current position

I’m currently a post-doc researcher with the Institute for Systems and Robotics and an invited assistant professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal.
My research interests include sensor-based SLAM, sensor-based control of helicopters relative to infrastructures, nonlinear MPC for helicopters, laser automatic calibration, and helicopter dynamic models and simulation.

awards and honors

education

experience

  • Invited Assistant Professor (2015-present), IST, Universidade de Lisboa: assisted in teaching Digital Signal ProcessingControl, and Modeling and Simulation courses; co-adviser of several MSc Students.
  • Post-doc FCT Fellow (2016-presente), Instituto de Sistemas e Robótica, IST, Universidade de Lisboa: sensor-based control, navigation, and guidance of autonomous rotorcraft in unknown environments.
  • Post-doc Fellow (2015-2016), SCORE Lab, Faculty of Science and TechnologyUniversity of Macau: design and experimental validation of sensor-based trajectory tracking control strategies for autonomous vehicles.
  • Post-doc/Research engineer (2008-2015), AIRTICI project: developing advanced control and navigation techniques, as well as prototypes for automatic aerial inspection of large infrastructures, particularly when GPS signal is not available.
  • Post-doc Visiting Scholar (Spring 2014)SCORE LabFaculty of Science and TechnologyUniversity of Macau:  experimental validation a sensor-based trajectory tracking control strategy for autonomous helicopters, based on 2-D LiDAR measurements.
  • Visiting Scholar (Spring 2007 and 2008)Virginia Tech: application to helicopters of the L1 adaptive control theory, developed by Dr. Naira Hovakimyan and Dr. Chengyu Cao group, at the Nonlinear Systems Laboratory, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department.
  • Research engineer, Medires project (2004-2007): laser calibration and 3-D terrain reconstruction.
  • Volunteer (August 2001), for a Development NGO in S. Tomé and Príncipe: teaching and working with local communities towards better education and health care.

professional service

  • Member of Scientific Committee: Second Iberian Robotics Conference (ROBOT’2015); Workshop on ICT solutions with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (ICTwithUAV), in WorldCIST 2017.
  • Session Chair/Co-chair: 2013 European Control Conference (“Maritime Systems” and “Quadrotor Control”), 2012 American Control Conference (“Filtering III”).
  • Journal Reviewer: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control; IEEE Transactions on Robotics; IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics; IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems; Journal of Aerospace Engineering; International Journal of Robotics Research; Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems; Asian Journal of Control; IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.
  • Member of Professional Associations: IEEE (also RAS and CSS), Ordem dos EngenheirosPortuguese Robotics Society, Portuguese Automatic Control Assciation (APCA).

languages

  • Portuguese: native language.
  • English: proficiency (IELTS Band 8).
  • French and Spanish: basic/independent conversation and writing, independent reading.
  • Basic knowledge of Japanese and German.

hobbies

  • Reading, learning to play musical instruments
  • Building, hacking, and flying drones, specially for autonomous flights
  • Trekking, snorkeling, squash, martial arts, geocaching