Alex JF

About Me

Name: Alexandre Jorge Fonseca
Birth Date: 11/07/1991
From: Oeiras, Portugal
Residence: Barcelona, Spain
Other places I've lived in: Oeiras, Portugal | Stockholm, Sweden | Doha, Qatar



  • Year 1, Semester 1 (UPC): Parallel Programming Models and Algorithms, System Performance Evaluation, Concurrent and Distributed Programming, Distributed and Networked Operating Systems, Security in Information Technology Systems.
  • Year 1, Semester 2 (UPC): Cloud Computing, WLANs & Adhoc & Sensors, Supercomputer Architecture, Decentralized Systems, Communication Networks Optimization.
  • Year 2, Semester 1 (KTH): Philosophy of Science, Advanced Topics in Distributed Systems, Implementation of Distributed Systems, Academic Writing.
  • Year 1, Semester 1: Differential and Integral Calculus I, Digital Systems, Foundations of Programming, Linear Algebra, Theory of Computation.
  • Year 1, Semester 2: Differential and Integral Calculus II, Computer Architecture, Discrete Mathematics, Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures, Mechanics and Waves.
  • Year 2, Semester 1: Complex Analysis and Differential Equations, Electromagnetism and Optics, Management, Object-oriented Programming, Operating Systems.
  • Year 2, Semester 2: Probabilistic and Statistic, Systems and Signals, Compilers, Computer Graphics, Logic for Programming.
  • Year 3, Semester 1: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Networks, Human-Computer Interaction, Databases, Independent Studies I.
  • Year 3, Semester 2: Analysis and Synthesis of Algorithms, Distributed Systems, Modelling, Software Engineering, Independent Studies II.

Worth of Mention:

  • 10 "Matrículas de Honor" (first class honours) during the first master year at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Merit Scholarship (Instituto Superior Técnico) - overall best grades of the Information Systems and Computer Engineering course:
    • Third year (2011/2012 - 19.1 out of 20)
    • Second year (2010/2011 - 19.55 out of 20)
    • First year (2009/2010 - 19.6 out of 20)
  • Scientific Merit Award (Colégio Marista de Carcavelos) - overall best grades of the 9th and 10th year (2005/2006 & 2006/2007)
  • Cambridge Exams:
    • IELTS - Score 8.5/9 (July 2011)
    • Certificate of Advanced English - Grade A (June 2007)
    • First Certificate of English - Grade A (June 2005)
  • 3rd place on the National Robotics Festival under the category of Robot Football

Experience with:

  • Programming languages & main libraries/tools:
    • C and C++11 (SDL, wxWidgets, OpenGL, QT, CMake)
    • Python (Numpy, Scipy, Boto, Paramiko, Flask, Django, Pelican, Selenium)
    • Java (Java EE, Netty, Koloboke, Maven, Gradle)
    • JavaScript (JQuery, Processing.js, Node.js, AngularJS, Bootstrap)
    • HTML 5, CSS (Grid, Responsive, Bootstrap, LESS, SASS)
    • PHP (Frameworks: Laravel | CMS: Drupal, Wordpress)
    • VB.NET, C#.
    • SQL, Erlang, Scheme, CLisp, Prolog, Assembly
  • Mobile development:
    • Android
  • Databases:
    • Relational: MySQL/MariaDB, PostgreSQL, SQLite
    • NoSQL: Cassandra, CouchDB, CouchBase, MongoDB, DynamoDB
  • Distributed Systems & Cloud Computing & Big data:
    • OpenMPI, OpenMP
    • Hadoop YARN, MapReduce, Giraph, Pig
    • Amazon AWS (mainly EC2, S3, EMR, ELB, DynamoDB), Heroku
  • Server Administration/DevOps:
    • Configuration from scratch of Linux servers with software such as LAMP, nginx, iptables, fail2ban, dovecot, postfix, ssh, ftp, ssl management.
    • Setting up Continuous Integration (CI) clusters with Jenkins.
    • Configuration management/Automation: SaltStack, Fabric
  • Operating Systems & distributions:
    • Windows 7, 8, 10 (main)
    • Linux: Arch Linux (main), Ubuntu, RHEL
  • Control Versioning Systems: Svn, Git, Mercurial
  • Misc:
    • Office suites
    • LaTeX (documents, presentations with Beamer and graphics with TikZ)
    • Photoshop/GIMP, Inkscape