Crista Lopes is a Professor of Informatics in the School of Information
and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Her
research focuses on software engineering for large-scale data and
systems. Early in her career, she was a founding member of the team at
Xerox PARC that developed Aspect-Oriented Programming.
Along with her research program, she is also a prolific software
developer. Her open source contributions include being one of the core
developers of OpenSimulator, a virtual world server. She is also a
founder of Encitra, a company specializing in online virtual reality for
early-stage sustainable urban redevelopment projects.
She has a PhD from Northeastern University, and MS and BS degrees from
Instituto Superior Tecnico in Portugal. She is the recipient of several
National Science Foundation grants, including a prestigious CAREER
Award. She claims to be the only person in the world who is both an ACM
Distinguished Scientist and Ohloh Kudos Rank 9.