Final Grade: 18 (converted to Portuguese scale 0-20)
Positivo University (UnicenP), Brazil
Degree: Bachelor, Computer Science
Dates: 02/1999 - 03/2003
Specialization: Software Development
Final Grade: 17,89 (converted to Portuguese scale 0-20)
Institute of Systems and Robotics (ISR), Portugal.
Position: Ph.D. Student and Researcher at MRL (Mobile Robotics Laboratory)
Dates: 12/2006 - present
Main areas: Multimodal sensory information processing for robot perceptual intelligent modules, applied to Human-Robot-Interaction.
Remarks: Working at the BACS project (Bayesian Approach for Cognitive
Systems) from 01/2007 to 12/2009; working as a fellow from FCT (Fundação
da Ciência e Tecnologia) from 01/2010 to 11/2012, cooperating also on the projects APSUBA and SocialRobot, supervision of master students.
CELEPAR (Governmental Company of Computer Science of the Paraná State), Brazil.
Position: System Analyst at GIC (Innovation and Corporation Department)
Dates: 09/2005 – 12/2006, Brazil.
Main areas: Computer Science and Software Development (experience with: C++ and JAVA).
LACTEC (Institute of Technology to Progress), at UFPR, Brazil.
Position: System Analyst and Software Developer.
Dates: 07/2004 – 07/2005.
Main areas: Digital Electronic (experience with: ATMEL ATmega16 microcontroller).
HSBC (Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation), Brazil.
Position: Trainee (Software Development and Maintenance at Middleware Department).
Dates: 10/2001 – 01/2004.
Main areas: Software Development and Maintenance
High Level Robotic Skills
Multimodal (camera, microphones, LRF and Kinect) sensor fusion and processing, for perceptual and cognitive modules applied to Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI).
Statistical Learning applied to HRI; face detection using Haar-like features; facial expression analysis using Bayesian Networks; avatar synthesis using 3D meshes and ROS/rviz.
Intelligent semantic information retrieval from human expressions during a dialog between human and robot.
Some experience on navigation of a 2-wheeled differential robot, tracking human face with camera, and using Laser Range Finder (LRF) for obstacle avoidance.
Some experience on mapping environments using LRF and Odometry.
Some experience on 3D reconstruction of scene using a 2D LRF and Pan-Tilt Unit.
Some experience on stereo-vision and Horopter, for dynamic background segmentation for mobile robots.
Among others (see also publications)
Dominates C, C++ and Java programming languages
Experience on ROS (Robot Operating System)
Experience on CARMEN (Carnegie Mellon Robot Navigation Toolkit)
Already Programmed on C at ATMEL Microcontrollers AVR line, using CodeVision
and AVRStudio4.0; some experience with FPGAs and VHDL.
Familiarity with PostgreSQL and MySQL DBMSs (DataBase Management Systems)
Knowledge on SQL ANSI and Transact-SQL (AIX Sybase, Microsoft SQLServer)
Familiarity with UNIX (AIX e HPUX) and LINUX operational systems
Familiarity with Matlab.
Knowledge on OpenCV (library for Computer Vision)
Portuguese: Mother tongue
English: Advanced (FCE Cambridge Certification on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL))
Award – “UnicenP Talents 2002”
Distinguished final graduation grade, among more than 200 other students on the Bachelor on Computer Science.
Thankfull letter from FCR (Fundação da Criança Renal)
The software developed for the graduation was donated to Fundação da Criança Renal (Kidney Foundation of the child), Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil; within a cooperative project between UnicenP and FCR. The system is currently maintained by UnicenP.
By: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Financed by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal.
By: BACS European project (Bayesian Approach to Cognitive Systems, within the 6th Framework Program of the European Commission).
Dates: 2007 - 2009.
Research-oriented professional activities
IEEE Student member of Robotics and Automation Society (RAS).
Internship at Summer School in Grid Computing, Calabria, Italy. June 2005.
Editor of Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics, http://www.versita.com/pjbr/
Recently involved projects:
SocialRobot (FP7 project --- The development of a social robot for elderly companionship), a cooperative project between University of Coimbra (Portugal), IDMind (Portugal), University of Cyprus (Cyprus) and CITARD (Cyprus). 2011 to present.
APSUBA (Active Perception for Scene Understanding and Behavior Analysis), a cooperative project between University of Coimbra (Portugal) and University of Extremadura (Spain). 2010 to present.
Brain Computer Interface: A cooperative project between Neuro-imaging Group of Geneva University Hospital (Switzerland) and University of Coimbra (Portugal). 2007-2009.
BACS (Bayesian Approach to Cognitive Systems) FP7 Project
Project FCR - Fundação da Criança Renal: A cooperative project between UnicenP (Brazil) and Fundação da Criança Renal (Brazil). 2000 to 2002.
Reviewer of following journals and international conferences:
Journal of Pattern Recognition Letters.
Journal of Behavioral Robotics.
IROS 2011, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.
IROS 2010, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.
Bayesian Emotional Behavior Analysis and Synthesis on Robot Artifacts. José Prado and Jorge Dias. Submitted to the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, status: major review submitted.
Visuo-Auditory Multimodal Emotional Structure to Improve Human-Robot-Interaction. José Prado, Carlos Simplício, Nicolás Lori and Jorge Dias. At the International Journal of Social Robotics, Volume 4, p. 29-51, ISSN: 1875-4791, 2012.
Synthesis of Emotions on a Human-Robot-Interactive Platform. José Prado, Lakmar Seneviratne, Jorge Dias. In Proceedings of IASTED, The 16th IASTED International Conference on Robotics (Robo 2011), Pittsburgh, USA, November 7-9, 2011
Robot Emotional State through Bayesian Visuo-Auditory Perception.José Prado, Carlos Simplício, Jorge Dias. In DoCEIS’11, 2nd Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems, 21-23 February 2011, Costa da Caparica, Lisbon, Portugal.
Comparing Bayesian Networks to Classify Facial Expressions.Carlos Simplício, José Prado, Jorge Dias. In Proceedings of RA-IASTED, The 15th IASTED International Conference on Robotics and Applications, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, November 1-3, 2010
A Face Attention Technique for a Robot Able to Interpret Facial Expressions.Carlos Simplício, José Prado, Jorge Dias. In Proceedings of the DoCEIS'10 - Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems. Lisbon, February, 2010. Springer - ISBN 978-3-642-11627-8
SoPHIE: Social Robotic Platform for Human Interactive Experimentation.José Prado, Jorge Lobo, Jorge Dias. In the 4th International Conference on Cognitive Systems, COGSYS 2010, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Multimodal Active Exploration Using A Bayesian Approach. João Filipe Ferreira, José Prado, Jorge Lobo, Jorge Dias. In the 14th IASTED International Conference in Robotics and Applications, Cambridge MA, USA, November 2-4, 2009.
Human Robot Interaction Studies on Laban Human Movement Analysis and Dynamic Background Segmentation. Luis Santos, José Prado, Jorge Dias. In Proceedings of IROS 2009, The 2009 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent RObots and Systems, St Louis, USA.
A Technique for Dynamic Background Segmentation using a Robotic Stereo Vision Head.José Prado, Luis Santos, Jorge Dias. Proceedings of the 18th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication Toyama, Japan, Sept. 27-Oct. 2, 2009.
Object Shape Retrieval through Grasping Exploration. Diego Faria, José Prado, Paulo Drews, Jorge Dias. In Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on Mobile Robots, ECMR'09, Mlini/Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 2009.
An Efficient Algorithm for Extrinsic Calibration between a 3D Laser Range Finder and a Stereo Camera for Surveillance. Hadi Aliakbarpour, Pedro Núñez, José Prado, Kamrad Khoshhal, Jorge Dias. Proceedings of the ICAR 2009 - 14th International Conference on Advanced Robotics - Munich, Germany, June 22-26, 2009
Horopter based Dynamic Background Segmentation applied to an Interactive Mobile Robot.José Prado, Luis Santos, Jorge Dias. Proceedings of the ICAR 2009 - 14th International Conference on Advanced Robotics - Munich, Germany, June 22-26, 2009
Multiclass brain computer interface based on visual attention.Rolando Menendez, Jorge Dias, José Prado, Hadi Aliakbarpour, Sara Andino. At the European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks Advances in Computational Intelligence and Learning, Bruges, Belgium, 2009
Visuovestibular-Based Gaze Control Experimental Case. José Prado, Jorge Dias. At the RECPAD 14a Conferencia Portuguesa de Reconhecimento de Padrões, Coimbra, 2008
Robotic Implementation of Biological Bayesian Models for Visuo-inertial Image Stabilization and Gaze Control. Jorge Lobo, João Filipe Ferreira, José Prado, Jorge Dias. At the 2008 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Acropolis Convention Center, Nice, France, Sept 22-26, 2008. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2008.4651258
Experimental Analysis of the 5-way Probabilistic Quick Sort.José Prado, Jair Donadelli Jr. At the SOLISC 2005, Congresso Catarinense de Software Livre, Brazil, 2005.
Teaching Assistant (Ajudante de Ensino) at: University of Coimbra, Portugal, 2011-2012.
Taught courses (Practical classes only):
Systems of Microprocessors (C, Assembler and VHDL)
Technology of Computers
Human-Robot-Interaction, Computer vision, Robotics, Intelligent and Bayesian Algorithms for Cognitive Systems, Human behavior interpretation using computational approaches, and multi-modal perception systems.
Curriculum Vitae of José Augusto Soares Prado, Page of