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José Nuno Pereira

IRSgroup - ISR Lisboa


About me:

I am a PhD student in the IST-EPFL program (since January 2009), comprised of two years at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal and two years at EPFL. I am co-advised by Prof. Alcherio Martinoli (EPFL) and Prof. Pedro Lima (IST).

I develop work in the Institutional Robotics (IR) project, a new approach to the coordination of distributed robotic systems, drawing some inspiration from social sciences, namely from Institutional Economics’ concepts. The goal of my research is not only to formalize and implement IR concepts on both simulated and real robots, but also to develop mathematical models of these coordinated systems.

My main research interests are: distributed robotics systems, institutional and swarm robotics, coordination, cooperation, multi-agent systems.


- Formalizing Institutions as Executable Petri Nets for Distributed Robotic Systems - José N. Pereira, Porfírio Silva, Pedro U. Lima, and Alcherio Martinoli - 11th European Conference on Artificial Life - Paris 2011 (to appear)

- Coordination Through Institutional Roles in Robot Collectives (Extended Abstract), José N. Pereira, A. L. Christensen, Porfírio Silva, Pedro Lima, Proc. of AAMAS 2010 - 9th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Toronto, Canada, 2010

- Raciocínio Abdutivo sobre Especificações de Agentes, José Nuno Ferreira Maia Pereira, 2007, Instituto Superior Técnico (pdf)


BSc, Mathematics and Theory of Computation, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa, Portugal<\p>

MSc, Mathematics and Applications, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa, Portugal, October 2007

Professional Course

Research Assistant, Cell Biology Unit, Instituto de Medicina Molecular - Lisbon, October 2007 - April 2008

Research Assistant, Intelligent Systems Lab, Institute for Systems and Robotics - Lisbon, May 2008 - December 2008