current position

I’m currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT), Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (UNL), and 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.
  • Basic 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