I'm currently working as a robotics researcher at FUNDEP/UFMG, acting as a technical leader to develop a camera-based system for analyzing human activities in confined spaces in the oil and gas industry, Petrobras. Moreover, I have worked in diverse research and development project, including cooperative magnetic-mapping using small UAVs and advanced teleoperation of excavators, both for in the mining industry, ITV/VALE.
Concurrently, I'm also pursuing a Ph.D. in the Computer Vision and Robotics Laboratory (VeRLab) at the Department of Computer Science of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil. My thesis is on the emergence of intelligent behaviors in robotic swarms using dynamic Gibbs Random Fields.
My master's thesis was on the development of a small and affordable robot for robot swarm research and also for educational purposes.
We performed at the top 9 from over 400 other teams from around the world. These nine teams will compete to design an AI framework capable of piloting racing drones through high-speed aerial courses without any GPS, data relay or human intervention. AlphaPilot teams will battle it out during AIRR's inaugural, four-event season later this year for a chance at winning a $1 million cash prize, sponsored by Lockheed Martin.
This project aims to investigate the teleoperation of mining equipment, focusing primarily on the bulldozer. In this context, teleoperation can be defined as equipment operation at a distance. It is very desirable that users can be able to interact with the remote environment naturally. In other words, the interaction should provide the user the sensation of being present at the site by offering information from different sensors, that is known as telepresence.
In this project, we present HeRo, a novel small and capable platform for robotic research and education. Specially designed for swarm experimentation, which requires a large set of simpler robots, HeRo is a very low-cost alternative to other types of robotic platforms, without removing most capabilities and sensor abilities of commonly used or commercial platforms. HeRo is deeply integrated with the most used robotic framework available today, ROS.