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Research interests

My work focus on interdisciplinary research applied to the state of the art autonomous intelligent robotics and human-robot interaction. I am particularly interested in:• Evolutionary Robotics, Swarm Intelligence• Biologically-inspired algorithms such as Artificial Neural Networks, Artificial Immune Systems, Artificial Endocrine Systems and Learning Classifier Systems• Computational Neuroscience• Data Mining and Machine Learning


I was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics (CCNR) within the Department of Informatics at the University of Sussex, England, United Kingdom, until September 2008. I received my PhD in Computer Engineering in 2005, focusing on Computational Intelligence, Bio-inspired Algorithms and Machine Learning at the Department of Computer Engineering and Industrial Automation DCA , Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering FEEC, State University of Campinas UNICAMP in São Paulo, Brazil. I have a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, focusing on Computational Intelligence at the Department of Systems Engineering (DENSIS), Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering FEEC, State University of Campinas UNICAMP in São Paulo, Brazil. I a member of the and HYPERLINK "http://www.ieee-ras.org/" \o "IEEE Robotics website" IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.IEEE I am also a member of SICSA theme groups: Complex Systems Engineering, Modelling and Abstraction and Multimodal Interaction.

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Robots Engineering & Materials Science
Robotics Engineering & Materials Science
Data storage equipment Engineering & Materials Science
Swarm Robotics Mathematics
Cellular automata Engineering & Materials Science
Robot Mathematics
Motion planning Engineering & Materials Science
Orthotics Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2009 2018

A Darwinian Swarm Robotics Strategy Applied to Underwater Exploration

Griffiths Sánchez, N. D., Vargas, P. A. & Couceiro, M. S., 4 Oct 2018, 2018 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC). IEEE, 8477738

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Swarm Robotics
Remotely operated vehicles

An improved robot path planning model using cellular automata

Martins, L. G. A., Cândido, R. D. P., Escarpinati, M. C., Vargas, P. A. & de Oliveira, G. M. B., 21 Jul 2018, TAROS 2018: Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems. Springer, p. 183-194 12 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 10965).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Cellular Automaton Model
Cellular automata
Path Planning
Motion planning

Fear learning for flexible decision making in robocup: A discussion

Rizzi, C., Johnson, C. G. & Vargas, P. A., 7 Sep 2018, RoboCup 2017: Robot World Cup XXI. Akiyama, H., Obst, O., Sammut, C. & Tonidandel, F. (eds.). Springer, p. 59-70 12 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 11175).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Decision making
Decision Making

A Situation-Aware Fear Learning (SAFEL) Model for Robots

Rizzi, C., Johnson, C. G., Fabris, F. & Vargas, P. A., 19 Jan 2017, In : Neurocomputing. 221, p. 32–47 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Expert systems
Data storage equipment

Combining Soft Robotics and Brain-Machine Interfaces for Stroke Rehabilitation

Vargas, P. A., Brasil, F. L., McConnell, A. C., Vallejo, M., Corne, D. W., Stokes, A. A. & Moioli, R. C., 2017, Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2016), October 18-21, 2016, Segovia, Spain. Ibáñez, J., González-Vargas, J., Azorín, J. M., Akay, M. & Pons, J. L. (eds.). Springer, p. 1257-1262 6 p. (Biosystems & Biorobotics; vol. 15).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

Physical therapy
Patient rehabilitation


Spirit of Heriot-Watt Awards 2017, Outward Looking

David Michael Lane (Recipient), Katrin Solveig Lohan (Recipient), Patricia A. Vargas (Recipient), Helen Hastie (Recipient), Frank Broz (Recipient), Sethu Vijayakumar (Recipient), Michael Hermann (Recipient), Mary Ellen Foster (Recipient), Sabine Hauert (Recipient), Micael S. Couceiro (Recipient), Lynne Baillie (Recipient), Mustafa Suphi Erden (Recipient), Iain James McEwen (Recipient), Alistair Campbell McConnell (Recipient), Robert Goodfellow (Recipient), Mauro Dragone (Recipient), Fulvio Mastrogiovanni (Recipient), Christian Dondrup (Recipient), Mei Yii Lim (Recipient), Sarah Anne Murphy (Recipient), Marta Vallejo (Recipient), Siobhan Duncan (Recipient) & Mohd Khairul Azmi Hassan (Recipient), 1 Jul 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)