Fernando Silva is currently a Professor of Computer Science at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto (FCUP), Department of Computer Science. He studied Applied Mathematics at the University of Porto (UP) and obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK (1993). In 2007, obtained the Habilitation in Informatics from the New University of Lisbon. From 2018 to 2022, he served as Vice-Rector of the University of Porto responsible for the Digital University, Quality and Continuous Improvement. He currently is a member of the Scientific Council of FCUP and a member of the MAP-i of the scientific board of MAP-i doctoral program.
He founded in 2007 the Center for Research in Advanced Computing Systems (CRACS) which he led until 2018. From 2007 to 2018, he was a member of the scientific board of the Doctoral Program in Computer Science of the Universities of Minho, Aveiro, and Porto (MAP-i), being Director in 2008/09 and 2013/14. From 2007 to 2018, he was PI for the Dual PhD Degree in Computer Science between MAP-i and Carnegie Mellon University, representing UP, and between 2014 and 2017 was Co-Director for Advanced Computing in the UTAustin-Portugal initiative. He was head of the Computer Science Department in 2006 and 2007. From 2014 to 2018, he served as a member of the Scientific Council and the Representatives Council of FCUP. He also served on the first Ethics Committee of the University of Porto (2008/12), representing the sub-committee for the exact sciences and technologies.
His primary research interests are in parallel and distributed computing, mobile edge clouds, programming languages, algorithms for motif discovery in complex networks, and applications in information mining. He has advised 14 completed PhD theses in these areas. He has been invited to scientific committees of several workshops and conferences, was the general chair of the ICLP'2007, program chair of IBERGRID'2008, and was general and program chair of Euro-Par'2014. From 2017 to 2022 he was Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of Euro-Par and has been the elected Chair since 2022. He has co-authored over 120 research publications and has led research projects totaling over 4 million euros, and also led digital transformation projects at UP totaling over 10 million euros. He is the scientific leader of Authenticus (www.authenticus.pt) a national publications metadata repository that uses identification algorithms to associate publications with researchers and institutions.