Mário M. Freire is a Full Professor of Computer Science at University of Beira Interior (UBI), Covilhã, Portugal, which he joined in the Fall of 1994, and a Researcher of the Multimedia Signal Processing - Covilhã Group at Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), where he maintains an active and well-funded research program in the broad fields of computer networks and systems.
Dr. Mário Freire received the Habilitation title in Computer Science from UBI in 2007 and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from UBI in 2000. He received the two-year Master of Science degree in Systems and Automation and the five-year Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1994 and 1992, respectively, both from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, one of the oldest universities in continuous operation in the world, established in 1290. When he was a MS student at University of Coimbra, he was also a trainee researcher for a short period in the Spring of 1993 at the Research Centre of Alcatel-SEL (now Alcatel-Lucent) in Stuttgart, Germany.
He teaches courses on network architecture and protocols and multimedia networking at the MS program in Computer Science and Engineering and Advanced Topics in Peer-to-Peer Networks at the PhD Program in Computer Science and Engineering at UBI.
Dr. Mario Freire is a chartered engineer by the Portuguese Order of Engineers – Computer Science and Engineering College and he is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the IEEE Communications Society, a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a member of the Internet Society. He was the Coordinator of the Computer Science and Engineering Chapter of the Portuguese Order of Engineers – Center Region for the terms 2007/2010 and 2010/2013 and was a member of the National Council of this chapter for the term 2004-2007. He was also the Chair of IEEE Computer Society Chapter - Portugal Section for the term 2005-2009.