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Martins, Nuno

Nuno Martins
Associate Professor
2259 AV Williams Bldg
(301) 405-9198

Research Interests 

Professor Martins' long terms goals are to establish a research program in the interface between control and information theory, with applications to decentralized and networked control, biological control systems, and applications of control to information theory.


Nuno Martins earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, minor in Mathematics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004. He received the "Licenciado" and MSc. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 1994 and 1996, respectively. He also completed a Financial Technology Option degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management in 2004. His primary research interests are in Control Theory, Estimation, Information Theory.

Martins was an author of the European project titled "Leonardo da Vinci" in the area of Signal Processing. He was also one of five founders of the Evolutionary Systems and Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (LaSEEB), located in the Institute for Systems and Robotics at Lisbon. He joined the Polytechnic Institute of Setubal as a Faculty member in 1995, where, in 1998, he was the youngest ever to be promoted to a position equivalent to Adjoint Professor. In 1996, he was the coordinator of the LaSEEB participation in the signal processing module of the European Neurological Network project. His Masters Thesis was used directly as part of the project. His work was one of 25 selected worldwide to be included in the prestigious volume Spatiotemporal Models in Biological and Artificial Systems, IOS Press, 1997, F.H. Lopes da Silva et al. (eds).

In 1999, while at the Laboratory of Information and Decision Systems at MIT, he played a major role in a DARPA project in the area of distributed resource allocation in adversarial environments. In September 2004, he served as a Post-Doctoral fellow at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT. He was appointed Assistant Professor with the University of Maryland's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2005. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2011. He was awarded an NSF CAREER Award in 2007 for "Distributed control of dynamic systems using a wireless communication medium: two new paradigms." He serves on the Editorial Board of Systems & Control Letters, one of the leading journals in the field of systems and control.

Honors and Awards 

    •    George Corcoran Award for Faculty, ECE Department, University of Maryland (2010)
    •    NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2007)
    •    American Automatic Control Council's (AACC) O. Hugo Schuck Award for Theory

Related News 

Alumnus Serban Sabau wins NSF CAREER Award for network research
Research will develop a mathematical description to allay the "butterfly effect" in large-scale networks. February 10, 2017

Shinkyu Park joins MIT Senseable City Lab as postdoc
Park (EE Ph.D. 2015) was advised by Nuno Martins. June 17, 2016

Narayan, Martins participate in BIRS decentralized systems workshop
The invited workshop addressed decentralized decision-making. October 27, 2014

New NSF grant funds research to build network of tiny robots for bridge inspection
Nuno Martins, Sarah Bergbreiter, Richard La to collaborate with Resensys on development of semi-autonomous system. August 29, 2014

Twelve-day test with deer shows viability of animal-borne wireless sensor network
Network that gathers GPS, audio and video data could someday help protect endangered species. December 20, 2013

ECE Students Take Top Prize at Michigan Hackathon for Intelligent Trashcan
Three ECE students win MHacks, a hackathon with more than 1200 students competing. October 3, 2013

REU in Miniature Robotics holds final project symposium
Nine projects range from wings for MAVs to vision sensors for small robots to small grasping hands. August 14, 2013

Alum Serban Sabau joins Stevens Institute as assistant professor
The 2011 EE Ph.D. recipient was advised by Nuno Martins. July 16, 2013

Martins, Gupta, Aloimonos speak at 'Fostering Excellence in Robotics'
Workshop at American Control Conference introduced high school students to robotics. June 20, 2013

ECE Undergrad Wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Eric Kim secures funding for graduate school through prestigious award from the National Science Foundation. May 22, 2013