Rute Sofia

Rute Sofia


Time in tech 22 years
Current role R&D unit vice-director @ Copelabs + CTO @ Senception
Place of origin Coimbra

Tell us more about you:

Early years and where you came from?

Rute has been working as a senior researcher since 2004, and as an engineer for over 20 years. She is a hands-on person with an entrepreneurial mind. What motivates her is to introduce new, forefront ideas in the context of networking, and assist them in becoming operational and relevant to the technological community as well as to society, based on validation and implementation, as well as standardization.

Over the last 7 years, Rute has been splitting her time across knowledge development, technology transfer, as well as team management. Currently, she is a Senior Researcher and the Director of COPELABS - Association for the Research and Development of Cognition and People-centric Computing. Since 2010, she is also an Associate Professor at University Lusófona.

Rute holds a PhD in Informatics (2004, summa cum laude) by the Univ. of Lisbon, having developed her thesis work as a visiting Scholar first at ICAIR, Northwestern University (2000), Evanston, IL, and then at Pennsylvania University (2000-2003), Philadelphia, PA. Her independent research career started in 2004, in Siemens AG Corporate Technology in Munich, Germany where she worked until 2007, having joined Nokia Siemens Networks GmbH, Munich, in that year. During that period, her research interests related with fixed-mobile convergence; IPv6; advanced routing paradigms in the context of carrier-grade Ethernet. She worked at INESC Tec (2007-2010) as a senior researcher and Internet Architectures area focusing on wireless networks: user-centric networking; fixed-mobile convergence; advanced routing paradigms.

Her research interests are: IoT (pervasive sensing platforms and middleware); social Internet design (network dynamics, user-centricity, self-organization; advanced routing paradigms); mobility modeling and management (fixed-mobile convergence).

In 2013, she co-founded Senception lda. Rute holds 9 patents and over 40 peer-reviewed publications in her fields of expertise.

Walk me through your work and what you are doing now in the tech industry.

I am currently developing solutions focused on network mining, that is, data mining based on digital footprints that we leave due to the way wireless networks are used.

What part of what you do, you love the most?

Being able to see ideas become reality and trying :) to make them useful.


How do you think that your background and knowledge impact the way you approach your work in the Portuguese tech industry?

In terms of Portuguese tech industry, I have been trying to assist in the development of innovation since 2017, always with an entrepreneur and researcher mind. This implies considering new models that may be relevant for industry to shape innovation cycles, for instance.

What advice do you have for young women that want to get into tech and don’t know where to start?

First, check online the resources available. Today we have lots of courses. Then, speak with your teachers and try to get involved in local startups as well as in research units. Research units are the link between your studies and Portuguese tech.

Walk me through a day in your life as a Portuguese woman in tech.

Learning with others, solving bugs, and helping younger people in understanding the innovation cycle, from idea to product.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” - Aldous Huxley

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Well, the one I am developing in Senception, PerSense :)

Then, Any.Do to organize my day. Dairo to take regular notes. Asana to organize our meetings and tasks.

Links that you want to share?

Senception -