About Me

I am an associate research scientist at Northeastern University within the CESAR (Cognitive Embodied Social Agents Research) lab, led by Prof. Stacy Marsella. Prior to that, I was a post-doctoral associate at GAIPS (Intelligent Agents and Synthetic Characters Group) at INESC-ID Lisbon, in Porto Salvo, Portugal.

In September 2013, I completed the Ph.D. Program in Information Systems and Computer Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa in Portugal, under the supervision of Prof. Ana Paiva and Prof. Francisco S. Melo. My thesis focused on building more flexible and robust reward mechanisms for autonomous reinforcement learning (RL) agents.

My interests are in the area of artificial intelligence, particularly related with autonomous and adaptive systems (e.g. agents and multiagent systems) involving learning and evolutionary mechanisms. My approach has been greatly inspired by adaptive biological mechanisms.

In the past I have participated in several European collaborative projects, including: INSIDE (CMU-Portugal), EMOTE (EU-FP7), FearNot! and Orient (EU-FP6) and CoWriter (EPFL).

I also worked as a lab assistant, teaching practical and theoretical classes for the Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Human-Computer Interaction and Computer Graphics courses at IST.