Early in my undergraduate studies I joined the robotics club at my University, where I first had the chance to work in a multidisciplinary laboratory. We developed an integrated vision and controls system for mobile robots to compete in the national robotic soccer competition. That initial experience have set me on track for research and academic life. It offered the environment for combining textbook knowledge with intuitive insight and for discussing and trying new ideas. Venturing into applied signal and image processing, computer vision, intelligent control, communications and various embedded platforms gave me a glimpse of all the potentials of research and made me eager to take part in the scientific investigation endeavor.
My first research experience for undergraduates, funded by the Brazilian CNPq Foundation, was part of a joint university-industry R&D pilot project that provided continuous power consumption data collection from residential consumers. I investigated data visualization techniques for developing a web portal that provides users with an interactive interface for visualizing detailed data about their power consumption.
During the 2013-2014 academic year I studied in the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, IN as an international student funded by the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program. There I had the chance to diversify my academic experience studying computer vision, signal processing, software-defined radio, embedded and digital systems, control systems, semiconductor design and testing, and music synthesis. This broad range of classes gave me a holistic view of computer and engineering applications, which allowed me to draw parallels across fields and adopt more systemic approaches to problem-solving.
During the Summer 2014 I was accepted for the Engineers for Exploration summer REU at the University of California, San Diego. Working at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology prototyping lab I developed a wildlife radio collar tracker system to be embedded on a UAV, using C programming and embedded Linux platforms. As a result we published a paper on the IEEE 11th International Conference on Mobile Ad Hoc and Sensor Systems, 2014.
In August 2016 I earned my Bachelor's/Master's degree in Brazil, while supported by a Master's scholarship from the Brazilian CAPES Foundation. As part of this research I developed a low cost mobile robotics research platform from the ground up. This multidisciplinary project involved implementing FPGA PID controllers, integrating various embedded processing platforms and different RF solutions. The work on this platform resulted in contributions to point cloud processing, segmentation and obstacle detection for low cost autonomous navigation.
In June 2020 I earned my PhD degree at the Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CoRIS) Institute, Oregon State University (OSU). My research with Dr. Julie A. Adams applied coordination algorithms to improve domain-independent planning and solve multi-robot problems. My PhD work was partially supported by the NSF Foundation.