Fernando Batista received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering in 2011 from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). He previously received the Mestre degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2003 also from IST, and the Licenciado degree in in 1997 in Mathematics and Computer Sciences from Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI). He is currently a lecturer at Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL), where he also coordinated several courses, namely: Operating Systems, Probabilistic Learning for Natural Language Processing, Text Mining, and Computational Language Processing. He is the President of the ISCTE-IUL Pedagogical Council (2017-2019), and he has also been member of the Permanent Committee of the ISCTE-IUL Pedagogical Council (2015-2017), and member of the Pedagogical Committee of the ISTA School (2015-2017). He is also researcher at the Spoken Language Systems Lab of INESC-ID, Lisbon, where he has participated in several European and National projects. He coordinated the INESC-ID team in the SpeDial project during 2014 and 2015. He was the handbook chair of the EMNLP 2015 that was held in Lisbon in September 17-21. He has been part of the organisation team of the Lisbon Machine Learning Summer School (LXMLS) in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019; and was also member of the LxMLS technical staff from 2011 to 2015. He was member of the Program Committee of several international conferences. He is member of ISCA, and he is Senior Member of IEEE.