José Manuel Baptista graduated in “Electrical and Computer Engineering” from the University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, in 1991, followed by the M.Sc. degree in “Physics of Laser Communications” from the University of Essex, Colchester, U.K., in 1993, and then he obtained the Ph.D. degree in “Electrical and Computer Engineering” from the University of Porto, in 2002.
Currently, he is the Vice-Rector of the University of Madeira for Research and External Relations. He is Associate Professor of the Exact Sciences and Engineering Department of the University of Madeira, Portugal. He is also Senior Researcher in the Optoelectronics and Electronics Systems Unit at INESC Porto, Portugal.
His main scientific areas are the fiber optic sensors, fiber optic communications and fiber optic technologies. He is author of 78 journal publications, 110 communications in national and international conferences, 3 chapter books, 2 patents, reviewer of several scientific publications, and member of various international scientific organizations. He was recently the Leader of the European INTERREG SUDOE Project "ECOAL-MGT - Ecological Management of Coal Waste Piles, SOE3/P2/P714 and he has participated in several national and international funded scientific projects.