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Martins, Nuno

Martins, Nuno

Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
Maryland Robotics Center
2259 A.V. Williams Bldg.

Nuno C. Martins graduated with a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from I.S.T., Portugal, in 1997, and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 2004. He has also concluded a Financial Technology Option program at Sloan School of Management (MIT) in 2004.

He is Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Maryland, where he also holds a joint appointment with the Institute for Systems Research. He was Director of the Maryland Robotics Center from 2012 until 2014.

He served as Associate Editor for Systems and Control Letters (Elsevier), Automatica and the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board. He was also a program Vice-Chair for the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in 2013 and 2014.

Honors and awards

Prof. Martins received the 2006 American Automatic Control Council O. Hugo Schuck Award, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2007, the 2008 IEEE CSS Axelby Award for the best paper in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, the 2010 Outstanding ISR Faculty Award, the 2010 George Corcoran Award from the ECE Department / UMD and he was an UMD/ADVANCE Leadership Fellow in 2013.


His research interests are in control theory, distributed control, team decision, optimization, networked control and communications, estimation and information theory.

ASTrA project to provide new tools for power generation, robotics, smart manufacturing

Nuno Martins will address the challenges of modeling and designing large-scale, mixed-autonomy, multi-agent cyber-physical systems.

‘Smellicopter’ drone uses live moth antenna to seek smells, avoid obstacles

Timothy Horiuchi is a co-author on the research published in IOP Bioinspiration & Biomimetics.

Lu, Gollob win ISR annual awards

ISR's outstanding graduate student and undergraduate student awards were given at the Institute's welcome back reception.

Paley, Abshire, Martins promoted to full Professor by UMD President Wallace Loh

The faculty members' new rank will become effective on July 1.

New AFOSR NIFTI Center features eight Clark School faculty

Center will create bio-inspired solutions for small, remotely operated aircraft.

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.

Students present final projects for 2014 NSF Microrobotics REU

Research ranged from robotic skin to leg designs, inertial tail actuators, and more.

ECE Students Take Top Prize at Michigan Hackathon for Intelligent Trashcan

Three ECE students win MHacks, a hackathon with more than 1200 students competing.

UAE students, Northrop Grumman engineers tour robotics laboratories

Visitors were in town for the annual AUVSI conference.

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.

Alum Serban Sabau joins Stevens Institute as assistant professor

The 2011 EE Ph.D. recipient was advised by Nuno Martins.

Martins, Gupta, Aloimonos speak at 'Fostering Excellence in Robotics'

Workshop at American Control Conference introduced high school students to robotics.

Robotics Team Mentored by UMD Students Advances to FIRST Championship Competition

Clark School of Engineering undergrads help middle and high school students prepare, compete.

Martins speaking as part of MIT's LIDS seminar series

His topic is "Convex Parameterizations for Norm-Optimal Linear Control."

Martins interviewed in story about robotics use in Maryland

ISR faculty member speaks on the emergence of the robotics industry in the state.

Faculty Members Take On New Responsibilities

Flatau, Martins, Kofinas to serve Clark School in new roles; Gupta to lead NSF initiative.

Miniature Robotics REU students give final presentations

Ten undergrads from around the country give talks on their summer projects.

Martins selected for Leadership Fellows program

University of Maryland initiative will prepare faculty for future leadership.

Antbot research profiled in Pacific Standard magazine

Article explores potential of antbots in search and rescue operations

Maryland Robotics Center featured on live TV broadcast

Robots from five research groups help promote Maryland Day activities.

Serban Sabau will be postdoctoral researcher at University of Pennsylvania

Alumnus will work on next generation network science.

Robotics@Maryland Places 3rd in AUVSI Underwater Vehicle Competition

Clark School students help lead team to top-three finish in international, ONR-sponsored competition.

Martins, Abshire, Smela, Bergbreiter win $1.5 million NSF grant

The team will develop self-organizing ant-sized microrobots.

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.

Robotics@Maryland team wins underwater vehicle contest

The students are advised by Nuno Martins and Dave Akin.

Martins receives AFOSR grant for control of mobile multi-agent systems

Research will develop guidance, control, and wireless communication modules for networked systems.