2015). Bsc in Computer Science  at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul PUCRS (1990); MsC in Computer Science  at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul UFRGS (1993); PhD in Computer Science at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul UFRGS (2008).  Post doctorate at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg/Germany (2018). Professor and Researcher at UNISINOS University, since 1995. Research areas: Artificial Intelligence, Semantic Web, Natural Language Processing, Distance Education. Publications: Full papers published in journals: 37; Papers published in conference proceedings (full): 89; Books published and organized: 5; Book chapters published 9. Thesis supervision: Master Dissertations completed: 13; Co-oriented Master dissertations: 6; Master dissertations in progress: 09; Doctoral thesis in progress: 2;

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Works in the areas of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, focusing on the areas of Multimodel Interaction, Natural Language Processing, Semantic Web and Cognitive Computing. The main fields of application are Education, Distance Learning, Law and Health. He is researcher in Applied Computing Program of UNISINOS. Institutional Representative of SBC at UNISINOS, member of the Computer Science advisory committee for ENADE/INEP. Received a productivity grant in Technological Development (CNPQ/DT 2) from Nacional Council of Cientific and Technological Development (CNPq). Since 2012 registered 5 computer programs in the INPI.


Coordinates the project A recognition model of Textual Linkage based on Linguistics and Semantics. Participates in the team of the following projects, An Interoperable Model and based on Blockchain for Electronic Records in the scope of uHospital; Analyzing Features and Applications to Improve Performance of Dell Systems; THE CITY AS A LEARNING AREA: a proposal in a collaborative network about gamification in education in the era of mobility; CNPq Universal Project - Collaborator - Hospital Rooms of the Future: A Ubiquitous Model for Analysis and Correlation of Patient Vital Signs using Intelligent Algorithms; Also participates in the project Semantic Technologies and Systems of Recovery of Legal Information, developed next to the PPG of Applied Linguistics of UNISINOS.


Acts as innovation consultant with companies and startups, having worked in the development of research projects development and innovation with several institutions, such as SESI, GVDASA Informatica, HOOKIT social network, Dreamtrip, Qualis, Integra, besides other innovation projects at UNISINOS.


On going projects

An Interoperable and Block-based Model for Electronic Records within the uHospital (Collaborator): Electronic records are digital records that store people's health records. Typically these records contain the partial view of the relationship of a patient with a particular health care institution, such as clinics, hospitals, and laboratories. A major trend in the area is to enable an integrated view of the health of a person from birth, including relationships with different professionals and institutions. With the advent of the Internet of Things, this unified registry could also include data obtained from sensors or wearables, complementing the stored information. This integrated vision of one's health, many sometimes referred to as a personal electronic medical record, presents several challenges, among which the management of the large volume of data produced and the guarantee of interoperability with different formats and legacy systems. In this context, the present project proposes a distributed architecture, based on the Blockchain technology, to enable access and storage of health records in a scalable and safe. In addition, the project models this information through a collection of ontologies based on the OpenEHR standard, allowing semantic interoperability with different electronic medical records. To evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed model, a prototype will be developed, in which anonymous patients from the Hospital de Clínicas of Porto Alegre. The project is part of the uHospital, which employs diverse concepts of mobile and ubiquitous computing in efficient hospital health management.

THE CITY AS A LEARNING SPACE: a collaborative network proposal about the gamification in education in the mobility era (collaborator): This project aims to build a teaching and research network with a view to boosting the development of actions collaborative and cooperative, in view of the qualification of the Postgraduate Programs involved in this proposal, as well as how to understand how the city can be constituted in hybrid and multimodal spaces of coexistence of learning, using the concept of gamification in education. This proposal, which contemplates three Brazilian universities and their respective postgraduate programs, lines and research groups, is justified by the need to produce and disseminate knowledge in the the field of education and gamification, as well as the union of expertises and the construction of a teaching and cooperative research, which makes it possible to contribute to the qualification of the stricto sensu with regard to education with digital images. As for the participants, this project contemplates three Postgraduate Programs in Education of the country of regions (Northeast, Southeast and South), two of which have concept 7 by the Coordination of Higher Level (Capes). This aspect contributes significantly to the innovation and consolidation of research to be developed. The choice for the partnership with the teachers of the respective programs was due to the fact that have in common studies, projects, research and publications in the field of education, digital cultures, electronic games, information and communication technologies (ICT) and gamification.

CNPq Universal Project - Collaborator - Hospital Rooms of the Future: A Ubiquitous Model for Analysis and Correlation of Patient Vital Signs employing Intelligent Algorithms (Collaborator): Project certified by SAP BRASIL LTDA on 07/11/2017. Description: It is nowadays perceived that in hospital rooms various patient data, including vital signs, are collected manually or automatically by isolated devices. Many patient data are stored in spreadsheets, not integrated into the electronic health record, and requiring professionals allocated specifically for this task. In addition, particularly in Brazil, due to bidding processes and fluctuations in the economy, medical devices found in hospital rooms are heterogeneous, from different manufacturers and with different forms of interconnection. A possible solution to overcome these limitations is to connect the devices to the Internet through a distributed platform, typically using cloud computing, which is being called the Internet of Things. In this context, this project proposes the integration of several data sources, collected in a hospital room, using an intelligent algorithm that identifies and correlates the vital signs of the patients, detecting possible health risks and making possible actions. An expected impact of this work is related to efficiency, allowing optimization of existing resources, as well as seeking to minimize the risk to patients' health. The proposed solution is based on a combination of hardware and software that will allow integrating various patient data, hospitalized in hospital rooms, through the use of machine learning, cloud computing and ubiquitous computing techniques, in which technologies are integrated with the real environment in a transparent way. Looks like: SAP Labs Latin America, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Medical Valley Europäische Metropolregion Nürberg and Mother of God Health System.

A Textual Binding Recognition Model based on Linguistics and Semantics (Universal / CNPQ) (Coordinator): The general objective of the work is to develop and describe a model that              make it possible to carry out several types of analysis that              link between a textual short message containing the response              correct for a question and other textual messages containing the              answers to this same question. Given the character of              social need for this type of solution, is also part of the              broader set of overall project objectives              solutions obtained from contact with              development of software in areas of innovation, as well as the              performance to qualify the human resources involved in the project,              directly or indirectly, within the various technical areas              treated.

Semantic Technologies and                Legal Information (CNJ / CAPES) (Collaborator):The project              Semantic Technologies and Information Retrieval Systems              Juridical practice has a multidisciplinary character, since it              professionals in the areas of Linguistics, with emphasis on Semantics              Computational and Terminology, and Computer Science, with a focus on              in the areas of Natural Language Processing. Turning to the              computerization of legal information, the group proposes to              develop and implement a semantic-conceptual model of the domain              Brazilian law, so as to be integrated with search and              retrieval of information on sites that store documentation              legal basis.

uHospital: Model for Ubiquitous Care Management in                Hospitals (CNPQ) (Contributor): The project proposes to              to explore the situation science to combine              information from the patient's context, including data being              continuously monitored, with information already available in the              electronic medical record. To achieve this goal, the uHospital              employs ontologies that will be constructed from              international and established health services. In this way, the              model allows for the management of ubiquitous care in              hospitals, centered in a PHR, allowing the inference of situations              of patients.


HOOKIT: Semantics search engine and natural language for a global platform of social commerce in fashion and design. (TECNOVA/FINEP/FAPERGS) (Coordinator)

The general objective of the project was to conceptualize and develop a service architecture based on Web Semantics and in the usage of natural language and collaborative recommendations to support the consolidation and expansion of a social commerce platform that integrates e-commerce services into the areas of fashion and design (

Model of prediction of urban mobility(CNPQ)(Collaborator)

The objective of this project was to develop a mathematical-statistical software to analyze the movement of pedestrians and vehicles, in a way that will simulate alternatives to decisions of urban design and check the influence of the urbanistic regimes in the planning of new areas and preexistent ones.

Development of digital games related to cultural sites and places of historical heritage (SCIT/RS) (Coordinator):

The goal of this project was to create digital games while innovative products aligned with the industry of content and new media, related to the activities that are bound to cultural sites and places of historical heritage, specifically the cultural site and historical heritage of the Jesuitic Missions in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in south of Brazil.

2011-2014 Alfa Gaviota: Grupos Académicos para la VIsualización Orientada por Tecnologías Apropiadas - Edital Alfa III (Comunidade Européia)(Colaborador): The overall objective             of the proposal is that Higher Education (HEI) in Latin America and Europe             are protagonists in the sustainable human development of their             regions, that is to say, contribute to the economic and social             social cohesion. The specific objectives of the proposal are: 1-             Expand and consolidate Latin American and European HEI networks in             applied research on human development needs             the most disadvantaged population in Latin America; 2-             Strengthen the link between HEIs and the rest of             local development (public sector, business and collective             disadvantaged groups of civil society) through joint work in the             field of advanced digital visualization. Unisinos is responsible for             in the project for making products on mobile devices, with             use of Augmented Reality, for the Way of the Rocks,             integration with other routes and routes             Cultural Centers in the RS, in order to recognize the local and regional culture             of the state of Rio Grande do Sul in the events that the state will host in             2014 and 2016. The ultimate goal is the development of an application             for mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, using the             concepts of ubiquitous tourism, such as context sensitivity,             semantic web and advanced visualization. A             tool for the iOS (iPad and iPhone) platform focused on the             Stones in Bento Gonçalves in Brazil.

2011-2014 Application of Data Mining features to                support for diagnosis and follow-up in educational settings                (RHAE / CNPQ) (Coordinator): The project is dedicated to the              of Data Mining resources in the discovery of information that              can be used for diagnosis and follow-up in              education.

2010-2012 Second Life meta-anatomy: a proposal                in i-Learning (FAPERGS / RICESU) (Collaborator): Anatomy in the              Second Life: a proposal in i-Learning is a project of              development and research in the area of Immersive Learning              (i-Learning). The project was carried out in the context of RICESU, for a              inter-institutional and interdisciplinary group (involving              anatomy discipline, pedagogical team and technical staff of the              different Institutions of Catholic Higher Education IESC              project participants). The project refers specifically to the              creation of a 3D space, linked to a proposal              pedagogical, for teaching and learning Anatomy, in the              context of RICESU Island. From the creation of this space,              it is intended to be an ECODI within the framework of the              teaching and learning processes related to the concepts of              area of Anatomy.

2009-2011 EL Gate - European - Latin American university cooperation Gate (ALFA/União Européia)(Colaborador): EL Gate was a 30-month project co-financed by the European Commission             of the ALFA Program. The ALFA Program supports cooperation between             European and Latin American higher education institutions. The             Gate aims to strengthen the management and governance of universities             Latin American countries in the identification and implementation of             cooperation. In particular, the project aims to design an online course             and a web-based Community of Practice in order to strengthen             competencies of managers to successfully supervise             external contacts with foreign partners and participation in             research projects. The partnership is led by             Italian University: Università Telematica Guglielmo Marconi e             includes the following Universities: University of the Rio de             Sinos, Brazil; Open University, Portugal; University of             Salvador, Argentina; Fundacion Uvirtual, Bolivia; and university             State Government, Costa Rica.


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