Hi!
I am a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Dr. Pietro Lio'. I'm interested in applications of computational methods in neuroscience, in particular in neurodegenerative diseases. My work is being supported by the W D Armstrong scholarship.
I did my undergraduate degree in Informatics and Computing Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal.
I am a student of Churchill College, being the Environment Officer of the Churchill College MCR since October 2016.
Feel free to drop me an email to discuss anything you want, related or not with what you find in this webpage :)


Experience

Supervisor at University of Cambridge (Oct 2016 -)

Object-Oriented Programming (Michaelmas 2016), Databases (Lent 2017), Topical Issues (Lent 2017)

Research Assistant (Dec 2015 - Jul 2016)

Research Assistantship under the In2Rail project, at Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal

Undergraduate Research Assistant (Sep 2014 - Feb 2015)

Research Assistantship under two different projects, one from Movercado, and another from the Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Laboratory (LIACC)

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant & Tutor (Mar 2013 - Dec 2014)

Responsible for assisting students in varied classes of my undergraduate degree

Education

PhD in Computer Science (2016 -)

University of Cambridge (Churchill College)
Supervisor: Dr. Pietro Lio'

Masters in Informatics and Computing Engineering (2010 - 2015)

Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal
Grade: 19 out of 20 (first of my class)
Dissertation's Supervisor: Dr. Rosaldo Rossetti

Complementary Course of Flute (2005 - 2012)

Fundação Conservatório Regional de Gaia, Portugal
Grade: 17 out of 20

Awards and Distinctions

"Glintt Award" and "Academic and Civic Recognition Award Student André Silva" (Nov 2016)

Both prizes are awarded by the Faculty of Engineering. "Glintt Award" is given to the student who finishes the Masters in Informatics with the best grade. The "André Silva" award is given to the graduate who was able to combine both an excellent academic and civic performance

Merit Scholarships (2013, 2015)

For being a top student at Faculty of Engineering, awarded by University of Porto to 13 out of ~6000 students

Representative of Portugal in WSA-mobile (Jul 2014)

Together with Daniel Nora, Filipe Oliveira, Jorge Costa and Tiago Bluemel, in the m-Entertainment & Lifestyle category

Finalist & Best IT Project Honour Mention in iUP25k (May 2014)

Prize won with Daniel Nora, Jorge Costa and Tiago Bluemel in a business idea contest promoted by University of Porto

2nd Place in Agile Marathon for e-commerce (Oct 2013)

Prize won with Catarina Almeida, Filipe Oliveira, Pedro Letra, Rui Gonçalves and Tiago Costa. 29 hours non-stop marathon for the development of an application for Continente's online store

Publications

Tiago Azevedo. From the Ground to the Cloud: Towards an Integrated Transportation Simulation Platform. Master’s thesis, Jun 2015. graded 19/20. Supervised by Dr. Rosalso J. F. Rossetti. Co-Supervised by Dr. Jorge G. Barbosa.

Tiago Azevedo, Rosaldo J. F. Rossetti, and Jorge G. Barbosa. Densifying the Sparse Cloud SimSaaS: The need of a Synergy among Agent-directed Simulation, SimSaaS and HLA. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications (SIMULTECH 2015), pages 172–177, 2015.

Tiago Azevedo, Rosaldo J. F. Rossetti, and Jorge G. Barbosa. A State-of-the-art Integrated Transportation Simulation Platform. In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems (MT-ITS 2015), 2015.

Tiago Azevedo, Paulo J. M. de Araújo, Rosaldo J. F. Rossetti, and Ana Paula Rocha. JADE, TraSMAPI and SUMO: A tool-chain for simulating traffic light control. In Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Agents in Traffic and Transportation, ATT’14, held at the Thirteenth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS’14, volume 1, pages 8–15, 2014.

Training

Workshop Brain Medicine for non-specialists, Innsbruck, 5-7 July 2017

Workshop Neurobiology for non-specialists, Innsbruck, 3-5 July 2017

Workshop: The Virtual Brain, Marseille, 15-16 May 2017

Training course An Introduction to Solving Biological Problems with R, by Bioinformatics Training, University of Cambridge, 6-7 April 2017

Doctoral training: Biology at different scales: interplay between physics and integrative biology, Les Houches, 13-24 March 2017

Workshop Understanding Unconscious Bias, by Femi Otitoju, University of Cambridge, 19 October 2016

Supervising Undergraduates: An Introduction, by Dr. Rob Wallach, University of Cambridge, 5 October 2016

Media

(In Portuguese) Me and Jorge presenting Party Game in a television business program. Party Game is a mobile application developed together with Daniel, Filipe and Tiago Bluemel: https://youtu.be/8FDou2kCK70


Music

Despite my focus in my academic career, I have always tried hard to maintain a variety of personal interests and activities that I love. During my time in Portugal I have participated in several classical music activities such as integrating orchestras, playing solo or playing with small ensembles notwithstanding I have an eclectic taste for different genres.


My activities as a musician can be summarised in the following list (I keep such very good memories of all these times): flutist in Crestuma Wind Band (Jan 2013 - Jul 2016), conductor/responsible for a small kids choral in my Parish (Dec 2012 - Jul 2016), flutist in the Jazz Group of Faculty (Nov 2012 - Nov 2015) and flute teacher (Sep 2014 - Dec 2015)


With hard work, even an amateur wind band can make good music. Just as an example, look at such a beautiful music I gladly participated in (Crestuma Wind Band got a 2nd place in this music contest!):



"Without music life would be a mistake" -- Friedrich Nietzsche


Doing good

"Doing good" is rather a very generic thing, but I do think that what we do in our lives must be not only centered on us. More and more we see examples of egoism, divisions, fear, and that's why I kindly let this section in my personal webpage. I hope this section can be useful to you to get ideas to improve our world, one step at a time. Please, feel free to drop me an email if you want to discuss or ask something related with this, good or bad!

Fortunately, I had quite a few good experiences:

Missão País (Feb 2015, Feb 2016)

Missão País (Nation Mission) is a catholic project in which college students go to a village and help the people there during one week in February. Each faculty goes to a different place. In my case, around 50 students from my Faculty went one week in February to Vila Nova de Foz Côa (Portugal) and helped in the Retirement Home by talking to the old people, animated children (with and without disabilities), knocked doors looking whether someone needed help, went to a local school talking about the project and animated local catholic masses

Grão (Nov 2015 - Sep 2016)

Grão (Grain, in Portuguese) is a volunteer project with a Jesuit inspiration, formed by university students and young professionals in Porto, Portugal. Grão aims to promote development missions during the Summer in Portuguese-speaking African countries working with NGOs and other local organisations in the field. From November to July, we have training sessions, intense fundraising events and regular volunteer actions. So, after nine months, a group of five girls and I went on a mission to Benguela, Angola, for two months. Two other missions were sent to Mozambique this Summer.
Here it is one video per each mission (Benguela, Fonte Boa and Lifidzi) with few nice moments:

Some pointers that might be useful

80000 Hours

You will probably spend 80000 hours in your career. So, 80k Hours aims at providing the best advice and help for the ones who want to have a social impact. Some suggestions are not as obvious as you might think.

Effective Altruism

Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement that applies evidence and reasoning to determine the most effective ways to improve the world. Rather than just doing what feels right, they use evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on.

Giving What We Can

Giving What We Can is a community of effective givers. They inspire people to donate significantly and as effectively as possible. Have you considered doing a pledge to donate just a small amount of your income to the best charities? Have a look!