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I am a Commercialization Specialist / Special Faculty at the National Robotics Engineering Center, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. My recent work has focused on robot perception and practical applications of Computer Vision, including perception for high-demanding mining applications, high-throughput material handling and real-world intelligent mobility (car, bike and pedestrian) counting.
Previously, I was a Project Scientist also at the Robotics Institute, working on bike and pedestrian counting, gps-denied vehicle navigation and Computer Vision for wearable and hand-held devices.
Before then, I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow working with Takeo Kanade on methods for gaze tracking and its application to people and object recognition. During this time, I also collaborated with the Quality of Life Center at CMU.
I completed my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where I worked with Prof. José M. F. Moura. My PhD. research focused on affine-invariant feature detection methods for object recognition.
I received my Licenciatura (B.S.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. At IST, I worked with Pedro Aguiar and developed research that won the Prof. Luís Vidigal Award for the Best Graduation Thesis in the fields of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Before moving to the US, I worked for a year as a Management Consultant at the Lisbon office of The Boston Consulting Group.