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I am a senior Lecturer-Researcher at the Institute of Engineering of Hanze University of Applied Sciences, where I am a member of the research group on Sensors and Smart Systems. My teaching activities are related to Robotics and Electronics for Engineering students (bachelor level). I am also involved with the Master Smart Systems Engineering and supervise students working on research and graduation projects.

I was involved with educational robotics for more than 10 years, both tutoring students and as a member of technical and organizing committees of robotics competitions. In 2020/2021, I was a member of the team that developed and organized the first RoboCupJunior Soccer Simulation competition.

My background is in Electrical Engineering. My main expertise is in control of mobile robots, which was the research topic of my PhD thesis. My master project was about fuzzy control of electric drives to use a three-phase induction motor as a generator. During my master's, I also worked on controller for a brushless DC motor to propel a boat. Before joining academia, I worked as an engineer for 4 years, with design and maintenance of industrial automation machines. 

Quick overview:
●    PhD, MSc, and BSc in Electrical Engineering.
●    4 years of experience as engineer working in industry automation and electronics.
●    18+ years of experience as lecturer and/or researcher in Brazil, Argentina and the Netherlands.
●    Editor of the Topical Collection "Smart Robotics for Automation" for the journals Sensors and Automation (MDPI), and co-editor of the research topic "Educational Robotics and Competitions" for the journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI.
●    40+ peer-reviewed scientific publications at conferences and journals related to robotics, educational robotics, automation and smart systems, including 2 book chapters.
●    Best Paper (2018) and third Best Paper (2012) awards at the Workshop on Robotics in Education, Best Participation at VISUM 2015, and honored five times by Engineering graduates.
●    Member of Organizing and Technical Committees of several scientific events and conferences, such as RoboCup Junior, Latin-American Robotics Competition (LARC), Brazilian Conference on Automation (CBA), etc. Member of NVAO panels to assess master programs related to robotics in the Netherlands.

Education/Academic qualification

Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Doctor of Engineering, Federal University of Espirito Santo

Mar 2006Mar 2009

Award Date: 6 Mar 2009

Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Master of Engineering, Federal University of Espirito Santo

Aug 1999Jul 2003

Award Date: 1 Jul 2003

Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, Federal University of Espirito Santo


Award Date: 15 Apr 1999

External positions

Editorial Board Member - Automation, MDPI

1 Jan 2022 → …

Topical Collection Editor - Smart Robotics for Automation, MDPI

1 Jan 2022 → …

Guest Editor of the joint special issue "Smart Robotics for Automation", MDPI

1 Nov 202031 Dec 2021

Member of the Technical Committee of the RoboCup Junior Soccer, RoboCup


Member of the Organizing Committee of the RoboCup Junior Soccer, RoboCup



  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
  • Robotics
  • Automation
  • L Education (General)
  • Educational Robotics


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