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Short Bio

Scientific activity

Educational activity


You may check my publications list, including books I co-authored with Dejan Milutinovic in 2007 and George Saridis in 1996. WSPbook Springerbook
Google Scholar citations' public profile.

Service and Outreach

  • Elected Deputy President for Scientific Affairs of ISR Scientific Board (Jan 2013 - Dez 2014)
  • Elected member of IST Scientific Board (July 2009 - 2010, Jan 2013 - present)
  • Deputy Vice-President for Scientific Affairs of IST Scientific Board (March 2007 - July 2009)
  • Portuguese National Delegate to EC FP7 Space Programme Committee (2009-2012)
  • Portuguese National Delegate to ESA Programme Board for Human Spaceflight Microgravity and Exploration (PB-HME) (2009-2012)
  • Vice-President, past President (2009-2011), Founding Member (and No. 1 Associate) of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Robótica,
  • Founding Elected Chair and former Chair of IEEE Portugal RAS Chapter
  • Distributed and Cognitive Robotics Focus Area Coordinator in theIST/EPFL Joint Doctoral Initiative, now supported by the FCT Doctoral Program "Robotics, Brain and Cognition"


Past PhD students:

  • Paulo Tabuada - finished 4 Jan, 2002
  • Dejan Milutinovic - finished 20 Sep, 2004
  • Porfírio Silva (PhD Philosophy - Fac. Letras, U. Lisboa) - finished 12 Oct, 2007
  • Valdinei Silva (co-tutela com Escola Politécnica da U. São Paulo, co-advisor Anna Reali Costa)- finished 7 April, 2009
  • Sónia Marques - finished 16 Jul, 2009
  • Hugo Costelha - finished 27 Oct, 2010
  • Gonçalo Neto - finished 17 Nov, 2010
  • Abdolkarim Pahliani - finished 30 Mar, 2012
  • Aamir Ahmad - finished 23 Apr, 2013
  • Bruno Lacerda - finished 13 Sep, 2013
  • João Messias - finished 26 Feb, 2014
  • José N. Pereira (IST/EPFL Joint Doctoral Initiative, co-advisor Alcherio Martinoli, EPFL) - finished 20 Mar, 2014
  • Meysam Basiri (IST/EPFL Joint Doctoral Initiative, co-advisor Dario Floreano, EPFL) - finished 21 Jan, 2015 (at EPFL)
  • André Dias (PDEEC/IST, co-advisor, advisor Prof. Euardo Silva, ISEP/IPP) - finished 24 Feb, 2015

My current PhD students are:

  • Alicja Wasik (PDEEC/IST/EPFL, co-advisor Alcherio Martinoli, EPFL)
  • Pedro Fazenda (SSE/MIT-Pt, co-advisor Una-May O'Reilly, MIT) - proposal defended successfully
  • Duarte Dias (PDEEC/IST/EPFL, co-advisor Alcherio Martinoli, EPFL) - proposal defended successfully at IST
  • [co-supervisor] Tiago Veiga (PDEEC/IST, but main advisor is Prof. Matthijs Spaan, at TU Delft, The Netherlands) - proposal defended successfully

A list of ex-students and where they are now.


Promotion of Science and Technology

MSc Theses

Mestrado Bolonha 2014/2015 (MEEC)

  • Map-Based Quadcopter Navigation (Daniel Afonso)
  • Networked Robot System that Learns to Adapt to Human's Preferences (Tiago Ferreira)

Mestrado Bolonha 2013/2014 (MEEC)

  • Petri Net Tool for Robot Task Plan Representation and Analysis (Pedro Santos) - with Hugo Costelha (I. P. Leiria)
  • Human-Aware Navigation in Networked Robot Systems (André Mateus) - with João Sequeira - 18

Mestrado Bolonha 2013/2014 (MEFisica Tecnologica)

  • Three-Fingered Robotic Hand (André Farinha) - with Umesh Mardolcar
my robots

Best Contact: E-mail.

Snail Mail Address:

Instituto de Sistemas e Robótica,
Instituto Superior Técnico
Torre Norte - 6.18
Av. Rovisco Pais, 1
1049-001 Lisboa

Tel.: +351-21-841 8274
Fax.: +351-21-841 8291


  • Check my favorite poem (in Portuguese). I wish I could live like that...

  • Art and Robots - The future?

  • Perhaps the most beautiful reference to the Sep 11, 2001 events in NYC, and a great hymn for peace, by Carl Sagan, a great scientist who was not afraid of talking about science to non-scientists

  • Music with no links - Just listen! (Peter Gabriel, Joe Jackson, Sting, Trovante, Rui Veloso, ...)

  • Sporting Clube de Portugal

Quem Nao Arrisca Nao Petisca! (popular, Portuguese)

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. (Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut, computer scientist and educator)

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