I am a researcher on automated planning, goal and plan recognition, multiagent systems, BDI agents, and machine learning. I currently hold a Chair of Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen, and I am part of the Agents at Aberdeen research group. I also hold a Bridges Professorship at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, where I lead the Group on Artificial Intelligence. I am a Senior Member of the ACM and of AAAI. I am the guest editor of the topic on Advances in Goal, Plan and Activity Recognition in the Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence journal. I am currently a councillor in the Executive Council of the AAAI, and a board member of the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence for the Brazilian Computer Society for the period of 2021 to 2022. As a UK-based researcher, I am a member of the UKRI Talent Panel College, and of the EPSRC Peer Review College. In Brazil, I held CNPq's highly productive researcher fellowship, and according to CSRankings, I am one of the most productive AI researchers from South America, having received the following professional recognitions:

Before my current position, I worked as a Project Scientist in Multiagent Systems at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University after completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the same university with Professor Katia Sycara. I obtained my PhD degree at King's College London, with a thesis on Extending agent languages for multiagent domains under the supervision of Professor Michael Luck and co-supervised by Professor Andrew Jones. I started my studies at the University of Southampton in 2005, and moved to King's College London in September of 2006.

Prior to my full-time academic career, I worked in the industry as a contractor for Hewlett-Packard Brazil, and worked on a variety of projects with some very interesting people. Previously I was a research assistant at FACIN/PUCRS, and an MSc student in Computer Science at PPGCC/PUCRS, where I also obtained my undergraduate degree. Information about my academic and professional career can be checked out in my complete CV, or in a more academic CV.

I chaired the following events over the years:

I currently serve in the program committee of the following conferences (and have served in the past):

I also regularly serve as a reviewer for the following journals:

Research Interests (and prospective students)

I always welcome new students interested in doing research, please contact me for possible MSc and PhD positions.

My research interests include Automated Planning, Machine Learning, Autonomous Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, and Artificial Intelligence in general. More recently, I have worked on various applications of AI to neuroscience in partnership with the Brain Institute of Rio Grande do Sul.