Ph.D. (Imperial College – Univ. of London) (1987). Electrical eng. degrees (Bachelor 1979, MSc 1981) PUC-RIO. Visiting researcher at the University of Salamanca, Spain where stayed for at least 2 months a year since 2002. Presently, is a lecture at COPPE (Graduate School and Research Institute in Engineering) and at the Faculty of Medicine at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
Has been an active researcher in Machine Learning, Pattern Classification, Statistics and its applications in medicine. Holds worldwide patents, his articles have over 600 citations (ISI). Was the Founding President of the Brazilian Society of Neural Networks (presently Brazilian Society of Computational Intelligence) .
Received the Santander Award of Science and Innovation in 2006, was honored in 2009 with a grant from Fundación Carolina (Spain) and was the 2010 winner of the Nicola Albano Prize (Brazilian Society of Pediatrics). He is currently a member of the board of the EuroFlow consortium.