Martins, Nuno

Nuno Martins
Associate Professor
Institute for Systems Research
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
2259 A.V. Williams Bldg., University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Research Interests 
Control theory, estimation, information theory.
Coordinated Control and Tracking of Small Robots
Ant-Like Micro-Robots: Fast, Small, and Under Control
Background Info 

Martins earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, minor in Mathematics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004. He received the "Licenciado" and MSc. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 1994 and 1996, respectively. He also completed a Financial Technology Option degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management in 2004.

Martins was an author of the European project titled "Leonardo da Vinci" in the area of Signal Processing. He was also one of five founders of the Evolutionary Systems and Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (LaSEEB), located in the Institute for  Systems and Robotics at Lisbon. He joined the Polytechnic Institute of Setubal as a Faculty member in 1995, where, in 1998, he was the youngest ever to be promoted to a position equivalent to Adjoint Professor. In 1996, he was the coordinator of the LaSEEB participation in the signal processing module of the European Neurological Network project. His Masters Thesis was used directly as part of the project.  His work was one of 25 selected worldwide to be included in the prestigious volume Spatiotemporal Models in Biological and Artificial Systems, IOS Press, 1997, F.H. Lopes da Silva et al. (eds).

In 1999, while at the Laboratory of Information and Decision Systems at MIT, he played a major role in a DARPA project in the area of distributed resource allocation in adversarial environments. In September 2004, he served as a Post-Doctoral fellow at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT. Most recently, Martins worked on a MURI project titled "Cooperative Control of Distributed Autonomous Vehicles in Adversarial Environments."

Related News 

New AFOSR NIFTI Center features eight Clark School faculty
Center will create bio-inspired solutions for small, remotely operated aircraft.April 14, 2015

New NSF grant funds research to build network of tiny robots for bridge inspection
Nuno Martins, Sarah Bergbreiter, Richard La to collaborate with Resensys on development of semi-autonomous system.August 29, 2014

Students present final projects for 2014 NSF Microrobotics REU
Research ranged from robotic skin to leg designs, inertial tail actuators, and more.August 10, 2014

ECE Students Take Top Prize at Michigan Hackathon for Intelligent Trashcan
Three ECE students win MHacks, a hackathon with more than 1200 students competing.October 3, 2013

UAE students, Northrop Grumman engineers tour robotics laboratories
Visitors were in town for the annual AUVSI conference.August 14, 2013

REU in Miniature Robotics holds final project symposium
Nine projects range from wings for MAVs to vision sensors for small robots to small grasping hands.August 14, 2013

Alum Serban Sabau joins Stevens Institute as assistant professor
The 2011 EE Ph.D. recipient was advised by Nuno Martins.July 16, 2013

Martins, Gupta, Aloimonos speak at 'Fostering Excellence in Robotics'
Workshop at American Control Conference introduced high school students to robotics.June 20, 2013

Robotics Team Mentored by UMD Students Advances to FIRST Championship Competition
Clark School of Engineering undergrads help middle and high school students prepare, compete.April 4, 2013

Martins speaking as part of MIT's LIDS seminar series
His topic is "Convex Parameterizations for Norm-Optimal Linear Control."October 28, 2012

Martins interviewed in story about robotics use in Maryland
ISR faculty member speaks on the emergence of the robotics industry in the state.October 19, 2012

Faculty Members Take On New Responsibilities
Flatau, Martins, Kofinas to serve Clark School in new roles; Gupta to lead NSF initiative.September 6, 2012

Miniature Robotics REU students give final presentations
Ten undergrads from around the country give talks on their summer projects.August 10, 2012

Martins selected for Leadership Fellows program
University of Maryland initiative will prepare faculty for future leadership.July 9, 2012

Antbot research profiled in Pacific Standard magazine
Article explores potential of antbots in search and rescue operationsJune 12, 2012

Maryland Robotics Center featured on live TV broadcast
Robots from five research groups help promote Maryland Day activities.April 30, 2012

Serban Sabau will be postdoctoral researcher at University of Pennsylvania
Alumnus will work on next generation network science.September 16, 2011

Robotics@Maryland Places 3rd in AUVSI Underwater Vehicle Competition
Clark School students help lead team to top-three finish in international, ONR-sponsored competition.July 23, 2010

Martins, Abshire, Smela, Bergbreiter win $1.5 million NSF grant
The team will develop self-organizing ant-sized microrobots.September 25, 2009

Live TV broadcast showcases Robotics@Maryland team
WTTG Fox 5 (Washington, D.C.) focused on the land and water robots of the ISR-affiliated group.September 4, 2008

Robotics@Maryland team wins underwater vehicle contest
The students are advised by Nuno Martins and Dave Akin.August 5, 2008

Martins receives AFOSR grant for control of mobile multi-agent systems
Research will develop guidance, control, and wireless communication modules for networked systems.April 16, 2008