Diego Resende Faria,
Lecturer in Computer Science
System Analytics Research Institute
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Aston University, Birmingham, UK
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Dr Diego R. Faria joined the School of Engineering & Applied Science of Aston University (UK) as Lecturer in Computer Science in July/2016. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Coimbra, Portugal in 2014. From 2006 to 2013 Dr Diego Faria has collaborated on different European Projects, such as HANDLE-Developmental pathway towards autonomy and dexterity in robot in-hand manipulation and BACS-Bayesian Approach to Cognitive Systems. From Oct/2013 to Aug/2014 he has collaborated on the project Pedestrian Detection in Urban Challenging Scenarios, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). In 2014, Dr. Diego (as core researcher) together with Dr. Mahmoud Tavakoli (PI) had the concession of a grant from the CMU-Portugal program for the project: Compliant Robotics Hands with Integrated Soft MEMS Skin (for Medical Prosthesis and Industrial Robotics Applications) - partnership between the ISR-UC and Soft Machine Lab of Robotics Institute at Carnegie Melon University (SML-CMU). From April 2014 to June 2016 he carried out his research as postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Systems and Robotics, within the group of Automation & Robotics for Human Life, collaborating on the AMS-HMI project (Assisted Mobility Supported by Shared-Control and Advanced Human-Machine Interfaces), funded by FCT. His research is focused on Human-Robot Interaction: Human Daily Activity Recognition using RGB-D sensors and Probabilistic Techniques towards robot assisted living, and also Child-Robot Interaction towards assisting the facilitation of adaptive health-related coping and improved quality of life outcomes in pediatric settings (robotherapy). Currently, Dr Diego Faria has been carrying his research at the System Analytics Research Institute (SARI) collaborating with the Aston Lab for Intelligent Collectives Engineering (ALICE) and Aston Interactive Media Lab (AIM).
Human-Robot Interaction (robot-assisted living, child-robot interaction);
Grasping & Dexterous Manipulation;
Artificial Perception Systems / Autonomous Systems;
CS2150 - Computer Graphics (10 credits) - 1st Term
CS2040 - Multimedia software and applications (20 credits) - 2nd Term
DC1170 - Computer Systems and networks (10 credits) - Shared, I will be teaching Networks
Rui Colaço de Almeida (2016) "Child-Robot Interaction: Handwriting Learning", Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Research carried out at the Institute of Systems and Robotics, University of Coimbra, 2016. Supervisors: Dr Diego R. Faria and Prof. Urbano Nunes.
José Pedro da Silva Figueiredo Medeiros (2016) "Child-robot interaction: Learning by Imitation and Motion Generalization", Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Research carried out at the Institute of Systems and Robotics, University of Coimbra, 2016. Supervisors: Dr Diego R. Faria and Dr Paulo Jose Monteiro Peixoto.
Mário Augusto da Costa Vieira (2015) "Recognition of Daily Activities and Risk Situations towards Robot-Assisted Living", Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Research carried out at the Institute of Systems and Robotics, University of Coimbra, 2015. Supervisors: Dr Diego R. Faria and Prof. Urbano Nunes.
Final Year Project (B.Sc.)
Sports : Martial Arts / Self defense; Gym; Football;
Guitar playing, Piano (I'm not an expert);
Watch Movies (Cinema / Theater).