current position

I’m currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT) and researcher at CTS/UNINOVA, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (UNL), and also a researcher with the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR), Dynamic Systems and Ocean Robotics group (DSORg), in 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



  • 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).


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


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