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Martins, Nuno

Martins, Nuno

Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
Maryland Robotics Center
2259 A.V. Williams Bldg.

Nuno C. Martins graduated with a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from I.S.T., Portugal, in 1997, and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 2004. He has also concluded a Financial Technology Option program at Sloan School of Management (MIT) in 2004.

He is Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Maryland, where he also holds a joint appointment with the Institute for Systems Research. He was Director of the Maryland Robotics Center from 2012 until 2014.

He served as Associate Editor for Systems and Control Letters (Elsevier), Automatica and the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board. He was also a program Vice-Chair for the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in 2013 and 2014.

Honors and awards

Prof. Martins received the 2006 American Automatic Control Council O. Hugo Schuck Award, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2007, the 2008 IEEE CSS Axelby Award for the best paper in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, the 2010 Outstanding ISR Faculty Award, the 2010 George Corcoran Award from the ECE Department / UMD and he was an UMD/ADVANCE Leadership Fellow in 2013.


His research interests are in control theory, distributed control, team decision, optimization, networked control and communications, estimation and information theory.

Martins, Arcak and Park organize 'population games' workshop at the 62nd IEEE CDC

The workshop covers population games basics, recent advances in dissipativity-based techniques for mechanism design and dynamic model analysis, and applications to epidemiology and autonomous systems research.

Graduate students win ISR and ECE awards

Awards given for outstanding performance, teaching, and dissertation work.

A new epidemiology model based on game theory

A population's collective decision making follows an evolutionary dynamics model that captures individual agents’ preferences and assumes the agents can repeatedly revise their strategies.

Martins, Kara publish population games research on excess payoff evolutionary dynamics

The new paper will appear in IEEE Control Systems Letters.

Alum Marcos Vasconcelos to join FSU faculty this fall

The former student of Nuno Martins will be an ECE assistant professor.

Alum Shinkyu Park wins 2022 O. Hugo Schuck Award

The award recognizes the best papers presented at the American Control Conference.

ASTrA project to provide new tools for power generation, robotics, smart manufacturing

Nuno Martins will address the challenges of modeling and designing large-scale, mixed-autonomy, multi-agent cyber-physical systems.

A system theoretic approach to epidemic modeling

Nuno Martins, Richard La and Jair Certorio's model steers epidemic variables to an endemic equilibrium with the lowest prevalence of infections.

New research will help citizens and authorities make better decisions in extreme traffic scenarios

Nuno Martins is developing systems and procedures for managing strategic options and actions related to traffic in natural disasters and other extreme events.

ISR gives awards to Professor Richard La, four graduate students

ISR's annual awards ceremony was held on the Iribe Building's cantilever plaza.

In memoriam: Dr. Radhakisan Baheti, NSF ECCS Program Director

Dr. Baheti passed away in March and will be greatly missed by ISR, ECE and the Clark School.

‘Smellicopter’ drone uses live moth antenna to seek smells, avoid obstacles

Timothy Horiuchi is a co-author on the research published in IOP Bioinspiration & Biomimetics.

ISR, ECE, CS, UMIACS faculty present 12 talks at Northrop Grumman University Research Symposium

ISR faculty's eight presentations are in machine learning, science of test, cybersecurity, and IoT sensing.

Alumnus Amir Ali Ahmadi receives PECASE Award

Ahmadi, who earned a 2006 BS in electrical engineering and math, is a professor at Princeton University.

Lu, Gollob win ISR annual awards

ISR's outstanding graduate student and undergraduate student awards were given at the Institute's welcome back reception.

Paley, Abshire, Martins promoted to full Professor by UMD President Wallace Loh

The faculty members' new rank will become effective on July 1.

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.

Shinkyu Park joins MIT Senseable City Lab as postdoc

Park (EE Ph.D. 2015) was advised by Nuno Martins.

New AFOSR NIFTI Center features eight Clark School faculty

Center will create bio-inspired solutions for small, remotely operated aircraft.

Narayan, Martins participate in BIRS decentralized systems workshop

The invited workshop addressed decentralized decision-making.

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.

Students present final projects for 2014 NSF Microrobotics REU

Research ranged from robotic skin to leg designs, inertial tail actuators, and more.

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.

ECE Students Take Top Prize at Michigan Hackathon for Intelligent Trashcan

Three ECE students win MHacks, a hackathon with more than 1200 students competing.

UAE students, Northrop Grumman engineers tour robotics laboratories

Visitors were in town for the annual AUVSI conference.

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.

Alum Serban Sabau joins Stevens Institute as assistant professor

The 2011 EE Ph.D. recipient was advised by Nuno Martins.

Martins, Gupta, Aloimonos speak at 'Fostering Excellence in Robotics'

Workshop at American Control Conference introduced high school students to robotics.

ECE Undergrad Wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Eric Kim secures funding for graduate school through prestigious award from the National Science Foundation.

Robotics Team Mentored by UMD Students Advances to FIRST Championship Competition

Clark School of Engineering undergrads help middle and high school students prepare, compete.

Martins speaking as part of MIT's LIDS seminar series

His topic is "Convex Parameterizations for Norm-Optimal Linear Control."

Martins interviewed in story about robotics use in Maryland

ISR faculty member speaks on the emergence of the robotics industry in the state.

Martins speaks at LCCC workshop on information and control in networks

Martins spoke on decentralized control and estimation.

Faculty Members Take On New Responsibilities

Flatau, Martins, Kofinas to serve Clark School in new roles; Gupta to lead NSF initiative.

Miniature Robotics REU students give final presentations

Ten undergrads from around the country give talks on their summer projects.

Martins selected for Leadership Fellows program

University of Maryland initiative will prepare faculty for future leadership.

Antbot research profiled in Pacific Standard magazine

Article explores potential of antbots in search and rescue operations

Maryland Robotics Center featured on live TV broadcast

Robots from five research groups help promote Maryland Day activities.

Nuno Martins speaks at Queen's University colloquium

ISR/ECE faculty member spoke on controller design.

ECE Names 2011-2012 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Ekrem, Ropp, Shroff, and Tyagi recognized for research excellence in their dissertations.

NSF Grant to Help Monitor and Protect Endangered Species

Clark School, National Geographic, Princeton to build wireless network of animal-borne embedded devices to track wildlife.

Serban Sabau will be postdoctoral researcher at University of Pennsylvania

Alumnus will work on next generation network science.

Nuno Martins receives NSF grant for animal-borne wireless networks

The $1.8M grant is a collaboration with National Geographic to monitor and protect endangered species.

Nuno Martins promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

Dr. Martins' research interests are in control theory, estimation and information theory.

Martins wins IEEE Control Systems Society award

George Axelby Outstanding Paper Award given for paper in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.

Robotics@Maryland Places 3rd in AUVSI Underwater Vehicle Competition

Clark School students help lead team to top-three finish in international, ONR-sponsored competition.

Martins, Somasundaram, Frazier win awards at ISR's annual ceremony

Congratulations to our outstanding faculty, graduate student and staff member!

Martins, Abshire, Smela, Bergbreiter win $1.5 million NSF grant

The team will develop self-organizing ant-sized microrobots.

Baras, Martins part of $9 million funding for microelectronics and systems research

SRC/DARPA grant establishes the Multi-Scale Systems Design Center.

Eyad Abed to Join United Arab Emirates University

ISR director, ECE professor will become dean of UAEU's College of Information Technology.

Martins gives invited lecture at UCSD Cymer Center

The lecture focused on the design of optimal decentralized state estimators in the presence of communication costs.

ISR faculty participating in two Department of Defense MURI projects

Baras, Abed, Martins and Shamma to conduct research in multi-university research initiatives.

Live TV broadcast showcases Robotics@Maryland team

WTTG Fox 5 (Washington, D.C.) focused on the land and water robots of the ISR-affiliated group.

Maryland Students Win Underwater Vehicle Contest

Clark School students part of first-place team in international contest.

Nuno Martins appointed to Conference Editorial Board

The board serves the IEEE Control Systems Society.

Robotics@Maryland team wins underwater vehicle contest

The students are advised by Nuno Martins and Dave Akin.

ECE Faculty Honored at Inaugural Scholarship & Research Celebration

Twenty-seven ECE faculty members honored, representing 1/8 of researchers recognized university-wide.

ISR hosts 4th Northeast Control Workshop

Event for graduate students and postdocs draws more than 100 participants.

Nuno Martins to be guest editor for control journal

Special issue focuses on information processing and decision making in distributed control systems.

Martins receives AFOSR grant for control of mobile multi-agent systems

Research will develop guidance, control, and wireless communication modules for networked systems.

Martins Joins Editorial Board of Systems & Control Letters

Prof. Martins invited to join editorial board of leading journal in systems and control research.

Martins to investigate optimal reference tracking

NSF grant funds the next step in designing controllers for Markovian jump linear systems.

ISR postdoc Vijay Gupta to join Notre Dame faculty

Research will focus on networked systems and multi-agent systems.

Nuno Martins receives NSF CAREER Award

ISR faculty member will introduce two new paradigms for distributed control of dynamic systems in wireless communication.

Martins Wins AACC Award for Theory

Dr. Nuno Martins won the AACC O. Hugo Schuck Award for Theory.

Nuno Martins joins ISR

Assistant professor is specialist in control, estimation and information theory