Dr. Silva is currently a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, collaborating on the Urban Genome Project. He is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science (on leave) at the Federal University of Technology, Curitiba, Brazil, where his current research applies data mining to the study of urban societies. He holds a B.Sc. (2004), an M.Sc. (2009), and a Ph.D. (2014) in Computer Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, where he was also a post-doctoral researcher in urban computing (2014-2015). During his Ph.D., Dr. Silva was a research intern at Telecom Italia, Italy (2011), researching energy efficiency on smart homes. He was also a visiting student at the University of Birmingham, UK (2012), and at INRIA, France (2013), studying large scale urban-related problems with social media data. He has substantial experience in industry and academia in urban computing, data mining/machine learning, and user behavior modeling, working on those topics since 2005. More information about his work can be found here: http://dainf.ct.utfpr.edu.br/~thiagohs.