Curriculum vitae

Personal information


Manuel Pinto da Silva Menezes de Sequeira
Praça João do Rio, 11 – 5.º
1000-180 LISBOA


Home phone: +351 218473455
Mobile: +351 962337428

Personal email:

Skype: mmsequeira


Ph.D. (1999) in Electrical and Computers Engineering from IST (Instituto Superior Técnico), UTL (Technical University of Lisbon), with the thesis “Analysis and Coding of Visual Objects: New Concepts and New Tools”, advised by Professor Carlos Salema and co-advised by Professor Augusto Albuquerque.

M.Sc. (1993) in Electrical and Computers Engineering (Control and Robotics branch) from IST, UTL, with the thesis “Robust Control of Distillation Columns”, advised by Professor João Miranda Lemos. Final grade of 5 out of 5, approved with “very good”.

B.Sc. (1989) in Electrical and Computers Engineering (Systems and Computers branch) from IST, UTL, with the thesis “Modelling and Control of ROVs”, advised by Professor João Sentieiro. Final grade of 17 out of 20.



Director of the Computing Services (CI) of ISCTE (Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa) since October 2005.

Invited Professor at at DCTI (Department of Information Science and Technology), ISCTE, since 2005. Courses taugh and coordinated:

M.Sc. thesis supervisor of Paulo Zenida, since 2005.


Assistant Professor at DCTI from 1999 until 2005. Courses taught and coordinated:

Other offices at ISCTE:

  • Socrates/Erasmus coordinator and international relations officer at DCTI from 2003 until 2006.
  • Departmental industry connections officer from 2003 until 2006.
  • Member of the Coordination Commission of ISCTE’s Scientific Council in 2005.
  • Coordinator of the Programming Sciences and Technologies Group of DCTI from 1998 until 2005.
  • Coordinator of LETI’s (Telecommunications and Computer Science Engineering) freshman year from 1998 until 2003, with the exception of academic year 2000/2001.
  • Creator and coordinator of the student tutoring program in the academic year 2001/2002.
  • Direction of the LETI program from 1998 until 2000.

Teaching Assistant at DCTI, ISCTE, from 1996 until 1999. Courses taught and coordinated:

  • Introduction to Programming (Programming I) and Object-Oriented Programming (Programming II), from 1997 until 2004 (coordination from 1998 on; from 1997 on in the case of Programming II)

Other teaching tasks:

  • Introduction to C programming, 80 hour course at FUNDETEC (Fundo para o Desenvolvimento do Ensino da Engenharia e da Tecnologia Electrotécnica, Electrónica e de Computadores), in April 1992
  • Informatics and Industrial Automation: Introduction to C Programming, three week course at FUNDETEC, in April 1991
  • Computer Control of Industrial Processes, one week course at FUNDETEC, in September 1990
  • Control Using Computers, one week course at ITEC (Instituto Tecnológico para a Europa Comunitária), in March 1990



Based on a protocol between ISCTE and IST, the Fénix@ISCTE project started in 2005 and consists in the conjoint development of the FénixEDU open source project, initially developed by IST alone. The aim is for FénixEDU to become the leading academic information system in Portugal. The aim of Fénix@ISCTE is to contribute to that goal. Its short range objective is to generalize FénixEDU enough so that both IST's and ISCTE's realities can be easily parameterized, hence reducing future adaptation efforts.


A project aiming at the study and development of an aspect-oriented authorization system (Zenida et al., 2006a; Zenida et al., 2006b; Zenida & Menezes de Sequeira, 2006).


Based on a protocol between ISCTE and Brisa, the SCRUARM project took place between 2002 and 2005. One of its aims was to develop license-plate recognition techniques, based on image analysis, for use in paid motorways to detect frauds (Menezes de Sequeira et al., 2004; Brandão et al., 2004; Menezes de Sequeira et al., 2003; Brandão et al., 2003; Image Group, 2003).


The ACTS/EU MODEST project aimed at developing an agent based highway surveying system. From 1998 until 1999, participated in the development of agent communication techniques, of a domain specific description definition language, as required by MPEG-7, of and techniques for typical vehicle trajectory estimation and detection of the abnormal behavior of vehicles for camera surveyed highway segments (Botelho et al., 1999).

Mobile Audio-Visual Terminal (MAVT)

From 1992 until 1995, participated in the RACE/CEC project MAVT projects (see corresponding technical reports). The projects aim was to develop a mobile videophone and the corresponding very low bitrate video coding techniques. Directed an ad hoc group dedicated to the study of video segmentation techniques yielding motion and texture coherent partitions (Motseg, 1994; Menezes de Sequeira, 1994e; CCETT et al., 1994).

Advanced video coding

From 1992 until 1999 researched advanced video coding techniques at IT's Image Group. Developed global motion compensation and cancellation techniques for mobile video telephony (Menezes de Sequeira & Pereira, 1993b, Menezes de Sequeira, 1992a, 1992b, 1992c, 1992d, 1993b); studied knowledge-based segmentation techniques for improving the subjective quality of very low bitrate coding of mobile video telephony (Menezes de Sequeira & Pereira, 1993a, 1993c, 1993d), object-based coding techniques (Menezes de Sequeira, 1994b), and advanced segmentation techniques (Cortez et al., 1994, 1995a; Menezes de Sequeira, 1997); studied contour coding techniques (Cortez et al., 1995b; (Menezes de Sequeira & Cortez, 1997; Menezes de Sequeira, 1994a, 1994c, 1994d, 1996) and the segmentation and motion estimation interdependency problem (Menezes de Sequeira, 1994e); and designed object-oriented video codecs (Menezes de Sequeira, 1995a).

Computer control of distillation columns

From 1989 until 1992 studied distillation column dynamics (Barreiros et al., 1993), developed a distillation column simulator (in C) (Menezes de Sequeira, 1991), and designed a binary distillation column control system using classical and robust techniques (Menezes de Sequeira, 1993a).

Free Swimming Vehicles (FSV)

From 1988 until 1989 studied the dynamics of Free Swimming Vehicles (FSV) (Menezes de Sequeira, 1989b); developed a visualization engine for the simulation of FSVs (in C) (Menezes de Sequeira, 1989a); and
studied variable structure control (Menezes de Sequeira, 1989b) and adaptive control (Silvestre et al., 1990) performance when applied to the control of FSVs.

Reviewing activity


  • IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (including a special issue on MPEG-4)
  • IEEE Transactions on Image Processing
  • IEEE Transactions on Multimedia
  • IEE Proceedings - Vision, Image & Signal Processing


  • Iberian Workshop on Aspect Oriented Software Development (DSOA) 2005
  • 5th Conference on Telecommunications (Conftele) 2005
  • Workshop on Image Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services (WIAMIS) 2004

Advised M.Sc. students

Paulo Zenida, from 2005, is pursuing his M.Sc. on authorization and delegation problems addressed using an AOP perspective.


In June 2004, Pedro Fonseca's M.Sc. thesis, "Face Detection and Object Tracking in the Compressed Domain", IST-UTL.

Event organization

In April 2005, organized the "Agile Software Development Methodologies" seminar, organized by ISCTE and Microsoft Portugal.


  • In 1990 received the Banco Totta & Açores prize for the best electrical and computers engineering student of IST-UTL.
  • In 1990 received the Ordem dos Engenheiros prize for the best student of IST-UTL.

Training periods

In July 1994, at the Department of Signal Theory and Communications, Technical University of Catalonia, studied object-oriented video coding techniques with an emphasis on motion segmentation of image sequences.

In July 1991, at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, studied control of distillation columns while integrated in Prof. Sten Bay Jørgensen's research group.


  • Portuguese - native
  • English - excellent (English as a Foreign Language do American Language Institute)
  • French - good
  • Castilian (Spanish) - good

Professional societies

  • Ordem dos Engenheiros
  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Institute)
  • ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)
  • IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology)
  • SAGE (The USENIX Special Interest Group for Sysadmins)
  • ACCU (Association of C & C++ Users)
  • itSMF Portugal (IT Service Management Forum Portugal)

Other societies

  • CSICOP (Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal)
  • LPN (Liga para a Protecção da Natureza)
  • ACA-M (Associação de Cidadãos Auto-Mobilizados)
  • Causa Liberal

Civic activities

From 2002 until 2005, member of S. João de Deus's, Assembleia de Freguesia. A "freguesia" is a political subdivision of a municipality. S. João de Deus is one of the 53 freguesias of the municipality of Lisbon. It has approximately 11,000 people.