António M. Pascoal received the Licenciatura degree in Electrical Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal, in 1974 and the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Control Science from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA in 1983 and 1987, respectively. His PhD research work was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Pramod Khargonekar.
From 1987-88 he was a Research Scientist with Integrated Systems Incorporated, Santa Clara, California, where he conducted research and development work in the areas of system modeling and identification and robust and adaptive control. Selected projects include: i) control of large space structures (under contract with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research/Directorate of Aerospace Science), ii) control and modeling of compliant robotic assembly tasks, iii) advanced servo-controls for lightweight robots (under contract with the U.S. Army), iv) real-time hardware implementation of adaptive controllers for flexible structures, and v) robust control of helicopter-mounted precision pointing devices (under contract with the U.S. Army Munitions and Chemical Command).
From 1988-93, he was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), where he is currently an Associate Professor of Control and Robotics. He has taught courses in the areas of Linear Control Systems, Digital Control, Robotics, Nonlinear Systems, Dynamical System Theory, Multivariable Robust Control, and Optimal Control Theory. From 1998-2000 he was the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering of IST.
He has held visiting positions with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Michigan, USA, the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, USA, and the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India. He has cooperated extensively with researchers in those institutions in the areas of linear and nonlinear control theory, robust and gain-scheduled control, and navigation, guidance, and control of unmanned aircraft and ocean vehicles. From 1996-1998, as a Visiting Associate Professor with the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the US Naval Postgraduate School of Monterey, California, he taught advanced courses in control and conducted research on the subjects of vehicle and mission control of air and sea robots. In 1993 he joined the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR) of IST where he became the Coordinator of the Dynamical Systems and Ocean Robotics Laboratory. He is currently the coordinator of the Thematic Line Ocean Exploration and Exploitation of the Laboratory for Robotics and Engineering Systems(LARSyS).
Since 2012, he has been an Adjunct Scientist with the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India. He was elected Chair, IFAC Technical Committee Marine Systems, from 2008-2014. He has coordinated and participated in a large number of international projects that have led to the design, development, and field-testing of single and multiple autonomous marine and air vehicles in cooperation with partners in India (National Institute of Oceanography, Goa), USA (Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA), Korea, (KAIST), and Europe. His research interests include Marine Robotics with applications to the development of aerial and marine robots for ocean exploration and exploitation.
He is the Director of the FCT-IST Phd Program NETSyS (Networked Cyber Physical Systems)
Selected EC funded projects for which he was IST´s Principal Investigator include:
i) H2020-ICT-2014-1/ GA 645141 WIMUST: Widely Scalable Mobile Underwater Sonar Technology, 2015-2018;
ii) FP7-ICT-2013-2 GA 611373 CADDY: Cognitive Autonomous Diving Buddy, 2014-2016;
iii) FP7-ICT-2011-7 GA 288704 MORPH: Marine Robotic System of Self-Organizing, Logically Linked Physical Nodes, 2012-2016:
iv) FP7-ICT-2007-3 GA 231378 CO3-AUVs: Cooperative Cognitive Control for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, 2009-2012;
v) EU-FP6-IST-035223 GREX: Coordination and Control of Cooperating Heterogeneous Unmanned Systems in Uncertain Environments, 2006-2009.