OECD Science and Technology Policy Ministerial


Ana Paiva


Secretary of State for Science, Portuguese Government


Professor Ana Paiva was appointed Secretary of State for Science on April 05, 2024. Prof. Ana Paiva is a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) of the University of Lisbon, and conducts research in the area of human-centered artificial intelligence. She graduated in Electrical and Computer Engineering from IST in 1987, obtained a Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from IST in 1991 and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Lancaster University in the UK in 1996, having taken her aggregation exams at IST in 2011. Since 1997, she has been a Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, having been the coordinator of the Master's and PhD programs in Computer Science and Computer Engineering at IST. She was vice-president for postgraduate studies in the Department of Computer Engineering, a member of IST's Scientific Council and, since 2021, member of IST's School Council. She founded and led INESC-ID's group on Artificial Intelligence for People and Society (GAIPS), which she coordinated for twenty years. She has been one of the world's leading promoters and researchers in the field of AI and social agents, having contributed to the World Economic Forum by participating in the Global Agenda Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and having been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of "Science Europe". She also currently works on the Advisory Boards of global organizations and projects in the field of AI, including the "Centro Singular de Investigación en Tecnoloxías Intelixentes" in Spain. In 2020, she became a Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, and since 2023 she has also been a Visiting Professor at the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program in Sweden. She was named a fellow of AAAI (Association for the Advancement of AI), EurAI (European Association for AI) and ELLIS (European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems). She was elected a member of the AAAI executive board in 2021 and the EurAI board in 2022. In 2022 she was listed as one of the 50 women in robotics to know by IROS and by "Women in Robotics" as one of the 35 most influential women in robotics.