Lean Leader Summit


Rui Lopes

Principal AI Engineer

Rui Lopes is the Principal AI Engineer at Critical Software, serving as the technical lead and technical manager for R&D and client Artificial Intelligence projects. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Coimbra, where he did research on Evolutionary Computing and Genetic Programming. He incepted his career at Critical Software in 2007 in a Defence project, and later joined the European Space Agency where he developed an end-to-end AI application for Operations Research. After completing his doctoral degree he joined INESC-TEC as a post-doc fellow, where he built on his track-record of inter-disciplinary research developing end-to-end AI solutions for logistics management in Healthcare and the Pharmaceutical industry, for the Oil and Gas industry, and for Precision Agriculture. After 10 years in the academy he re-joined Critical Software, where he has been working on AI solutions for Fintech, Insurtech, Smart Buildings, amongst others.


Critical Software

At Critical Software, we embody transformation. Our teams are experts in engineering change, helping to build a better and safer world through trusted and groundbreaking technologies. 

Over the last 25 years, we’ve helped major players in financial services embrace a digital future. From core banking modernisation to data engineering and everything in between, we’ve been integral to upscaling start-up challenger banks and upgrading established financial institutions.  

As a bespoke software provider, digital transformation comes naturally to us. We specialise in optimising through our Build Operate Transfer model. Guided by you, we build the system, show your people how to manage it, and then transfer ownership. By uniting business priorities, people and technology, we help to create the landscape needed for successful adoption across your institution.   

Our company culture shapes the way we work. Because our people sit at the heart of everything we do, we know what it takes to bring people on board during periods of business transformation. This means changes to processes and systems are done the right way: by putting people first.  

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