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Martins, Nuno

Nuno Martins
2321 A.V. Williams Bldg.

Research Interests 

Control theory, estimation, information theory



Nuno C. Martins received the MS. degree in electrical engineering from I.S.T., Portugal, in 1997, and the 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 currently Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, and he is also affiliated with the Institute for Systems Research. He received a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2007, the 2006 American Automatic Control Council O. Hugo Schuck Award, the 2010 Outstanding ISR Faculty award and the 2010 IEEE CSS Axelby Award. He is also a member of the editorial board of Systems and Control Letters (Elsevier), Automatica and of the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board.

Honors and Awards 

Young Faculty awards
NSF CAREER for "Distributed control of dynamic systems using a wireless communcation medium: two new paradigms," 2007

Other awards
George Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, IEEE Control Systems Society, 2010

University of Maryland awards
Outstanding ISR Faculty Award, 2010

Related News 

Alumnus Amir Ali Ahmadi receives PECASE Award
Ahmadi, who earned a 2006 BS in electrical engineering and math, is a professor at Princeton University. August 8, 2019

Lu, Gollob win ISR annual awards
ISR's outstanding graduate student and undergraduate student awards were given at the Institute's welcome back reception. August 30, 2018

Paley, Abshire, Martins promoted to full Professor by UMD President Wallace Loh
The faculty members' new rank will become effective on July 1. April 6, 2017

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

New AFOSR NIFTI Center features eight Clark School faculty
Center will create bio-inspired solutions for small, remotely operated aircraft. April 14, 2015

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

Students present final projects for 2014 NSF Microrobotics REU
Research ranged from robotic skin to leg designs, inertial tail actuators, and more. August 10, 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

UAE students, Northrop Grumman engineers tour robotics laboratories
Visitors were in town for the annual AUVSI conference. August 14, 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

Robotics Team Mentored by UMD Students Advances to FIRST Championship Competition
Clark School of Engineering undergrads help middle and high school students prepare, compete. April 4, 2013

Martins speaking as part of MIT's LIDS seminar series
His topic is "Convex Parameterizations for Norm-Optimal Linear Control." October 28, 2012

Martins interviewed in story about robotics use in Maryland
ISR faculty member speaks on the emergence of the robotics industry in the state. October 19, 2012

Martins speaks at LCCC workshop on information and control in networks
Martins spoke on decentralized control and estimation. October 14, 2012

Faculty Members Take On New Responsibilities
Flatau, Martins, Kofinas to serve Clark School in new roles; Gupta to lead NSF initiative. September 6, 2012

Miniature Robotics REU students give final presentations
Ten undergrads from around the country give talks on their summer projects. August 10, 2012

Martins selected for Leadership Fellows program
University of Maryland initiative will prepare faculty for future leadership. July 9, 2012

Antbot research profiled in Pacific Standard magazine
Article explores potential of antbots in search and rescue operations June 12, 2012

Maryland Robotics Center featured on live TV broadcast
Robots from five research groups help promote Maryland Day activities. April 30, 2012

Nuno Martins speaks at Queen's University colloquium
ISR/ECE faculty member spoke on controller design. March 9, 2012

ECE Names 2011-2012 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Ekrem, Ropp, Shroff, and Tyagi recognized for research excellence in their dissertations. February 29, 2012

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. November 30, 2011

Serban Sabau will be postdoctoral researcher at University of Pennsylvania
Alumnus will work on next generation network science. September 16, 2011

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. September 8, 2011

Nuno Martins promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure
Dr. Martins' research interests are in control theory, estimation and information theory. April 12, 2011

Martins wins IEEE Control Systems Society award
George Axelby Outstanding Paper Award given for paper in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. December 17, 2010

Robotics@Maryland Places 3rd in AUVSI Underwater Vehicle Competition
Clark School students help lead team to top-three finish in international, ONR-sponsored competition. July 23, 2010

Martins, Somasundaram, Frazier win awards at ISR's annual ceremony
Congratulations to our outstanding faculty, graduate student and staff member! May 7, 2010

Martins, Abshire, Smela, Bergbreiter win $1.5 million NSF grant
The team will develop self-organizing ant-sized microrobots. September 25, 2009

Baras, Martins part of $9 million funding for microelectronics and systems research
SRC/DARPA grant establishes the Multi-Scale Systems Design Center. August 24, 2009

Eyad Abed to Join United Arab Emirates University
ISR director, ECE professor will become dean of UAEU's College of Information Technology. May 14, 2009

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. May 13, 2009

ISR faculty participating in two Department of Defense MURI projects
Baras, Abed, Martins and Shamma to conduct research in multi-university research initiatives. May 11, 2009

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. September 4, 2008

Maryland Students Win Underwater Vehicle Contest
Clark School students part of first-place team in international contest. August 13, 2008

Nuno Martins appointed to Conference Editorial Board
The board serves the IEEE Control Systems Society. August 12, 2008

Robotics@Maryland team wins underwater vehicle contest
The students are advised by Nuno Martins and Dave Akin. August 5, 2008

ECE Faculty Honored at Inaugural Scholarship & Research Celebration
Twenty-seven ECE faculty members honored, representing 1/8 of researchers recognized university-wide. May 2, 2008

ISR hosts 4th Northeast Control Workshop
Event for graduate students and postdocs draws more than 100 participants. April 28, 2008

Nuno Martins to be guest editor for control journal
Special issue focuses on information processing and decision making in distributed control systems. April 19, 2008

Martins receives AFOSR grant for control of mobile multi-agent systems
Research will develop guidance, control, and wireless communication modules for networked systems. April 16, 2008

Martins Joins Editorial Board of Systems & Control Letters
Prof. Martins invited to join editorial board of leading journal in systems and control research. December 4, 2007

Martins to investigate optimal reference tracking
NSF grant funds the next step in designing controllers for Markovian jump linear systems. August 27, 2007

ISR postdoc Vijay Gupta to join Notre Dame faculty
Research will focus on networked systems and multi-agent systems. July 2, 2007

Nuno Martins receives NSF CAREER Award
ISR faculty member will introduce two new paradigms for distributed control of dynamic systems in wireless communication. February 12, 2007

Martins Wins AACC Award for Theory
Dr. Nuno Martins won the AACC O. Hugo Schuck Award for Theory. April 11, 2006

Nuno Martins joins ISR
Assistant professor is specialist in control, estimation and information theory June 1, 2005