current position

I’m currently a post-doc researcher with the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR), Dynamic Systems and Ocean Robotics group (DSORg), 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