Short biography:

Dr. Paulo Bianchi Franca was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. He holds EE and M.Sc. degrees from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil and M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Franca has been working with computers since 1967. He published two textbooks in Brazil; one of them, the very popular "Introducao aos Microcomputadores" (Introduction to Microcomputers) was very successful and sold 150.000 issues. His programming book C++ No Experience Required Is currently out of print, but you may download the text for free from this web site. This textbook incorporates a very innovative approach to teach Object Oriented Programming to real beginners using C++.

Dr. Franca is currently interested in developing paperless system and workflow automation web-based applications, specially with applications to Workers' Compensation.

Dr. Franca was associated with the Computing Laboratory (NCE-UFRJ) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro from 1970 to 2001 and was an associate professor of computer sciences at the same University from 1981 to 1999. Dr. Franca was associate visiting professor at Santa Clara University (1992-1993) research associate at UC. Berkeley (1993) and currently a Lecturer in Computer Sciences at UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Franca is also the Chief Technology Officer for DataCare Corporation and EK Health Services, Inc..