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Sérgio Pequito is an assistant professor at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. From 2014 to 2017, he was a postdoctoral researcher in General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception Laboratory (GRASP lab) at University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and Instituto Superior Técnico, through the CMU-Portugal program, in 2014. Previously, he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the Instituto Superior Técnico in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

Pequito's research consists of understanding the global qualitative behavior of large-scale systems from their structural or parametric descriptions and provide a rigorous framework for the design, analysis, optimization and control of large scale (real-world) systems. Currently, his interests span to neuroscience and biomedicine, where dynamical systems and control theoretic tools can be leveraged to develop new analysis tools for brain dynamics that, ultimately, will lead to new diagnostics and treatments of neural disorders. In addition, these tools can be used towards effective personalized medicine and improve brain-computer and brain-machine-brain interfaces that will improve people's life quality.

Pequito was awarded the best student paper finalist in the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2009). Also, Pequito received the ECE Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Carnegie Mellon Graduate Teaching Award (University-wide) honorable mention, both in 2012. Also, Pequito was a 2016 EECI European Ph.D. Award on Control for Complex and Heterogeneous Systems finalist and received the 2016 O. Hugo Schuck Award in the Theory Category.






Academic Background


   

CMU-Portugal

 



2014
PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Dual Degree)
Carnegie Mellon University &
Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon

Dissertation title: A Structural Approach to Design, Analysis and Optimization of Large-Scale Dynamical Systems


Advisers: Professor A. Pedro Aguiar (ECE-FEUP)
             
Professor Diogo Gomes (MATH-IST & MATH-KAUST) 
             
Professor Soummya Kar (ECE-CMU)



 
 



2009

MSc in Applied Mathematics (Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems)
Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon


Thesis title: The Entropy Penalized Minimum Energy Estimator


Advisers:
Professor A. Pedro Aguiar (ECE-IST)
             
Professor Diogo Gomes (MATH-IST) 




 
 



2007

BSc in Applied Mathematics and Computation
Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon


Final project title:

The perceptron: from neural models to their computability


Adviser: Professor José Félix Costa (MATH-IST)





Professional Experience


 

 


Aug
2017
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Assistant Professor

Troy, NY, USA



 


 


Aug
2014
-
July
2017


University of Pennsylvania
Postdoctoral Researcher
General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception Laboratory
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Supervisor: Professor George J. Pappas


 
 

Fev
2009
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Sept
2009

European Space Agency
Trainee
Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) systems group
European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC)
Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Supervisor: Doctor Rémi Drai


 
 

Fev
2008
-
Jan
2009

Institute for System and Robotics
Young Researcher
Dynamical System and Ocean Robotics LAB
Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon


Supervisor:
Professor A. Pedro Aguiar





 Awards and Honors


  2016
2016

2012
2012

2012
2012
2009
2009
2009
  O. Hugo Schuck Award in the Theory Category
European Embedded Control Institute (EECI) European PhD Award on Control for Complex and Heterogeneous Systems (finalist)
Phi Kappa Phi, Love of Learning Award
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Teaching Award (university-wide) [Honorable Mention]
Phi Kappa Phi member (Carnegie Mellon Chapter)
Best student paper award finalist at 48th Conference on Decision and Control
Second prize for the best students of the Technical University of Lisbon
Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research (CLUSTER) prize



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