Official Title: Vice-Rector

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Short Bio

Álvaro Barbosa (Angola 1970), is a Full-Professor of Communication and Media and Vice-Rector for Strategic Development and Outreach at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ). Prior to this position, Prof. Barbosa served as Dean of the Faculty of Creative Industries at USJ from 2012 to 2018, and before that as Head of the Sound and Image Department of the School of Arts at the Catholic University of Portugal (UCP), where He co-founded in 2004 the Research Center for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR), in 2009 the Creative Business Incubator ARTSpin and in 2011 the Digital Creativity Center (CCD). Prof. Barbosa also designed and implemented various innovative curricula at UCP and USJ, including a PhD program in Science and Technology of the Arts, a Master Degree in Creative Industries Management, a Bachelor Degree in Fashion Design, a Bachelor Degree in Digital Cinema, and Post-Graduate programs in Photography and Digital Design. Holding a PhD degree in Computer Science and Digital Communication from Pompeu Fabra University in Spain and a Undergraduate Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from University of Aveiro in Portugal, his core academic research is grounded on the field of Audio and Music Technology, which he developed as a researcher at the Barcelona Music Technology Group (MTG) between 2001 and 2006. His work, on experimental Network Music and Interactive Sound-Design Systems, was consolidated in 2010 during a Post-Doctoral Research Position at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Prof. Barbosa's academic research has been published extensively in peer-reviewed conferences and journals, collaborating with a large number of renowned international researchers. In addition, he was the founding editor of the Journal for Science and Technology of the Arts - CITAR Journal, and regularly collaborates in scientific committees of prestigious international Journals and Conferences. As an Experimental Media Artist, Prof. Barbosa also produced, presented and performed various projects worldwide, featuring creative work in Electronic and Acoustic Music, Interactive Art Installations, Photography, Sound Design, Computer Animation and Audiovisual Media Production. In recent years, his Academic focus, has been in fostering Systematic Creativity and Design Thinking as essential processes applied to Innovation and Entrepreneurship, by mentoring start-ups, supervising and teaching at USJ, as well as a guest Professor in numerous International Universities, lecturing in Design, Cultural Studies, Media Communication and MBA programs.

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Prof. Álvaro Barbosa has over 50 Peer Reviewed Publications in Books, Journals and Conference Proceedings, resulting in more than 500 cumulative citations registered in:

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Top six Publications:

  1. Barbosa, A., Tsang, T. 2017. Sounding Architecture: Inter-Disciplinary Studio at HKU. Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2017), Copenhagen, Denmark.

  2. Azevedo, M., Barbosa, A. 2014. The creative industries as an integrated factor in a sustainable model for Macao's economic development. Creative Industries Journal, Volume 7(2), 121-133.
    [Routledge, Taylor & Francis].

  3. Gouyon, F., Barbosa, A., Serra, X. (Guest Eds.). 2010. Special Issue on Sound and Music Computing. Computer Music Journal Volume 34 (3).
    [MIT Press]

  4. Barbosa, A. 2006. Computer-Supported Cooperative Work for Music Applications. PhD Thesis - Music technology Group; Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain.
    [PhD Thesis, UPF]

  5. Barbosa, A. 2005. Public Sound Objects: A Shared Environment for Networked Music Practice on the Web. Organised Sound Volume 10 (3). 233-242.
    [Cambridge University Press]

  6. Barbosa, A. 2003. Displaced Soundscapes: A Survey of Network Systems for Music and Sonic Art Creation. Leonardo Music Journa. Volumel 13, 53-59.
    [MIT Press]

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