Science Leader – Cybernetics, CSIRO

At CSIRO's Computational Informatics, Dr Paulo de Souza is leading research on micro-sensor technologies and systems. A physicist and miniaturisation expert, Dr de Souza is recognised internationally in field robotics, geochemistry and environmental engineering. He is a collaborating scientist on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission, which landed and operates two large robots, Spirit and Opportunity, on the surface of Mars.


  • –present
    Science Leader – Sensor Networks, CSIRO


  • 2004 
    Johannes Gutemberg, Doctor of Natural Sciences
  • 2000 
    Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, M.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering)
  • 1999 
    Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, B.S. (Physics)


  • 2012
    Ancient Impact and Aqueous Processes at Endeavour Crater, Mars,
  • 2010
    Innovation in Industrial Research,
  • 2009
    Exploration of Victoria Crater by the Rover Opportunity,
  • 2008
    Detection of Silica-Rich Deposits on Mars,
  • 2007
    Pyroclastic Activity at Home Plate in Gusev Crater, Mars,
  • 2005
    Indication of drier periods on Mars from the chemistry and mineralogy of atmospheric dust,
  • 2005
    Water alteration of rocks and soils on Mars at the Spirit rover site in Gusev crater,
  • 2005
    An integrated view of the chemistry and mineralogy of martian soils,
  • 2004
    Jarosite and Hematite at Meridiani Planum from Opportunity's Mössbauer Spectrometer,
  • 2004
    Basaltic Rocks Analyzed by the Spirit Rover in Gusev Crater,
  • 2004
    Mineralogy at Gusev Crater from the Mössbauer Spectrometer on the Spirit Rover,