Ana Carolina Quintela Alves Vilares da Silva

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I'm graduated in Biomedical Engineering, with specialization in Medical Electronics.  My  master thesis work, entitled: "Robot vision based on biological systems", was developed along the 2009-2010 year, at the Control, Automation and Robotics (CAR) Group, Industrial Electronics Department of University of Minho. This work gave me a Merit Prize, from the Portuguese Society of Robotics - SPR -  due to the innovative approach proposed in my thesis.
The work developed enabled me to further increase my knowledge in neurosciences as well as in robotics. 

I was also an ERASMUS student, from September 2009 to February 2010, in an investigation group that work with visual diseases and the way to treat them. There, I enlarged my knowledge in neurosciences and my work was presented in the Simposium of Bioengineering 2010 at Malaga. 

At this moment, my main aim is to develop biologically realistic models of sensory processing of the locust vision system to understand the behavioural properties of the LGMD neuron and assess possible applications in robot control systems.

Research interests

-Biological visual systems; Visual sensors; Biologically-inspired computational models; Robot vision based on biological visual systems;

Real-time autonomous systems such as small robots require dense and power efficient computation. Hardware devices and software algorithms carrying out such computations need to be robust to noise, tolerant to adverse conditions induced by the motion of the system (e.g. to jitter and camera calibration problems) and possibly able to adapt to the highly variable properties of the world. Although traditional digital technology provides a fine infrastructure for such systems, it is not suited to the many fast dense computations that occur particularly in sensory and motor processing.  On the other hand, biological systems, constructed around very different principles than the digital systems developed over the last decades, seem to solve effortlessly and efficiently perceptual tasks. The processing of the image, is tightly coupled to the actual sensing and transduction performed. 


Presently, my main aim is to develop biologically realistic computational models of sensory processing of biological systems, with a focus on the locust vision system, to understand the behavior properties of the LGMD neuron and assess possible applications in robot control systems. 


This work depicts the synergistic relationship between neuromorphic engineering, modelling studies using simulation and real-world devices, and neuroscientific research.



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