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CITI researcher Rodrigo Rodrigues awarded ERC Grant

Rodrigo Rodrigues, Associate Professor at Departamento de Informática, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and CITI PI at the TrxSys team (Computer Systems) was awarded an ERC Starting Grant to develop a five year top-notch research program in Cloud Computing.

After completing his undergraduate studies at the IST, Lisbon, Rodrigo Rodrigues did his Master and PhD (2005) at the MIT, under the supervision of ACM Turing Award Barbara Liskov. Rodrigo was until very recently a tenure track faculty member at Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Saarbrucken, where he applied to the ERC grant 2012 call. Rodrigo recently moved to DI FCT UNL and the CITI, which is now becoming the host institution for the ERC grant.

Rodrigo is a computer scientist in the area of distributed systems. The ERC project now approved, named DependableCloud, focuses on the emergent technology of Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing is a new computing model that allows companies, organizations and individuals to transfer part of their information technology infrastructure (software and hardware) to an external service provider, allowing these computations to be offered as services over the Internet, with huge technological and economical advantages. Examples of cloud computing services 
range from hosting of powerful computing IT resources, to user oriented services such as Facebook, Gmail, and Amazon. Due to the distributed nature of cloud computing systems, there are currently many issues that constrain their dependability and trustworthiness. Rodrigo's project will develop new principles and technology to dramatically improve the dependability and reliability of future cloud computing systems.

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