Joćo Filipe Ferreira
Activity: Principal Investigator
Telephone: +351 239796628

Joćo Filipe de Castro Cardoso Ferreira is an Invited Assistant Professor (Professor Auxiliar Convidado) at the University of Coimbra.

Degrees: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Coimbra, specialisation in Instrumentation and Control (July 2011) on the subject "Bayesian Cognitive Models for 3D Structure and Motion Multimodal Perception".

He received his Electrical Engineering B.Sc. degree (5-year course, specialisation in computers) from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra (FCTUC) in July 2000. He received the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the same faculty, specialisation in Automation and Robotics, in January 2005.

Research interests: His current main research interests are spread out through three broad scientific themes: Artificial Cognition, Probabilistic Modelling and Autonomous Systems. Within these themes, the following topics receive his main focus: bioinspired perception, navigation and cognition, autonomous robotics, social robotics and human-robot interaction. However, his research interests are not limited to these subjects: over the years, he has also produced contributions in medical image processing and 3D scanning, and will most probably pursue other interesting challenges in the future.

Present research: He conducts his research at the Mobile Robotics Laboratory of the Institute of Systems and Robotics (ISR), a research institute of the Electrical Engineering Department (DEEC) of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC). He also frequently collaborates with the Biomedical Institute for Research in Light and Image (IBILI), of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra.

He is a staff researcher at the ISR since 1999, and a member of the IEEE and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) since 2012.

Projects: He was a staff researcher for the FCTUC team on the European Integrated Project "Bayesian Approach to Cognitive Systems" (FP6-IST-27140), from 2006 to 2010, and a research fellow for the European Integrated Project HANDLE "Developmental pathway towards autonomy and dexterity in robot in-hand manipulation" (theme 2: Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics, under grant agreement 231640) from 2010 to 2011.

He is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) for the FCT/COMPETE nationally funded project CASIR (Coordinated Control of Stimulus-Driven and Goal-Directed Multisensory Attention Within the Context of Social Interaction with Robots - PTDC/EEI-AUT/3010/2012)

He is currently an an Officer (Treasurer) for the Portuguese Chapter of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) (since 2014) and an IEEE Member of the Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics (T-CORO, since 2015).

Jorge Dias
Activity: Staff Researcher
Telephone: +351 239 796 219
+351 918 711 531

Jorge Manuel Miranda Dias was born on March 7th, 1960, in Coimbra, Portugal. He has a Ph.D. on Electrical Engineering by the University of Coimbra, specialization in Control and Instrumentation, November 1994.

Jorge Dias holds his research activities in the Institute of Systems and Robotics (Instituto de Sistemas e Robótica) from the University of Coimbra. Jorge Dias research area are Computer Vision and Robotics, with activities and contributions on the field since 1984. He has several publications on Scientific Reports, Conferences, Journals and Book Chapters.

Jorge Dias teaches several engineering courses at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from the Faculty of Science and Technology - University of Coimbra. He is responsible by courses on Computer Vision, Robotics, Industrial Automation, Microprocessors and Digital Systems. He is also responsible by the supervision of Master and Ph.D. students on the field of Computer Vision and Robotics.

Jorge Dias is currently vice-president from the technology transfer institute IPN - Instituto Pedro Nunes and director of LAS-Laboratory of Systems and Automation.

He was main researcher from projects financed by European Community (Framework Programe 6 and 7), by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and by NATO - Science For Stability Program.

He is Senior Member of IEEE - the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

He is currently the vice-chair for the Portuguese Chapter for IEEE – RAS (Robotics and Automation Society).

He is currently vice president of "Sociedade Portuguesa de Robótica - SPR".