techUK AI Leaders | Paulo Gomes, CRITICAL Software

3 Jan 2019 02:51 PM

This month’s AI Leader is Paulo Gomes, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, at CRITICAL Software.

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This Month’s AI Leader Is Paulo Gomes, Head of Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning, at Critical Software.

We asked Paulo 10 questions about his work and experiences with AI. Read on for a taster and find the full interview below. 

What Is Your Current Role And Responsibilities?

I am the Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI and ML) at Critical Software, and my main mission is to develop the function to create AI and ML solutions, so that we can leverage these areas inside Critical Software and provide better solutions to our customers. Some of my main responsibilities include: technical management of projects, training internal and external resources, preparing technical proposals, business development, and defining the strategy for the AI and ML areas. Since I joined Critical, the AI team has grown to 20 people, comprising of AI and ML technical managers, AI developers, data scientists and data engineers.

What is Your Background That Led You to AI?

I have more than 20 years of experience in the areas of AL and ML). I started studying AI in 1994 when I was doing my BSc and my professional path started in the University of Coimbra in 1996 where I was an Assistant Professor and Researcher until December 2015. I finished my PhD in 2004 and since then have coordinated more than 30 industry projects within the University scope. Parallel to my academic career, I founded three AI based companies. AI has entrenched my professional life so far and I intend for it to continue to do so.