dr. J.L. Rebelo Moreira (João)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I am Brazilian and I started working at the University of Twente in 2014 as a PhD candidate in the Services and Cyber-Security (SCS) group. My research targets the precise and unambiguous description of data (semantic interoperability) for ICT solutions towards seamless data integration and analytics. In particular, my PhD research focused on artificial intelligence for data integration in smart emergency services that are supported by the Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies, within the context of disaster risk reduction for smart cities. During my PhD research I published several peer-reviewed papers, including a best paper award in the Formal Ontology for Information System conference (FOIS 2018), also playing the role of reviewer of academic publications for journals and conferences.

Before coming to the Netherlands I graduated in computer science (bachelor) and informatics (master) in the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). In addition to the academic career, I accumulated experience working in industry (since 2001), as programmer and system analyst in small companies, and as "DevOps", enterprise architect and ICT project manager while working for the Operator of the National Electricity System (ONS).

Currently I have been working in the application of the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) (meta)data principles in multiple contexts, such as for the reproducibility of scientific workflows (machine learning pipelines), which was the topic of my postdoctoral research at the VU Amsterdam (2019). In addition, I contribute to standardization initiatives, such as the European Telecommunication Standardization Institute (ETSI), the implementation networks of GO-FAIR (representing GO-FAIR Brazil office in Europe) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA).

I have been teaching in graduation and post graduation courses since 2008, when I used to give lectures of business intelligence and data warehousing, particularly on methods and tools for Extract, Transform and Loading (ETL), and On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP). In addition, I used to teach on-premise courses on software engineering topics, e.g., software design, programming, enterprise architecture and application lifecycle management.  Currently, I am responsible for the master courses on Architecture of Information Systems and Smart Industry, and I also participate in the master courses of Design Science Methodology, Service-oriented Architecture with Web services, and Model-Driven Engineering. I am particularly interested in metascience, applying teaching and learning methodologies such as constructivism and lifelong learning.

Personally, I consider myself as a "family guy" who loves to spend time with my son and my wife, as well as with relatives and friends. I am a sports' lover, I enjoy watching any type of sports, and I like to run, surf and play soccer. I like gardening and making (and eating!) food, particularly Brazilian-style barbecue with "picanha".


Internet Of Things
Alarm Systems
Semantic Interoperability
Early Warning System


Moreira, J. , van Sinderen, M. J. , Ferreira Pires, L. , & Dockhorn Costa, P. (2016). Improving semantic interoperability of big data for epidemiological surveillance. In M. Zelm, G. Doumeingts, & J. P. Mendonca (Eds.), Enterprise Interoperability in the Digitized and Networked Factory of the Future, I-ESA 2016 (pp. 314-324). International Society for Technology in Education. http://www.iste.co.uk/index.php?p=a&ACTION=View&id=1073

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Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
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7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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7500 AE Enschede
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