Joana Matos Fonseca de Trindade




Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

PhD Student, 1st Year



Porto Alegre, Brazil

Undergraduate institution

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

What sparked your interest in your current field, and what do you love about it?

Growing up I was always the tech-savvy and math inclined person at our house. It was only in high-school, however, when a friend showed me some of proofs they learned in discrete math, that I decided to major in Computer Science. What I love about this field, and in particularly database research, is how much it empowers researchers and practitioners in all sorts of areas, ranging from geneticists trying to find a cure for cancer, to PokemonGo game developers.

Personal research summary

I am involved in research that tries to answer the question of how to efficiently navigate the sea of data sets that is big data today. Software development has matured to a state where we have pretty good ways of discovering and reusing source code, yet developers and data scientists still share data sets by passing around spreadsheets. This is a terribly error-prone and inefficient process, and in our group we are looking at how to automatically discover related data sets and other ways to solve some of those inefficiencies.

Personal interests

I love indie films, horror comic books, and music (radio show host at MIT’s student radio).