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Science Leader for Robotics, CSIRO

Alberto is the Science Leader for Robotics at CSIRO’s Autonomous Systems Laboratory, as well as project leader in CSIRO’s Future Manufacturing Flagship. He has a distinguished research record, with over 140 publications in international journals and conferences. Before joining CSIRO in 2011, he held a number of senior positions, including Principal Researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2001-2011), leading projects in autonomous aerial, ocean and ground robots for planetary exploration and Earth science missions, and Director of the Brazilian Automation Institute (1994-2000). He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Mercator Professorship Award of the German Research Foundation (DFG).


  • 2001–2011
    Principal Researcher, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • 1994–2000
    Director, Automation Institute, Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology
  • 1993–1998
    Coordinator of Research and Education Programs , strategic information technologies pilot project, United Nations Development Program (UNDP)


  • 1989 
    Carnegie-Mellon University, Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 1980 
    Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA), Brazil, M.Sc. Computer Science
  • 1975 
    Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA), Brazil, B.Eng. Electronics Engineering


  • 2010
    Implications of Wind-Assisted Aerial Navigation for Titan Mission Planning and Science Exploration, Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference
  • 2008
    An Autonomy Architecture for Aerobot Exploration of the Saturnian Moon Titan, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, v. 23, n. 7
  • 2008
    The Telesupervised Adaptive Ocean Sensor Fleet (TAOSF) Architecture: Coordination of Multiple Oceanic Robot Boats, Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE Aerospace Conference
  • 2004
    Toward a Systematic Approach for Selection of NASA Technology Portfolios, Systems Engineering Journal, v. 7, n. 4
  • 2003
    Robotic Airships for Exploration of Planetary Bodies with an Atmosphere: Autonomy Challenges, Autonomous Robots Journal, v. 14, n. 2/3
  • 1996
    Robot Navigation: Integrating Perception, Environmental Constraints and Task Execution Within a Probabilistic Framework, L. Dorst, M. van Lambalgen, and F. Voorbraak (eds.), Reasoning With Uncertainty in Robotics, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence v. 1093, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany
  • 1992
    Multi-Source Spatial Fusion Using Bayesian Reasoning, In M. A. Abidi and R. C. Gonzalez (eds.), Data Fusion in Robotics and Machine Intelligence, Academic Press, San Diego, CA