Dr. Romulo Pereira Goncalves

Romulo Pereira Goncalves
Dr. Romulo Pereira Goncalves
Building A 20, Room 311
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1980

Function and Responsibilities:

Software Engineer at GFZ Helmholtz Innovation Lab - FERN.Lab.

Research Interests:

  • Remote sensing data.
  • Spatial-temporal data analysis.
  • Distributed data storage systems and data catalogs.
  • Distributed and parallel computing.


I have mainly worked as researcher in Computer Science. The main focus of my research was database systems. I did most my research at the Database research group from the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in the Netherlands, followed by one year PostDoc at IBM research center in California.

In the past years I shifted from fundamental research to applied research with special focus on storage and processing systems for GeoSpatial data. Such work was done at the Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC). I was responsible to foresee which technology directions on optimized data handling NLeSC should follow to enable Space, Earth and Life Sciences short- and longterm research agendas. Special focus on strategic collaborations and alliances to research, design and implement data management solutions for spatio-temporal analysis on large banks of remote sensing data. Set up of generalization projects to pursue software sustainability and FAIR data.

Since May 2020 I work  as software engineer at GFZ Helmholtz Innovation Lab - FERN.Lab, which is a technology and transfer platform for innovative methods developed at Department 1.


2006: I have a Systems and Computer Science Engineering Academic Diploma: University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.

2013: A PhD about distributed database architectures from the University of Amsterdam. My PhD research was done at the Database research group from the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in the Netherlands.


Current projects:

  • FERN.Lab (2020 -)