Curriculum Vitae

Short Bio

Dr. Sérgio Pequito is associate professor in automatic control in the Department of Information Technology, at Uppsala University. Pequito's research consists of understanding the global qualitative behavior of large-scale systems from their structural or parametric descriptions and provides a rigorous framework for the design, analysis, optimization, and control of large scale 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 towards effective personalized medicine and improve brain-computer and brain-machine-brain interfaces. Pequito was awarded the best student paper finalist in the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2009) and the 2016 O. Hugo Schuck Award in the Theory Category by the American Automatic Control Council.

Academic Background


2014

Ph.D. 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

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2009

M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics (Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems)

Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon

Master Thesis title: The Entropy Penalized Minimum Energy Estimator


2007

B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Computation

Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon

Final project title:

The perceptron: from neural models to their computability

Professional Experience

July

2022

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present

Associate Professor of Automatic Control

Section of Systems and Control

Department of Information Technology

Uppsala University

Uppsala, SE

July

2020

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June 2022

Assistant Professor

Delft Center for Systems and Control

Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering faculty

Delft University of Technology

Delft, NL

Aug

2017

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June

2020

Assistant Professor

Industrial and Systems Engineering Department

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY, USA

Aug

2014

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July

2017

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Pennsylvania

General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception Laboratory

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Fev

2009

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Sept

2009

Trainee

European Space Agency

Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) systems group

European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Fev

2008

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Jan

2009

Young Researcher

Institute for System and Robotics

Dynamical System and Ocean Robotics LAB

Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon

Academic Awards and Honors


  • Guest Editor of the Invited Section on ``Neurotechnologies and closed-loop control of neurodynamics" in Annual Reviews in Control, 2021

  • Guest Editor in Frontiers in Physiology Fractal and Network Physiology, Special issue on Inference, Causality and Control in Networks of Dynamical Systems: Data Science and Modeling Perspectives to Network Physiology with Implications for Artificial Intelligence, 2020

  • Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2019

  • Trustees Faculty Achievement, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2018, 2019

  • PLoS One Academic Editor, 2018 - present

  • American Automatic Control Council, O. Hugo Schuck Award (Theory Category), 2016

  • European Embedded Control Institute (EECI), European PhD Award on Control for Complex and Heterogeneous Systems (finalist), 2016

  • Phi Kappa Phi, Love of Learning Award, 2012

  • Electrical \& Computer Engineering Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012

  • Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Teaching Award (university-wide) [Honorable Mention], 2012

  • Phi Kappa Phi member (Carnegie Mellon Chapter), 2012

  • Best student paper award finalist at 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2009

  • Second prize for the best students of the Technical University of Lisbon, 2009: Distinguishes 20 students of the Technical University of Lisbon (now, University of Lisbon), from which only 8 are from the School of Engineering (Instituto Superior Tecnico), who have excelled in the context of their overall training: it stressed the strands scientific, academic, cultural and civic life

  • CLUSTER prize, 2009: Three prizes are awarded annually during the Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research (CLUSTER) general assembly to reward a mobility from a CLUSTER institution to another CLUSTER institution that must have occurred during the previous or the current academic year for at least one year. Criteria comprises the following: Academic excellence and contribution to student community for internationalization within CLUSTER