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Hebert A

- Research Program Mentor

PhD at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor


Basic Mechanics, Electronics, Robotics


I'm a roboticist with experience in both electronics and mechanical engineering. I am an assistant professor at the Brazilian Army's engineering school (The Military Institute of Engineering) and I have worked in the Defense Industry for six years before my Ph.D. in Robotics at the University of Michigan. I really like teaching and mentoring students, especially those with a strong interest in mathematics, physics, computer science, and robotics. Currently, my work is focused on understanding how drivers interact with automated vehicles and what could be done to make driving safer rather than more dangerous in the future. In the past, I have worked with the design of semi-autonomous controllers for military vehicles.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Electronic and embedded systems engineering

In projects like these you can design, build, and program systems with microcontrollers. Examples include your own electronic drum kit, or a smart robotic camera mount (wouldn't YouTubers love that..?).

Hands-on robotics

We can build a robot from scratch, starting with assembling the mechanical and electronic parts until programming it to do different things, like pick and place objects, follow paths or send you a live stream of a camera.

Understanding STEM theory with simulations and animations

We can explore in deep what you learn in math, and physics-related classes with simulations and animations that can be implemented with either MATLAB or Python coding, such as the dynamics of a simple pendulum.

Advancing to robotics research

In these projects, we can work on quick research projects where we will review the literature and implement interesting ideas from recent robotics research papers.

Coding skills

Python, C, C++, MATLAB

Languages I know

Portuguese; basic French

Teaching experience

I have taught math and physics-related disciplines for high-schoolers during my undergrad. I also have taught electronics engineering disciplines for engineers who were preparing for admission exams (candidates for public service positions).


Work experience

Brazilian Army's Department of Science and Technology (2011 - Current)
Armoured Vehicles Engineer / Liaison officer at IVECO (CNH Industrial's Military Vehicles Company)
Military Institute of Engineering (2021 - Current)
Assistant Professor


Military Institute of Engineering
BS Bachelor of Science (2011)
Electronics Engineering
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
MS Master of Science (2016)
Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
PhD Doctor of Philosophy (2021)

Completed Projects

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