Track Chair

Rui P. Rocha - Institute of Systems and Robotics, University of Coimbra, Portugal

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Rui P. Rocha is a tenured Associate Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and a senior researcher of the Institute of Systems and Robotics at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in ECE from the University of Porto in 2006. His research interests focus on developing multi-robot systems endowed with cooperative perception, decentralized coordination and resilient autonomy, to be applied in service and assistive robotics, disaster response, ecology, industry, and logistics, for the benefit of humanity and sustainability. He has been involved in several FP6, FP7 and H2020 EU-funded R&D projects developed in consortium, and has been the PI of R&D projects on urban search and rescue robotics, multi-robot patrolling of buildings, and ambient assisted living. He is the co-author of about 100 scientific papers and articles indexed in Scopus. He has had an intense editorial activity, serving regularly as editor and reviewer in top-journals and top-conferences on Robotics and has also served in the organisation of several conferences and thematic tracks on Intelligent Robotics. He has taught different subjects on ECE, including autonomous robotics, cognitive robotics, industrial automation, algorithms and data structures, software engineering, electronics, and digital systems and microprocessors. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Member of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Multi-Robot Systems. He was one of the founders of the IRMAS track and was co-chair or chair of all the previous 9 editions.