Vânia Gonçalves graduated in Informatics and Computer Engineering (University of Porto, 2002), holds a master degree in Technology Policy (University of Cambridge, 2007) and in 2016 completed a joint-doctoral degree in Digital Media (University of Porto) and in Media and Communication Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) on the convergence of Future Internet and Online Video.
Vânia is currently a researcher at INESC TEC and an invited assistant professor at FEUP/U.Porto. She previously worked at imec-SMIT (formerly iMinds), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, conducting research on business model analysis and policy issues surrounding media and ICT, with particular focus on mobile communication markets and spectrum management. She has been involved in several Belgian and European FP7 projects related to 4G, cognitive radio systems, self-organising networks, wireless sensor networks, cloud computing platforms and mobile operator service platforms. She has also coordinated R&D activities at NMusic, an SME providing B2B media streaming platforms, and has been involved in H2020 projects dealing with Big Data and Media.
Before that, she was a trainnee and analyst at the European Commission, DG Information Society in 2007, in the areas of ITIL, information security policy, internet governance and Critical Information Infrastructure Protection. Previously, she also worked in the telecommunications sector as Networking and Security Engineer and as Enterprise Management Consultant at NOS Sistemas (formerly Mainroad) and held technical responsibilities at the University of Porto.
She is also an independent consultant in the areas of 5G and digital media and an H2020 expert evaluator.